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Museum thankful for multiple awards 

Wenatchee, WA – As Americans gather to count their blessings next week, the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center finds itself especially grateful. In the last two weeks, the museum has been awarded seven grants and one very special opportunity.

  • The Forest Classroom Project –The forest classroom project brings students to the forest for a field experience designed to give future policy leaders and decision makers along with adults a hands-on multimedia and outdoor experience focused on the health of our wild lands and role all of us will play in sustaining one of our greatest resources. Learning goals include gaining an understanding of fire as an integral part of the ecosystem, the impact of megafires on the personal health and community vitality of this region and the need to develop a fire management plan for the east slopes of the Cascades. The $5,000 STEM field grant from Washington STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is part of the $110,000 grant awarded to Apple STEM and will provide funding for this dynamic program. This project is a collaboration with The Wildfire Project, an organization committed to educating communities to better prepare themselves to co-exist with the natural phenomenon of wildfire.
  • Coyote’s Corner and Inspiration Station – These are hands-on learning centers in the museum designed specifically for young children.  Coyote’s Corner and Inspiration Station bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) learning to children and their caregivers at no cost.  Among the featured activities are gears, tangrams, a sensory board, felt board, a ping pong ball run, artist of the month and craft of the month projects.  We received a $3,000 from US Bank to help ensure that our Coyote’s Corner room stays free to the public. We also were given a $5,000  Frederick Johnson Award from the Community Foundation to support the cost of materials purchased for Coyote’s Corner and Inspiration Station and ensure that it stays free to the public.
  • People of our Past – February 2017 marks the 10th annual presentation, where people from the Wenatchee Valley’s past are brought to life by local performers. People of our Past connects textbook learning to real people, their lives and the time and place in which they lived. The character research required to fully develop each person’s story often leads to additions to the museum collection and a richer telling of our shared history. Their stories help us better understand the decisions that shaped the look and feel of our present community. The museum has added a fourth showing to the line up to handle the crowds who are riveted by these fascinating characters. We were just awarded a $5,000 grant from the Woods Art Fund at Community Foundation of North Central Washington (CFNCW), which will offset a small portion of the cost of this extensive production.
  • Ice Age Adventures – We live in a geological wonderland made all the more fascinating if you know what to look for as you survey our beautiful valley.  Students in 2nd, 4th and 5th grades learn about the ice age floods and Clovis culture. Activities include flint knapping, atl-atl demonstrations, archeological digging, fossil exploration, ice age flood re-enactment, storytelling from the Clovis exhibit and so much more.  It is an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression. And it helps teachers meet required grade level standards.  We are planning to have more than 3,600 students take part in this winter’s program.  Busing and program expenses for an adventure this comprehensive are significant. We are proud to have received three grants for this program, including:
    • $1,000 for NCW Foundation for Youth to subsidize entrance fees
    • $5,000 from Wenatchee Central Lions’ Kingston Memorial Fund to directly subsidize the busing and student entrance fees
    • $9,000 Regional Impact Grant from CFNCW

In addition to all of these grants, the Ice Age Adventures program has been selected by the Community Foundation for inclusion in this year’s GiveNCW crowd funding campaign.  GiveNCW runs from Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. Donations of $10 or more can be given through www.GiveNCW.org to support any of the 25 nonprofit projects selected. CFNCW absorbs all credit card fees, so 100% of the donation goes to the nonprofit.

“We’ve worked very hard since becoming an independent, non-profit organization in 2015 to rebuild our funding,” said Museum Deputy Director Marriah Thornock. “Knowing that so many organizations are willing to back our efforts means a lot to us and our programs. To be included in this year’s GiveNCW campaign is a real honor.”

Founded in 1939, the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center gathers and educates people to celebrate and preserve the history, arts, sciences and rich diversity of this region and its people. It is home to more than 65,000 artifacts.  Housed in two vintage downtown buildings, the museum interprets life in North Central Washington from the Ice Age to today. Historical highlights include Clovis points, Columbia Plateau American Indian History and Culture, railroad, Main Street 1910, world’s first trans-Pacific flight, and apple industry.


