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Windermere Property Management/West Sound announced that Liz Bailey has joined their property management team.

Bailey is a Seattle native and has been a Kitsap County resident for more than 30 years. She has a professional background in the field of architecture and has participated in design and construction projects both here and abroad. She also has experience as a development consultant to small businesses and nonprofit organizations, as well as experience with real estate investments and property management.

She can be reached at (206) 910-1800 or at LizBailey [at] Windermere [dot] com.


Karin Kay Properties has announced that Katie McClelland has joined the Silverdale-based firm as their newest real estate broker.

The office is at 3594 NW Byron St., Suite 105, in Silverdale. Phone: (360) 620-1786.


Tim Thomson doesn't own an airplane — and doesn't plan to after retirement — but he's had the chance to keep flying this airplane (and others) several times a year as part of his job as Port of Bremerton CEO. (Rodika Tollefson Photo)The idea of retirement is not new to Port of Bremerton CEO Tim Thomson. But when he retired in 1999 from the Navy, he knew a second career was ahead. This time, when he leaves his office at the port’s headquarters for the last time at the end of December, he is certain he’s retiring for good.

“I’m not looking to do any consulting work. I want to leave the calendar open,” said Thomson, a 17-year Port Orchard resident. read more »


Matt Carter, who helped organize this year's inaugural Chocolate Festival in Port Orchard, is planning to open another store in Tacoma. (Tim Kelly Photo)The owner of Carter’s Chocolates in Port Orchard has plans to expand his business with a store in Tacoma, and he’s running a Kickstarter campaign to give that effort a boost.

Matt Carter, whose store is on Bethel Avenue near downtown Port Orchard, said he’s been a vendor before at a couple Tacoma community festivals. He thinks his business would do well there because there’s no purveyor of handmade chocolates, fudge and ice cream there. read more »


Rick and Heather Slate with Carrie Abernathy, center, are the principals in Sterling Property Group in Silverdale.Sterling Property Group in Silverdale was established in 2013 by Ted Abernathy and Rick Slate, who had more than 40 years of combined experience in real estate.

The business lost Abernathy when he passed away in July after a battle with cancer, but his wife Carrie shared his passion for the real estate industry and recently joined the Sterling team.

Sterling Property Group’s office is in the Yacht Club Building, 9226 Bayshore Drive NW, Suite 140. Website: www.sterlinggroup360.com.

Cover Story
Bremerton woman has a holiday hit with her handmade F.R.O.G. Soap using a unique ingredient

Cover Story: Gifted entrepreneurLaura Kneib found a forgotten family keepsake last year, something that had been packed away with her late mother’s belongings for a long time. It wasn’t heirloom jewelry or vintage clothing or an old photo album.

It was two bars of soap, wrapped in wax paper.

It has sentimental value because it’s soap that Kneib and her mother made themselves, maybe 40 years ago or more, when their family lived in rural West Virginia and owned a general store that she describes as “an old-fashioned mercantile.”

Today, Kneib is a fledgling entrepreneur whose handmade soaps are fragrant, artistic creations, but they have something in common with the plain white squares of homemade soap from her youth. read more »


Crystal StarThe Alliance of Women Owned Businesses is requesting nominations of exceptional women business owners for the 2014 Crystal Star Awards.

AWOB wants to recognize outstanding women business owners in the four counties where the group’s members operate (Pierce, Kitsap, Mason and Thurston.) Nominations and applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, and membership in AWOB is not required.

The nomination form and the complete awards application are available online at www.AWOBwomen.org/crystal-star . The gala event announcing the winners will be May 15. read more »


BoardSource, a national organization that provides support and training for nonprofits, has announced that Doña Keating of Bainbridge Island has been named a Certified Governance Trainer (CGT). Keating was part of a group of 24 international experts invited to participate, and joined this select group of expert trainers that begins with completing a rigorous application process, exclusive professional development, and a certification course. Keating is the first and only CGT who is certified to deliver BoardSource’s nonprofit governance trainings in the Pacific Northwest region and Alaska.

For nearly 25 years, BoardSource has been supporting and promoting excellence in nonprofit board service by providing cutting-edge thinking and resources on board effectiveness and by engaging and developing the next generation of board leaders. The Certified Governance Trainers are proficient in board governance topics, advanced facilitation techniques, and the BoardSource training methodology. read more »


SEATTLE — Prohibition Brands Inc, a new Seattle-based marijuana research and development firm, has announced the hiring of James Stapleton as chief financial officer. Stapleton has been CFO of Bainbridge Island-based Ozone International since August 2012, and before then had held the same position at Jones Soda Co. in Seattle.

Prohibition Brands, which registered as a corporation in Washington in September, also announced the hiring of chief operating officer Roger Adami, formerly principal scientist at Phizer Pharmaceuticals. The company additionally has acquired the advising services of James Arkebauer, a Denver-based venture capitalist and IPO expert. read more »

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