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Bellingham Kmart to close after Sears bankruptcy

Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday. Sears Holdings operates both Sears and Kmart stores, and announced plans to close 142 stores. The Bellingham Kmart, located at 1001 East Sunset Drive, is reportedly among those stores. Liquidation sales are to begin immediately, and stores are set to close before the end of the [...]

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Local heating and a/c company launches training school

Barron Heating and Air Conditioning recently launched Barron Technician School at its Ferndale campus. The school is seeking apprentice and journey-level HVAC, electrical and plumbing candidates. Job candidates accepted by Barron Technical School are paid for their classroom, lab and on-the-job training. Employees are reimbursed for continuing education units and fees for trade-specific licensure. Barron [...]

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Whatcom Community College receives $260K in grant awards

Whatcom Community College has received four grants to support student success and career preparation, totaling more than $260,000. “Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare” addresses barriers to healthcare training in the region. The program is led by Edmonds Community College and provides healthcare education and training to low-income individuals in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish [...]

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Building permits, Oct. 1-5

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. Applied 204 Short St., $7,188,025.45 for student housing building four stories – WCC. Contractor: Tiger Construction LTD. Permit no.: BLD2018-0972. Oct. 1. 701 16th St., $65,000 for new uncovered deck [...]

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Whatcom Community College to build on-campus housing

Whatcom Community College to build on-campus housing

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Students attending Whatcom Community College may soon have an easier time finding a place to live. The school is planning on building new on-campus housing that is slated to open in two years. The school went through the permitting process this summer. It’s scheduled to break ground in [...]

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BTC bringing new beauty school to Bellingham students

BTC bringing new beauty school to Bellingham students

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Students wanting to study cosmetology will once again have an option in Bellingham. Starting in fall quarter Bellingham Technical College will be starting its cosmetology program. It will accept 20 new students each term, and the full degree is designed to take about five terms to complete, including [...]

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Bellingham nonprofit empowers girls around the world

Bellingham nonprofit empowers girls around the world

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It’s a small thing, but it can change or even save the life of a girl in a developing country. That’s what Celeste Mergens realized when she started Days For Girls 10 years ago. Headquartered in Bellingham, Days For Girls International is global organization that gets menstruation supplies [...]

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First self-service taproom in the state opens in Ferndale

First self-service taproom in the state opens in Ferndale

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal There’s a new way to serve beer in Washington. And it all started in Ferndale. Chay Tan and Tomas Aminnie opened Downtime Taps at the end of June. It’s the first self-serve taproom in the state, and it’s drawing people from beyond Whatcom County’s borders to try it [...]

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WECU unveils new logo, first rebrand in 82-year history

WECU unveils new logo, first rebrand in 82-year history

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal An iconic Whatcom County institution is getting a facelift. On July 23 Whatcom Educational Credit Union revealed its new brand. The new look is a complete overhaul of WECU’s identity, from signs on branch locations, the look of ATMs, the logo, and member debit and credit cards. “We [...]

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