Get the most out of blogging for your business | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 28. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Get the most out of blogging for your business | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  So, your website has a “blog” or “news” page, but you’re not doing anything with it. You are not alone. Many companies have unused or outdated blog pages because they don’t have the time or desire to think about blogging, or because they don’t have a solid plan in place for [...]

One way to change your experience of work | Mike Cook

Filed on 19. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

One way to change your experience of work | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Maybe you’ve heard this story, I heard it today. A hunter walks into a field one autumn morning. Alongside him is his newly acquired, full-pedigree retrieving dog. This is their first hunt together. Within minutes he arrives at his duck blind and takes his position. Soon a small flock appears. [...]

Breaking down the “fiscal cliff” deal | Kira Bravo

Filed on 14. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Breaking down the “fiscal cliff” deal | Kira Bravo

By Kira Bravo Manager, Moss Adams LLP Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  During the last several months of 2012, elected officials and political pundits debated what to do about the so-called “fiscal cliff”—a combination of higher taxes and spending cuts that would go into effect at the beginning of 2013. After much wrangling, President [...]

Navigating Social Security, optimizing retirement | Ben Esget

Filed on 13. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Navigating Social Security, optimizing retirement | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  I am constantly questioned about Social Security. One of the things that make it a difficult system to navigate is that it is extremely complex and changing all the time. Several years ago a loophole closed that allowed participants to begin receiving benefits at age 62, collecting money and then paying it [...]

Our 2013 Readers’ Choice Award winners

Filed on 11. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Here are the winners of the Bellingham Business Journal’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, as voted on by our readers. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to those who voted! Best new business: Perch and Play 1707 N. State St. www.perchandplay.com  Best customer service: Village Books 1200 11th St. www.villagebooks.com Best business sign/logo: Logos Bible [...]

Can small retailers compete nationally on the Web? | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 05. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Can small retailers compete nationally on the Web? | Ask Red Rokk

By Ed Munro Marketing & Communications Consultant Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: Do you have a good example of local small business that is effectively competing against national online and big box retailers? To answer this question, the Red Rokk team reached out to a local business with an e-commerce website to discover its [...]

The ethics of value when jobs are on the line | Mike Cook

Filed on 05. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

The ethics of value when jobs are on the line | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  When management decisions motivated by self interest jeopardize the entire economy of a region, we may indeed eventually see the scenario as a question of ethics. There is no doubt in my mind that the story that continues to unfold at Boeing with the debacle of the “next big thing in air [...]

It’s never too early for trade-show planning | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 31. Jan, 2013 in Contributors

It’s never too early for trade-show planning | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer  Thinking about showcasing your company at an event or trade show this year? Good for you! Business-to-consumer networking at trade shows can be a great way to get your product or service in front of fresh new faces—if you choose the venue wisely, plan ahead and follow up. Pick the [...]

The skinny on private REITs | Ben Esget

Filed on 25. Jan, 2013 in Contributors

The skinny on private REITs | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  REIT stands for Real Estate Investment Trust, and is generally a large fund comprised of real-estate holdings. They typically start out as private partnerships with the hope of eventually becoming publicly traded. REITs often specialize in one type of real estate such as medical, hospitality related, commercial or residential. From time to [...]

Drawing positive outcomes, with “thick value” | Mike Cook

Filed on 22. Jan, 2013 in Contributors

Drawing positive outcomes, with “thick value” | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  Recently I was flying, and flying, and flying (lots of weather delays) from an engagement on the East Coast, on the way to my home to Anacortes. As I fly I often read, and I was completing a book I have thoroughly enjoyed reading: ‘The New Capitalist Manifesto, Building a Disruptively Better Business,” [...]

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