Nominate a business for the SBA 2017 Washington State Small Business Awards

Preliminary nomination deadline is Thursday, December 1

Know a small business, entrepreneur or business advocate with an amazing story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the SBA 2017 Washington State and National Small Business Week Awards. A company or owner may self-nominate.

To read more about the categories and criteria or to complete a brief nomination form visit www.tinyurl.com/SBAawardsWA17

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For more information contact Desiree Albrecht at desiree.albrecht@sba.gov or (206) 553-2664.


WHAT IS GIVE NCW?            community-foundation

Give NCW is a crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation of NCW to support 25 selected NCW nonprofits.

From Thanksgiving Day through December 31st, donations of $10 or more can be given through
www.GiveNCW.org to support a nonprofit project in your community. Each nonprofit will have a listing on GiveNCW.org that describes the project they are raising funds for and the amount they need to reach their goal. The “Give to All” allows a donation to be spread among all participating nonprofits.

CFNCW absorbs all credit cards fees so 100% of the donation goes to the nonprofit.


Through Give NCW, people can learn more about the nonprofits working to better their community.

With a sponsorship, you can help provide added incentive for people to give.

Here’s how it works:

  • Your business provides one or more $25 gift cards
  • We pre-select a the day(s) your business sponsors in advance
  • We email our 3,000 e-news subscribers about your sponsorship day and include your logo
  • We post your sponsorship day to Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)
  • Daily radio ads will be promoting Give NCW and the chance to win a gift card

People love to support businesses that give back to their community, and you’ll be helping local nonprofits in YOUR community reach their goals for projects that are making a positive impact. You will also receive a tax-deductible receipt for your sponsored donation.


We are all about COMMUNITY, so we’re only reaching out to a select number of local, small businesses that make our communities tick. If you’re interested, please contact Jennifer Dolge at (509) 663-7716 or jennifer@cfncw.org.

Thanks for your consideration and for all you do to make our COMMUNITY a better place for all!

Learn more about us at www.cfncw.org

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WENATCHEE, Wash. October 26, 2016 – Sunday night’s history-making game will be one Seahawks fans will remember for a very, very long time. For SCJ’s Kevin McCoy, it’ll be one he never forgets.

Kevin, SCJ Alliance marketing coordinator by day and digital artist and illustrator by night, has been drawing since he was a kid, and this past weekend had his work on display for millions of football fans online. The Seattle Seahawks commissioned five original pieces from Kevin for the promotion of each of its primetime games this season, last night being the first.

“It was surreal,” Kevin said of seeing his art on such a grand stage. “I was ecstatic!”

Kevin works collaboratively with SCJ’s Wenatchee team from the firm’s office near Olympia. He created the local Sage Homes graphic for its East Wenatchee development, Maryhill Estates, as well as the logo for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust for the new Foothills Trail maps. (Images attached.)

Kevin’s journey with the Seahawks started back in April at the Emerald City Comic Con. He was showing his art at the comic book and pop culture conference when he spotted Seahawks superstars Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner.

“I went up, introduced myself and showed them pieces I had done of them,” he recalled. “I told them they were some of my best sellers.”

“We took pictures together, all of us with the art, and the next day, the team’s Director of Marketing approached me at the conference. My whole year has just been snowballing.”

One month later in May, 20th Century Fox released its newest X-men movie, X-men: Apocalypse, and Kevin created one of the posters for its social media campaign.

“This was a fun project to do,” he said. “There were a lot of other artists who worked on the project with lots of variations and illustrated posters. I was just humbled to be invited and blessed to be involved.”

SCJ Vice President Eric Johnston said the firm is proud to have such a talented artist in the group. “We are always looking for people whose unique skills enhance our team,” he said. “Adding Kevin to our roster has diversified our playbook, and his good-natured spirit and camaraderie are a good fit for our firm.”

He continued, “SCJ is building a championship-caliber team, and it is affirming when an organization like the Seahawks recognize that talent.”

Celebrating a 10 year anniversary this year, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of nearly 70 employees in five locations: Seattle, Vancouver, Lacey, and Wenatchee, Washington and Denver Colorado. SCJ Alliance, a nationally-recognized firm, was founded iscjn 2006 and in the last 12 months was the recipient of two top places to work awards.

