December 2010

From this Issue

Family Business Awards: Cross-Generational Transition Winners (Tie): Canlis Restaurant and Dunn Lumber

Introducing the inaugural Washington Family Business Awards.

Exalted Greetings From Blaine, W... uh... Nigeria!

Kin’s six-week lifespan.

When life gives you lemons, make a quick sale and flee town.

We’d like to blame Qwest. We really would. Because we’re the phone company.

How not to sell your product.

Microsoft’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on Xbox Live.

Passive-agressive and anti-social? There’s an app for that.

The worst performing stocks in the Seattle Business Washington 80 Index, ranked by total return, Sept. 30, 2009-Sept. 30, 2010.

At Frontier Bank, the fine print in your employment contract says, “This document doesn’t apply to you.”

Taco Del Mar gets sold off like so much distressed real estate.

Rent-A-Center brings its rent-a-thugs to bear on creditors.

Unitus shuts down as soon as real money comes in.

Banking Boogaloo

Businesspeople behaving badly

Taking Classmates out back (and to court) for a lesson in deceptive marketing.

The Bad

The line of Boeing customers still waiting for their Dreamliners.





There will be more acquisitions of Washington companies by outsiders. You can bank on it.

More than 20 Washington companies were acquired by out-of-state buyers in 2010.

The best performing stocks in the Seattle Business Washington 80 Index, ranked by total return, Sept. 30, 2009-Sept. 30, 2010.

Wal-Mart and Target get a Jones for soda.

“Grab a beer and hit the chute.”

The Self-Sustaining Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction (Miller/Hull, Point 32, Schuchart, The Bullitt Foundation).

Most apt metaphor.

Most likely to take over the world—or get acquired trying.

Apple goes mainstream; cuts out the sex. AppstoreHQ sees a market opening.

Least likely to run for public office, most likely to be applauded for it.

Local companies celebrate big anniversaries

An unvarnished look back at the year 2010 in business.

Spokane’s Magnuson Hotels taps the power of the internet to give independent hotels the marketing clout of international chains.

Shiraz Balolia has turned his woodworking hobby into a multimillion-dollar business: Grizzly Industrial.

The renovated Pickford Cinema may be the spark that revitalizes downtown Bellingham.

The University of Washington Foster School of Business' former home, Balmer Hall, was considered an unpleasant learning environment. And ugly.

A custom print shop finds its future in social networking.

Seattle startup NanoIce rolls out a better way of keeping fresh food fresh.

Regarding Bill Virgin’s column on SoDo (“The Old Industrial
October 2010)—well, he got most of it right.

Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Business advice to a young oligarch making his way in the world.

Leslie HelmWhen we first launched our Family Business Awards earlier this year, I was a bit nervous. Despite two decades of business reporting, I knew little about family businesses.

Seattle’s pretensions as a world-class city haven’t panned out, but global health might put us on the map ... if we’re willing to work for it.

The new reality of the world of work is that finding productive work is often at odds with finding a job.

For-profit schools are facing criticism and scrutiny, some of which is necessary. But let’s not overreact: We need these schools.

How to improve your chances of collecting accounts receivable in a down economy.