Is your buy/sell agreement up to date? | guest column

Filed on 28. Nov, 2014 in Contents

Is your buy/sell agreement up to date? | guest column

By Jennifer Ortmeyer For The Bellingham Business Journal Owners of privately held small businesses in Whatcom County have plenty to worry about—employees, office space, equipment, taxes, you name it. But something that partners in most businesses put in place in an organization’s start-up phase—a buy/sell agreement—should be on their short list of items to periodically [...]

Avoid malware during the holidays | Contributor

Filed on 25. Nov, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Avoid malware during the holidays | Contributor

By Mike Sullivan Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to be huge shopping spectacles. Brick and mortar stores are now opening on Thanksgiving Day, and Cyber Monday deals are extending through the following week. As these holiday shopping deals begin to appear, more and more people are shopping online. [...]

SSK Insurance is matching turkey donations

Filed on 24. Nov, 2014 in Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance’s third-annual turkey drive is seeking to help more than 200 local families this holiday season. Through December 12, SSK Insurance, with offices in Lynden and Bellingham, is matching contributions of $15 for each turkey donated, up to the first 100 turkeys. The turkeys will be distributed to families in need by [...]

The last word on trust | Mike Cook

Filed on 24. Nov, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

The last word on trust | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer Imagine being at work, in any workplace, and not trusting people. I don’t necessarily mean specific people, I mean people in general. Unfortunately, I think many of us are there unconsciously. This reality is covered up with “handy stories” justifying behavior that might otherwise be considered paranoid. I think you [...]

Store and nonprofit team up to bring school uniforms to Kenya

Filed on 19. Nov, 2014 in Contents

Launching Success Learning Store donated to Bellingham-based nonprofit Tembo Trading Education Project for the ninth year in a row with a donation of $3826.22 worth of school uniforms. Next year, Tembo Trading Education Project will take the uniforms to children in Kenya who desperately need them. “We will be returning to Kenya next year and [...]

New Port of Everett director is a former Bellingham city employee

Filed on 06. Nov, 2014 in Features, News, People On The Move

New Port of Everett director is a former Bellingham city employee

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — He hasn’t worked for a shipping line. He didn’t come from the export industry, moving goods to foreign markets through seaports. But Les Reardanz believes he is the right person right now to lead the Port of Everett. He takes over the port’s top job next month, [...]

Online marketing trends and predictions for 2015

Filed on 05. Nov, 2014 in Contents

Online marketing trends and predictions for 2015

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer During the month of October, I attended Social Media Success Summit 2014—the world’s largest online social media conference organized by Social Media Examiner. This year was the sixth annual summit and it featured live webinars from more than 40 global marketing experts. Attendees tuned in to hear presenters like Mari [...]

Panel: Are Boeing’s tax breaks paying off?

Filed on 26. Oct, 2014 in Contents

By Jerry Cornfield,  Everett Herald Writer A smart group of ordinary folks, entrusted to advise state lawmakers on the merit of tax breaks, has a suggestion regarding the jumbo incentives enjoyed by the Boeing Co. and the rest of the aerospace industry: Figure out how we’ll know when they stop paying off. The five-member panel with a mouthful [...]

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

Filed on 30. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

By Debra Smith The [Everett] Herald  Business Journal Tom Wagner isn’t a businessman. Someone told him that once. It wasn’t meant as a compliment, but Wagner accepted the comment with pride. He sees himself as a plant engineer. A mad scientist. The Johnny Appleseed of tomatoes. Anything but a businessman. Perhaps that is why the [...]

Extra I-502 money could go to local governments

Filed on 30. Sep, 2014 in Contents

By Jerry Cornfield [Everett] Herald Writer OLYMPIA — The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical. Washington’s chief economist predicts the legal recreational market will generate $636 million for the state through the middle of 2019. Those millions are already trickling in, and next month the state will make the [...]

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