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State offers live tax webinar businesses

Find state business taxes confusing? Register today (Jan. 8) for Department of Revenue’s live webinar, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. Learn about excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements — and ask questions. To register, email with your name; company name; phone number and e-mail address. To inquire, contact Rick Stedman, 360-705-6624 or


WSU offers ag business course

Skagit County and Island County WSU Extension offices will offer the “Cultivating Success,” an in-depth food and farm business-planning course, this winter. It runs 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10 through March 21. Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning is offered for WSU continuing education credit or college credit through Skagit Valley College’s Sustainable Agriculture Education Program. To register, see or contact Kate Smith, 360-428-4270 ext. 223 or


Discussion for single moms

Women’s Funding Alliance will host Women Thrive Convening 2, a discussion of pathways to living-wage jobs for single mothers, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in McIntyre Hall at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. 

Learn about some of the challenges that student mothers face, share solutions and strategize about how to accelerate change everywhere. Registration includes light breakfast and lunch. Free, but RSVP is requested at Email to inquire.


Skagit Ag Summit happens in February

Jacque Klug with the King County Brightwater facility will be one of the panelists during the Skagit Ag Summit on Feb. 8 at the Washington State University Skagit County Extension office in Mount Vernon. 

Five panel discussions are planned that day, starting with registration at 9 a.m. and ending with a food and farm mixer at 4 p.m. 

Topics include water costs, availability and alternatives; labor and farms; economic viability of agriculture; innovation and ways to partner; and pain points. City representatives and county commissioners are expected to attend the Lunch with Leadership session at 12:30 p.m. Contact Don McMoran, or 360-428-4270, Ext. 225, To inquire or register.


Wave store closure is temporary

The Stanwood-area Wave cable store is temporarily closed due to construction. The company said it is undergoing renovations “to get a fresh, new look to help us better serve you.” Wave is planning a new grand opening in January 2019. Wave is asking customers with in-person needs to stop by its store at 511 Morris St. Ste. 2 in La Conner to pay a bill, pick up or drop off equipment, and sign up for Wave services. 


Small businesses need to file taxes

A new online system called My DOR awaits small businesses that file their state taxes once a year. Washington State Department of Revenue is asking businesses to file as early as possible to avoid the Jan. 31 filing deadline rush. Even businesses with no 2018 activity must still file. Visit to get started.


Changes to worker withholding start

Workers in Washington state will see several changes on their 2019 paychecks.

• Due to fewer on-the-job injuries, average worker compensation insurance rates were reduced 5 percent as of Jan. 1. Workers will pay about $6 less per year; employers, who pay a larger share of the rate, will pay an average $58 less per employee. See for more information.

• Premium collection for Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program began Jan. 1 and all employers must participant. The premium rate for 2019 is 0.4 percent of an employee’s gross wages, which can be shared by the employer. Premiums and reports will be due quarterly, much like other state payroll reports. Eligible individuals may file benefit claims starting Jan. 1, 2020.

 See for more information.


Assistance for local businesses

People considering starting a business, or existing businesses needing advice or resources, can start with area economic development organizations, which offer training, assistance with business plans and information about business loans.

• Economic Alliance of Snohomish County:, or contact the office at or 425-743-4567.

• Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County:, or contact the office at or 360-336-6114.


— Send business announcements to or call 360-629-2155.

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