February 2012

From this Issue


One of the perks of my job is getting to learn about new companies that are doing interesting things. And occasionally I end up wondering how some businesses came to be named. I mean, any idea what Zoomingo does? Or LootTap? MoonTango? MangoSpring? Vizua? BookieJar? Canappi? I had none until I looked them up. (And in some cases, I’m still not sure.)

Can Stadium Place and its 25-story presence bring business back to Pioneer Square?

Concur Technologies makes the dreaded expense report an endangered species.


Washington agriculture has weathered the recession better than most sectors, thanks to crop diversity and export value.

If you can predict what home sales will do, you can predict the Washington state economy.

Three decades after the Bell System breakup, phone companies still exist. They just don’t call themselves phone companies.

Since launching Saltchuk in 1982 by putting together a group of investors to acquire Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), a Seattle-based shipping company, Mike Garvey has built a portfolio of 22 businesses—in everything from air cargo to trucking—that generated revenues of $2 billion in 2011.

Website streamlines process for licensing images and autographs of national football league players.

Will Slot Machines Spread Beyond Tribal Casinos?

A low-cost ultrasound system has promising applications in rural areas and the developing world.

Everyone hates the B&O, but there’s not much appetite for finding an alternative.

No elephant in the room, but still plenty to notice.

‘Lady-made’ liqueurs cash in on the cocktail craze.

Buy one Shocking Goat watch and you’ll probably want another.

SAM’s Gauguin show emphasizes tropical influences.

False-advertising litigation over pomegranate juice provides a classic study.

How Bluefield Holdings is creating a financial and environmental future for the Lower Duwamish.

Small businesses and venture capitalists are cautiously optimistic.

When it comes to government intervention in the economy, it’s easy to find examples of poor policy. The $535 million in federally backed loans to solar panel manufacturer Solyndra is a good example.

How businesses can help halt the diabetes epidemic and reduce health care spending.

How leadership drives culture and strategy for sustainable growth.