About the Business Resource Center:The Business Resource Center, a program of the Thurston Economic Development Council, exists to support business with services and resources to achieve success. The Thurston EDC is a private non-profit organization focused on creating a vital and sustainable economy throughout Thurston County that supports the livelihood and values of our residents. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilConference to provide workshops, networking and inspiration for local business ownersThe Ice Chips Candy grandmas have signed on to deliver the keynote address at South Sound Success Small Business Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday November 5, 2013 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the SPSCC Hawks Prairie Campus Annex, 1401 Marvin Rd. NE, Suite 201 Lacey, WA 98516.South Sound Success is a one-day conference designed specifically for new business owners and people interested in starting a business. The conference is coordinated by the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Business Resource Center, the South Puget Sound Community College, the Small Business Development Center and other community partners.Featured on the hit television program “Shark Tank” in November 2012, Bev Hines and Charlotte Clary, business partners and owners of Ice Chips candies, will share their path from entrepreneurial concept to business success with attendees of the conference. In addition to the Ice Chips Grandmas, South Sound Success will feature 16 workshops during multiple breakout sessions throughout the day on a variety of topics, including:Finance, bookkeeping and tax preparationMarketing and social mediaHuman resources and leadership skillsLegal structure and moreAttendees will enjoy breakfast and lunch, and learn tips and strategies they can apply immediately to their business operations. They will have the opportunity to connect with available resources that can help them become more efficient and successful at running their businesses. They can talk with experts who have done it before, and leave feeling inspired to do more in their own businesses.To pre-register for South Sound Success, please click here. Check-in and registration for the conference will begin at 8:00 am, with the conference beginning at 8:45 am. The cost per person is $45. Please contact Daryl Murrow at 360.754.6320 or visit www.southsoundsuccess.com for more details.
Facebook158Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery was named Washington Winery of the Year at the 5th Annual New York International Wine Competition. This is the first time Westport has received this honor.Surfer’s Syrah earned a silver medal at this competition. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the South Beach EMS in Westport, Washington. A glass wave blown by Opal Art Glass of Cosmopolis, Washington, commemorates this wine in the extensive display gardens at the winery.Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris earned a bronze medal. The 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam, Washington benefits from this wine. A sculpture by Lora Malakoff of Clallam Bay graces the winery gardens as part of their commemorative sculpture program featuring local artists.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.