Kennewick Business Connection

FALL 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Create an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Join local leaders and hear how to create a community that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship on November 15 at the Red Lion Columbia Center. Former NFL football player and champion of diversity and public engagement, Rich Negrin, will share insight from his experience as the Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia. $25 includes lunch. Networking at 11:30a, program starts at noon. Register by November 10th at

Kennewick Washington Sustainable Sun

Go Paperless and Win

Go paperless and you could win a $50 Visa gift cards donated by Kennewick Waste Management. Electronic statements reduce waste and you get your bill the same day it generates - no mail delay! 4 winners will be selected. Sign up by December 20th for your chance to win at

Holiday shopping safety tips

Holiday Crime Risk

As a business owner, you know how profitable the holiday season can be. Along with an increase in sales activity, your risk may increase as well. Good customer service makes the difference between profit and loss, and goes a long way in preventing a crime. Making eye contact and acknowledging the presence of a customer is often all that is necessary to prevent shoplifting, a bad check, use of a fraudulent credit or debit card or even a robbery.  For more information on making this holiday season safer for your business, employees and customers, contact Kennewick Police Crime Prevention at (509) 582-1351.

Suspicious Business Fires

To combat the rise in fires at local businesses, officials are asking business owners to remove potential causes and increase prevention efforts.  In addition to fires started from discarded cigarettes in flower pots, storage and debris outside of businesses has been a target for arson this year.

  • Guard flower pots from becoming cigarette receptacles. The soil is highly flammable.
  • Remove combustible waste and debris; keep outside storage neat and orderly.
  • Keep storage and other infrequently visited areas secure.
  • Good lighting in outdoor areas reduces night-time activities.
  • Natural vegetation (shrubs/bushes) too close to buildings can be highly combustible, easily ignitable and often obstruct exits and egress windows if not regularly maintained. Dumpsters and trash containers must not be stored in buildings or placed within 5’ of combustible walls, openings or combustible roof eave lines.

More information is at Contact (509) 585-4302 or

Drive-By Traffic Counts

How many vehicles drive past your business? Find out in the updated traffic count table and map on the city’s Streets & Traffic web page, along with information on how to report a pothole, street light or traffic signal issue, and other FAQs.

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