Topic: Business

OPALCO Suspends Late Fees and Disconnects During COVID-19

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Co-op Committed to Keeping Islanders Energized The OPALCO Board of Directors suspended late fees on member bills and service disconnects to support members affected by COVID-19 effective immediately and for the next 60 days. A full COVID-19 program is quickly being developed to ensure reliable power delivery in the islands as disruptions and human impacts multiply and  Continue Reading

San Juan Farmers Market Suspends Saturday Market

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

The SJI Farmers Market is *cancelled* this weekend. We are working to find the best ways to support our local farmers and provide nutritious food for the community, while also ensuring that the health needs of everyone are met. Stay tuned for a list of local CSA/farm-stands currently operating. We plan to be open *outside* and  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

Written on March 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm, by

The safety of our island communities is our highest priority. In light of growing concerns about COVID-19, the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization (DMO) for the San Juan Islands, is encouraging visitors to postpone their travel plans to the San Juans to limit the potential spread of the virus.  We are  Continue Reading

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written on March 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm, by

Thanks to San Juan County Economic Development Council for this message… The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by  Continue Reading

Islander’s Bank Closes Lobby – Drive-Up Window To Remain Open

Written on March 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm, by

Effective Monday, March 16, Islanders Bank’s lobby will be closed until further notice.  Please conduct your banking transactions through our drive-up window.  Mobile & Online Banking are available to our customers, if you have not yet established these banking methods, please call us or visit our website: www.Islandersbank.com.   Be ready to provide your Security Code  Continue Reading

Farmer’s Market Stays Open, Takes Measures For Public Health

Written on March 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm, by

Dear San Juan Island Market Shoppers, As a small island community, there is a growing concern here in San Juan County regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has all of us thinking about the precautions we need to take to stay healthy. As an organization rooted in community connections and health, we  Continue Reading

OPALCO Offices Close For Safety – Business Remains Open

Written on March 13, 2020 at 5:20 am, by

Contact OPALCO by telephone or email to prevent viral spread. OPALCO is closing its offices to the public on Monday, March 16 in order to help keep co-op staff healthy and our system running smoothly. All business services are available by telephone and online. “We are open for business,” said General Manger Foster Hildreth. “We  Continue Reading

Islanders Bank: We Care About Your Health

Written on March 11, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

At Islanders Bank, we value the health and safety of our communities, customers and employees. In light of recent concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are monitoring and following all CDC and health department prevention recommendations. Customers are encouraged to stay home if you’re ill. Islanders Bank offers 24/7 online & mobile banking tools enabling  Continue Reading

EDC Presents: Two Free Courses

Written on March 5, 2020 at 5:10 am, by

Value Added 101 – Increase Farm Profits Increase farm profits with food processing. Whether you grow a lot of food or a little, value-added food processing is a great way to start – or expand – an agricultural business. Join us to learn how to turn straw into gold in this informative and FREE 90  Continue Reading

Emergency Preparedness for Business

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County/Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is hosting a no-cost, 8 hour training for island businesses to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and disruption to their business. When: Tuesday March 31st, 8:30am – 5:00pm Where: Friday Harbor (exact location is to be determined) To Register: CLICK HERE  Continue Reading

Girlfriends’ 8th Anniversary

Written on February 25, 2020 at 8:19 am, by

Celebrate Girlfriends’ 8th Anniversary this weekend! Enjoy cupcakes by Felicitations and chocolates by SJ Roasting Company as you help Debbie D and the girls celebrate. We can’t wait for you to leap into Girlfriends Friday and Saturday, February 28 & 29, 10am to 5:30pm, or march in Sunday, March 1, 10am to 3pm. New inventory  Continue Reading

Value-Added 101

Written on February 17, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

EDC, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild offer Value-Added 101 course Whether you grow a lot of food products or a little, value-added food processing is a great way to start – or expand – an ag business.   Farmers and food business owners can join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and the San  Continue Reading

Are You Considering Selling Your Property?

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

By Merri Ann Simonson Thinking about selling your property? You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below. This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that information. This list is to prepare sellers in  Continue Reading

Luxel Filters on Solar Mission

Written on February 12, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this announcement from Travis Ayers of Luxel Corp… Dear Editor, I wondered if you would want to share this news with your readers. On Sunday night the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, FL. Luxel has three sets of filters  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month – Alisha Merrick

Written on February 5, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Alisha Merrick moved to San Juan Island in the fall of 2012 with only a carload of her favorite most important things. Having no real studio, she painted watercolors, drew pictures and took photographs of all things that inspired her. Eventually she rented a space in a glass studio on her road in the woods  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 31, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle Video series. This one shares with you Real Estate in 2020 with Purple Power…

Goodbye Dr. Gossom – Hello Dr. House

Written on January 29, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

People were all but spilling out into the street from the party for Dr. Burk Gossom and Dr. Will House Saturday afternoon. Burk, who broke his ankle running outside his home in December, stood on one leg with his knee resting on a mobile device — “I don’t know what it’s called! I just know  Continue Reading

Business Management & Leadership Skills

Written on January 26, 2020 at 5:39 am, by

Higher-wage employment can be open to many who learn the skills of business management and leadership.  The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) invites workers in the San Juan Islands to join in a Business Management & Leadership Skills course; business owners and managers are also encouraged to enroll employees.  This for-credit course will  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Honors Health Coach Graduates – Gifts Community Scholarship

Written on January 25, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., Jan. 21, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center recently recognized the first group of caregivers earning health coach certification as a result of its Integrated Nutrition Pathways Scholarship program. The program, which awards scholarships to PeaceHealth caregivers to become a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), is the  Continue Reading

Retirement Party

Written on January 23, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Dr. Burk Gossom is retiring after 40+ years of service and dedication to healthcare on San Juan Island. Please join your friends and neighbors in saying Thank You! January 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the SJI Grange Let’s show our appreciation to Dr. Gossom and say hello to Dr. William House. Bring your  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners

Written on January 23, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Announcing – Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island We are back after our beautiful week of snow!  Kitchen Sink Dinners. This Thursday, January 23rd from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Cynthia’s Bistro – 65 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to  Continue Reading

Why Be a Chamber Member?

Written on January 23, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Chamber Chat: January 2020 Scott Sluis, Islanders Bank Sr. Loan Officer & Board President of San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce checks in with the January 2020 edition of Chamber Chat: It has come to my attention and that of the Chamber that some people wonder “why be a member of the Chamber?” Well allow  Continue Reading