Inslee staying neutral on bill that would rewrite Boeing tax breaks | Opinion

Filed on 11. Mar, 2015 in Contributors

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald  Sixteen months ago, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the largest tax break any state has ever given a private company. It extended a bunch of sweet incentives to the Boeing Co. that could save it up to $8.7 billion in tax payments to the state in the next 25 years. [...]

Boost your impact at trade shows with social media marketing

Filed on 05. Mar, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Boost your impact at trade shows with social media marketing

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer Trade show season is upon us in Whatcom County. From construction pros to wedding vendors, Whatcom County event centers will be buzzing with excitement as all types of businesses step out to showcase their products and services at local events like these: Whatcom County Home & Garden Show: March 6-8 [...]

Engagement Killers: The many faces of workplace violence

Filed on 02. Mar, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Engagement Killers: The many faces of workplace violence

Long ago, (1976) and far away Josephine had finally had it with her job. Normally she was far from demonstrative, took most things in stride, and did her level best to put forth a calm and pleasant image. Not this afternoon. For several months we had been in the process of moving the human resources [...]

Secrets for self-employed retirement success

Filed on 09. Feb, 2015 in Contributors

Secrets for self-employed retirement success

By W. Devin Wolf Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Saving for retirement as a self-employed individual can be difficult. Without an employer setting up and contributing to a 401(k) or similar plan, retirement savings often fall off the radar. But if you are self-employed without employees, you and your spouse have access to one [...]

Take the blame out of responsibility and you might produce accountability

Filed on 03. Feb, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Take the blame out of responsibility and you might produce accountability

If I’ve heard it once I have heard it a thousand times – a senior manager lamenting over the lack of accountability in his or her workforce. Let’s just stop and think about this for a moment. I like a good challenge — I bet many people do — especially when it involves an opportunity [...]

The American Dream is about freedom, not stuff | Mike Cook

Filed on 20. Jan, 2015 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The American Dream is about freedom, not stuff | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing columnist When my book, “Thrive: Standing on Your Own Two Feet in a Borderless World,” was published in 2006 I had been sitting on the thoughts I shared there for nearly ten years. Over that period I had become deeply concerned about what I considered to be the culturally engrained addiction [...]

Changes on the way for Facebook marketers | Contributor

Filed on 30. Dec, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Changes on the way for Facebook marketers | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer The classical Greek philosopher Socrates had a great quote about change: “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Now that we’re all inspired and open to the idea of letting go of the past and focusing [...]

What will you give up to gain employee leadership? | Mike Cook

Filed on 22. Dec, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

What will you give up to gain employee leadership? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer It must be very complex, leadership that is. It must be or why would Amazon currently carry nearly 382,000 titles containing the word leadership? A quick Google query on the word “leadership” gives a response of over 143,000,000 entries. I smell a rat and I have smelled a rat for [...]

Using email marketing as an “owned” platform

Filed on 04. Dec, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Using email marketing as an “owned” platform

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer Experts have predicted that 2015 may be a good year for businesses to ramp up the use of “owned marketing platforms,” especially if Facebook has been their main marketing tool in recent years. That prediction has small business owners and marketing professionals wondering if, when and how they should increase [...]

Avoid malware during the holidays | Contributor

Filed on 25. Nov, 2014 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Avoid malware during the holidays | Contributor

By Mike Sullivan Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to be huge shopping spectacles. Brick and mortar stores are now opening on Thanksgiving Day, and Cyber Monday deals are extending through the following week. As these holiday shopping deals begin to appear, more and more people are shopping online. [...]

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