BUSINESS BRIEFS: Port Angeles Ambassadors host ribbon-cuttings for three local businesses … and other items

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Ambassadors recently held grand opening ribbon-cuttings for three local businesses.

The businesses were Sacred Roots-Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Massage, 110 E. First St.; The Best Soap Co., 216 W. Eight St.; and the Black Diamond Quarry.

Sacred Roots is owned by Jason and Kalei Myers and offers 30- to 90-minute massages, as well as yoga and meditation classes.

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The Best Soap Co. offers handmade organic, GMO-free and biodegradable products in mediums including night creams, sugar scrubs, massage oils, pet care products and liquid goat’s milk soaps.

The company also offers jewelry, rings and gift items.

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The ribbon-cutting for the Black Diamond Quarry was due to JJC Resources LLC’s recent acquisition of daily operations at the quarry.

Agents of Month

PORT ANGELES — Home Team Powell — Brent and Amy Powell of Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty — has earned the Agent of the Month Spot for July.

The Agent of the Month is accomplished by producing the highest amount of business transactions in one month’s time.

Home Team Powell can be reached at [email protected] and 360-417-9871.

New PUD employee

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Public Utility District has announced Jerry Wilson as its new telecom manager.

Wilson will work directly with internet suppliers to provide internet and bandwidth for the county by spearheading the transition from NoaNet to a PUD-controlled fiber network, according to a news release.

The new network will offer citizens enhanced opportunities for broadband services, the release said.

Wilson relocated to Port Townsend during 2013 with years of experience in telecommunications and information technology environments.

He has worked for companies such as MCI, Verizon and Emprix.

According to the release, he has also designed and deployed a national internet service provider network, conducted large-scale stress testing for distributed call centers and managed the installation of digital fiber, as well as radio broadband systems for universities.

Coast Works finalists

Eleven North Olympic Peninsula businesses have been named among the 16 Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition finalists.

The finalists include:

• Forks: Cheri Tinker and Jennifer Pelikan; Lauren Kerr; Diane Pfiefle; and Joshua Goakey.

• La Push: Catherine Salazar and Anna Sablan.

• Port Angeles: Joel and Ivy Ricci; Jessie Newberg; and Ann Rosencrants.

• Sequim: Shaelee Evans and Kriska Obermiller.

Finalists are vying for up to $10,000 in startup financing.

Finalists will present their written case statement and a five-minute “fast pitch” to a panel of independent judges in early November.

Past and present Coast Works entrepreneurs, sponsors, funders, partners and people from the Coast Works communities will be invited to celebrate the finalists and help launch a new Coast Works Alliance.

The entrepreneurs participated in a four-day Entrepreneurship Intensive in June at the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks.

The 2017 Coast Works Title Sponsor is KeyBank. Additional support is provided by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Bank of the Pacific, Port of Port Angeles and state Department of Commerce.

To learn about sponsorship and mentoring opportunities or how to contribute to the prize money, visit or contact Mike Skinner, director of the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and the Washington Coast Works administrator, at 206-235-6029.

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