Mike Nakamura Professional Headshots at the 2017 Annual Conference

Mike Nakamura, one of PNW's leading professional photographers will offer professional headshots at a special Council rate at the 2017 Annual Conference. Nakamura will take professional photos of Annual Conference participants on a first-come-first-served basis.

Professional headshots are vital to promoting one's company or organization, specially with diverse suppliers, along with business imagery.  Both types of photography are Nakamura's specialty.  

How to participate:

Interested participants may sign-up for a 10-minute time slot at the Registration table during the 2017 Annual Conference.  The $75 special Council rate will be collected during the shoot.  Major credit cards and debit cards will be accepted as forms of payment.


June 14, 2017 - University of Washington, Husky Union Building, Room 145.

Photoshoot Session will  be scheduled between 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

Register for the 2017 Annual Conference.

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Port of Seattle adds more staff, more dogs, more tech and more amenities to get ready for summer travelers

Sea-Tac Airport makes several upgrades to welcome projected record-breaking passenger totals for summer

SEATTLE – Memorial Day weekend kicks off a summer travel season during which the Port of Seattle expects to welcome a record number of travelers to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Port is using a variety of people, dogs and technology to make the travel experience comfortable for travelers.

In just seven years, Sea-Tac’s passenger totals increased by nearly 15 million – 31.5 million in 2010 – compared to 2016’s total of 45.7 million. Thus far in 2017, overall passenger totals are up 4 percent, including a 13 percent jump in international traffic.

Holiday Weekend Passenger Projections

  • Busiest days for Memorial Day weekend: Friday, May 26 – 146,000 (total passengers at airport inbound and outbound) Thursday, May 25 – 141,000

Summer 2017 Highlights

More staff

  • Customer service “Pathfinders” throughout airport to help make travel smooth
  • More volunteers - positioned in key locations to assist customers during peak periods
  • Special summer team of 30 high school and international college interns to help non-English speakers

More K9s

  • Everyone likes dogs, right? The Port of Seattle Police added three specially trained K9s to help detect suspicious packages

We don’t like lines either

  • Security wait times displayed near flight information displays in ticketing areas – travelers can find a checkpoint with the shortest wait
  • Staff monitors wait times and directs travelers to the shortest lines

Sit back and relax

  • Sea-Tac’s award-winning live music program features musicians throughout airport
  •  New gate area seating has been added and more to come throughout 2017

More Tech & Customer Accessibility

  • Wi-FI upgrades in Central Terminal, B and C Concourses.
  • Improvements to parking garage walkway leading to transit connections, including electric golf cart to assist passengers with mobility issues

Sea-Tac is a hot place to be

Sea-Tac has set annual passenger records for the past six years, totaling 45.7 million in 2016 - 3.4 million more passengers than in 2015. The 8 percent passenger growth rate is Sea-Tac’s second largest in the past 20 years, only topped by 2015's 12.9 percent increase. International travel also increased in 2016 - 11.1 percent from 2015. For the past three years, Sea-Tac is the fastest growing large hub airport in the U.S. and is the 9th largest domestic airport based on total passengers.

Summer – Sea-Tac’s busiest time

  • Sea-Tac’s busiest travel period: June through August (August is typically the busiest month, followed by July and June)
  • Arrive Early! Travelers are encouraged to arrive a minimum of two hours before domestic and three hours for international flights – give yourself time to park, check-in and get through security. If you’re checking bags, add some extra time - always better to be early.
  • The busiest times at TSA checkpoints typically are between 5 - 11 a.m., while increased flights during the evening create another busy period between 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Peak hours can mean TSA checkpoints may be longer, please plan accordingly.
  • Peak travel days are Thursday and Friday.
  • Take  Link Light Rail for an easy, predictable and sustainable ride to Sea-Tac. If picking up or dropping off, think opposite!!!
  • More tips are available on our webpage.

Ready for the future
To accommodate more passengers and airlines, the Port is investing more than $3.2 billion in capital improvement projects, including the North Satellite Modernization project, a new International Arrivals Facility and new baggage handling system.  The capital improvement projects will add more gates to the airport, more than double North Satellite dining and retail establishments, and create a direct connection to the terminal and more baggage and passport services for international travelers.  

About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 9th busiest U.S. airport, serving nearly 45.7 million passengers and more than 366,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2016. With a regional economic impact of more than $16.3 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates 171,796 jobs (109,924 direct jobs) representing over $2.8 billion in direct earnings and more than $565 million in state and local taxes.  Twenty-four airlines serve 83 non-stop domestic and 24 international destinations.

SBA Portland District Office Hosts 2017 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon May 3

Carmen Nazario of Elyon International receives 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award at SBA Portland 2017 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon.

Carmen Nazario of Elyon International receives 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award at SBA Portland 2017 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon.

Troutdale Business Owner Named SBA Oregon Small Business Person of the Year

 PORTLAND, Ore.  – The Small Business Administration Portland District Office has named Brandon Vaughn, owner and president of All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC, as Oregon's Small Business Person of the Year.  The Portland District will also award winners across a range of competitive categories.

Each spring the SBA recognizes small businesses across the country during National Small Business Week (NSBW) April 30-May 6, 2017.  Winners will be recognized during the SBA Portland District’s annual awards luncheon  May 3 at the Portland Art Museum.

