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COVER STORY: TECHNOLOGY
Product quality and customer service remain top priorities as the Fluke Corp. expands its global presence

Related: With the Wavetek Meterman line of test tools, Fluke enters a new market

Related: Fluke has a history of innovation and community service

Whidbey Telephone Co. plans to open a data center in downtown Everett

Lynnwood-based ScenicSoft develops software for the printing and prepress industry

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. plans to buy Rosetta Inpharmatics

The CEOs of SonoSite and Rosetta Inpharmatics are up for Entrepreneur of the Year

BUSINESS NEWS
EXTENDED VERSION: Through its thrift stores, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul gives used goods new life while helping the needy

While top Boeing brass plan a move to Chicago, local unions focus on building planes in Puget Sound

Seasonal hiring causes the jobless rate to fall across the state and in Snohomish County

Snohomish County approves tighter limits on planned residential developments

EXTENDED VERSION: Report: Home sales remain strong in the county

Ed Boucher intends to keep the Dutch Cup a Sultan dining tradition as the restaurantís new owner

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Canyon Pointe, a two-building CarrAmerica development in Canyon Park, is under construction

IN BRIEF: Monroe OKs three-story buildings in downtown and Loweís plans to begin construction of a Mill Creek-area store by mid- to late summer

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Everett selects the design-build team finalists for the proposed special-events center

A town hall meeting to discuss Everettís waterfront draws 150 people

BUSINESS PROFILE
Mike Stephenson, owner of four Les Schwab member dealerships, builds business by taking care of employees and customers

CHAMBER PROFILE
The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is working to promote tourism and economic growth

COLUMNS
Realty Markets: Here are some tips to increase cash-flow for commercial and multifamily property owners

Financial Focus: Consider Section 529 plans if youíre saving for your childrenís college education

Managing People: The state high court has ruled that supervisors can be sued for discrimination

Internet Marketing: Be on the lookout for spyware in software and on the Web.

Economic Outlook: With its new marketing director, the EDC aims to advertise Snohomish County

Managerís Memo: Natural leaders still need management training to succeed as supervisors

Business 101: Knowing your inventoryís Ďturnsí can help you with strategic planning

OPINION
If you live or work in an older building, check for lead-based paint

Junior Achievementís Golf Marathon helps kidsí programs

BUSINESS BRIEFS

PEOPLE WATCHING

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