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DATE: March 18, 2011 2:42:09 PM PDT
Owners of 12 Local Businesses to be Honored by SBDC as Part of 'Mom-and-Pop Business Owners Day' March 29

Contact: Jennifer Shelton, director, Western Washington University Small Business Development Center, (360) 778-1762 

BELLINGHAM ­– Twelve husband-and-wife business owners around Whatcom County have won a complimentary dinner, drinks, and entertainment as part of celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day on March 29, sponsored by Western Washington University’s  Small Business Development Center, Sustainable Connections, and The Downtown Bellingham Partnership.

Congratulations to Dan and Barbara Sanford, owners of Launching Success Learning Store; Steve and Genevie Ruguski, owners of Fairhaven Runners; Marsha McKenzie and Michael Cain, owners of  Pacific Martial Arts; Michele and Aaron Sanger, owners of Living Earth Herbs; Janet and Michael Hodgin, owners of Kids Northwest; Marguerite and Ken Ryan, owners of The Bagelry; Eric and Kae Moe, owners of Kulshan Cycles; Jeff Panko and Jody Hove, owners of Graham’s Store; Jan Brumsfield and John Wiggens, owners of Twin Sisters Electric; Bernie and Kristen Hansen, owners of HB Hansen Construction; Eric and Lylene Johnson, owners of The Johnson Team; and Dale and Linda Glen, owners of NW Heavy Equipment Repair.

These couples will receive dinner at The Amadeus Project, catered by Fool’s Onion, with desert provided by Sirena Gelato. Drinks will be provided by The North Fork Brewing Company, entertainment will be provided by The Upfront Theatre Improv Workshop, and during dinner, Andrea Rackl, owner of The Amadeus Project, will be playing improv composition on a grand piano.

The winning names were randomly drawn out of 94 husband-and-wife business owner applicants who registered to participate in a map/directory featuring husband-and-wife business owners in Whatcom County; all 94 will be listed.

The community is invited to pick up a map as part of the national holiday promotion to recognize the many husband and wife business owner teams we have in Whatcom County and to support doing business with them.

Maps will be available from March 21 at the following locations in Bellingham, as well as at the Ferndale and Lynden Chambers of Commerce:

Thank you to sponsors Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC)

Interconnect Systems, Jonathan Rands Attorney at Law, and Backcountry Essentials.

SBDC’s are the nation’s leading resource for in-depth business counseling, high quality management education, quick access to information and broad-based technical assistance. For more information on the free business-counseling services the SBDC provides, contact Jennifer Shelton, director, Western Washington University Small Business Development Center, at (360) 778-1762.

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