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It’s Just Business: Employee retention

By William Manzanares | September 29, 2016

In the April 29 Tacoma Weekly article “Local entrepreneur talks about the quandary of hiring,” I discussed my three-tier hiring procedure that has worked out rather well for me despite the difficulties of finding quality people to hire. Granted, it’s not a perfect system but I can say that it has allowed me to find…

It’s just business // Lessons in Business: Knowing when it’s time to close the doors

By William Manzanares | September 15, 2016

When big companies fail, we always seem to hear about or read an analysis of why from an outside observer – “business experts” and the like – but never really from someone inside the company laying out exactly why the business had to close. It could be that people just don’t want to face their…

It’s Just Business: Paleo Pushers: Changing lives one cookie at a time

By William Manzanares | July 7, 2016

There is perhaps no better endorsement for a product than true testimonials from the entrepreneurs who create and market it. This is the case with Todd and Jocelyn Ellis – a.k.a. Paleo Pushers – who launched their all-natural, preservative free cookies business by making their own and sharing with their friends. Todd Ellis credits his…

It’s Just Business: Lyla’s Room now open for business // New children’s consignment shop brings something new to downtown Puyallup

By William Manzanares | June 9, 2016

A fact of life that all new parents soon learn is that kids grow out of clothes – quickly. So what do you do when your little one’s collection of too-small sizes starts to pile up? You can give things away to friends and family – if you just happen to know someone with a…

Secret family recipe cooks up success for Mrs. Pickles Gourmet

By William Manzanares | May 26, 2016

Ever watch “Antiques Roadshow” and wish you had some super valuable family heirloom tucked away? You might consider looking through your recipe box rather than your attic. For Aly Cullinane, her family treasure turned into an entrepreneur’s dream. More than 100 years ago, Cullinane’s Great-Grandmother Toots came to Tacoma from Branson, Mo. and brought with…

It’s Just Business: When I Work app makes employee scheduling easy

By William Manzanares | April 14, 2016

While on vacation a while back, my friend was trying to solve a problem, and she said “wouldn’t it be cool if there were an app that you could use to schedule your employees and all that it entails without having to call everyone and take hours away from managers’ time?” I did some research…