As a local Seattle-based small business we are doing whatever we can to support local small business suppliers. For example, we buy a lot of office supplies through Office Depot - but, have begun switching for basic supplies like plain printer paper to NuLeaf. They are fellow members of the Seattle Executives Association and deliver promptly at a favorable price. Who wants to support a huge corporation like Office Depot?
Rafael Sanchez, fumigation coordinator at Paratex, who is of Philippine heritage holds new born from employee family who is of Mexican heritage to indicate the diversity at Paratex. This diversity in employees is typical of the makeup of the Puget Sound population.
Paratex is one of the local companies from the Seattle Executives Association SoDo area to meet on a regular basis to exchange leads and business information. This select group includes Alan Sidel of Don's Group Attire, Brian Westerlund of Veca Electric, Jeff Lovely of Advance Marking Systems, Shannon Woodman of Washington Alarm, Rick Braicks of Braicks Contruction, Bruce Wiggins of US Printing, David Eames of Pittman Automotive, Jim Conway of American Solutions for Business, Kelly Cudworth of Nuleaf Office Solutions, Jim Osborn of Paratex Pest Control, Lisa Combs of Duke's Truck Repair, Andrew Didlier of Pure Water Technology and John Backstrom of Skyline Display. In this picture they prepare for a small dose of "brain tonic" for their meeting.
Among the items being fumigated this week were Zodiacs. Yes, those little hard rubber unsinkable boats. They are being exported to Australia in a deflated state inside wooden crates. Australia requires the wood crates be fumigated and certified for entry (to prevent unwanted wood-destroying insects). We were also busy with truckloads of apple root stock imported from Holland, destined for Central Washington orchards. USDA found a type of aphid infesting the plants. And, we routinely fumigate orchids imported from Thailand as a condition of entry when insects are discovered by USDA. Paratex is often a first line of defense in keeping destructive pests out of our country and other foreign countries.
Yes they do. And they are accurate about 97% of the time. In most cases an experienced Paratex professional can identify the problem without the need for a dog. However, there are cases where there are still doubts and verification is needed. Then we call in a dog. Paratex maintains a relationship with an excellent independent dog handler who we recommend for such occasions. This provides an unbiased opinion. If bugs are determined Paratex uses the most effective treatments available - including fumigation, that is not offered by most local pest control companies.
Daughter Jen and granddaughters Charlie and Catherine stopped by the office to say hello on their way to the ocean to dig for razor clams. The girls love to watch the fish, which they all call Nemo.
The City of Seattle thinks it is sooo hip! And, it loves to play favorites with its favorites. Emphasis on the ITS!. So if you are a musician unloading your instrument you get favored treatment in the loading zone. Forget the guy that delivers food or, God forbid, the plumber or pest control guy. Flowers and music and ignore the basics, as, they simply aren't hip. Every time you give a favor (or break) to one person you take something away from others. But, Seattle politicians are already living their dream. Emphasis on DREAM.
After a friend mentioned loaning money on KIVA I looked it up. My first loan was only $100 and to a group of women in Mexico that used it for pig feed. Today I received a payment on that loan of $43.54. They call themselves Las Ranitas (little frogs). The amount of money may seem like "chicken feed" to use - but, if a little pig feed helps people try to help themselves and run a business I like it. Look up KIVA and see how much fun you can have for a few dollars.
The SoDo area group of Seattle Executives Association met for its second festive Tuesday afternoon beer and BBQ at the new Washington Alarm headquarters building on Airport Way S. Despite the rainy weather sunglasses were the norm as the group prepared for a Spring surge in business and SEA referrals. Go Get 'Em Sizzlers!
One of the interested things we get to do at Paratex is work with local museums in the preservation of items of historical significance. Today we received a story pole that was originally carved from a single piece of Western Red Cedar by William Shelton, a Snohomish tribal leader who lived on the Tulalip Reservation. The pole was installed in a park in Illinois in 1935. The pole has now been turned over to the Burke Museum at the University of Washington to be restored and displayed at some future date. We like doing our part to help preserve articles of historical and cultural significance.