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 [...]

The Last Word on Trust…for Owners, Managers and Employees

Filed on 01. Aug, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

By Mike Cook for BBJ Dear Reader: This is an article you may have seen before, it is one of my favorites and I try to get it into print every three years or so. I believe the last time it appeared in the BBJ was 2014. Imagine being at work, in any workplace, and [...]

Should I use a Robo Advisor?

Filed on 12. Jul, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch for the BBJ In todays digital age it’s hard to know when it’s appropriate to do it yourself (DIY) or when it’s time to pay a professional. The invention of Robo Advisors and artificial intelligence for attorney’s or CPA’s has consumers questioning if they really need to pay for guidance and advice. [...]

Of Incentives and Life: What really motivates?

Filed on 12. Jul, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors, News

By Mike Cook for BBJ It probably doesn’t need to be said but just to set the stage for what follows; employee engagement lingers at around 30% of workers feeling fully engaged in their work. That likely seems very low, and it is, but let’s not be too quick to assume that it is easy [...]

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