Invest wisely to pick the right employees | Contributor

Filed on 22. Jan, 2014 in Contributors

Invest wisely to pick the right employees | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal The January-February issue of Harvard Business Review features “A Great Place to Work” as its primary theme. After reading an article about Netflix, I was most taken by several comments recommending the kinds of people to bring into your company. Patty McCord, a former Netflix chief [...]

5 tips for hiring the right marketing partner | Contributor

Filed on 08. Jan, 2014 in Contributors

5 tips for hiring the right marketing partner | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal So, you’ve been thinking about hiring a marketing firm, publicist or social-media manager for your business, but you don’t know where to start or how to compare options. This month’s article is just for you. Selecting the right partner is an important decision. You’ll want to [...]

Lessons in engagement, service and sausage | Contributor

Filed on 07. Jan, 2014 in Contributors

Lessons in engagement, service and sausage | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal If you are someone like me who writes a blog and works hard to keep the material fresh and frequent, one thought that creeps in from time to time is this: “Eventually I am going to run out of things to write about.” Fortunately, for me, [...]

The Kaizen way to employee engagement | Contributor

Filed on 05. Jan, 2014 in Contributors

The Kaizen way to employee engagement | Contributor

By Collin McLoughlin Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Imagine for a moment a workplace where every single employee, from the president to the janitor, was thrilled to be at work and excited to tackle today’s challenges. This is not some idealized dream, it is accomplishable by changing the way we approach employee engagement. Today, more [...]

Year’s End Money Matters: Durable power of attorney

Filed on 11. Dec, 2013 in Contributors

By Erin Eddins Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal A durable power of attorney (DPOA) is a valuable tool for almost everyone. It ensures the continuity of your financial affairs if you become incapacitated. It’s best to prepare your DPOA in advance, even though you may never need it, but there are a few caveats to keep [...]

Take action for the right company culture | Contributor

Filed on 10. Dec, 2013 in Contributors

Take action for the right company culture | Contributor

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal A couple of weeks back I wrote a piece titled “Your Business is As Good as Your Culture.” Among other things in the article was a promise from me to visit what I consider to be action steps to reliably establish and maintain the culture you [...]

Year’s End Money Matters: Small-business cash flow

Filed on 10. Dec, 2013 in Contributors

Year’s End Money Matters: Small-business cash flow

By James McCusker Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Most entrepreneurs know that ineffective cash management is one of the leading causes of business failure. It is also often the cause of hasty decisions regarding equity and debt — decisions they will often come to regret. In good economic times and bad, cash flow is [...]

Year’s End Money Matters: Tax planning for success

Filed on 09. Dec, 2013 in Contributors

Year’s End Money Matters: Tax planning for success

By Kira Bravo Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal As 2014 approaches, many focus on year-end tax planning strategies to reduce the taxes they’ll owe in April. This year many will find themselves paying more, so proper planning is even more critical. Let’s look at some strategies to consider. For Individuals Most taxpayers will find [...]

Year’s End Money Matters: Make your 401(k) work

Filed on 08. Dec, 2013 in Contributors

Year’s End Money Matters: Make your 401(k) work

By W. Devin Wolf Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal 1. Take the free money Make sure you are taking advantage of your employer match. They have been increasing, with most offering a dollar-for-dollar match for the first 6 percent of employee deferrals (up from $0.50 per $1), according to a 2013 survey from the [...]

Do you get social-media engagement wrong? | Contributor

Filed on 04. Dec, 2013 in Contributors

Do you get social-media engagement wrong? | Contributor

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal So your small business is “doing” social media, but not seeing results. It could be because you’re actually doing it wrong. The reality is that if you are only generating outbound messages and not interacting with others, you are missing important opportunities. It would be like [...]

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