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The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal As employers and managers, we know we cannot expect the very best from our employees without from time to time investing in their training. How do you decide which training to invest in and when? This is a strategic question on the minds of all employers a [...]

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Building permits, April 10-14

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 2627 Utter St., $292,647.70 for Mack – new single-family residence. Historical owner: Pierre F. & Helen M. Sanchez. Contractor: Tide Water Builders LLC. Permit no.: BLD2017-0335. April 10. 4164 [...]

Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

WCC to offer curriculum for limited license legal technician program

Whatcom Community College was recently approved as one of five community colleges in the state to offer the core curriculum required to become a limited license legal technician. WCC is the first college to offer the curriculum that isn’t part of an American Bar Association-approved program. Retroactive to fall 2016, graduates of WCC’s paralegal studies [...]

Business Briefs, Contents

Port authorizes improvements to Fairhaven shipyard

The Port of Bellingham has awarded a $12.5-million environmental cleanup contract to Whatcom County-based IMCO General Construction. The contract involves 7.66 acres of marine industrial property in Fairhaven, and will clean-up historical contamination, improve marine habitat and modernize aging infrastructure. The Fairhaven industrial property has been used as a shipyard since the early 1900s, and [...]

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Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Businesses and nonprofits aren’t usually after the same thing. In Bellingham, however, one charity and one business are uniting under a common goal: to help out children and parents. Skookum Kids purchased the indoor playground Perch & Play in January. Skookum Kids is a nonprofit that helps foster kids and foster parents in Whatcom County. [...]

Contents, Features

Meet the new owners of Village Books

Meet the new owners of Village Books

There are three new bosses in charge of Fairhaven’s iconic bookstore. After 36 years of running Village Books and Paper Dreams, founders Chuck and Dee Robinson have retired. They sold the business to Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson and Sarah Hutton, three longtime-employees. They had already been helping run the day-to-day operations of the store, and [...]

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Custom fabrication company finds the keys to success

Custom fabrication company finds the keys to success

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal You’ve probably seen their work all around town and you didn’t even realize it. Architectural Elements is a custom fabrication company that builds projects that sit at the confluence of art and hardware. “For high-end home and commercial construction projects we’re the ones that build the building jewelry,” [...]

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Lummi Nation, dairy farmers team up for cleaner water

Lummi Nation, dairy farmers team up for cleaner water

By Emily Hamann After more than 15 months of negotiations, seven Whatcom County dairy farmers and the Lummi Nation have come together in a historic collaboration. The two groups will work to clean up the county’s waterways, and keep local shellfish beds open for harvesting. Since 2014, high levels of bacterial pollution in parts of [...]

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Bellingham businesses adjust to state minimum wage increase

Bellingham businesses adjust to state minimum wage increase

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal As Washingtonians celebrated New Year’s Eve, some workers throughout the state were getting a pay raise at the stroke of midnight. Because of a voter-backed initiative, at the beginning of the 2017 the legal minimum wage rose more than $1.50 for every adult worker in the state. Almost [...]

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