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New, modern laundromat opens in Ferndale

New, modern laundromat opens in Ferndale

Located at 5619 3rd Ave and open seven days a week, Ferndale Laundry recently opened for business. The new business offers customers a modern- warm industrial space to do their laundry. The concept for the family-owned business started as a casual conversation roughly three years ago between now owners Mike Cox and Justin Pike. “We [...]

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Seminar guides businesses through minimum wage increase

Seminar guides businesses through minimum wage increase

A recent seminar hosted by the Small Business Development Center helped Bellingham businesses prepare for a hike in the minimum wage. The change will account for a 12.5 percent increase in the cost of doing business and could propose challenges for small businesses. Effective on January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase across the [...]

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Iconic Lynden restaurant sold

Iconic Lynden restaurant sold

The well known Dutch Mothers Family Restaurant in Lynden was sold by Dave and Debbie Black to Kevin and Belinda Seutz. The sale will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Located at 405 Front St., Dutch Mothers opened in 1982 and was acquired by the Blacks in 1996. The restaurant featured roughly 300 seats [...]

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We need a major redesign of Our Workforce

We need a major redesign of Our Workforce

By Mike Cook for the BBJ https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-need-a-major-redesign-of-life/2019/11/29/a63daab2-1086-11ea-9cd7-a1becbc82f5e_story.html In case you haven’t noticed, the economy at present has been so robust that many employers are experiencing a difficult time finding good people to fill vacancies in the businesses. In addition, plans for growth and expansion are being thwarted because employers are challenged to think about finding [...]

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Gym installs electricity generating equipment

Gym installs electricity generating equipment

Exercise has numerous health benefits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve mental health and increase your chances of living longer. Now your workout can also contribute to generating electricity for our power grid. Located at 1605 N. State St., Fitness Gear & Training recently remodeled its space and along with the remodel [...]

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Tax incentive program enhances vitality of downtown businesses

Tax incentive program enhances vitality of downtown businesses

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership has rolled out the 2020 Main Street Tax Incentive program. Through the program, businesses can donate to the organization and receive 75 percent of their donation back as a tax credit on their state Business and Operations taxes. The statewide program through the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation [...]

Contents, Features, People On The Move

CEO who improved foster care outcomes in WA to step down

CEO who improved foster care outcomes in WA to step down

After 24 years, Janis Avery, the CEO of Treehouse will formally step down from her position this Spring. Avery has been a transformational leader in advancing the mission of Treehouse, to give kids in foster care across the state of Washington a brighter childhood and future. Avery has her master’s in social work from the [...]

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United Way of Whatcom County partners with businesses, kicks off fall campaign

United Way of Whatcom County partners with businesses, kicks off fall campaign

United Way of Whatcom County recently launched its Fall fundraising campaign geared toward breaking the cycle of poverty. The campaign is working with nearly 200 local companies to generate support for those who are struggling financially. Aligning for-profits and non-profits with the same ideals of giving back to their community is a win-win, general manager [...]

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Bellingham waterfront projects: an update

Bellingham waterfront projects: an update

Recently completed projects and more on the drawing board The Port of Bellingham, City of Bellingham and Harcourt continue to make headway on waterfront projects that will bring economic opportunities to the city. The waterfront district consists of five different planning areas, each with distinct features. This includes the marine trades area, the log pond, [...]

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