The Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Washington Manufacturers Association and Lake Washington Technical College...

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The Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Washington Manufacturers Association and Lake Washington Technical College to survey local manufacturers about what the chamber can do to help improve the businesses.


The results will be used to write a business-development plan to help small and medium-sized manufacturers in Redmond.



“We want to do what we can to help out manufacturers and keep jobs in Redmond,” chamber CEO Chris Hoffmann said.


Redmond wants to preserve its manufacturing jobs because many such jobs are leaving the state as business costs and competition heat up. Although manufacturing accounted for 13 percent of the jobs in the state, 44,600 jobs left between 2000 and 2003.



King County had 160,000 manufacturing jobs in 1990 but has since lost almost 50,000. Redmond has 175 manufacturers who employ 11,500 people, or 17 percent of the city’s workers.


Redmond faces a challenge to try to attract and keep manufacturers: The city needs more trained employees and affordable housing. The median price of a home was $401,054 in December, a 11 percent rise over 2003.



The chamber would like to form a group of Eastside manufacturers to solve the industry’s problems.


“Transportation is one of the biggest issues,” Hoffmann said. “It’s crucial to this side of the pond, particularly with the growth of Microsoft.”



For more information, contact Hoffmann at chrish@redmondchamber.org or 425-885-4014.


Market seeks donations

The Snoqualmie Valley Tilth is starting the Carnation farmers market a month early this summer. The nonprofit group took over management of the year-old market from the city this year and plans to open the market May 17 and close it Sept. 13.


The Snoqualmie Tribe has given the market some office space, but a few things still are needed: volunteers to join the steering committee; donations of office supplies, including copy paper, phone and answering machine; a handtruck; and a gas grill for the chef’s cooking demonstrations.



To volunteer or to make a donation, contact Rhonda Brown, the market manager, at 425-788-3089 or e-mail info@farmersmarket.org. For more information about the market, go to www.ci.carnation.wa.us/farmersmarket online.


Kirkland openings

Downtown Kirkland has a few new businesses:


• Puget Sound Guide and Map Shop, 116 Central Way, sells maps, guidebooks and books on the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to Northern California. The shop shares the space with Sound Realty.



• Dooley’s Doghouse, 120 Central Way, is a health-food store for dogs and cats. The shop sponsors monthly adoptions with animal-rescue groups.


• KaBloom, a florist, 123 Lake St. S.



Eastside Business Notes appears every Wednesday in the Eastside edition of the Seattle Times.


Kristina Shevory: 206-464-2039 or kshevory@seattletimes.com