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Lightening The Care Giving Load With FirstLight

FirstLight Home Care Owner Sarah Lane

I love small businesses that pursue excellence, especially the ones who have humble beginnings and are dedicated to providing a solution for life’s challenges. First Light Home Care does this by providing quality care-giving services to families who have members needing assistance. Their services range from companion, personal care and dementia care, to respite and travel companionship.

During my interview with owner Sarah Lane, who owns the business with her husband Greg, I learned that the passion to serve the elderly started early in her adult life and has brought much satisfaction today. Voted Best Of The South Sound 2015 and Best Of The South Sound 2016, with only three years running, the business helps families of the elderly have peace of mind by providing excellent care giving services with high standards. Sarah not only hires caregivers who meet above-Washington State standards, but also considers, before making the hiring decision, “would I trust this person with my own parents?” and makes it a practice to only hire people who are caring and compassionate. This to me speaks volumes about the care FirstLight provides to their clients. Her staff, which is the bread and butter of her business, is very important to her. She is proud of them and considers it a privilege to participate in helping people “put food on the table.”

 

What I like about Sarah, the heart of FirstLight, is that she is humble, high achieving and seeks to benefit her clients. I highly recommend anyone looking for quality care givers to let FirstLight help.

Business Networking in Western WA February, March, April 2017

Are you a new business professional in Western Washington? Have you been in business but want to expand your network? Are you in sales, marketing or nonprofits and are interested in raising visibility for your organization? If so, then here’s the list for you if you want to network from Centralia to Seattle. Be sure to check out the links before you plan to go to any of the events and groups, as times, dates or locations may change (information is based off org website information at the time of this post). Business networking events are good way to meet owners or contacts from businesses of all sizes, depending on the community and event. If you find some whom you’d like to get to know to be a resource to or to ask questions about their industry, follow up is key! Set up a coffee meeting for a one-on-one to learn more about them and get to know them. Don’t try to sell! Not a good way to get to know people and build business relationships. Repetition and consistency leads to reliability and credibility.

This list is not comprehensive but will give you a good start or more options, if you’re a seasoned networking veteran. If you found these beneficial, know of others I should add to the list or anything else, please feel free to leave a comment. Happy networking!

img_3046February

  • Thurston Chamber Morning Mixxer at Greene Realty 1722 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 7:30-8:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Emerald Queen Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Forum: Education Summit, Saint Martin Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017,11:30-1:30pm (More Info)
  • Alliance of Women Owned Business, The INN at Gig Harbor 3211 56th Street Northwest, Gig Harbor, Washington 98335. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer Iron Horse 333 15th Street NE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Puyallup Sumner Chamber Business After Hours Columbia Bank 4220 S Meridian Puyallup WA 98373. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Business Awards & Recognition Luncheon Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport 22406 Pacific Highway South Des Moines, WA 98198. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Toast of Seattle at Il Fornaio 600 Pine St Suite 132, Pacific Place, Seattle, WA, 98101. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 7:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Luncheon Featuring: WorkWell Awards – A Celebration of the Healthy Workplace Pacific Grill Events Center 1530 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Forum at O’Blarney’s 221 N Tower St, Centralia, WA 98531. Monday, February 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499.Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503.Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501.Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017,7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Innovation Awards W Seattle Hotel 1112 4th Ave Seattle WA, 98101. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Well Women Wednesday, Tumwater Curves 7249 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm ($5 at the Door More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  •  Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce WIBLI “21” Lunch – Winter 2017 1301 Fifth Ave, Suite 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM (More Info)
  • Network After Work Seattle At Hard Rock Café 116 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber-After Hours Gordon Thomas Honeywell 1201 Pacific Ave Ste 2100 Tacoma, WA 98402-4314. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Business After Hours At Cabinets By Trivonna, 444 Lacey Blvd Ste G, Lacey, WA. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Business After Hours Chehalis Theater 558 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis. Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer BSB & Raw Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Economic Forecast and Prosperity Awards Emerald Queen Conference Center 5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, February 17, 2017, 8:00am-9:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Courtyard by Marriott 16038 W Valley Hwy Tukwila, WA 98188. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm (More Info)
  • TAG Thurston Advertising Group Freestyle Networking Event 2302 Harrison Ave NW Ste 101, Olympia, WA 98502. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Café Pacific Catering, 4402 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber West Side Wakeup! Allenmore Pavilion 2013 S Cedar St. **Building number is 2125**Tacoma, WA 98405. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Alliance of Women Owned Business Women-Owned Nights, Location TBA Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm  (More Info)

