Legal threat prompts Bellingham laundromat name change

Filed on 16. Mar, 2016 in Contents, Features, News

Legal threat prompts Bellingham laundromat name change

By Jim Davis For The Bellingham Business Journal BELLINGHAM — Q Laundry in the Sunnyland neighborhood is changing its name and branding after getting into a trademark dispute with a national laundry manufacturer. The laundromat at 810 Alabama St. will be known as Brio Laundry. Owner Colleen Unema said she started the business in 2013 [...]

Whatcom Chamber to hold Spring Business Showcase

Filed on 16. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Events

Whatcom Chamber to hold Spring Business Showcase

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry is holding its ninth annual Spring Showcase this Thursday, March 17, from 3-8 p.m. It’s a free-to-attend business-to-consumer tradeshow, which gives the community an opportunity to meet local businesses, see their products and pick up some free swag. The event is taking place at the Event Center at [...]

Whatcom Young Professional to hold monthly social

Filed on 16. Mar, 2016 in Contents, Events, New Business

The Whatcom Young Professionals, a division of the Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce, is set to hold its monthly social event on March 24 at Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., Bellingham from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The price is $5 for non-members, free for members. To learn more about the Whatcom Young Professionals, visit bellinghamwyps.com.

Library kicks off new campaign to promote digital services

Filed on 16. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

To try to raise awareness about its ebooks, e-audiobooks and other digital services, the Whatcom County Library System kicked off a new campaign called “My Modern Library.” Another goal of the campaign is to boost the number of county households outside of Bellingham with library cards from 44 percent to 55 percent in the next [...]

Why aren’t more employees engaged at work?

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Why aren’t more employees engaged at work?

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Cause and effect are tricky questions. When it comes to people and their behavior of one thing I am fairly certain, relying on strong feelings, emotions, for anything, is like laying a foundation in quick sand. The divorce rate in our country may be more indicative of this belief than [...]

Albertsons to keep Haggen name on some stores

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in News

Albertsons to keep Haggen name on some stores

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It looks like things will be almost the same. Almost. Albertsons laid out on Monday what will happen if its purchase of 29 Haggen Food & Pharmacy’s stores is approved. Fifteen of the stores will remain under the Haggen brand. The other 14 stores across Washington and Oregon [...]

Port grants to help fund small city economic development projects

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents

The Port of Bellingham will spend $75,000 in matching funds for economic development projects in Blaine, Sumas, Ferndale and Lynden this year. The Port’s Small City Economic Development Fund was created in 2004, and has given more than $600,000 to small cities for development projects. -Blaine will get $20,000 from the port, along with $30,000 [...]

Vote for your favorite Whatcom County nonprofit

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Nonprofit Notes

Bob Wallin Insurance is once again holding its Great Nonprofit Giveaway, and will donate $3500 in prize money to Whatcom County nonprofits. Winners are decided based on the popular vote; to place your vote, visit bwicares.com. Voting runs through March and winners will be announced in April.

WCC Foundation launches spring scholarship drive

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

The Whatcom Community College Foundation has received a record number of scholarship applications for the 2016-17 school year — 60 percent of WCC students need some kind of assistance to pay for tuition and fees. With this year’s spring scholarship drive, the foundation is hoping to raise $138,000 by the end of May, in order [...]

Albertsons plans to keep Haggen brand name in 15 Washington stores

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

The Herald Business Journal Staff Albertsons plans to run some Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores under its historic brand name if a deal goes through to allow the supermarket giant to buy the Bellingham chain’s remaining stores. Albertsons will operate 14 historic Haggen stores under the Haggen brand name and one converted location in Oak [...]

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