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 [...]

Dumb Rules: Is it time to Overhaul Your Workplace?

Filed on 01. Oct, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Dumb Rules: Is it time to Overhaul Your Workplace?

By Mike Cook I met with a local employer today to check on how his recovery from a recent off the job injury was going. As usual he was in good spirits, despite the walking cast he is sporting, and we talked for about 45 minutes. His business is doing well but he could be [...]

Three unique uses for SBA loans

Filed on 10. Sep, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Three unique uses for SBA loans

By Sarah Chambers The SBA is every entrepreneurs’ best friend. Or, at least, it should be. It is a shame that the agency does not receive more attention than it does. Founded in the 50’s by Congress and signed into existence by President Eisenhower, the SBA exists to give the American business owner the leg [...]

Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker

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

Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker

Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker. By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from my daughter-in-law in Portland. The call was remarkable from a couple of perspectives; I had not spoken to or seen my daughter-in- law in over four years, that being [...]

Outwit the Bad Guys with a Strategy to Prevent Fraud

Filed on 21. Aug, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

By Randy Fredlund High-profile data security breaches, such as Equifax and more recently Capital One, serve as good reminders about the vulnerability of our personal information online. Unfortunately, small businesses are a prime target and, therefore, must be especially vigilant. According to Juniper Research, a leading digital market- research firm, small businesses make up to [...]

Spark your marketing efforts with modern tactics, here’s how

Filed on 16. Aug, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Spark your marketing efforts with modern tactics, here’s how

Hannah Stevens for the BBJ Today’s marketplace is more competitive and cutthroat than it has ever been. With increasing globalization (both of businesses and the financial markets), the ever-expanding competition online, and consumerism at an all-time high figuring out which exact strategies will be the most beneficial and how to implement them can oftentimes be [...]

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