Mind the traps in international estate planning | Guest column

Filed on 06. May, 2013 in Contributors

Mind the traps in international estate planning | Guest column

By Stephanie Hathaway International Tax Partner, Moss Adams LLP Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  The estate tax in the United States is well known, but it’s complex, making it difficult for some individuals to know whether, and to what degree, it might apply to them. This is particularly true when international factors are involved. [...]

Lessons on collaboration, from a 5 year old | Mike Cook

Filed on 01. May, 2013 in Contributors

Lessons on collaboration, from a 5 year old | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Last Sunday afternoon I found myself in the midst of a standoff with my 5-year-old grandson, Miles. His mother had suggested that maybe I’d like to give him some help with a jigsaw puzzle that was partially completed. Both he and I thought this was a grand idea, so we set to [...]

Best practices for reducing “networking anxieties” | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 25. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Best practices for reducing “networking anxieties” | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  Networking at business events can be a fun and effective way for local companies to build their brand. Connecting with others in-person can educate consumers, build trusting relationships and even generate referrals. Those are all good things, right? The flip side is that networking can make some people feel nervous, anxious and [...]

Finance, fragility and the “fat” tails | Ben Esget

Filed on 24. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Finance, fragility and the “fat” tails | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  One of the most neglected discussions in all of finance regards fragility, which results in incredible volatility in the investing space. Investors typically work to diversify portfolio holdings to mitigate the risks associated with a specific asset or region. Generally, asset allocation has taken the form of either a traditional 60/40 split between [...]

Is your biggest problem a failure to address problems? | Mike Cook

Filed on 16. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Is your biggest problem a failure to address problems? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Think for a moment about your working environment. Do you think your organization addresses all serious problems in a timely manner? Rhetorical, right? Webster offers this as one definition of the word “problem”: An unsettled matter demanding solution or decision and requiring usually considerable thought or skill for its proper solution or [...]

Innovation, perseverance and the future of business | Guest column

Filed on 08. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Innovation, perseverance and the future of business | Guest column

By Derek M. Long & Mark Peterson Sustainable Connections Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  The ninth annual Future of Business Conference is coming up on Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26. It is a premier business educational and networking event in northwest Washington. Over the years, world class national and local speakers have [...]

Becoming your own pension fund | Ben Esget

Filed on 03. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Becoming your own pension fund | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  Pension funds traditionally offer a guaranteed income for life upon retirement in return for years of loyal service. Many of us are not fortunate enough to have a pension fund, and even those who are may be shocked to find out their pensions could fall wildly short. For example, the [...]

Consider the nontraditional worker when talent is tapped | Mike Cook

Filed on 02. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Consider the nontraditional worker when talent is tapped | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  I have heard that a lot of companies are having trouble finding the talent they need these days. I would love to help them solve their problem, but they seem to have a problem with me: I am 66 years old and am not looking for full-time employment. These days, [...]

How can I increase my Web marketing results? | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 02. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

How can I increase my Web marketing results? | Ask Red Rokk

By Tyler Byrd CEO, Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: How can I produce better marketing results on my company’s website? For many business managers, it is often difficult to choose where and when and how to invest their marketing dollars. They are constantly being bombarded by new ideas and new solutions. As a result, [...]

A proactive approach to personal branding | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 28. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

A proactive approach to personal branding | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  It’s happened too often lately. Someone you know has an unplanned career change—perhaps due to a new business opportunity or maybe they were laid off.  Suddenly they are polishing up a neglected LinkedIn profile, quickly trying to build a network of contacts and asking for recommendations that highlight their skills [...]

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