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Building permits, Nov. 13-24

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Nov. 13-17 Applied 110 Flora St., $16,000 to replace 21 windows same size- First Baptist Church. Contractor: Louis Auto Glass, Inc. Permit no.: BLD2017-1073. Nov. 14. 3957 Iron Gate Road [...]

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Ferndale jewelry store adds staff

Borthwick Jewelry in Ferndale recently hired apprentice jeweler Giovanni Orrantia-Pieper. Orrantia-Pieper will focus on jewelry sales and repairs, while getting trained by store owner Tom Borthwick. Orrantia-Pieper attended Bellingham Technical College and Ferndale and Blaine high schools. This year Borthwick Jewelry is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It is located at 17u30 LaBounty Drive, Suite 5. [...]

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Bellingham included in final round of national energy saving competition

Bellingham is one of the top 10 finalists in a multi-year, national energy prize. Finalists for the Georgetown University Energy Prize were announced in November. The prize aims to harness the ingenuity and community spirit of towns throughout America by challenging them to rethink their energy use. The contest runs from 2013-2017 and includes 50 [...]

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Get ready for new sick leave law, wage hike coming in 2018

Get ready for new sick leave law, wage hike coming in 2018

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A new year, a new wage hike. On Jan. 1, the next phase of the Washington minimum wage law goes into effect. Employers will now have to pay workers at least $11.50 per hour, as well as provide paid sick leave. The new minimum wage is a 50-cent [...]

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Digital printing: Offering new options for small biz packaging

Digital printing: Offering new options for small biz packaging

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A box is no longer just a box. Product packaging is becoming an increasingly important form of advertising. “The box now is not just used to ship something,” Mike Jerome, manager of The BoxMaker’s Bellingham branch, said. “It’s also used to help sell something.” As customers increasingly research [...]

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Ferndale auto repair shop celebrates 80 years in business

Ferndale auto repair shop celebrates 80 years in business

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Things have changed quite a bit in the last 80 years. When Willands Tech Auto first opened in Ferndale rent was $15 per month, car batteries were $3 and gas was 10 cents per gallon. Olve Willand first opened the shop in 1937. It was the only dedicated [...]

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Solar panel company moves downtown into waterfront warehouse

Solar panel company moves downtown into waterfront warehouse

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Bellingham solar panel manufacturer Itek Energy cut the ribbon on its new factory on the Bellingham waterfront on Oct. 4. “When we had our first meeting about the waterfront, this was the kind of business that we imagined would be down here,” Bellingham Mayor Kelli said, at the [...]

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Top 7 Under 40: Working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

Top 7 Under 40: Working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal They’re building Whatcom County’s future — one foster kid, one flower arrangement, one can of beer at a time. The winners of this year’s Top 7 Under 40 Award come from a wide variety of industries, from nonprofit director to small business owner to working in the public [...]

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Maritime industry is growing, but the workforce is aging

Maritime industry is growing, but the workforce is aging

By Jennifer Sasseen For The Herald Business Journal EDMONDS — The owner of a private maritime-training school in Edmonds sees a lot of opportunity opening up in the industry for young people. “What we’re finding in our industry is that we have too many people retiring and not enough young people getting involved,” said Julie [...]

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