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Making charitable giving part of your financial plan is a win-win

Making charitable giving part of your financial plan is a win-win

By Michael Bonds For the Bellingham Business Journal With Whatcom County’s affluence on the rise due to the popularity of the region for retirees, charity and philanthropy are gaining an increasing amount of attention. As a financial consultant at Charles Schwab, I’ve noticed a boost in interest among my clients, particularly Baby Boomers who have [...]

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Downtown Bellingham Partnership introduces tax incentive program

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership has begun rolling out this year’s Main Street Tax Incentive program. It allows businesses who donate to the organization to receive 75 percent of their donation back as a tax credit on their state business and operations taxes. The incentive program is statewide, and is a part of the Washington State [...]

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Two promoted at Bellingham financial company

D.A. Davidson & Co. has announced two promotions at its individual investor group in Bellingham. Michael Meggyesy now holds the titles of senior vice president, financial advisor, portfolio manager and branch manager. Eri Pedersen now holds the title of vice president, financial advisor. D.A. Davidson & Co. is an employee-owned financial services holding company headquartered [...]

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New director named of WWU Border Policy Research Institute

Laurie Trautman has been named the director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. Trautman has been the associate director of the institute since 2014, during which time she worked on a number of research projects. She has a doctorate in geography from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in earth [...]

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Shop brings teas from around world to Bellingham

Shop brings teas from around world to Bellingham

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Washington may be famous for its coffee, but now in Bellingham there’s a place for tea enthusiasts to grab a drink. Kuros Zahedi and his wife Sandra Loeffelmann started Saku Tea this spring. It’s a tea shop serving and selling fine teas from around the world. “We try [...]

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Building Bellingham’s future: Meet the top seven young professionals working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

Building Bellingham’s future: Meet the top seven young professionals working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal They are the future of business in Bellingham. They include an insurance broker, nonprofit directors, a radio personality and a graphic designer. They are the top seven young professionals in Whatcom County for this year. Each was chosen as the winner of the new Top 7 Under 40 [...]

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Bellingham inventor finds crowdfunding success

Bellingham inventor finds crowdfunding success

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Sometimes inspiration comes from unlikely places. For inventor Mark King, a snorkeling expedition gave rise to a new wallet company. In August, Trayvax Enterprises wrapped up its second crowdfunding campaign. The campaign raised $64,235 for a new computer-automated CNC machine which will allow Trayvax to manufacture its latest [...]

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Country fans kick their boots up at Ferndale saloon

Country fans kick their boots up at Ferndale saloon

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal She just wanted a place to line dance with her friends. There wasn’t one nearby, so she decided to make her own. Jessie Anderson opened Kickin’ A Saloon and Dance Hall in May. She said the nearest places to go line dancing and country swing dancing were in Seattle [...]

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Whatcom County tops region for small dairy farms

Whatcom County tops region for small dairy farms

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It’s not difficult to see the Dutch heritage alive in Lynden. The bakeries, the windmills all pay homage to the Dutch immigrants who settled in Whatcom County at the beginning of the 20th century. Outside of downtown, that heritage is alive and well in the form of family [...]

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