The Washington State Weed Conference, one of the largest meetings of its kind in the United States, celebrates its 66th Anniversary November 2-4 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

The 2½ day event includes over 40 speakers, workshops, general and concurrent break-out sessions, a large trade show, luncheon, and social. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 14 pesticide license re certification credits for Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. There are also Certified Crop Advisor Credits available.

This year’s conference features Dr. Frederick Whitford, the author of The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture: A Biography of William Carrol Latta. He has authored more than 250 publications and become a popular speaker with more than 4,400 presentations given throughout Indiana and the United States. In recognition of his significant contributions to Extension outreach efforts, he has received numerous awards, including the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana, the Outstand Extension/Specialist Award from Produce Extension and an Excellence in Extension Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The Weed Warrior award, recognizing achievement in weed control and the highest honor the Washington State Weed Association can bestow, will be announced on Wednesday.

“Weed Cup” trophies will be presented in the annual Mike Braun Weed Quiz which includes both a professional and “fun” division. Cash prizes are also awarded in the pro division. A photo contest will be held with cash prizes for the winners.

The conference is open to the public, with a fee of $125 for those registered by October 26th and $150 if registered thereafter. Registration is open on the website at www.weedconference.org or by calling the office at 509-288-4677.

Additional information is available on-line at www.weedconference.org, or by contacting the Washington State Weed Association office at (509) 288-4677, info@weedconference.org.

In-person coverage of the 66th Weed Conference is welcome!

Why do business owners and employees choose this area to live and work? Is it the beauty of our Chelan PUD Parks or the arts culture in downtown? Learn how the winning combination of our lifestyle opportunities that make our region an exceptional place to live and work at the Nov. 9 workshop hosted by GWATA and presented by Chelan PUD.  The workshop on “Energized! Living and working in NCW” is the final session in a three-part series on the global benefits of public power for local business.

Learn from Matt Cadman about Numerica Performing Arts Center’s wide range of arts programming for the upcoming year.  Sip and savor locally produced products as Rhona Baron shares about food and drink adventures in the Cascade Farmlands. Hear how Chelan PUD provides our region with world-class waterfront parks and services from Ray Heit of Chelan PUD Parks. Plus, we’ll talk through the range of outdoor recreation available with Sarah Shaffer from Wenatchee Outdoors.

This is a great event for all industries with a special focus on resources for recruiting to NCW. We invite business owners, human resource professionals, and the community to join us at this fun panel to learn more!

“As a non-profit focused on supporting our business community, it was a natural fit to bring in a workshop focused on recruiting points from a variety of angles” said Jenny Rojanasthien, GWATA Executive Director.  “As residents of NCW, local businesses can tell the story of what they love about this region – but this workshop will educate them with comprehensive look at our community and help them enhance their recruiting knowledge. GWATA would like to thank Chelan County PUD for the opportunity to host these educational events for our local business owners and the community.”

GWATA also thanks Apple Valley Human Resources Association (AVHRA) for help in promoting the event to human resource professionals.

The Nov. 9 workshop at Confluence Technology Center begins with lunch and networking from 11:30-noon. The panel discussion starts at noon with speakers:

  • Matt Cadman, Numerica Performing Arts Center
  • Sarah Shaffer, Wenatchee Outdoors
  • Ray Heit, Chelan PUD Parks
  • Rhona Baron, Cascade Farmlands

“Energized! Living and working in NCW” is free for all GWATA members and $10 for others. The event also includes lunch. Please RSVP on the link here to guarantee your seat.

Chelan County PUD’s support for the workshop series is part of its Public Power Benefit program to provide timely and helpful information to its customer-owners, enhance the quality of life in Chelan County and to provide the best for the most for the longest period of time.

The Wenatchee Valley is fortunate to enjoy three local Dutch Bros coffee stands that are owned by an individual who has had close ties to the original “brothers” from the start. Jimmy Crocker grew up outside of Grants Pass, Oregon, the birthplace of the Dutch Bros coffee franchise, and found himself rubbing shoulders with Dane and Travis Boersma, the original “Dutch Brothers” as a barista out of high school. The Dutch Bros culture quickly captivated Crocker and empowered him to live a more confident, authentic life, ultimately inspiring him to move his young family, including his wife Danielle, a longtime Dutch Bros employee herself, to a completely new location to open their own franchise.

