Emotional intelligence and employee engagement

Filed on 21. Sep, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal If I address a room full of today’s business owners or HR Directors and ask the question, “How many of you are having trouble finding good people to hire these days?”, virtually every person in the room will raise their hand. And these people are not wrong. [...]

Survey finds Washington ranks 39th in gender wage gap

Filed on 19. Sep, 2016 in Contents, Features, News

By Jim Davis The Herald Business Journal Washington has been progressive when it comes to issues that affect women. More than a century ago, it was one of the first states to grant women the right to vote. The state also was among the first to elect a woman as governor: Dixy Lee Ray in 1977. [...]

Upfront Theatre to offer team-building business workshops

Filed on 19. Sep, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

The Upfront Theatre is now offering BizProv workshops to help teams. The workshops are customized specifically for each team. The tenets of improv are: listen, be present, say “yes”, support your partner, embrace failure, make others look good, stay positive and be confident. Using those tenets in improv-based exercises can help teams boost morale, communication [...]

Bellingham textile launderer celebrates milestone

Filed on 16. Sep, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents

Northwest Health Care Linen, a medical textiles laundry based in Bellingham, celebrated four years of operation without a time loss injury on Aug. 3. Northwest Health Care Linen is a medically exclusive laundry and linen service that serves the Puget Sound region. It was founded in 1992.

Reputation management workshop to help marketers

Filed on 16. Sep, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

PR Consulting is organizing a panel discussion on online branding. Panelists include Yelp Bellingham community ambassador Jennifer Jones, PR Consulting marketing director Patti Rowlson and WhatcomTalk community manager Stacee Sledge. Topics will include responding to negative and positive online reviews, using social media to build your brand and using feature stories and blog articles to [...]

Building permits, Aug. 29-Sept. 2

Filed on 16. Sep, 2016 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: 1810 35th St., $300,607.68 for Slusher – new single-family residence with attached garage. Contractor: Slusher Homes & Remodeling. Permit no.: BLD2016-0860. Aug. 29. 920 Virginia St., $32,000 to reface [...]

PeaceHealth hires five new providers

Filed on 14. Sep, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

In August, PeaceHealth Medical Group added five new providers to its medical team. John Aita, MD, joined the gastroenterology team. Aita was the American College of Physicians’ 2015 Operational Physician of the Year. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the medical corp of the U.S. Army and has served two deployments to Iraq. Penelope [...]

Local business president to chair Boys & Girls Club campaign

Filed on 13. Sep, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Local business president to chair Boys & Girls Club campaign

Rick Adelstein, president of Louis Auto Glass, is chairing the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County’s Great Futures campaign. The campaign is the Boys & Girls Club’s annual fundraiser which runs from September through October. Louis Auto Glass has been in Whatcom County since 1929, and was founded by Adelstein’s grandfather. The business supports [...]

First Federal branch now open in Fairhaven

Filed on 13. Sep, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents

The First Federal branch at 960 Harris Ave. #101 in Fairhaven officially opened for business on Aug. 29. This new branch has interactive teller machines, which allow customers to manage banking transactions on their own with the help of a customer service representative via an interactive screen. First Federal was established in Port Angeles in [...]

Learn to prepare your business for a natural disaster

Filed on 13. Sep, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery are hosting a series of three free webinars during National Preparedness Month to help small business build a disaster plan. The hour-long webinars will be presented from 5-6 p.m. each Wednesday. Sept.14 is “12 steps to preparedness for any organization.” Sept. 21 is “The top 10 most [...]

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