Business http://www.kplu.org en In wake of May Day mayhem, businesses assess damage http://www.kplu.org/post/wake-may-day-mayhem-businesses-assess-damage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business owners are assessing the damage after some anti-capitalist protesters broke windows in Seattle last night. Only a handful sustained property damage, but&nbsp;many more businesses were affected financially.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:05:48 +0000 Ashley Gross 8653 at http://www.kplu.org In wake of May Day mayhem, businesses assess damage Cashless trade between small businesses brightens giving season http://www.kplu.org/post/cashless-trade-between-small-businesses-brightens-giving-season <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt">It’s giving season, so there are loads of parties going on this time of year.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.0pt">But a recent holiday bazaar in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood is the work of a unique entrepreneur, with<a href="http://www.bizx.com/"> a special spin on networking</a>. </span></p><p>He has helped thousands of <span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">small companies to survive and even grow during the Great Recession.</span> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7323 at http://www.kplu.org Cashless trade between small businesses brightens giving season Dog-fur knitting: New craft, old Northwest tradition http://www.kplu.org/post/dog-fur-knitting-new-craft-old-northwest-tradition <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/11/112712DP_WoollyDogs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>PORTLAND - As the cold winter weather rolls around, you may pull your warm wool sweater from the back of the closet. But these days, some people are knitting sweaters out of a different animal: dogs. It's a new craft movement that is actually part of a very old Northwest tradition.<p>At the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, you can find all sorts of yarn, from mohair to angora. And even some of the sheep and rabbits and goats that grew them. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:08:49 +0000 7226 at http://www.kplu.org Dog-fur knitting: New craft, old Northwest tradition Wash. Ready To Hang Up On Mandatory Delivery Of White Pages http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-ready-hang-mandatory-delivery-white-pages OLYMPIA, Wash. - Utility regulators are on the verge of ending the automatic delivery of White Pages phone books to Washington households. Legislation to do the same in Oregon hasn't gone anywhere.<p>In Washington and Oregon, state law requires the local phone company to deliver a phone book to each landline customer. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:48:24 +0000 7143 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Ready To Hang Up On Mandatory Delivery Of White Pages No more Twinkies? Hostess brands is shutting down http://www.kplu.org/post/no-more-twinkies-hostess-brands-shutting-down Carrying through on its warning about what could happen, the management of Hostess Brands announced this morning that the company is going out of business and laying off its 18,500 employees.<p>At issue: <a href="http://www.hostessbrands.com/media/hostessnews/12-11-14/Hostess_to_Liquidate_if_Strikes_Impede_Normal_Operations_Past_5_p_m_EST_Thursday-2552385023.aspx" target="_blank">According to Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn</a>, "we simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike."<p>So, Twinkie fans, now might be the time to stock up. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:01:48 +0000 Mark Memmott 7138 at http://www.kplu.org No more Twinkies? Hostess brands is shutting down Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business? http://www.kplu.org/post/putting-politics-display-bad-business Every election season, political signs sprout like dandelions from lawns across America. They also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:28:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 6419 at http://www.kplu.org Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business? McKenna announces settlement with book publishers http://www.kplu.org/post/mckenna-announces-settlement-book-publishers <p></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state e-book consumers will receive $2 million under a nationwide settlement with three of the country's largest book publishers over allegations of price fixing.</p><p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:30:27 +0000 The Associated Press 6138 at http://www.kplu.org Recycling baby things in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/recycling-baby-things-seattle <a href="http://www.westsidebaby.org/">WestSide Baby</a> is a nonprofit organization in Seattle that collects used car seats, cribs, toys and other items for children and distributes them for free to South King County families in need.<p>Donations are inspected, organized and then used to fill wish lists of food and clothing banks and service care providers, such as public health nurses and social workers.