Uncategorized – Thurston County Chamber of Commerce http://thurstonchamber.com Serving Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater since 1874 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:22:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes: A Smarter Way to Do Business http://thurstonchamber.com/miss-moffetts-mystical-cupcakes-smarter-way-business/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:54:05 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14812 Opening up not one, not two, but three retail cupcake stores in less than two years was not a simple task. There were unforeseen challenges and inefficiencies to overcome, systems to streamline, employees to train, and customers to win over. When Rachel Young opened her first Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes location in downtown Olympia near…

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Opening up not one, not two, but three retail cupcake stores in less than two years was not a simple task. There were unforeseen challenges and inefficiencies to overcome, systems to streamline, employees to train, and customers to win over.

When Rachel Young opened her first Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes location in downtown Olympia near the Olympia Farmers Market in January 2014, she was ambitious, passionate, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Nine months later, she opened her second location inside the Capital Mall, across from the food court.

Then in August 2015, Young opened her third shop in the  Fred Meyer Complex in Lacey, sharing a  storefront with Elle’s Floral Design.

Is rapid growth a good thing or a bad thing?

“The past few years of my life have been an overwhelming roller coaster that I wouldn’t take back in a heartbeat,” says Young. “I have learned and experienced hard knocks that I never, ever, came remotely close to hearing about in business school.”

There were many months along the way that Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes was in the red, and Young had to choose between paying for the eggs and butter, or pay the electric bill, only to have the oven or industrial mixer break down the next day.

In December 2016, Young’s strategic partner in Lacey, Michelle LaPraim, owner of Elle’s Floral Design, approached her with an idea that would help both of their businesses. LaPraim wanted to fully take over the Lacey shop. She would cover the rent, staffing, and overhead costs, while also purchasing Young’s  cupcakes at wholesale pricing. This allowed Michelle to keep the retail profit on the cupcakes.  After they both met with their CPA and ran numbers, they decided to move forward with LaPraim’s plan.

After only a few months the numbers proved that the move was a good one. “My business started to turn around. Cash flow increased and I could breathe a lot easier. I started wondering if this was the business model I should be considering in all of my expansion plans, rather than personally owning and being responsible for multiple retail stores.”

In the summer of 2017, Elle’s Floral Design was approached to buy Floral Ingenuity, a long-standing, well-known business in the community, and moved to their East Olympia storefront near Puget Sound Energy on Pacific Avenue.

“We needed to find someone to take over the Fred Meyer Complex location who would still be willing to sell cupcakes,” says Young. “I immediately thought of Jeff Gibson, a savvy marketer and good friend, who had actually managed two of my Miss Moffett’s locations in the past, including the Lacey one.”

Young approached Gibson, and after weeks of consideration, he did indeed take over the location, now called The Sweetest Things. According to their Facebook page, The Sweetest Things is a locally-focused gift boutique predominantly featuring products made by female small business owners. Their mission is to provide a place that supports and empowers women in business and in the community.

Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes fit perfectly in The Sweetest Things, along with other locally-made gluten-free goods, crafts, gifts, cards, and apparel.

“Since I was appointed to Lacey City Council in April, I have become passionate about incubating and expanding the number of small businesses in Lacey, so I’m proud to have helped make that possible for The Sweetest Things,” says Young. “It’s nice to see a local gift shop blossom, and I hope more people become aware of everything The Sweetest Things has to offer.”

Wanting to continue simplifying her business by empowering other business owners, Young offered her French macaron provider, Melinda Gagnon, owner of Macarons by Mel, the opportunity to take over the Downtown Olympia (Farmer’s Market) location. Gagnon would continue selling Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes, of course.

“Mel (Melinda) was looking for commercial kitchen space and we have a great working relationship,” says Young. “She has dreamed of owning her own French macaron storefront. The downtown location is perfect for her.”

This fall, Macarons by Mel did indeed take over the downtown storefront, and she is continuing to sell Young’s cupcakes, which she purchases at wholesale prices. Her French macarons are a popular faire at the store, which are also available at Young’s Capital Mall location, as well as The Sweetest Things.

“Finding strategic partners like Elle’s Floral Design, The Sweetest Things, and Macarons by Mel has truly been the key to my success,” says Young. “We’ve even been able to offer an on-demand delivery service for our customers, also locally-owned, called PugetSound2Go.”