Crocker will tell you that the beginning stages of opening their own business in Wenatchee were a challenge, yet the steady encouragement from Danielle, along with guidance he received from his mentors within the larger Dutch Bros community, gave him the courage and resilience to remain steadfast in the face of the uncertainties that come with opening a new business. By embracing the idea of his business being equally relational as it is product-driven, Crocker has cultivated a working environment for his employees that encourages them to be the best and most true versions of themselves, allowing them to offer some authenticity along with their signature beverages.

His investment into the lives of his employees, coupled with an emphasis on consistency in both product and service, are key things Crocker believes have helped him prosper as a business owner. He is also deeply grateful to his wife, crediting her with the love and support it took for him to emerge as an effective leader within their business. With the recent opening of a third Wenatchee Valley Dutch Bros location, it seems that the success of Crocker’s take on the Dutch Bros business model speaks for itself. These wildly popular coffee stands have made a unique mark on the Wenatchee Valley, offering residents a vibrant take on drive-thru coffee.                                    dutchbrosfam

We are always looking for quality people who enjoy the mountains, provide high quality guest service and convey a warm welcome to all who visit our area. We will begin hiring in October and will also be hosting a Job Fair October 22nd for those interested in joining the team for the 2016/17 winter season. Interested parties can fill out an Online Application prior to the Job Fair which will be kept on file and referenced when hiring begins.

3 Orondo Ave is the address of our amazing new roasting facility. It’s a block and a half down the alley from the Café Mela and across Columbia Street from Badger Mountain Brewery. The cafe isn’t moving or changing at all. Pretty soon, we will be starting public coffee cuppings (i.e. tastings) at the new location. We are cupping coffee all the time as we develop new lots and origins. It will be really fun to get to welcome people into that experience.
We had all our roasting stuff moved into the new space by July 1. We will really be up and running there as soon as possible, depending on finishing out improvements to the space. Being in the new location gives us three times more space than we had before which will allow us to continually optimize our roasting capabilities. It’s a really cool location and a great old building. It was the original location of Pybus. We’re excited to get to be involved with a little part of downtown Wenatchee history.
We will be launching a new website soon and have some other interesting projects on the back burner waiting for the new roasting facility to be finished, but those are really still too new to give many details. Hopefully, we can share more on those projects soon.mela logo

A dream to live in Wenatchee is coming true for a man and his family, as SCJ Alliance welcomes Mike Neer to our Wenatchee office.

“It has been a long-held dream of mine to move to Wenatchee. So when the opportunity came up to join SCJ’s team over here, I jumped at the chance,” Mike said. “SCJ has a great reputation with diverse, innovative projects to back it up.”

Mike joins the civil engineering group as a senior project manager for SCJ, a consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach.

Mike started at SCJ’s headquarters in Lacey, Wash. last month and moved with his family to Wenatchee in August. He earned his bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from University of Wyoming and started his career in a rural community in Wyoming.

“I was drawn to Wenatchee because of its location on the sunnier side of Washington, nestled in the foothills of the Cascades, amongst all the outdoor activities I enjoy,” Mike said. “Wenatchee is a very friendly community filled with people that share similar interests with our family. I grew up vacationing in north central Washington and have always loved the smaller community feel.”

“Mike is a skillful engineer and dynamic project manager,” said SCJ Engineering Manager Dan Ireland. “He will be a valuable addition to the team and to the greater Wenatchee community.” Mike has spent nearly 20 years in the industry and has a keen eye for detail, focuses on open community and understands the importance of incorporating value and quality into construction document and specifications.

SCJ has provided the expertise behind many endeavors in the Wenatchee region, including the recently constructed Downtown Wenatchee Revitalization Project and the Miller Street signal projects currently under construction.

Other current, high-visibility efforts include trail and roadway improvement projects in Crescent Bar, Winthrop, Twisp’s downtown revitalization, and community planning efforts in Entiat, Rock Island and Grand Coulee.

Celebrating a 10 year anniversary this year, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of nearly 70 employees in five locations: Seattle, Vancouver, Lacey, and Wenatchee, Washington and Denver Colorado. SCJ Alliance, a nationally-recognized firm, was founded in 2006 and in the last 12 months was the recipient of two top places to work awards.