Business briefs - June 10, 2011

Bremerton business owners complete business development training

Four local entrepreneurs and business owners graduated from the Washington Community Alliance for Self Help business support program and have established their new businesses, according to a statement.Dave Ryan and Eve King-Hill, both of Bremerton, are part of the graduating class. Ryan is owner of Manticore Stencil Art and King-Hill established her psychotherapy practice in Poulsbo. They completed an eight-week business development training program.Information on the program can be obtained by emailing or calling (360) 698-4088.

Kitsap Business Network meeting in Bremerton

The Kitsap Business Network is a group of people who exchange business leads and referrals. The group meets every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Coffee Club Diner on Park Avenue in Bremerton. For more information, contact Tony Lane at (360) 613-0430 or visit

CarHop opens new store in Bremerton

CarHop, an automotive dealer, opened a new store in Bremerton — the fifth in Washington state — last month. It is located at 6001 Auto Center Way. CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The Bremerton location is the company’s 48th store in the county in its 15 years of operation. For more information, visit

Clothing drive for regional foster children runs though July 10

Sleep Country USA is accepting donations of new shorts, pants, dresses, socks, packed undergarments and sweaters as part of its annual New Clothing Drive for Foster Kids. All stores throughout Washington and Oregon are accepting donations through July 10. The Silverdale store is located at 10516 Silverdale Way NW, Suite 13.

New graphic design business opens

One-Nine Designs, a new graphic design firm specializing in business cards, letterheads, logos, mailers and advertisements is open for business. Based out of Port Orchard, the company is owned by Melissa Reed. For more information, go to:

Currie joins Union Bank’s Wheaton branch

Union Bank announced Wednesday that Lynn Currie, of Bremerton, has joined the bank as senior relationship banker for branch banking at the bank’s Wheaton Way branch. Currie brings more than 30 years of financial services experience to her current position. Prior to Union Bank, she was a licensed mortgage loan officer with Eagle Home Mortgage. She has also worked at other financial institutions and realty companies in various roles including business development officer, veterans specialist realtor and mortgage loan officer. Union Bank has 49 branches in Western Washington and four in Oregon.

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