The most important financial tip — participate

Filed on 10. Dec, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal There is plentiful advice that can be given about getting your financial affairs in order. So many actionable steps can leave you overwhelmed. I want to narrow it down for you to the single most important action you can take: participate. I know it seems too easy, [...]

The role of the business owner – as part of the team at work

Filed on 04. Dec, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal I regularly facilitate a peer advisory group for business owners in the Whatcom County area. At present, in our group we have nine of the Top 100 businesses in the county, as identified by the Whatcom Business Alliance. These owners, while successful, remain curious about what they [...]

Building a Corporate-Giving Program that Reflects the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Filed on 27. Nov, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Building a Corporate-Giving Program that Reflects the Spirit of Thanksgiving

By Michelle Barrett For The Bellingham Business Journal  Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have and reflect on how we can give back. Growing up in Ferndale, a common phrase in my household was “they need it more than we do.” My mom often bought groceries for families who were struggling. [...]

Protecting your financial assets in the digital age

Filed on 20. Nov, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For the Bellingham Business Journal Your retirement accounts, bank accounts, and other investments need special care in the internet age. The amount stolen from Americans in the wake of recent identity breaches was a staggering $16 billion last year, according to the Insurance Information Institute . Most companies will allow you to [...]

Diversity, equity and inclusion in everyday life

Filed on 13. Nov, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal I could have titled this post homogeneity, inequity and exclusion but I think the words I chose seem a bit less provocative, though I know that raising any questions about the continuing racism, discrimination and social and physical inequalities in our country puts some people on edge. [...]

Performance review season is here — but is there a better way?

Filed on 31. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal It is time in many companies for the annual ritual of preparing the employee performance review. If you are fortunate, you and your management team have come to realize that the only people who look forward to performance reviews are those in human resources. The HR department [...]

The three (and only three) ways retail businesses can grow

Filed on 23. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The three (and only three) ways retail businesses can grow

By Eric Grimstead For The Bellingham Business Journal When it comes to growing a retail business there really are only three ways to grow. You can: Increase the number of customers you serve. Increase the average transaction value. Increase the frequency of customer visits. Is one of these three ways to grow any better than [...]

Choose to engage with your work, no matter the job

Filed on 16. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Love what you do, do what you love, blah, blah, blah. We all know there is an issue with employee engagement here in the United States, and my guess is we’d find the same factual information around the world if we looked. The truth is, engagement is [...]

Should you pay off debt or save for retirement?

Filed on 09. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal “Should I pay off debt or save for retirement?” That question is not easily answered. I’ve thought about my answer for a long time, and I believe you should never stop saving for retirement unless you are in financial crisis. Yes, it feels bad to have debt. [...]

Addressing suffering in your place of business

Filed on 11. Sep, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal In early 1993 a friend recommended a book to me. He knew that my professional work mission was to do whatever I could to help business owners, managers and employees take the suffering out of the workplace. My friend also knew that what I was about often [...]

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