The takeaway for Young, and what she reminds herself continuously when she gets overwhelmed, is that she doesn’t have to take on the whole world by herself. There are always other people who can help in ways that benefit everybody. The business community in Thurston County is a thriving, embracing world, where many opportunities exist.

With food sensitivities on the rise, and Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes becoming a 100% gluten-free and peanut-free bakery in spring 2017, there are now more opportunities than ever before to expand into grocery stores and local markets.

“What I get excited about is all of the potential,” says Young. “I envision strategic partners appearing in other areas too, like Dupont, Lakewood, and Tacoma. What I need now is a larger commercial kitchen and a distribution network for my growing wholesale business.”

Young is heading into the holiday season much less stressed than in previous years, with only one retail storefront to manage instead of three. Yet she loves promoting and marketing for all three while helping the other business owners be successful too. The ideas, excitement, and inspiration sometimes keep her up at night.

“After everything that my team and I have learned, we are at a point where we can finally experience healthy, profitable growth with eyes wide open.”

Young is actively seeking new strategic partners and investors in Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes expansion. She can be contacted at rachel@mysticalcupcakes.com.

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Video of Chamber’s November Forum: Freight Rail in the Pacific Northwest http://thurstonchamber.com/14736-2/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:53:09 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14736 The post Video of Chamber’s November Forum: Freight Rail in the Pacific Northwest appeared first on Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.

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The Thurston Investment Network’s first “Opportunity Night!” http://thurstonchamber.com/thurston-investment-networks-first-opportunity-night/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:29:06 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=13723 The Thurston Economic Development Council announced that the Thurston Investment Network’s first “Opportunity Night” will be held on Monday, April 17th, from 5:30-8pm at the Center for Business and Innovation/SPSCC Lacey Campus – 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey.  This is an opportunity for residents of Thurston County to become a member of the new local…

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The Thurston Economic Development Council announced that the Thurston Investment Network’s first “Opportunity Night” will be held on Monday, April 17th, from 5:30-8pm at the Center for Business and Innovation/SPSCC Lacey Campus – 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey.  This is an opportunity for residents of Thurston County to become a member of the new local investment network and sit in on a session where 3 locally-owned businesses will “pitch” their investment opportunities.

A membership-based network, the Thurston Investment Network (ThINk), launched in February—creating a model in Thurston County where residents can lend money directly to local businesses who help make our community a great place to live.

For individuals wanting something different in their investment portfolio, ThINk provides an opportunity to put some of their money in what they know and can see – local businesses that add to the vibrancy of the Thurston economy.  ThINk Members can receive interest income on their loan while taking pride in helping to grow local businesses.  Like a “buy local” initiative, the Thurston Investment Network recognizes the economic power of harnessing local resources.  A local investment network helps to connect our community and advance its prosperity, by engaging those who are most concerned about its future: people who live, work and play here.

ThINk is committed to helping its Members connect with local businesses and engage in local lending and borrowing. Those interested in joining will need to attend a training and agree to network principles.  Members are under no obligation to make loans, but should they choose to, interest rates and terms are negotiated directly between them and the business borrower.

Individuals interested in becoming a member of the Network and potentially lending to local businesses, and businesses considering seeking capital through the Network, will have opportunities to attend events next week:

 

ThINk Opportunity Night!

Monday, April 17, 5:30pm – 8 pm

Center for Business & Innovation – 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey

Become a Member of the Thurston Investment Network and join us for our very first Business Pitch session.  Meet 3 locally owned businesses who are planning to scale up their operations and are seeking capital from residents of our Thurston community

 

ThINk Business Training

Monday, April 17, 1:30pm – 4 pm

Center for Business & Innovation – 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey

For businesses interested in receiving loans from Members of ThINk

 

ThINK Member Training

Tuesday, April 18, 8 – 10:15 am

Center for Business & Innovation – 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey

For individuals considering becoming a Member of ThINk and lending to local small businesses

 

For more information contact:

