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Zack still remembers his first interview at Applebee’s in Burlington back in December of 2012. “Erin from Chinook Enterprises was with me,” Zack recalled. “The manager wanted to hire me on the spot!” Linda, who refers to herself as Zack’s “MUBER” (Uber + Mom) thinks back, “They called me at home during his interview to work...
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Chinook Enterprises welcomed Amy Franta Wilson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as its new Human Resources Manager earlier this month. Wilson replaced Denise Childs, who recently retired. When asked about her new position, Wilson replied, “Everyone has been gracious and welcoming. I feel like I’ve been working here forever.” Wilson has a 15-year career working with non-profits including...
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Chinook Enterprises needs your help. Chinook Enterprises is a social enterprise based in Mount Vernon supporting people with various disabilities. After 40 years of providing excellent landscape maintenance services to clients in the Skagit Valley, Chinook Enterprises may be forced to close its grounds division next month. The grounds division performs weekly maintenance on nearly...
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP TO SAVE CHINOOK’s GROUND MAINTENANCE DIVISION (For additional background on this issue, please click here.) Please copy and paste the letter below into an email to Mr. Jim Christensen, Industrial Statistician, Prevailing Wage Program, Department of Labor and Industries. His email address is chrj235@lni.wa.gov. If you would prefer to leave...
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Chinook is starting 2019 with a healthy dose of change and excitement. The same week we celebrated the retirement of CEO and founder, Rob Martin we also welcomed our new CEO and President, Steve Reed. “We couldn’t be more excited about our new CEO Steve Reed,” said Rob Martin. “We’re all looking forward to new...
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After nearly 40 years as founder and CEO of Chinook Enterprises, Rob Martin will be passing the reins in early 2019 stating, “The decision to retire from Chinook wasn’t easy, but it’s time. I’m ready and excited for what’s next.” Martin feels fortunate to have had a long and successful career doing what he loves:...
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Burlington Chamber Humanitarian Award received for making a difference. Chinook started the first week of November off with a lot of excitement. We were one of three organizations to be nominated for the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. Award winners are decided through a vote of the membership. The award is...
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“Cast your bread on the waters, it will come back to you,” was both the personal and business philosophy of Leonard and Polly Ballif, who opened Grocery Outlet Bargains Market on Riverside Drive in March of 1989. Several years later they hired Nels Lee, who has clocked in every day since. Polly couldn’t remember the...
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A Message from our CEO, Rob Martin. Even though the term ‘social enterprise’ did not exist 38 years ago when we opened our doors, the concept behind it became our vision for a sustainable future. Today, Chinook Enterprises has evolved into the largest social enterprise in Skagit County. From the beginning, we focused on placing...
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For the seventh year in a row, the Production Division at Chinook Enterprises has earned a Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA). This is a big deal. There are only several hundred suppliers worldwide who meet the criteria to earn this level of achievement. It is not easy to do. How is a BPEA earned?...
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