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Port Townsend plan seeks to encourage small-scale business - Peninsula Daily News

Posted: 01 Mar 2019 12:00 AM PST

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend City Council agreed with the city Planning Commission's "holistic neighborhood planning" approach that will guide the development of the Rainier Street and the Upper Sims Way Subarea Plan.

Development Services Director Lance Bailey said Monday's three-hour joint meeting went very well and that "there were no major fundamental disagreements" between the planning department and the City Council.

"There were a lot a questions and comments, and I think we are on a good path," Bailey said.

The plan encourages artisan businesses, moving away from traditional economic development and focusing on entrepreneurial ventures.

"We are looking to develop micro-enterprises, those small businesses that can't afford the capital infrastructure to get going," said City Manager David Timmons.

"They are the types of small startups in the [Port Townsend Business Park] and in Glen Cove."

Bailey presented the 155-page document that provides an overview of the plan featuring five project objectives: vision and assets, community character, plan organization, meaningful community engagement, local opportunities, and jobs and housing balance.

The plan was developed with community input over the past two years.

Of the 175 acres of land in the subarea, 49 acres are already developed, 98.7 acres are vacant, 11 acres are underdeveloped and 15.7 are public lands or exempt.

The plan suggests that the vacant and underdeveloped land "provides an opportunity to meet much needed housing and employment needs within the City."

With the completion of the Rainier Street extension, the study says the area is a "gateway" ripe for redevelopment with housing and employment opportunities.

The plan calls for an interconnected and safe transportation network and a vibrant urban design concept while including open space and parks.

Timmons said the city began to take a more focused look at development patterns and consistency with plans in 2002.

He said that the problem with creative ideas and solutions is that they don't mesh well with the black-and-white of current zoning regulations.

"We needed to take a more comprehensive look and make sure our current regulations are consistent with development patterns and then put them in sync with each other," Timmons said.

"Currently they are not supportive of the changes in today's environment in terms of housing and economic growth."

In order to attract micro-enterprises, Timmons said the city has to be supportive in two ways.

"There needs to be capital infrastructure in the ground, and the regulations have to be consistent with those goals," he said.

"The planning needs to keep up with the code that's keeping out the negative effects of development."

Timmons said buying habits have changed. People don't want to see big box stores in Port Townsend and that the internet has taken retail to a completely different level.

"Just look in the recycling bins," he said. "There are a lot of Amazon boxes. The current regulations were written to address big box retailers who wanted to come to town. Our regulations are designed to thwart that, but are crushing everyone else.

"There was fear and phobia over big retail and it blocked everything else."

Timmons said after the language is tweaked and a final review, the Subarea Plan will be presented to the City Council in April. Public hearings will be conducted and he expects council adoption before summer.

"These regulations have been long in the making, going back two decades," Timmons said.

"This is putting it all together to implement it. Large development can be sited in the county where regulations will permit the kind of growth they'll eventually see there.

"Small scale startups are prime for this area."

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Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Jeannie McMacken can be reached at 360-385-2335orat[email protected].

Judge's ruling allows case over Sikorsky suppliers to proceed - Journal Inquirer

Posted: 14 Mar 2019 08:39 AM PDT

A lawsuit that could shed light on government and corporate compliance with regulations meant to open up lucrative national defense contracts to small businesses is one step closer to having its day in court.

A federal judge in San Francisco recently turned down a motion by the Pentagon to throw out a complaint by the American Small Business League seeking data on Sikorsky Aircraft's filings with the Defense Department's Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, league officials said in a statement.

The small business advocate wants to know if the Stratford-based helicopter manufacturer is abiding by requirements that government contractors divert a certain share of their work to small enterprises. The Pentagon has asserted that Sikorsky's submissions, which include a list of the company's subcontractors and suppliers, constitute trade secrets and proprietary information and should not be publicly disclosed.

The court's decision could open the door to a trial in the nearly five-year-long legal drama centering on the Freedom of Information Act, which the American Small Business League is attempting to use to counter the Defense Department's bid for confidentiality.

According to a transcript of the latest hearing, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup leveled criticism at the Pentagon for attempting to circumvent the longstanding transparency law by claiming vague exemptions.

"It's got to be more than just confidential," Alsup told government attorneys. "It's got to be like a trade secret, something that qualifies under the statute, and then have a declaration that explains in detail with something other than blather why that should be withheld."

The judge also took Defense Department officials to task for, in his view, circumventing the spirit of the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, which was set up with the goal of helping small-scale companies secure a greater share of military-industrial spending.

"Congress passed this law to make the small businesses have access to some of these projects, and here is the United States covering it up," Alsup said.

Once viewed as a significant pro-small business pledge from the administration of President George H.W. Bush, the ostensibly temporary subcontracting program has faced mounting scrutiny from commercial groups, academics, and federal officials for loopholes that allow government contracts to be shuffled among several major aerospace and defense corporations.

Instead of encouraging small enterprise, detractors claim, the setup locks out more limited operations while providing cover to the biggest industry players when they fall short of subcontracting mandates.

A 2015 study from the Government Accountability Office appeared to reinforce the criticism, finding that the percentage of government dollars flowing to small businesses through defense-related projects has actually decreased since the program's implementation in the early 1990s.

Defense Department officials have since acknowledged that the program is not meeting its goals and even recommended shutting it down after concluding that the system led to a gradual "erosion" in the military's small business manufacturing base.