Aslan Meade, Community Development Manager ameade@thurstonedc.com

360-789-8843 / http://www.thurstonedc.com/think/

Thurston Economic Development Council

Center for Business & Innovation

4220 6th Avenue SE | Lacey WA 98503

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Kara Mayo & Carissa Palmer Named Oly Fed Employees of the Quarter http://thurstonchamber.com/kara-mayo-carissa-palmer-named-oly-fed-employees-quarter/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:12:11 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=13718 Olympia Federal Savings is proud to announce that Kara Mayo and Carissa Palmer have been named Employees of the Quarter. Mayo works as a Saving Counselor at Oly Fed’s Hawks Prairie Branch and Palmer is a Loan Servicing Manager at Oly Fed’s Main Office in downtown Olympia. Mayo was honored because of her exceptional customer…

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Olympia Federal Savings is proud to announce that Kara Mayo and Carissa Palmer have been named Employees of the Quarter. Mayo works as a Saving Counselor at Oly Fed’s Hawks Prairie Branch and Palmer is a Loan Servicing Manager at Oly Fed’s Main Office in downtown Olympia.

Mayo was honored because of her exceptional customer service and banking expertise. “Kara is an optimistic, upbeat person who brings positive energy to those around her and always brings a smile and a laugh to the customers who visit the branch,” Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings President & CEO said.

Palmer was selected for this award because she consistently goes above and beyond in carrying out the duties of her job. “While she has only been with Oly Fed for a year, Carissa quickly learned our systems and was an asset to the team right away. Her encouraging spirit is contagious,” Drummond said.

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HANDS ON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, WSECU TEAM UP TO LAUNCH “INSPIRED LEARNING FOR ALL” INITIATIVE http://thurstonchamber.com/hands-childrens-museum-wsecu-team-launch-inspired-learning-initiative/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:12:05 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=13357 Credit Union Sponsorship Will Significantly Expand Museum’s Early Learning Programs for Children in the South Sound Region   OLYMPIA – The Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM) and WSECU today announced a major new partnership to expand access to the museum’s award-winning early learning programs for South Sound children and families, especially those who are underserved.…

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Credit Union Sponsorship Will Significantly Expand Museum’s Early Learning Programs for Children in the South Sound Region

 

OLYMPIA – The Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM) and WSECU today announced a major new partnership to expand access to the museum’s award-winning early learning programs for South Sound children and families, especially those who are underserved. The credit union will become the exclusive naming sponsor of the museum’s new “Inspired Learning for All” initiative.

 

The significance of this partnership is two-fold: it will help expand the museum’s innovative exhibits and programs, while also supporting increased access to key underserved populations.

 

“We are very excited and thankful that WSECU is stepping up in such a big way to help us to take high quality exhibits, programs, and outreach to expanded audiences,” said Museum Board Chair Lauren Pitman. “The museum is firmly committed to making interactive learning available to all, while removing all barriers to access. Currently, one-third of our 305,000 annual visitors receive free or reduced-fee admission, and we know that there are many more children we could be serving.”

 

The credit union pledge of $225,000 annually over the next five years will allow the museum to expand its mobile educational programs, increase subsidized field trips for schools serving low-income student populations, and offer free admission to any family receiving state basic food assistance through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.

 

“The Hands On Children’s Museum has established itself as the region’s premiere early learning destination and is an incredible asset to the South Sound,” said WSECU Board Chair Marcus Glasper. “We can’t think of a better way to launch our 60th anniversary celebration than by investing in an organization that, like the credit union, is firmly committed to helping people prepare for a brighter future.”

 

Patty Belmonte, executive director of the Hands On Children’s Museum, said, “The launch of the new ‘Inspired Learning for All’ initiative is an exciting next step in the museum’s growth. The reality is, demand for free and reduced-fee access continues to grow. WSECU’s partnership, along with continued, generous community support, will help us serve more children with special needs, foster parents, military families, clients of social service agencies, and other low-income, at-risk, and underserved communities. We are so grateful for their investment in the museum and the community at large.”

 

Local educators and community leaders called the agreement an important development for the region.

 

“Our students have benefitted so much from access to the experiential learning opportunities at Hands On over the years,” said Sean Shaughnessy, principal of Roosevelt Elementary in Olympia. “It’s exciting to think that many more students at our school and throughout the South Sound are going to be able to learn from these experiences because of the WSECU commitment.”

