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Finding independence through employment Getting a job brings new-found independence for many people.  Earning one’s own money, making progress toward new goals, making new friends, having co-workers depend on you…it’s all very exciting. When Jasmine got a job at Skagit’s Best Salsa last year, she could not imagine a better job or employer. It was like...
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Making a Difference One Tootsie Roll at a Time Earlier this month Rob Martin received a phone call. The caller told him something that surprised him: “We raised $2,500 for Chinook Enterprises and we’d like to schedule a time to drop off the check.” The gentleman who called was Gary Cloninger, Grand Knight from the...
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Mount Vernon, WA. February 17, 2017 — Rob Martin, CEO of Chinook Enterprises, receives the prestigious Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. Rob Martin’s first experience with Rotarians was in 1969 as a 15-year-old Scout Leader with the Boy Scouts. Rob recalls asking a local Seattle Rotary club for money to buy Christmas presents for a...
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Our first holiday video Our very first holiday video, produced in 2014, was an all-time favorite with staff and supporters of Chinook Enterprises. So we opted to re-share it in lieu of producing a new one. It brings back some great memories for us as much has changed since then. We no longer have our...
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It’s a constant conversation that we hear at Chinook: Employees discussing successes and opportunities that happen because of our forward-thinking, open-minded business community. We are grateful for each and every one of you because you have helped to change lives in significant ways. Whether you’ve hired someone we’ve introduced to you, or provided room in...
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Finding and retaining good employees is an ongoing challenge for most businesses. The process of interviewing, testing and training can be tedious and time-consuming. For many smaller companies, the time involved in the hiring process can be extremely costly. This is why many companies appreciate the services offered by our Community Employment Services Division. In...
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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a congress-sponsored initiative dating back to 1945. NDEAM was a means to stimulate job opportunities for persons with disabilities. The month-long campaign came many decades before the better-known American Disability Act (ADA), which became law in 1990, and was the next big step taken by the Government...
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Whether you are looking for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift, antique, or espresso, look no further than Rehab Station located in LaConner, WA. The owner and staff will be happy to show you around and help you find what ever treasure your heart desires. Recently, Jen Land from our Employment Services Division, visited Rehab Station and...
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An excerpt from our 2015 Annual Report Please enjoy Rob Martin’s opening letter from our 2015 annual report: 2015 was a milestone year for Chinook Enterprises. We celebrated 35 years of service to our community with an evening gala at the Swinomish Lodge. The Skagit Valley Herald featured Chinook in a piece they did to mark the occasion.  We...
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We are pleased to introduce Ann, an entrepreneur who specializes in making custom jewelry.  Ann has worked in the assembly division at Chinook Enterprises since 2001, helping to produce products for a wide variety of manufacturers including the Boeing Company. Ann uses her assembly skills in her personal life as well––making her own jewelry: earrings and other beautiful...
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