“These winners represent the rich history of entrepreneurship and innovation that Oregon and southwest Washington are known for,” SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden said.  “During National Small Business Week, our communities celebrate the tremendous contributions small businesses have made in creating new jobs and their role as the engine for today’s economy.”

2017 NSBW Award Winners by Category:

  • Small Business Person of the Year – Brandon Vaughn, All-Clean Property Maintenance, LLC (Troutdale, Oregon) All-Clean President Brandon Vaughn took over management of the company in 2011, when his father could no longer continue in that role due to health concerns. For more than 30 years, the company was a home-based business with a single service van. Today, All-Clean employs more than 20 employees, operates in double the service area and recently introduced the only waste container sanitation service in Portland. With one-to-one business counseling from advisors at the Mount Hood Small Business Development Center, All-Clean is primed to see another year of significant growth.  Vaughn and other state Small Business Person of the Year winners are finalists for the SBA National Small Business Person of the Year award to be announced in Washington, D.C. during NSBW.
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year – La Morenita Tortilleria, Inc.  (Woodburn, Oregon) Miguel Diaz Sr. sold his three tortilla factories when he emigrated from Mexico to the United States with his family.  In 1994, after 15 years of working in other industries, Diaz started La Morenita Tortilleria, the same name as the ones he owned in Mexico.  Today, the Diaz family work together to continue the tradition that started back in Mexico.  La Morenita Tortilleria is on a steady growth trajectory with the purchase of a new warehouse facility and the refinancing of two of their current buildings.  These were made possible with the SBA Loan Program. La Morenita delivers tortillas from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington and has distribution channels throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year – Carmen Nazario, ELYON International, Inc. (Vancouver, Washington) ELYON International, Inc. President Carmen Nazario is a U.S. Army veteran from Puerto Rico.  Her technology and management consulting company serves government and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to participating in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, Nazario grew her business with assistance from the SBA Veteran Business Outreach Center and SCORE counseling.  Today the company has more than 80 employees working across seven states.  Nazario was also selected as the SBA Region 10 8(a) Graduate of the Year among winners from the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. She was one of 10 finalists for the SBA National 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

 Nano Business of the Year – Lauren Purvis, Mizuba Tea Co. (Portland, Oregon) Combining her love of tea and a fateful visit to Japan, Lauren Purvis’ Mizuba Tea company brings traditional as well as modern Japanese matcha tea experiences to America.  During the past three years, Mizuba has grown an established clientele base of more than 200 wholesale accounts to include major gourmet grocery stores, chocolatiers, spas, coffee shops and bakeries across the country.  The company has doubled its revenue each year since starting in 2013.  Purvis was a member of the SCORE Women’s CEO Roundtable in 2015.

Small Business Champion Awards are presented to individuals or organizations that promote, assist and aid small business:

  • Small Business Champion of the Year – Jennifer Fern, KeyBank (Beaverton, Oregon) Vice President and Senior SBA Specialist Jennifer Fern of KeyBank has been working with small businesses in Oregon and southwest Washington for nearly 12 years.  Fern assists companies in planning for and obtaining capital through the SBA Loan Program to help them improve, grow and transition.  Fern’s banking career spans more than 20 years starting in 1996 as a teller and to various roles to include underwriting and commercial banking. Fern’s approach to helping local businesses has earned the respect of her colleagues.  “Her clients appreciate her for life – since she often puts solutions in place that save businesses, jobs and our community’s health,” said KeyBank Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader Barbara Cardinale.

Small Business Lending Awards presented to leading SBA lenders:

The Small Business Week luncheon also recognizes the leading SBA lenders who provide the capital small businesses need to grow and succeed. In the SBA Portland District, there have been six record breaking years of lending since 2010. In fiscal year 2016, lenders delivered nearly $549 million in supported SBA small business loans, topping the previous record year of $463 million. The lender awardees are representative of the more than 80 qualified lenders in Oregon.

  • Portland District Lending All-Stars

SBA 7(a) Lenders that processed at least 20 loans and/or $10 million

    • U.S. Bank - 260 loans, $61.2 million  
    • Wells Fargo Bank - 177 loans, $52.4 million

o   KeyBank - 70 loans, $33.3 million

o   JPMorgan Chase – 53 loans, $8.4 million,

o   Banner Bank - 40 loans, $3.6 million,

o   Bank of the Cascades – 34 loans, $5.7 million,

o   Bank of the West - 24 loans, $14.7 million,

o   Columbia State Bank - 24 loans, $5.4 million,

o   Stearns Bank NA - 23 loans, $8.5 million,

o   Summit Bank - 21 loans, $7.4 million,

o   Live Oak Banking Company - 17 loans, $21.2 million,

o   Pacific Western Bank - 16 loans, $26.2 million,

o   Umpqua Bank - 16 loans, $13.2 million,

SBA 504 CDC’s that processed at least 10 loans and/or $5 million (A CDC is a Certified Development Company; a nonprofit corporation set up to contribute to the economic development of its community):

o   Evergreen Business Capital - 43 loans, $31.1 million,

o   Northwest Business Development Association - 16 loans, $18.1 million,

o   CCD Business Development - 5 loans, $5.2 million,

For more information about SBA tools and programs, visit the SBA Portland District Office webpage at www.sba.gov/or. For information on National Small Business Week, visit: http://www.sba.gov/nsbw