 

Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby said, “The City of Olympia has been a proud partner in the growth of the Hands On Children’s Museum over the years.  We sincerely value the impact it’s had on our efforts to draw tourists and attract investment downtown. This new sponsorship agreement with WSECU brings together two of Olympia’s leading, family-oriented organizations in a partnership that will benefit our entire city and region.”

 

WSECU President and CEO Kevin Foster-Keddie noted the partnership is unique in that it will both serve the broader community and add value to being a credit union member. As the naming sponsors of the “Inspired Learning for All” initiative, WSECU members will receive several special benefits, including a 10 percent discount on museum memberships and 50 percent discount on admission on “WSECU Wednesdays” that will be held on the first Wednesday of each month.

 

“We know many credit union members are regular visitors to the museum,” said Foster-Keddie. “It’s great to be able to offer them special benefits with this partnership while also helping the museum sustain and grow in the coming years.”

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Calling all Washington State business owners! http://thurstonchamber.com/calling-washington-state-business-owners/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:58:21 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=12937 Calling all Washington State business owners! Business fraud is a problem in our state, and the Departments of Revenue, Labor & Industries and the Employment Security Department are working to raise awareness about what business owners can do report fraud. But they need your help! Please take 7 – 10 minutes to fill out this…

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Calling all Washington State business owners!

Business fraud is a problem in our state, and the Departments of Revenue, Labor & Industries and the Employment Security Department are working to raise awareness about what business owners can do report fraud.

But they need your help! Please take 7 – 10 minutes to fill out this survey and share your knowledge and opinions about a fraud. Your feedback is invaluable to helping curtail fraud in Washington.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SuspectFraud

Feel free to pass on to other business owners as well! Thank you for your help.

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Hawley’s Gelato & Coffee will celebrate Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting http://thurstonchamber.com/12930-2/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:06:31 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=12930 Hawley’s Gelato & Coffee will hold their Grand Opening on Friday November 11 – 13, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday Nov 12 at 12 noon. Hawley’s Gelato is a family owned & operated business that proudly features locally made, all natural, Nutty Squirrel Gelato & Sorbetto. Hawley’s also proudly serves Santa Lucia Coffee.…

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Hawley’s Gelato & Coffee will hold their Grand Opening on Friday November 11 – 13, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday Nov 12 at 12 noon.

Hawley’s Gelato is a family owned & operated business that proudly features locally made, all natural, Nutty Squirrel Gelato & Sorbetto.

Hawley’s also proudly serves Santa Lucia Coffee. Santa Lucia is a small batch roaster located in Centralia WA. Coffee & espresso drinks are served Café Style at Hawley’s.

Also featured is a full line of freshly made pastries, cookies & baked goods provided by Elyse’s Catering, fresh donuts are also available.

The Grand Opening will be held Friday & Saturday from 10am – 10pm & Sunday from 12 noon to 9pm. Drawings for gift certificates, gift baskets, & merchandise will be held all 3 days. Refreshments & samples will be served. Children’s face painting and other activities will also be offered.

Hawley’s Gelato & Coffee
511 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501
360-489-1801
Grand Opening Fri – Sun Nov 11 – Nov 13, 2016
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Sat Nov 12 – 12:00pm

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Standing Rock Canoe and Powerful Native American Artwork on Display http://thurstonchamber.com/standing-rock-canoe-powerful-native-american-artwork-display/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:00:47 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=12926 November 3, 2016—OLYMPIA, Wash.  South Puget Sound Community College today opens the Native American Art Exhibition at The Gallery at SPSCC.  In its ninth season, the Native American Art Exhibition features a wide variety of works by local and regional Native American artists of all ages.  Regional and national tribes will have artists represented in…

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November 3, 2016—OLYMPIA, Wash.  South Puget Sound Community College today opens the Native American Art Exhibition at The Gallery at SPSCC.  In its ninth season, the Native American Art Exhibition features a wide variety of works by local and regional Native American artists of all ages.  Regional and national tribes will have artists represented in this year’s exhibition, featuring unique works including paintings, basketry, carved wood pieces, textiles, and mixed media.

The largest piece in the exhibit this year is a Puyallup Tribe dugout canoe named Thunder Spirit that recently returned from a journey to the Sacred Stone Camp.  Several local tribes joined tribes around the nation in North Dakota to stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline for its threat to the ecosystem surrounding the Missouri River and the sovereignty and culture of the local Standing Rock Tribe.

