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    Jul 23, 2015
  • Celebrate National Parks and Rec Month with these Six Family-Friendly Activities

    July is Park and Recreation Month and what better way to celebrate this important month than to get out there and explore with your family? Below, six fun and cost-effective ways to explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

  • Jul 15, 2015
  • 10 Places to Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month!

    It’s summertime in the Pacific Northwest, and as if we needed any more cause to celebrate, it’s also National Park and Recreation Month! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are fortunate to be home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in the nation. Here, ten must-see parks and recreation areas to visit this summer to show your support for National Parks and Rec Month, while having a blast.

  • Jun 24, 2015
  • 7 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

    A strong credit history can make the hunt for a new home easier and can save you money in the long run in the form of lower monthly rates on your mortgage and other loans. Whether you are renting or buying, the following tips can help you improve your credit score.

  • Jun 24, 2015
  • 5 Important Questions to Guide Your First Time Home Buying Process

    If you believe House Hunters, the home buying experience goes something like this...

  • Apr 14, 2015
  • Business Succession Plans: What, Why and When?

    You’ve spent thousands of hours dreaming about, building and running your business. It’s not surprising, then, if you haven’t yet made developing a business succession plan a priority: Have I really spent this long getting here just to start thinking about getting out?

  • Apr 10, 2015
  • “CB suggested things we hadn’t considered, thank goodness they did.”

    Customer Spotlight: Rich Lerz, CEO, Nytec, Inc.

  • Apr 10, 2015
  • “They believed in me early on, that meant the world to me.”

    Customer Spotlight: Bert Bogden, Founder/CEO, Amplicon Express

  • Apr 09, 2015
  • What to Consider When Choosing a Trustee

    Living trusts are rapidly replacing wills as the primary estate-planning document. Unfortunately, this transition is not without cost. Trust litigation is one of the fastest growing areas in the legal profession with almost all of the lawsuits involving family members suing other family members. Even if there isn’t litigation, folks find the role of trustee much more challenging than they anticipated.

  • Apr 07, 2015
  • Community Spotlight: Rebuilding Together South Sound

    For the past several years, Columbia Bank employees have been rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work to help support Rebuilding Together South Sound.

  • Apr 03, 2015
  • Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Avoid Capital Gains, Benefit Your Children, and Help Your Favorite Charities

    Let’s say you have some highly appreciated assets you would like to sell. Maybe it is a block of stock that, due to appreciation, represents a disproportionate percentage of your portfolio. It makes sense to sell and diversify so as to increase return and reduce risk. Perhaps it is a parcel of real estate that has fully depreciated. While you could try to put together a tax-free exchange, you really would like to get out of the property management business altogether. Or, perhaps you are finally ready to sell your business and retire.

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