Whole Foods nonprofit gives $53,000-grant to Bellingham Public Schools

Filed on 06. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

The Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Whole Foods Market, has made a $53,000 grant to Bellingham Public Schools. This grant follows one given last year, for $120,000. The grant is a two-year program to establish a healthier school meal program at the district.  

Western’s Small Business Development Center recognized for economic impacts

Filed on 06. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

CJ Seitz, director of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center and Eric Grimstead, a business advisor with the SBDC, were recently recognized by the Washington State SBDC network for their impacts in 2016. Each year the state SBDC network recognizes business advisors who help clients generate more than $1 million in economic impacts in [...]

Building permits, May 22-26

Filed on 02. Jun, 2017 in Data, Public Records

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 3628 Meridian St. 1B, $13,000 to convert closet into laundry room – Meridian Dental. Contractor: Lynden Sheet Metal Inc. Permit no.: BLD2017-0492. May 24. 4313 Meridian St., $445,000 for [...]

Semiahmoo Resort under new management

Filed on 01. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine is now being managed by a new company. The Seattle-based company Columbia Hospitality announced in press release that on May 1 it acquired management agreements and other assets from Coastal Hotels, also based in Seattle. The management agreements involved include four Whatcom County properties, Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa, Semiahmoo Golf [...]

Bellingham small business owner to go against major company in trademark dispute — again

Filed on 31. May, 2017 in Contents, News

Bellingham small business owner to go against major company in trademark dispute — again

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal After a long, exhausting legal dispute, which ended in a historic victory, a Bellingham business owner is gearing up to go back into battle. After three years, Christine Palmerton won her trademark dispute with clothing giant Nautica in 2015. Now Nautica is once again challenging her trademark, and [...]

Building permits, May 15-19

Filed on 26. May, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

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 1154 Raymond St., $10,000 for Like-for-Like window replacement. Historical owner: Bruce E & Eleanor J Rowe. Contractor: Kota Construction. Permit no.: BLD2017-0457. May 15. 1400 12th St., $40,000 for [...]

Bellingham tea shop fundraising to offer product line

Filed on 24. May, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Saku Tea, a tea shop which opened in Bellingham last year, is expanding, and looking to bring a product line to stores, coffee shops and restaurants. Owners Kuros Zahedi and Sandra Loeffelmann run Saku Tea, located at 833 North State St., and serve tea beverages. At the shop they’ve developed a line of six superfood [...]

Bellingham’s Gear Aid named innovator of the year

Filed on 24. May, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Gear Aid, a Bellingham outdoor equipment company, was awarded the Innovator of the Year in the 2017 Washington Manufacturing Awards by Seattle Business Magazine. The awards were determined by a panel of seven judges. Gear Aid’s prize was awarded based on its demonstrated commitment to innovation, leading-edge business practices and creating value for customers. Gear [...]

Birch Bay ranked no. 1 in state for retirees

Filed on 24. May, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Birch Bay was ranked the best tax-friendly place in the state for retirees. Sudden Valley was also ranked high on the list, at no. 6. The list was compiled by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. The study took into account property, income, fuel, sales and Social Security tax data. To see more details on the [...]

Are good employees really that hard to find?

Filed on 23. May, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Are good employees really that hard to find?

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal You’ve probably heard me say it here on more than one occasion: The number one complaint I hear from employers these days is how hard it is to find good people. But are they — good people I mean — that hard to find? If you read [...]

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