Vol. 2, No. 1 | January 2023

Hello and welcome to 2023! I am honored to be greeting you for the first edition of the 2023 Best in Business newsletter. I hope you all had a great holiday season.


The Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for over 110+ years. Our mission is to promote our community and its total economy and foster business-government relation to help you operate your business in its best possible environment. Our diverse membership is comprised of small businesses, large industries, nonprofit organizations, area merchants and individuals who promote business in Marysville and Tulalip.


In 2023, we will continue to work hard to foster the spirit of working together with our business partners. The staff and I look forward to more ribbon cuttings, the Golf Tournament held in June and the Brew and Cider Fest coming in August. We are also working with the City and Port of Everett to bring you the Business Summit. Our website and calendar will give you more information on these events and when they are happening.


Please reach out if you have questions about how the Chamber can be of assistance. We look forward to learning about you and your business!

Ivonne Sepulveda

President/CEO, Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce

Business boosts

Resource spotlight:

NW Innovation Resource Center

The NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) is a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs and start-up business owners build and grow a thriving, innovative business that strengthens the economic pulse of northwest Washington.

The NWIRC strives to empower innovative thinkers, inventors, aspiring entrepreneurs and startups throughout their journeys to turn their ideas into successful businesses by offering:

  • One-On-One- Business Coaching and Entrepreneur Services.
  • Exclusive Business development tool-kits and processes built with years of experience and expertise.
  • Connections to business and industry leaders.
  • Networking events, Meet-ups, and guest speakers.
  • Assistance in the identification of funding and preparation of materials.

Upcoming happenings at the NWIRC in 2023:

The NWIRC is excited to present their 2023 lineup of upcoming events, workshops, cohorts, Meet-Ups, and Business Mini-Series to assist innovative entrepreneurs and startups to build businesses that are resilient and competitive in our digital economy. For the full list of programs and events, visit their website:

For questions, contact Director of Entrepreneur Services Anjuli Johnson ([email protected]).


Next session: February 7, 2023


Community Support Opportunity:

Leader Link

Community Foundation of Snohomish County has opened Leader Link, a new service that matches agencies in Snohomish County with potential board members. Candidates come from the community, business sector and Leadership Snohomish County. Interested candidates are screened and individually matched with nonprofits or public boards that meet their interests and passions. For more information, contact Vice President Angelique Leone ([email protected]).

I am interested in serving on a local, nonprofit board.
I am a local, nonprofit looking for board members.

Funding Opportunity:

Evergreen Manufacturing Growth Grants

The Evergreen Manufacturing Growth Grants program, administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce, supports the development of manufacturing jobs, research and development jobs and regional cluster acceleration strategies by fostering an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Individual businesses and industrial innovation "cluster" organizations are eligible to apply for funding. Clusters are industry-led groups that work together to drive innovation, pursue market opportunities, and identify and solve challenges that limit growth.

Applicants are eligible for awards of $200,000 to $400,000. The Department of Commerce will determine the total amount of each grant, and will award up to 10 grants total. 

For more information regarding this program, click here. For additional questions, please contact Program Manager James Mumford ([email protected]).

Individual business application
Cluster application

Local News

Local business award winners at Chamber event

On Dec. 1, The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce announced their 2022 Business Awards at the annual "Home for the Holidays" dinner and auction. Congratulations to the award winners!

Business of the Year: Jays Flooring LLC

New Business of the Year: Coconut Kenny's - Marysville

Nonprofit of the Year: Keep Dreams Alive Foundation

Outstanding Indigenous Business: Quil Ceda Village

Outstanding Latino Owned Business: Avance Accounting and Tax

Business Person of the Year: Dr. Baljinder S. Gill DC with Symmetria Integrative Medical

Volunteer of the Year: Toni Mathews with Coastal Community Bank

L-R: Mayor Jon Nehring, Toni Mathews (Vice President, Branch Manager at

Coastal Community Bank), and City Councilmembers Peter Condyles and Tom King

On Monday, Snohomish County Department of Conservation & Natural Resources’ Office of Energy and Sustainability launched the Commercial Property Clean Energy & Resiliency (C-PACER) Program. This new program provides a financial tool for commercial property owners to obtain low-cost financing for energy efficiency, natural disaster and resiliency upgrades that carry with the life of the property instead of the property owner. The C-PACER program supports the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in line with Snohomish County Joint Resolution 19-006 that committed to a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

Read more.

