New Year, Clean Slate: THINK CougsFirst! for your Professional Services!

A new year, a clean slate, a savvy plan—time to think CougsFirst! for banking, taxes, investments and your career! From a comprehensive evaluation of your financial state and accounting to insurance and career development, CougsFirst! can guide you down the right path for a strong start to the new year.

For Prospective Home Purchase
  • On the market to buy or sell a home in 2015? A number of Coug-owned and -operated businesses can help finance your mortgage or help determine your sale price. Umpqua Bank can finance your mortgage and satisfy all your personal and business banking needs with multiple locations of financial experts in the Northwest. Look to the local Bellevue branch of Cherry Creek Mortgage and Absolute Mortgage or The James Group at on Q Financial, located in Gig Harbor specializing in all your home loan purchase & refinancing needs.

  • Once approved to buy or ready to put your house on the market, enlist a talented and tenacious Coug real estate agent. Reach out to Tracy Harris with Berkshire Hathaway Northwest Real Estate or The Lumley Team group of home professionals or Mike Politeo with Coldwell Banker Bain in Tacoma.

  • If you are interested in commercial space, Coldwell Banker also offers its Commercial Alliance for midsize business and private investors with six locations across the country.

For Legal Obligations:
  • Tax season is just around the corner and there is an elite selection of Cougs to help you carry the load. The certified public accountants of Bauer Evans, Inc, P.S. Accounting Firm in Bellevue and Everett offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives and independent professionals. Berntson Porter & Company provides comprehensive tax services along with benefit planning and wealth management. KOM Consulting can save you money, providing tax consulting for both state and local taxes!

  • Needing legal advice beyond taxes? Turn to Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC for comprehensive legal counsel including services like litigation and estate planning to trademarking and healthcare for both businesses and individuals. Pauley Law Group, pllc is a father and son Seattle law practice that represents indviduals in personal injury matters and businesses in a variety of matters including litigation and providing general counsel services. Join forces with the attorneys of Brownstein Rask for general practice law in the Portland and Vancouver areas.

  • Seeking help in construction and government contracts, labor and employment, and Complex Torts? The law firm of Hedeen & Caditz has been serving the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii since 1998 providing the highest quality legal support to both businesses and individuals.

For Future Financial Plans:

  • Invest in yourself this year with prudent and advised moves coached by Cougs of commerce. Cetera Advisor Networks in Bellevue will help you build a solid financial plan and manage your money to assist in reaching your goals, Lauree Crane can help you get started. You’ve worked hard to build your assets Madrona Financial Services in Everett will work just as hard to help you protect and grow what you've saved.

  • With one eye on the marketplace and one on your assets, Seattle’s The Booth Group at Morgan Stanley’s first priority is for you to achieve financial success with their aid. Brighton Jones, Seattle branch, offers customized programs designed to grow wealth, protect it, insure it and distribute it in the most tax advantaged way.

  • Recoup financial business losses with the help of Dynamic Strategies, Inc., a Specialty Debt Collection Agency and Debt Purchasing Firm which aims to Maximize the Recovery of Non-Performing, Delinquent Accounts located in Bothell.

  • For full-fledged insurance coverage, AAA Insurance Washington and Griffin MacLean Insurance Brokers in Bellevue extend choice and flexibility in plans for individuals, families and businesses. The Washington branch of PEMCO Insurance supplies businesses, individuals and institutional clients with financial producers and services from retirement solutions to insurance. Looking to insure that home you previously purchased from one of the Coug realtors listed above? All of these groups provide homeowners insurance as well.

  • Do you need individual health insurance, but are confused about what to get? Griffin MacLean and U.S. Insurance Solutions have teamed up to help you sort through the process. 2016 open enrollment period is going on NOW through January 31, 2016.

For Career Enhancement:

  • Some of the most secure plans for success start from within. If you are about to enter the job market from WSU, the Academic Success and Career Center provides students with a wide variety of structured services that aid in student success, from academic advising to peer tutoring. They also offer services for alumni and employers for the exploration and pursuit of fulfilling employment. For help in job searches or to hire a Coug, the hunt is over—CougLink serves as an online resource for nationwide job and internship listings, resume postings, calendar information for career fairs and workshops, and much more.

  • The Washington Small Business Development Center assists in organizing and developing business plans as well as posting jobs and hiring through WSU’s Academic Success & Career Center. Once established, improve your personal business environment with one of the ergonomic office setups at Keeney’s Office Supply to organize and streamline your work atmosphere to further success.

Start 2016 on the right track! Think CougsFirst! for real estate, banking, finances, legal advice, investment, taxes and more! Fore more info, visit our website,

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