Indian eatery rises from ashes with local, business support

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – As Puja and Kummar Sharma watched firefighters battle the blaze destroying their seven-month-old restaurant, they thought it was a sign: Maybe they weren’t meant to own their own restaurant. But their community wasn’t ready to let the only Indian restaurant in Skagit County disappear.

April 20: Hospitality industry leaders to give annual lecture

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business PULLMAN, Wash. – Dave Furano and Michael Zislis, cofounders of Rock & Brews restaurants, will present “Serving Those Who Rock” during the annual Burtenshaw Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. The public is invited.

Free advising helps young owner launch franchise ambitions

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC OLYMPIA, Wash. – As a college senior in business administration, Myles Kirchmeier planned to start a business by his early 30s – the age his father was when he opened a heating and cooling company. But Mike Kirchmeier asked his son what he was waiting for: “All you have […]

SBDC helps new pub owner get his sea legs

By Hope Belli Tinney, Small Business Development Center OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – James Edwards loved the Pirate’s Cove Pub & Grill in Ocean Shores from the moment he first stepped inside. “You know,” he said, to no one in particular, “I want this place.” “Well,” said the woman working the bar, “it’s for sale.”

New scholarship for women in HBM

PULLMAN – The Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) has created an endowed scholarship in honor of Gretchen Mathers in the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management. The scholarship fund will recognize merit and potential of women pursuing a degree in hospitality, although financial need can be considered. As a leadership, not-for-profit 501(c)3, […]

Alternate food services during CUB closure

(Photo: Dining Services’ (l-r) Di Wharton, snack bar lead, and Karen Peterson, student worker, show menu items offered in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education’s Cyber Café. Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services.) With the Compton Union Building closed for two years for renovation, members of the WSU Pullman community have a range of alternatives […]