Ribbon Cuttings

Welcome: Prime Lending

On Dec. 8, Mayor Jon Nehring celebrated the opening of Prime Lending’s new location with City Councilmembers Mark James and Tom King and The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

PrimeLending is a national home lender focused on helping customers make smart home financing decisions. Visit their website to learn more. 

Welcome: Edward Jones

On Dec. 16, Mayor Jon Nehring celebrated the opening of Edward Jones’ newest Marysville office with Financial Advisor Taylor Aitken, The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce and several others. 

Edward Jones is a Fortune 500 firm that provides financial services in the U.S. and through its affiliate in Canada. Visit Aitken's website to learn more.

Local business highlight

A Taste of Paradise and Community in Marysville

Coconut Kenny's, in business since 2004, opened its first Snohomish County location in Marysville in July 2022 and in just a few short months has become a hot food spot for many. The business recently won the New Business of the Year award from The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

City staff talked with Jesus Lopez, co-owner of Coconut Kenny's in Marysville.

Tell us a little bit about Coconut Kenny’s. What food do you serve?

Lopez: Coconut Kenny's is a tropical-themed restaurant serving pizzas and sandwiches, salads, a bunch of local microbrews. Just a laid-back place to go eat at or grab food on the go. I think I'm a little biased when I say the Tiki Tan is my favorite thing on our menu. It's like a Sriracha-ranch pizza with pepperoni, cilantro, red onions, tomatoes and feta. It's a nice balance of heat and creaminess. 

Coconut Kenny's has several locations, but this is the first one in Snohomish County. Why did you choose Marysville as the location?

Lopez: We’ve had a bunch of wonderful customers in our previous stores. And one thing we learned was that a bunch of them were coming from Snohomish County; Arlington, Marysville, Lake Stevens- a lot of our regulars were from around here. So, we decided to bring a location to them a little closer to home. One day, we just said, "Hey, let's drive around. See if we find our seventh location." When we stopped by here in Marysville, it was well kept. The streets were clean, the traffic was awesome. Marysville was a hub of people- existing customers- coming in from up north. It’s right in the center of everything.

What have you enjoyed about doing business in Marysville?

Lopez: One of the reasons why it took us so long to get over here was it was a little intimidating, you know, getting into a more populated area because we've always been that small town restaurant where we know our customers by their first names. Coming to a new environment with people who haven't heard of Coconut Kenny's before- it was intimidating. But everyone's just so nice and so welcoming. From the city, from the customers, from the vendors, even other local restaurants have come in and supported us. All the support we've been feeling from the different contractors around here, the schools… It’s just been very warming. We definitely made the right choice coming here. 

What are some of your goals with this new location?

Lopez: We're still fairly new here, so we're still trying to establish ourselves within the community. Even though we feel the love from Marysville, from the city, the customers and in our vendors, we still want to establish ourselves as a community member, you know? Some goals of ours is just to keep on supporting. We love supporting kids, whether it be athletics or in their teachings. We try to support schools and all that as much as we can, like getting our foot in there with athletics and Pilchuck and Getchell. We would definitely love to get involved with more of the schools around here.

Is there anything you would like to say the Marysville community?

Lopez: Thank you. Thank you, Marysville. We've definitely felt the love and we appreciate it. Appreciate everything you guys have done to support us and we will continue to give you guys a great place to come and hang out and eat some good food.

Watch the short video interview:

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