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March

  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber Forum Saint Martin’s Worthington Center 5300 Pacific Avenue Lacey, WA  98503. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:30am-1:15pm (More Info)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Morning Buzz 14220 Interurban Ave S #134 Tukwila, WA 98168. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Wine & Caviar, 2402 A Street SE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Puyallup Sumner Chamber Wake Up At Dillanos 1607 45th St Sumner, WA. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8:00-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 3, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Morning Mixxer TBD. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30am-8:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Speed Networking Saint Martin’s University – Norman Worthington Conference Center 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Iron Horse 333 15th Street NE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Emerald Queen Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Forum, Best of the South Sound Saint Martin Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Luncheon Pacific Grill Events Center 1530 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402. Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Forum at O’Blarney’s 221 N Tower St, Centralia, WA 98531. Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Well Women Wednesday, Tumwater Curves 7249 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm ($5 at the door, More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer BSB & Raw Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Puyallup Sumner Chamber Annual Workforce Connections Breakfast Pioneer Park Pavilion 330 S Meridian Puyallup, WA. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:00-9:30am (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber-After Hours & Business Expo 2017 Freighthouse Square 2501 E D St Tacoma, WA 98421. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 17, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Seattle Network After Work At Amber 2214 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA. Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Toast of Seattle at City University 521 Wall St, Seattle, WA, 98121. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Green River Cyclery & Busted Bike Café & Tap House, 8 S Division St, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 24, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber St. Martin’s Alumni Association Capital Food and Wine Festival, Saint Martin’s Pavilion & Worthington Center 5300 Pacific Avenue Lacey, WA  98503. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00-9:00pm (More Info)
  • Alliance of Women Owned Business Women-Owned Nights, Location TBA Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm  (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Mega Mixer at Merrill Gardens, 15 S Division St, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber West Side Wakeup! Allenmore Pavilion 2013 S Cedar St. **Building number is 2125**Tacoma, WA 98405. Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 31, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)

April

  • Puget Sound Business Journal BizWomen Mentoring Monday Washington Athletic Club 1325 6th Ave Seattle, WA 985101. Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Morning Mixxer TBD. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:30-8:30am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber Forum Saint Martin’s Worthington Center 5300 Pacific Avenue Lacey, WA  98503. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:30am-1:15pm (More Info)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Morning Buzz 14220 Interurban Ave S #134 Tukwila, WA 98168. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 8:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Wine & Caviar, 2402 A Street SE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 7, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Forum at O’Blarney’s 221 N Tower St, Centralia, WA 98531. Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Forum, Thurston Green Business Hotel RL Olympia – Downstairs Ballroom 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW Olympia, WA 98502. Wednesday, April 12, 2017,11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Emerald Queen Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Iron Horse 333 15th Street NE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Tacoma Pierce County Chamber Luncheon Pacific Grill Events Center 1530 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402. Friday, April 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer BSB & Raw Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber-After Hours Image 360 3838 S Warner St. Tacoma, WA 98409. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 21, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce IN-NW Digital Marketing Conference 2017 Showbox SoDo 1700 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98134. Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm (More Info)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Dawn of a New Day Benefit Breakfast DoubleTree Hilton Airport 18740 International Blvd Seattle, WA 98188. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30-10:00am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Café Pacific Catering, 4402 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber West Side Wakeup! Allenmore Pavilion 2013 S Cedar St. **Building number is 2125**Tacoma, WA 98405. Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)

Links:

Alliance of Business Owned Women

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce

Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce

Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce

IgniteU Networking Group

Lacey South Sound Chamber

Network After Work Seattle

Puget Sound Business Journal

Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

The IN TEAM Networking Group

Thurston Chamber of Commerce Events

Just Like Family!

The world is full great businesses. Before I got into business, I didn’t pay much attention except when the business provided bad service or the prices were unreasonable. (I still pay attention to that) However, I love finding businesses that provide either a unique product or service, or have amazing staff that treats customers like family. Sandstone Distillery is one of those kinds of businesses that treat you like family the moment you walk in. The business is run by husband and wife, John and Jenni Bourdon, along with their son, Justin, and makes all of their spirits (including bacon whiskey) onsite. John tells the story, Jenni serves you up some samples and Justin explains the distilling process. Heck, you may even see the other family members pitching in, here and there.

They offer their local products in establishments around Thurston County, Washington, but are gaining visibility at various festivals, networking groups and Total Wine in Western Washington. They’ll even set you up with gift packs! If you’re ever in Tenino, Washington, you’ve got to check them out at 842 Wright Rd SE Tenino, WA, 98589, email them or call (360) 239-7272. They’re definitely special people!

Little Town That Boasts A Big Brew

The tech industry has been good to Kit Larimer. He’s worked for big companies, including Microsoft, as well as some electronics companies. But his small hometown of Cle Elum was calling him back. However, after making a decent living, what could the small town offer him that would keep him gainfully employed?Roslyn Brew Company8

Roslyn Brewing Company had been in business for 14 years when Kit was evaluating his options. The craft brewery, located on 207 Pennsylvania Avenue in Roslyn, Washington, was just what he was looking for. That was in 2004. Kit’s now owned the brewery for 12 yrs, which, at that time, offered two brews: Brookside and Roslyn. Now, he’s added 4 more (Red Lager, Belgium Ale, India Pale Ale, Boomtown Ale) and is working on a 5th. Currently, Roslyn Brewing Company beers are sold at bottle shops and served at fine establishments around Washington State. Lucky for Washingtonians!Roslyn Brew Company2Roslyn Brew Company

Next time you’re in Washington State, stop by Gravity Beer in Olympia, Washington, 99 Bottles in Federal Way or the over 150+ locations around Washington State and try one of their brews.

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