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Good employees are made, not found

Good employees are made, not found

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal If I ask a room full of mid-size (15 or more employees) business owners “What is the most common mistake you make when dealing with employees?” they will invariably say, “Holding on to underperforming employees too long!” If I ask that same room full of mid-size business [...]

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Bellingham sisters launch custom made gift company

Bellingham sisters launch custom made gift company

By Janae Easlon The Bellingham Business Journal They get paid to shop together. Sisters and Bellingham residents Kristine Samoylenko, 24,  and Lana Solo, 32, said they can’t imagine a better business to start. Gift Garden, an online-based store, custom creates and curates gift arrangements for clients in need of house-warming, bridal or new baby presents. [...]

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Skagit Bank hires new senior VP and CIO

Skagit Bank has hired Tom Cahill as the new senior vice president and chief information officer. Cahill is a Northwest native and has more than 25 years of experience in information technology. Before working in the financial sector, Cahill worked IT leadership skills in insurance, healthcare and retail.

Business Briefs, Contents

Bellingham Farmers Market adds new evening market

The Bellingham Farmers Market is adding a new market from 4-7 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 1-Sept. 29. The new market at Depot Market Square will be in addition to the existing Wednesday Fairhaven and Saturday Downtown markets. More than 20 local farmers and food vendors will be at the market, as well as live [...]

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Peoples Bank expands in Snohomish County with flagship financial center

Peoples Bank expands in Snohomish County with flagship financial center

By Jim Davis The Herald Business Journal EVERETT — Peoples Bank has opened the doors on its biggest and splashiest location in Snohomish County. The Everett Financial Center — a $3.4 million, 13,000-square-foot building at the corner of Colby and Everett avenues — will serve as the flagship for the bank’s efforts in the community. “We [...]

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New Bellingham pet company focused on pure products

New Bellingham pet company focused on pure products

By Janae Easlon The Bellingham Business Journal Imagine your dogs are the valuable employees within your company. Katya Szirom is a self-proclaimed dog lover. She, along with her mother,  started Two Terriers, a Bellingham-based dog product company operating out of the Szirom’s home. Their dogs — Kali, Riley, Rupert and Cinnamon — have first access [...]

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Bellingham businesses embrace Pokemon Go

Bellingham businesses embrace Pokemon Go

The country has been overrun by digital monsters. The U.S. release of the smartphone game Pokemon Go on July 6 drew a wave of people out of their homes and onto the streets of Bellingham. Local businesses have been rushing to take part in the fervor. To put it mildly, the game is popular. Within [...]

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New head of Western Washington University starts work

New head of Western Washington University starts work

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal There’s a new boss in town. On Aug. 1, Western Washington University welcomed Sabah Randhawa as its new president. “The campus is very excited about his arrival and his wife Uzma’s arrival in Bellingham,” Western trustee Sue Sharpe said. Randhawa becomes the 14th president of the college, which [...]

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WWU professors take their teaching to the business world with new startup

WWU professors take their teaching to the business world with new startup

By Emily Hamann  The Bellingham Business Journal It’s a very Bellingham story. Two Western Washington University professors, while biking from work, met by chance and launched a new startup company. Around five months ago Eric Kean and Kirsten Drickey launched Avizr.com, a new software platform that allows companies to create training programs for employees. Avizr [...]

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