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 [...]

What will Haggen’s bankruptcy mean for grocery store shoppers?

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

By Jim Davis and Emily Hamann The Herald Business Journal As Albertsons controls more of the grocery-store market in Snohomish County — and looks to add an even bigger slice — it’s reasonable to ask what it means for the shopper. Higher prices and lower quality. Or at least that was the opinion of the Federal [...]

Bornstein Seafood hires new vp of sales and marketing

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in People On The Move

Bellingham family-owned company Bornstein Seafood hired Bob O’Bryant to fill a new position — vice president of sales and marketing. O’Bryant has been in the seafood business for several decades,  including Ocean Beauty Seafood in Seattle and with J & B Sales in Tacoma.

Community and local farms connect at CSA fair

Filed on 14. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Events

On March 26, Sustainable Connections is holding a community supported agriculture fair at Boundary Bay’s beer garden from 2-4 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live music while learning about Whatcom and Skagit county farms that will be offering CSA programs this year.Consumers can buy a CSA membership from a farm at the beginning of the season, [...]

Albertsons in talks to purchase remaining Haggen stores

Filed on 10. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

The Herald Business Journal Albertsons is in talks to purchase the remaining 30-plus Haggen grocery stores in Washington and Oregon, according to multiple reports. An auction hearing scheduled for Friday has been postponed until March 18 in paperwork filed Wednesday with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The Federal Trade Commission has approved the potential acquisition of the stores and Albertsons [...]

Chamber of Commerce to hold networking breakfast tomorrow

Filed on 10. Mar, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce is holding its monthly networking breakfast tomorrow, March 11 at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave., Bellingham from 7:15-9 a.m. Click here to register online or call the chamber at 360-734-1330 to RSVP. RSVP by 2 p.m. today to pay $14 to get in, or pay $18 at the door. The breakfast [...]

Bellingham Albertsons to close by May 7

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Albertsons plans to close its store at 1650 Birchwood Ave. in Bellingham, according to Sara Osborne, a spokesperson for the company. The store is scheduled to shut its doors by May 7. The store has 65 workers, Osborne said in an email. UFCW 21, a union that represents grocery store workers, worked out an agreement [...]

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