You might not look at people and organizations dedicated to doing good things as part of the business community but they are. In a big way.
Hundreds of nonprofits employ thousands of people in our region. Those employees are hired to fulfill the missions of their organization first and foremost but they also play a substantial role the economic vitality of our region.
In this issue of Business World, we look at some of the nonprofits and the good work they do. Their funding comes from a variety of sources ranging from government grants to individual charitable contributions.
That money then makes its way, through employees and the spending of the nonprofit, into the bigger economic stream.
This being December, the biggest giving month of the year, it seemed the appropriate time to focus on our nonprofit community.
This also being the last month of the year, it is a good time to recognize some of the people and businesses who have helped make Wenatchee Valley Business World a success.
I’ll start with our presenting sponsors. Ogden Murphy Wallace law firm; Cordell, Neher and Company accounting firm; LocalTel Communications; Sangster Motors; Libke Insurance; Port of Chelan County; Wenatchee Valley Medical Center; and Cashmere Valley Bank.
In addition to being key advertisers in this publication, these sponsors lend their expertise to the editorial planning process for each issue.
Every three months they send a representative to our editorial advisory meeting where we plan out the next three issues. Being a diverse bunch, we have interesting and wide-ranging discussions of the issues we can tackle.
They always come to those meetings with the goal of finding ways to bring our readers something valuable and interesting to read, not in promoting their own business interests.
The two lead writers for Business World are Mike Irwin and Christine Pratt. They are talented business journalists with the sort of curiosity and commitment that really sets them apart.
The designer, the person who makes the publication appealing to the eye and reader-friendly, is Jared Johnson. Among other things, he is highly skilled at taking sometimes complex information and turning it into easy-to-read graphics, charts and illustrations.
Don Seabrook comes up with many of the cover ideas to illustrate the theme of each issue, and he and Mike Bonnicksen contribute consistently great photos for the inside pages.
Freelance writer Steve Godfrey each month gives us a closer look at two businesses with his interesting Eye On feature stories.
We also have a stable of contributing columnists who help bring expertise and different perspectives to the publication.
Wenatchee Valley Business World, with all of the above people and many more playing key roles, has been extremely well-received in the community. The compliments and expressions of appreciation inspire us to continue raising the bar for what we do.
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all.