The best free, or low-cost, tools for conducting market research

Filed on 20. Jan, 2020 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The best free, or low-cost, tools for conducting market research

By Eric Grimstead For The Bellingham Business Journal  Whether you are looking to start a new business, or you are a seasoned entrepreneur, it is critically important that you have a solid understanding of your target market and current economic conditions. Knowing your numbers is the key to your business’ long-term success. The following is [...]

New year and the beauty of a blank slate

Filed on 06. Jan, 2020 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

New year and the beauty of a blank slate

By Eric Grimstead for the BBJ It’s another new year and January 1 brings with it a host of opportunities for new beginnings. The question is, ‘What do you want to do with this blank business canvas?’ The beauty of this time is that it offers the opportunity to imagine new possibilities, where you can [...]

We need a major redesign of Our Workforce

Filed on 09. Dec, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

We need a major redesign of Our Workforce

By Mike Cook for the BBJ https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-need-a-major-redesign-of-life/2019/11/29/a63daab2-1086-11ea-9cd7-a1becbc82f5e_story.html In case you haven’t noticed, the economy at present has been so robust that many employers are experiencing a difficult time finding good people to fill vacancies in the businesses. In addition, plans for growth and expansion are being thwarted because employers are challenged to think about finding [...]

What happened to American’s spirit of adventure?

Filed on 26. Nov, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What happened to American’s spirit of adventure?

By Mike Cook for the BBJ Earlier this year my wife and I were standing in the British Air rebooking line at London’s Heathrow airport, having just missed our connection from Rome to Seattle at the end of our vacation. The line was long but chugging along and we were pondering whether we’d be spending a night at [...]

Digital tools help local small businesses compete

Filed on 21. Nov, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Digital tools help local small businesses compete

By Anne-Marie Faiola, Founder and CEO of Bramble Berry It’s an exciting time to own a small business – so different today than when I started. That was in the late 1990s when I would bring homemade soaps and crafts to sell at local fairs. Now I am sort of a digital guru, as every [...]

The four day work week and Parkinson’s Law

Filed on 11. Nov, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The four day work week and Parkinson’s Law

By Mike Cook for the BBJ Earlier this month an article appeared in Business Insider that caught my attention; Microsoft had announced an experiment with a four-day workweek in one of its subsidiaries in Japan that resulted in a 40% increase in productivity, a reduction in copies made of nearly 60% and a 23% reduction [...]

Employee ownerships: An important step to creating quality jobs in Bellingham

Filed on 07. Nov, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

Employee ownerships: An important step to creating quality jobs in Bellingham

By Mauri Ingram Whatcom Community Foundation, President, and CEO I read an interesting report recently which highlighted the official United States unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent, representing a 49-year low. A recent Harris Poll had cited 80 percent of American workers report living paycheckto-paycheck. And, in Washington state, the data from the U.S. Census [...]

Women in Leadership

Filed on 29. Oct, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Women in Leadership

By Mike Cook for the BBJ  One thing is certain, as long as we associate leadership with masculinity women will be overlooked. I founded and operated a management development company for almost 25 years. Among my employees 80% were women. You might rightly ask if the positions held by my female employees were traditional roles [...]

Bad Apples will Spoil the Barrel and Much More

Filed on 14. Oct, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Bad Apples will Spoil the Barrel and Much More

By Mike Cook for the BBJ It is challenging to run a successful business, more challenging yet to be a successful business operator and develop a great working culture. The current historically low levels of unemployment finds many employers struggling to find the people they need to effectively run their operations. As I have mentioned [...]

The benefits of connecting young and old(er) entrepreneurs

Filed on 11. Oct, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The benefits of connecting young and old(er) entrepreneurs

By Eric Grimstead You’re never too young, or old, to start your first business. Young entrepreneurs often make headlines with spectacular growth stories of starting billion dollar companies from a dorm room or garage. What might come as a surprise is that the share of new entrepreneurs in the 20-34 age group has actually declined [...]

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