Still, Congress voted in 2017 to renew the program, extending its deadline to 2027.

Pitney Bowes Strengthens Commitment to Small and Medium Businesses with Addition of New Talent - Associated Press

Posted: 14 Mar 2019 05:58 AM PDT

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STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 14, 2019--Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI), a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing, finance, and data, is pleased to welcome the latest additions to the Pitney Bowes Financial Services leadership team. Lee Bergeron and Karen Savoca bring deep expertise and extensive financial knowledge to Pitney Bowes, strengthening the company's commitment to helping small and medium businesses secure the capital they need to grow their businesses.

"Lee Bergeron and Karen Savoca are incredible additions to the Pitney Bowes Financial Services leadership team," said Christopher Johnson, Senior Vice President and President, Financial Services, Pitney Bowes. "We continue to add veteran talent in the financial services industry, enabling us to support the 'Main Street' economy by investing in our small and medium business clients."

Lee Bergeron, Vice President, General Manager Equipment Finance, Financial Services, is responsible for leading the growth of Pitney Bowes' asset back financing division. He is the former President and Founder of Taunton Commercial Capital, with extensive executive leadership experience in businesses specializing in leasing and financing of equipment and software. Lee brings over 30 years of financial services experience, holding progressive leadership responsibilities at GE Capital, Signal, NationsBank and Norwest Financial Services. Lee is an accomplished commercial leader with wide-ranging knowledge in building, developing and leading successful financial services businesses.

Karen Savoca, Vice President and General Manager, Lending Products & Services, is responsible for expanding the working capital and deposit-based solutions provided to Pitney Bowes' clients. She will develop and scale the commercial lending business, directing and managing all aspects of the lending strategy including product management and go-to-market approach. Most importantly, she will lead the repositioning of our lending platform by capitalizing on growth in shipping and logistics alongside the company's broader enterprise opportunity. Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Karen was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for People's United Bank, where she was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive growth strategies for all commercial lines of businesses. She is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of financial services experience and a proven track record for delivering growth and operational excellence at GE Capital, Price Waterhouse, TD Bank and First Data.

Pitney Bowes has been providing financing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses for more than 30 years. The company's expansion of talent in its financial services business is part of a broader commitment to help their clients reduce complexity and succeed in commerce. Visit www.pitneybowes.com/us/financial-services to learn more about Pitney Bowes Financial Services.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a global technology company providing commerce solutions that power billions of transactions. Clients around the world, including 90 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on the accuracy and precision delivered by Pitney Bowes solutions, analytics, and APIs in the areas of ecommerce fulfillment, shipping and returns; cross-border ecommerce; office mailing and shipping; presort services; location data; customer information and engagement software; services; and financing. For nearly 100 years Pitney Bowes has been innovating and delivering technologies that remove the complexity of getting commerce transactions precisely right. For additional information visit Pitney Bowes, the Craftsmen of Commerce, at www.pitneybowes.com.

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Joyce Banda gets thunderous welcome as she invades the North - Nyasa Times

Posted: 11 Mar 2019 03:28 AM PDT

Former immediate president, who is also Peoples Party (PP) leader Joyce Banda says the country's economy can only grow if women are self reliant and economically empowered through small business as they are custodians of families.

Banda: Promises revolving fun

Karonga business women listening to Joyce Banda

Banda popularly known as JB in the political scene made these remarks when she addressed thousands of women Sunday afternoon during a business forum for self help groups (SHG) whose objective was to inspire their business plans in Karonga district.

The former president said in business, perseverence, respect for families and love are the only secret to success, saying disrespectful business women do not prosper as they spend precious time quarreling with their husbands over petty issues while their friends make money.

"I am glad that Karonga has very hard working women that are engaged in various business ranging from rice, plantains, vegetables and second hand clothes. I want to assure you that you have found a real partner in Joyce Banda as women empowerment has always been my hobby since my childhood.

"My involvement with women dates back to 1989 when l established National Association Business for Women (NABW) whose membership grew to 50,000 in 1997. Since that time I have been up and down empowering women through various interventions that includes Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) that has for produced over 6,500 girls.

"However, JB, could not finish without going political as she also assured the jam packed hall with business women that she plans to establish smart villages throughout Malawi like that which were built at Nkhamenya in Kasungu where people will be staying for free and their contributions will be bricks, sand and water towards the construction of those houses that will be powered by solar.

"People in these smart villages will be connected to solar power that they will be using even for cooking and charging their phones, they will receive cows and will also be on social cash transfer program for daily up keep and small scale business.

"Once voted into power I will also increase the minimum wage bill from the current K25,000 to at least K40,000 because life is so hard that making ends meet is a very difficult task," JB said amid hands clapping.

"She also promised a K10-billion revolving fund that her office will set aside once she goes to State House on May 21, saying she believes that women economic empowerment is the key to socio economic and political empowerment that enables women to send children to schools and take them to hospitals when they fall sick

Speaking on behalf of SHG, President of Tughaneghe Federation under Future Planning for the children (FPC) Memory Munthali said through her inspirational  speech, her organization has learnt lessons that have fired up all members of the institution.

"We are motivated indeed. We are happy that we had you as our guest speaker. These women that you see here are dedicated and experienced business ladies.

"The only challenge is capital that would boost their business and make them realize their economic empowerment dreams," Munthali said.

About 122 small scale business women SHG and nine cluster level associations (CLA) from across Karonga attended the business forum.

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