“This is about life.  This is what our ancestors thought was important enough to put in their treaties so I think it’s our responsibility to go there and stand with them, to show the world that we stand united as one voice,” shared a member of the Puyallup Tribe.

Puyallup Tribe member Clinton McCloud and Quinault Tribe member Harvey Anderson helped bring the piece to the exhibition via the Puyallup Canoe Family.  Thunder Spirit and other featured works will be celebrated at the Opening Reception on Friday, Nov. 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in The Gallery.

The exhibition is organized by guest curator Mandy McCullough with support from upcoming F.I.R.E. Summit at SPSCC.  The mission of F.I.R.E. (Facilitating Indigenous Revolution through Education) Summit is to support the success of Native students in higher education.

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Harlequin Productions Presents A Holiday Musical for all to Enjoy http://thurstonchamber.com/harlequin-productions-presents-holiday-musical-enjoy/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:54:25 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=12921 Harlequin Productions presents The Stardust Christmas Enchantment by Harlow Reed, which runs from November 25 – December 31, 2016, at the State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Tickets to this musical comedy for all ages are available at harlequinproductions.org or 360-786-0151. This production kicks off Harlequin Productions’ 2017 Season. This is the 21st installment of Harlequin’s…

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Harlequin Productions presents The Stardust Christmas Enchantment by Harlow Reed, which runs from November 25 – December 31, 2016, at the State Theater in Downtown Olympia. Tickets to this musical comedy for all ages are available at harlequinproductions.org or 360-786-0151.

This production kicks off Harlequin Productions’ 2017 Season. This is the 21st installment of Harlequin’s highly popular tradition of original musicals set in the Stardust Club in Manhattan, celebrating the season with song, dance and laughs.

This Harlequin original series has brightened the holidays for twenty-one seasons and has become a regional tradition for the whole family. Set in 1960 this year, the gang celebrates the election of John F. Kennedy to the White House and the sense that America has entered a new age. However, mysterious events involving myth and magic draw them into circumstances only the spirit of Christmas can untangle. Features popular music of the time, dance and comedy for anyone ready to enjoy the holidays!

 

WHO:               Harlequin Productions

WHAT:             The Stardust Christmas Enchantment

WHEN:             November 25 – December 31, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

WHERE:          The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

PRICE:             General: $48, Senior/Military: $44, Student/Youth: $25

Rush Tickets available at Box Office 30 minutes prior to curtain

SPECIALS:      Pay What You Can Night: Nov 30, Ladies’ Night Out: Dec 2, Post-show                                                                                Talkback: Dec 4, Pride Night: Dec 9

TICKETS:        Tickets and info available at harlequinproductions.org or by calling 360-786-0151

RATING:         Musical Comedy – Fun for all ages.

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2017 Distinguished Leader Honorees Announced http://thurstonchamber.com/2017-distinguished-leader-honorees-announced/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:47:27 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=12917 Olympia, WA – – Leadership Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to announce the 2017 Distinguished Leader Award honorees; John Setterstrom, General Manager, Lucky Eagle Casino; Lori Drummond, President/CEO, Olympia Federal Savings; and Steve Brooks, Chief, Lacey Fire District 3. The event recognizes leaders who demonstrate outstanding initiative, inspire others and…

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Olympia, WA – – Leadership Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to announce the 2017 Distinguished Leader Award honorees; John Setterstrom, General Manager, Lucky Eagle Casino; Lori Drummond, President/CEO, Olympia Federal Savings; and Steve Brooks, Chief, Lacey Fire District 3.

The event recognizes leaders who demonstrate outstanding initiative, inspire others and make a significant impact in our community and beyond. Honorees will be recognized through live and multi-media presentations.

The 16th annual Distinguished Leaders Awards celebration will take place on, Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the Hotel RL in Olympia. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. For information or reservations, please register at thurstonchamber.com.

For further information and sponsorship opportunities, please call Alisha Blain at 360.357.8515 or email LTC@ThurstonChamber.com.

Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and has been developing informed, skilled and committed community leaders since 1994. For information, please go to http://leadthurstoncounty.com/.
Photo: 2016 DLA Awards

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