Good talent might be scarce, but it’s not time to lower your hiring standards

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

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal I met with a woman I know in Bellingham a couple of weeks back, we hadn’t seen each other in person for probably two years, but I had been following her business progress from afar and knew her company was progressing nicely. I asked about how things [...]

Four tips to getting your estate plan together

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

Four tips to getting your estate plan together

By Michael Bonds For The Bellingham Business Journal One area I find that is often overlook by investors is estate planning. Proper estate planning is an important component of your financial plan, as it can help your loved ones avoid an expensive, time-consuming process after you pass away. Here are four easy-to-implement steps to create [...]

Context is key when communicating over text, social media

Filed on 06. Mar, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Context is key when communicating over text, social media

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal Did you ever get an email or a text message from someone and have an immediate negative reaction only to find out later you had misinterpreted the meaning? Of course you have, we all have. The unfortunate part of these instances is that in many if not [...]

Four tips for hiring, and keeping, the best job candidates

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

Four tips for hiring, and keeping, the best job candidates

By Debbie Hogue For the Bellingham Business Journal I don’t know about you, but I like to be continuously learning. I’m always challenging myself to grow. I’ve spent more than 20 years in retail banking, and recently decided I wanted to try something new. After taking an executive development program course, I was approached by [...]

Learn to tell your business as a story

Filed on 06. Feb, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “[Storytelling is a] business competency that drives emotional engagement and resulting enhanced business performance.” Forbes, April 2016 This was Super Bowl week, a great week for sports, but an even greater week for advertising. If it turns out that the advertising that was offered was more captivating [...]

Consider the older population for your hiring needs

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

Consider the older population for your hiring needs

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “Those who never change their mind never change anything!” — Winston Churchill My wife turned 75 on Dec. 22; she retired Dec. 31. Somebody heard about her retirement and offered her a new position starting Feb. 1. What are you gonna do, when people know you have [...]

Start your financial plan with a clear destination in mind

Filed on 26. Dec, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Start your financial plan with a clear destination in mind

By Deka Wiebusch For the Bellingham Business Journal Have you ever gone out for a run without knowing how far you would run or how long it might take? Or how about leaving on vacation without a destination or knowing the length of time you would be gone? Most likely you’ve planned these things out without even [...]

Why do people have such a hard time changing their behavior?

Filed on 19. Dec, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal This week’s column may not seem like it is in keeping with the season. But in my mind, it is. The subject is somewhat somber, some may think even dark, but as we approach the new year and that time for resolutions I think you may see [...]

Lesson learned: Being careful with email is always a good idea

Filed on 05. Dec, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Lesson learned: Being careful with email is always a good idea

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal  “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” —Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) “Golly! I know better than that.” I know you have said those words to yourself more than once, or something to that effect, accompanied by a slap to the forehead. Recently, I had [...]

Four tips for women on reaching retirement savings goals

Filed on 28. Nov, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Four tips for women on reaching retirement savings goals

By Michael Bonds For the Bellingham Business Journal The Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming recognized as one of the nation’s most popular places to retire. The weather is beautiful in the summer, the scenery is tranquil and the year round outdoor activities are abundant, which helps retirees maintain a healthy lifestyle. As I meet with [...]

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