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Sultan, WA 98294
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Phone: 360-793-0983
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Sky Valley Chamber Weekly Newsletter 

October 13, 2017


Rummage Sale Oct. 14 & 15 at the Startup Event Center (gym). Let me know if you have cool stuff you’d like to donate. (no clothes please) Or just drop by on Saturday with your donations. Thanks! Debbie 425-238-2651


Help Needed! The Bush House project is needing some pump jack scaffolding. Anyone out there who could help out? Thanks! Call Blair if you can help out at 360-793-1705 or 425-346-3313.


At The Library

For more information on any of these events contact the Sultan Library at 360-793-1695 Ext 4301

Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library are in need of children’s books to give away at upcoming events. If you’d like to help them provide books to children drop your gift by the Library at any time.

Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business, Saturday, October 21, 10-11:30 am
Why would a small business want to consider a retirement plan? Come and find out the many reasons how a retirement plan helps a small business. Pre-registration required. Presenter: Gary Gray from U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Ready Readers

Preschool Storytime – Let imaginations run wild with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading. Playtime or craft may follow. For ages 3 to 5 years. Supported by Friends of the Sultan Library. Mondays in October, 11 am

Toddler Storytime – Jump and bounce into a magical world of stories, music and movements that nurture the desire to read in toddlers. Caregiver required. Supported by the Friends of the Sultan Library. Thursdays in October, 10 am

All Ages

Trunk or Treat! – Our Friends of the Library will be handing out books and candy! Our staff can answer your questions about upcoming storytimes, kindergarten readiness and early literacy, fall family programming, and library services such as free online homework tutors through our website! Take a selfie with library mascot Sully the Bear, who will have a Halloween costume on! Supported by Friends of the Sultan Library. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4:30 – 6 pm

Adults

Drop-in Job Help, Every Wednesday, 2-4 pm – Where support for most job-match sites stops at the keyboard, WorkSource and Sno-Isle Libraries offer you access to career specialists who can help you with your job hunt. Let the WorkSource Team help you with answers to your job search, resume, career coaching and other questions you may have concerning getting back to work, finding a better job or advancing your career. Drop in and see a WorkSource specialist right here.

English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Acquisition (ELA) Conversation Café – Come, meet new friends, practice English conversation, and improve your speaking skills – it’s free! All sessions are facilitated by trained volunteers. All Adult English language learners are welcome! Open to the public. Conversation Cafe is sponsored by the BRIDGES Program, Everett Community College. Tuesdays in October, 6 – 7:30 pm


Could the future be full of gardeners and singing? Three speakers at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 may help answer that question.

Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard will join nine other presenters as they share their stories from 1-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

Over the past two weeks, the first six speakers were revealed. They are:

  • Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek
  • Nic O’Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

“There will be 12 speakers at this year’s event,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. The final three speakers will be announced the week of Oct. 2. “All of these speakers come right from our communities. I think people will find their ‘ideas worth spreading’ very exciting.”

Nine community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties will host events to view the livesteam video from Kamiak. The libraries will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish. There will also be a viewing site at Gencare in Granite Falls

While admission to Kamiak and the viewing sites is free, reservations are required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made online. When registration opens, a link will be available at sno-isle.org/tedx.

This is the third year of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. New to the event is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers, both in person and online

“There will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers,” Harvey said. In addition to the live videostream of the event, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.

During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They’ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.

“I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive

Working-lunch Webinars Serve-up Help for Busy Business Types

Business owners and potential entrepreneurs are busy people who barely have time for lunch, let alone step away in the middle of the day.

To make taking a break more productive, Sno-Isle Libraries will offer a series of free webinars from noon-1 p.m., every Monday in November. The “Plan for Profit” sessions will focus on resources and skills business owners and entrepreneurs can put to use. Presenters will include members of the Sno-Isle Libraries Business Services Team members.

“We know that business owners want training, but need flexibility,” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services. “By hosting these trainings online and as a lunchtime series, we hope to make it easier for business people to participate.

“People can join the webinars by computer or their phone and learn how the library can help their business, all while eating lunch.”

The webinars will be interactive Rodeheaver said: “Attendees will be able to ask us questions, participate in polls and give us their feedback on what’s most useful for them in their businesses.”

For those who can’t take a lunch break, the webinars will be recorded and available online for later viewing. Information about registering for the free webinars is available at sno-isle.org/profit. The webinars are scheduled for:

Plan for Profit: Write a Business Plan

Nov.  6 – Did you know that business owners who put their plan in writing have a higher success rate? Learn why it’s important to write a business plan, the basic components of a plan, how to find sample business plans that match your business concept, then find resources to guide you through the process.

Plan for Profit: Find Your Customers

Nov. 13 – Entrepreneurs, come learn how to do strategic market research for your business by discovering your B2C (business to consumer) customers. This class will cover how to identify the names, addresses, and phone numbers of potential new customers based on their interests, incomes and buying potential. Note: If you are operating a B2B business, attend “Find Your Competitors” to learn how to find your business customers.

Plan for Profit: Understand Your Competitors

Nov. 20 – This class will cover how to find information about your competitors and understand where you fit in the market. You will learn how to quickly analyze your competitors or B2B (business to business) customers using built-in data visualization tools. 

Plan for Profit: Market Potential & Your Market Share

Nov. 27 – Entrepreneurs will learn how to maximize their market share by looking at industry trends, finding customers and competitors, and determining your market potential.

Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email and reminder emails in the days leading up to the event.

“These webinars will expose business people to the array of market research tools that they can access for free with their library cards,” Rodeheaver said. “And for those who don’t yet have a card, those are also free with online registration available.” 

 

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