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425 Business Magazine Issue

April 2015

Ultimate Venue Guide

Photo by Joanna Kresge

27 unique meeting spaces you should know about Instead of holding your quarterly meeting in a dank, dreary conference room, consider taking the crowd out for a day of bowling…

ASK: Cranes Today, More Office Options Tomorrow

Most everyone has some familiarity with how residential real estate works, but to many, the commercial real estate market is a foreign concept. Brian Biege, vice president of brokerage services…

Itinerary: Sacramento

Photo courtesy Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Francisco and Los Angeles are the state’s showcase cities, but California’s political capital has a thriving business scene of its own. A boomtown during the Gold Rush era, Sacramento is the…

Office Envy: Lydig

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Since 1956, Spokane-based Lydig Construction has been building structures around the Northwest, including Lake Washington High School and Puget Sound Energy Factoria Service Center. Lydig’s LEED-certified Bellevue office was designed…

TellWise Helps Businesses Email Wisely

Tellwise employees Andrew Bernat and Limin Wang at the company’s Bellevue office. Photos by Rachel Coward.

Secure better leads and more sales Endless games of phone tag and send-wait-resend email cycles are frustrating when you’re trying to coordinate dinner with friends. But when a sale worth…

Adjusting to Corporate America

The author, who moved from India in 2013. Photos by Rachel Coward.

Some Eastside companies must do more to help foreign workers adjust to new life Many immigrants enter the United States to pursue the American Dream. But once here, transplants are…

China’s Export to the Eastside: Opulence

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Schools are attracting affluent Chinese to the Eastside, and the real estate market is being altered in the process “Tai xiao le,” Xiao Man Xue says, slightly shaking her head.…

Here’s Your Tablet, Enjoy Your Stay

The Hyatt Regency Bellevue incorporated a Microsoft touch-screen table into its lobby remodel. Photos Courtesy Hyatt Regency Bellevue

To make lobbies livelier and stays more personal, hotels are enlisting Microsoft products and platforms The hotel lobby has lost much of its cache. You check in, you check out.…

The Business of Snoqualmie Valley

Technical Glass Products President Jeff Razwick moved the company to Snoqualmie to combine its production and administrative offices. Photos by Jesse Rogers

North Bend and Snoqualmie’s businesses embrace both the mountains and the tech jobs nestled nearby Snoqualmie Valley may be best known for the rugged scenery that framed the ABC series…

Expedia Hoping to Buy Brand Dominance

Graphic by Alex Schloer

During the past five months, Expedia gobbled up former competitor Travelocity and offered $1.6 billion cash for Orbitz Worldwide and its family of brands. The boards of both companies approved…

Entrepreneurs Somepreneurs

People have a need to categorize things, and entrepreneurs are no exception. Because so many people are founding startups these days, new words have been popping up to better classify…

The Complex Effect of Fuel Prices

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Fifteen years ago and 1,000 miles away, a geologist named Richard Findley discovered the Elm Coulee oil field, a rich deposit of shale oil in the Bakken formation that straddles…

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