<p>The group stages creative events such as "Stuff the Bus" that encourages folks to fill a bus with diapers for its Diaper Bank program. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 03:54:39 +0000 6076 at http://www.kplu.org Recycling baby things in Seattle Worth the deal? Groceries get a personalized price http://www.kplu.org/post/worth-deal-groceries-get-personalized-price Loyalty cards have long given discounts to shoppers who sign up, but stores are increasingly offering personalized discounts tailored to each customer's shopping patterns.<p>Those tailored discounts mean someone standing in front of you at the supermarket checkout line might get a lower price on the exact same gallon of milk that you're buying.<p><strong>A 'Secret Deal'</strong><p>Heather Kulper is one of those people who really wants to get a good deal. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:15:32 +0000 Ashley Gross 6023 at http://www.kplu.org Worth the deal? Groceries get a personalized price Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-liquor-prices-17-percent-over-last-year <p>Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.</p><p>The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.</p><p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:38:51 +0000 Colin Fogarty 5968 at http://www.kplu.org Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year Starbucks adopting 'Square' payments; Will other merchants follow? http://www.kplu.org/post/starbucks-adopting-square-payments-will-other-merchants-follow You could soon pay for a latte at Starbucks simply by walking into the store with a smartphone in your pocket and giving the cashier your name.<p><a href="https://squareup.com/">Square</a>, a San Francisco-based payments startup unveiled <a href="http://news.starbucks.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=687">a deal</a> Wednesday with the world's largest coffee chain that will move its mobile payments products into Starbucks stores around the U.S. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:14:33 +0000 Steve Henn 5931 at http://www.kplu.org Starbucks adopting 'Square' payments; Will other merchants follow? Seattleites don’t swear (as much) at work, survey shows http://www.kplu.org/post/seattleites-don-t-swear-much-work-survey-shows <p>If you cuss at work, 57 percent of bosses say they are less likely to promote you and 64 percent will at best think less of you for it, according to <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/swearing-at-work-can-harm-your-career-prospects-finds-careerbuilder-survey-163665026.html">a survey by CareerBuilder.com</a>.</p><p>So, Seattleites should be getting ahead in the world since we didn&rsquo;t make the top ten cities in the U.S. for swearing at work.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:06:45 +0000 Jake Ellison 5731 at http://www.kplu.org Seattleites don’t swear (as much) at work, survey shows African-American hair braiders want easing of state licensing rules http://www.kplu.org/post/african-american-hair-braiders-want-easing-state-licensing-rules Some African-American hair stylists are objecting to an Oregon licensing rule that means they can't braid hair without taking a two-year course. And they’re asking state lawmakers to take up the cause.<p>Amber Starks wants to put her braiding skills to work as a volunteer for African-American children in foster care. The Oregon Department of Human Services embraced the idea. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:55:29 +0000 Chris Lehman 5680 at http://www.kplu.org African-American hair braiders want easing of state licensing rules A First As A Public Company, Microsoft Reports Quarterly Loss http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-reports-quarterly-loss-first-public-company Microsoft made a $6.2 billion accounting adjustment this quarter that threw it into negative territory for the first time as a public company, the AP reports.<p>Microsoft took the charge mostly based on the acquisition of aQuantive, an online advertising company Microsoft acquired in 2007.<p>As MSNBC reports, the "charge was an acknowledgement that the company's struggling online services division — which lost about half a billion dollars in the previous quarter — is a significant financial drag on the company." Microsoft, remember, is the owner of the search engine Bing.<p><a href="http://www Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:45:31 +0000 5653 at http://www.kplu.org A First As A Public Company, Microsoft Reports Quarterly Loss Oregon, Wash. Truck Inspections Turn Up Weary Drivers http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-washington-truck-inspections-turn-weary-drivers SALEM, Ore. – A joint effort in Oregon and Washington to make sure truckers are following safety rules turned up a higher than expected number of weary drivers. More than a quarter of drivers inspected in Oregon were found to be on the road when they shouldn't have been.<p>Truckers are required to take rest breaks every so often in order to ensure they're alert when they're behind the wheel. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:59:29 +0000 5634 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon, Wash. Truck Inspections Turn Up Weary Drivers