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Monday: 5/5/2014 Verizon Wireless is adding jobs in western Washington. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports the company is set to hire 141 people for local stores. That's an increase of about 11 percent on top of the 1,200 people Verizon already employs in Washington state. Applicants are encouraged to apply through Verizon's website. Tuesday: 5/6/2014 Not everyone is looking forward to summer, especially some parents! According to a new study, 60 percent of adults find the summer financially stressful. The American Institute of CPA's study found parents sending their kids to summer camps will pay an average of 1,400 dollars. And, nearly half of all parents planning a summer trip are getting ready to spend an average of three thousand dollars. Wednesday: 5/7/2014 More homes are up for sale in the Seattle market, but inventory is still tight in many communities, keeping prices high and bringing in multiple offers and bidding wars. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports the median price of houses and condos sold last month was up nearly 10 percent in King County. That's helping to convince more homeowners to sell. But realtors say they're seeing a less than two-month supply of homes on the market, when a healthy average is a four-to-six month supply. Columbia Bank's Business Insight: How to choose a financial partner in a recovering economy. While the loan process can be intimidating, business owners should use a standard when determining the right bank to partner with. Perhaps most important, consider how and where the decisions are made for business loans. Is there a local influence? Are the decisions made elsewhere in the country? Decision makers are responsible for offering deals that are flexible and sustainable for your business, and that should require considerable expertise on a local level. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Thursday: 5/8/2014 Nordstrom is getting ready to forge ahead in the Great White North. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports Nordstrom will open its first Canadian store this September in Calgary. The company plans to open six stores over the next three years. Nordstrom plans to open stores one at a time to avoid problems other retailers face when opening multiple stores quickly in new Canadian markets. Friday: 5/9/2014 Apple is said to be in talks to buy "Beats" electronics, the popular headphone company co-founded by rap mogul Doctor Dre. Neither company is commenting, but the Financial Times reports the deal is worth 3.2 billion dollars, and also includes the new beats music streaming service. Columbia Bank's experts can help with your business and personal finance needs. Simply visit