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COVER STORY: SMALL-BUSINESS LENDING
SBA's 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program helps fund restaurateur's dream

504 Loan Program aids companies in a growth mode

MicroLoans are a financing alternative

Entrepreneurs plan for success with the help of Small Business Development Centers

List of small-business financing resources

BUSINESS NEWS
State and county jobless rates fall

Nelson Petroleum buys Dennis

ICOS Corp. is recognized for its revenue growth

Fluke Networks plans to buy NetMetrix

Radcliff resigns as president of the Everett chamber

The Port of Everett selects a north marina developer

Boeing sets a new high for cargo plane construction

Snohomish County's home prices hit a record high

Bothell-based Northwest Biotherapeutics searches for cancer therapy

Quinton Instrument Co. readjusts its mission and launches Q-Stress

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Report: New construction is on a record pace

Leasing is under way at Canyon Park Heights

Premera leases space in the Quadrant I-5 park

Index Sensors & Controls moves into Stanwood-Camano Village

EVENT PLANNING
Class acts can liven up the company party

A company's budget and goals play a part in picking entertainment

BUSINESS PROFILES
Bartell Drugs keeps its small-business values even as the chain grows

LePointe relocates and expands to a full-day spa

COLUMNS
Realty Markets: The Internet and a strong market have combined to spark service-packed leases

Economic Outlook: The Procurement Technical Assistance Center matches the needs of government to local businesses

Internet Marketing: Research points to a bright future for e-commerce

Market Pulse: Bothell's growth trend is worth watching

Managing People: Union workers aren't the only ones allowed representation during an investigatory interview

Business 101: Absentee ills have a cure, even in a tight market

Manager's Memo: Increase personal credibility to ensure professional success

Health Care: The flu vaccine may arrive late, but in time for the season's peak

OPINION
Survey: E-tailing spurs the global marketplace

BUSINESS BRIEFS

PEOPLE WATCHING

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