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WA CASH Program grows and evolves to fill a real need

When Janette Pulido decided to open a hair salon with Mayte Madera, the task seemed overwhelming. But unlike many nascent entrepreneurs, Pulido had help. A participant in the Washington CASH program, she was able to learn about sales forecasting, money management, research and business planning — all before opening her business.

“I feel like it’s a lot easier than it would have been without their help,” she says. The two women opened their new salon, Mayte N Janette, on North Callow Avenue in Bremerton in March, and right away they had five to seven walk-ins a day, more than the four clients they had forecasted. They hope to expand the business by offering two of the four chairs for lease. read more »

Windermere's Pennington Decides To Call It A Career

Newly retired Realtor Don Pennington When Don Pennington was a relative beginner in the real estate market, he recalls selling seven homes a w\eek, sometimes three in a day. More than three decades later, in 2008, his sales consisted of two or three homes during the entire year. And while he calls that the low point of his 35-year career, the “Dean of Real Estate” — an accolade actually bestowed upon him in a Business Journal article many years ago — has much to be proud of as he tucks away his “sold” signs for good.

It may be hard to believe Pennington — who was well-known for his courteous manner, his Lincoln Continental, sharp dress, and trademark hat — retired in January at age 76. He’s still giving advice without being prompted however. “It’s the best time to buy property since I’ve been in real estate,” he says. “The Kitsap economy is good, interest rates are as low as I can foresee in the far future, and the sellers are willing… I personally think interest rates will go up to 12 percent or more in the next three years. With the massive borrowing of the present administration, inflation is inevitable and interest rates follow inflation.” read more »

Poulsbo students attend "Auto Buying 101" at Liberty Bay Auto

Car buying can be an intimidating experienced even for seasoned consumers, let alone for young people looking for their first car. In February, Liberty Bay Auto took some of the mystery out of that event for a group of Poulsbo teenagers.

Ninth graders from Christ the King Academy in Poulsbo attended a field trip to Liberty Bay Auto, where Doug Houghton talked to them about car buying basics. read more »


For the first time ever, residents of South Kitsap won’t need to drive to either of Harrison Medical Center’s emergency rooms in Bremerton or Silverdale when they experience a medical problem in the middle of the night — or any other time of day for that matter. The services they need are now available at Harrison’s new Port Orchard facility, located at 450 South Kitsap Blvd., immediately east of the Highway 16/Tremont Street exit. read more »


The Doctors Clinic has acquired Cavalon Place at 2011 Myhre Road in Silverdale, a 36,000-square-foot office building in The Highlands development. First and second floor improvements are now under construction for what will become the fourth physician office location for The Doctors Clinic in Silverdale. Investment firm Smith Barney will continue to occupy the third floor as a tenant of The Doctors Clinic. read more »


Locally owned businesses are having a tough time dealing with the economy, the financial crisis, the hesitant shoppers during an election year, and all the other news about trouble that pops up daily. Various local businesses have closed doors and some may follow suit if the Christmas sales don’t pick up. read more »


WaveDivision Holdings LLC is gearing up to launch a new division in 2009 that will offer services to businesses. The division will include new services like Web hosting and commercial phone products while expanding on existing services such as data connectivity.

Steve Weed, company founder and CEO, said this is one of the company’s top initiatives. “We find ourselves with probably the best fiber-optic network on the market… read more »


Surgeons at Harrison Medical Center have a new “assistant” for performing surgeries for several conditions: a robot. Called the da Vinci Surgical System, the state-of-the-art machine is one of about 14 around the state.

Unlike a true robot, the system is not programmable and does not work on its own. Instead, the surgeon uses his or her hands to maneuver micro-instruments while receiving a magnified, three-dimensional, high-definition view of the operating site. read more »


The Homebuilders Association of Kitsap County proudly recognized the best work its 500+ members had to offer for 2008, honoring the winners of it annual showcase event, the Parade of Homes. This year’s Parade, which was held the weekend of August 2-3, featured 25 homes located from Gig Harbor to Port Ludlow. The winners were announced at the annual Parade Banquet, held at the Silverdale Hotel on Aug. 22. read more »

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