Topic: Business

UPDATE: Second Vacation Rental Forum Suggests 24-hour Complaint Hotline

Written on June 24, 2021 at 8:56 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network San Juan Islands Community Network’s second forum on vacation rentals was held June 17 to a Zoom audience of about 45. The forum, entitled “Common Ground” focused on areas of agreement and the best next steps to take. Watch it at sjicn.org/forums. Common Ground brought back the same panelists  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Leases Land for Hotel, Sells Kiosks to Ag Guild

Written on June 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update The Port of Friday Harbor made two recent deals to generate revenue. Lease for Hotel The port is leasing about 1.4 acres of the vacant, forested land between Webber Way and Franklin Drive for a developer to create lodging for travelers. Port Executive Director Todd Nicholson said the developer  Continue Reading

Attend Free, Online Class on Construction Contracts

Written on June 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Islanders seeking to make their construction businesses thrive are invited to an online class on contracts for contractors. The event is 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 23 over Zoom, with Jim McAdam, EA at Island Tax Service Inc. Builders will learn how to make sure everyone involved understands the  Continue Reading

Next Vacation Rental Forum Thursday on ‘Workable Solutions’

Written on June 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network The first of three forums addressing vacation rentals in the San Juan Islands was held June 9 to a Zoom audience of about 150 interested persons. Sponsored by the San Juan Islands Community Network, the forum “Discovery” was the first to address the much-discussed issue. Register for the second  Continue Reading

Learn Woodworking from San Juan Island Cabinetmakers

Written on June 14, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Class Intended to Create Jobs   From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Islanders seeking new careers are invited to learn woodworking basics in a free class offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. This course is intended to help people gain job skills and obtain economic stability. Jean Shearer and Nicholas  Continue Reading

Learn How to be a Construction Trainer In Free, Online Class

Written on June 13, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Tradespeople seeking a second career are invited to an online seminar called Work as a Construction Trainer offered by the Economic Development Council. Rich Jones, co-owner and training director of South Sound Residential LLC, and Al Audette, education and workforce development director at the BIAW, will speak  Continue Reading

Gilligans E-Bike Rental Shop Opens in Friday Harbor with ‘Three-Hour Tours’

Written on June 7, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Friday Harbor welcomed the new business Gilligans Island Style E-Bike Rentals to the community last Thursday with a ribbon cutting. After purchasing a pair of E-Bikes for themselves, Jodie and Doug DeNure were hooked. They decided to  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Vacation Rental Forum Wednesday June 9

Written on June 6, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network The number of vacation rentals in the San Juans has been a contentious issue in the county over the past few years. Letters to the Editor of local news outlets presented a divided community on the viability, use and number of vacation rentals throughout the islands. In an effort  Continue Reading

Join Adult Tap Dancing Class at Studio JAMM

Written on June 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Studio JAMM We have a beginner’s tap dance class starting 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 5-26 at Studio JAMM. The class is for ages 12 and up. Rachelle Radonski is our teacher and you won’t want to miss it!  If tap dancing is something you want to try, now is the time. The session will  Continue Reading

Ernie’s is Re-Opening

Written on June 3, 2021 at 3:50 pm, by

Story and photos by Louise Dustrude – The popular cafe at the airport, which closed in December, will be open once again on Saturday, June 5, with an expanded menu and expanded hours. Kristine Crossley will be the host and chef. Her husband, Jim Crossley, an aviation enthusiast, is currently refurbishing the building with the  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Turns 100 in 2021

Written on May 13, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild It seems like only a few years ago that the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild threw a grand opening party for our community’s beloved Brickworks building and plaza, but in fact, the original historic building is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. May is “History Lives Here” month  Continue Reading

Join Free Online Course on Sustainable Management through San Juan County EDC

Written on May 11, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan County Economic Development Council invites community leaders, legislators, entrepreneurs, and business owners to join in a free, two-day course in sustainability management, led by world-renowned expert in corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship, Nikos Avlonas. The course will cover in-depth, the topic of community and business  Continue Reading

Earn ‘Earth Activist’ Certificate in San Juan County EDC Online Business Course

Written on May 10, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan County Economic Development Council invites entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders to join in a free, five-week, intensive course in regenerative business design. Led by renowned permaculture designer and educator Patty Love, the course will guide participants through the steps necessary to build – or  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Hiring Part-time Maintenance Worker

Written on April 29, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Mullis Center The Mullis Center is looking to hire a part-time building and grounds maintenance worker. The position will be about 10 hours per week.  The organization requires 10 years of experience for the position. The Mullis Community Senior Center is designated as the Senior Services Center for San Juan Island. The organization  Continue Reading

Vendors can join San Juan County Fairgrounds Market Saturdays throughout Summer

Written on April 25, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Parks & Fair Calling all vendors for the new Fair Market Series at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The markets will be held on Saturdays throughout the summer.  As part of the 2021 Virtual San Juan County Fair “Lettuce Entertain Ewe,” the fairgrounds staff will be producing a Fair Market Series.  Continue Reading

Serendipity Books Open for Browsing

Written on April 15, 2021 at 6:36 am, by

Serendipity books has reopened for in-store browsing. The used bookstore has over 40,000 titles and a computerized inventory to help you find that book you’re looking for. They’re located just a block from the ferry lanes at 223 “A” Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 4pm. (360) 378-2665 serendipity@rockisland.com

Kids Can Join Hands-On Masonry Project Online With EDC, 4-H

Written on April 10, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Kids from all over San Juan County have a chance to do a free, fun masonry project put on by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and Washington State University Extension’s San Juan County 4-H Program. Dave Koch, retired stonemason, is donating his time and labor to  Continue Reading

San Juan County EDC Hosts CAD, 3D Printing Course

Written on April 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Those seeking to enter a new career or boost their job skills are invited to learn Computer Aided Design, or CAD, in a free, online class offered by the Economic Development Council. Brett Paul, staff engineer at Luxel, will be teaching a five-week introduction to CAD, from  Continue Reading

Apply For Washington State COVID Relief Grants For Agriculture

Written on April 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Agriculture The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 Sector Recovery grants are available thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, and will provide grant funds to small businesses in four sectors: Small-scale shellfish growers Farmers market organizations Agritourism farms Small breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Sculpture Park Hiring Summer Position

Written on April 5, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Sculpture Park San Juan Island Sculpture Park is looking for an activity coordinator from June through September. Duties include helping to select and facilitate two artist positions for our community art events scheduled every Saturday from June 19 through Sept. 4. Advance work would include event promotion and coordinating with artists.  Continue Reading

Sun-E-Land Bikes Visits San Juan Islands

Written on March 29, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Coming soon to visit Friday Harbor, Lopez, Orcas… Sun-E-Land Bikes is a new Electric Bicycle Company based in Bellingham, now open for business and will be coming to the San Juan Islands to feature and promote the Sun-E-Land City Cruiser. Matt Holmes is the owner and operator of Sun-E-Land Bikes. Sun-E-Land Bikes offers affordable electric  Continue Reading

EDC Breaks Down Business Grant Opening, Unemployment Benefits Extension

Written on March 19, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council The Working Washington 4 Portal opens March 29. Working Washington Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. To learn eligibility requirements, visit https://commercegrants.com. To register, visit  https://wsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/99271442 Unemployment benefits have  Continue Reading