Tribute to Success: Tabletop Gourmet Specialties

Filed on 04. Nov, 2012 in Contributors

Tribute to Success: Tabletop Gourmet Specialties

By Jennifer Shelton Director, WWU Small Business Development Center Courtesy to the Bellingham Business Journal  Originally from Montana, Peg Cutting and her husband Doug fell in love with Blaine, Wash., when they came to Semiahmoo on vacation in 2000. Within a year, they made the move to relocate from Seattle, where they were working at the time, to [...]

Listening can save you time, and money | Mike Cook

Filed on 30. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

Listening can save you time, and money | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Some 30 years back, I held a real job in a real company, actually a Fortune 50 company in the petroleum industry. One of my favorite assignments during this period of my career involved a two-year stay on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a large refinery. On one particular morning, my manager showed [...]

Marketing in a challenging economy | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 25. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

Marketing in a challenging economy | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  Marketing a small business during tough economic times is challenging. For the past four years, small businesses have searched for ways to trim expenses of all kinds, including what they spend on marketing. At the same time, they have been looking for new and affordable ways to increase revenues. When it comes to trimming [...]

Trick or treat: Halloween’s investment effect | Ben Esget

Filed on 24. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

Trick or treat: Halloween’s investment effect | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  It’s almost that time when kids put on their costumes and embark on a quest for sugar and fun. That’s right, it’s almost Halloween. I love Halloween. I love the costumes and the fall air. I am planning to dress up as cowboy this year, because I have grown a thick mustache [...]

Silence hurts, and sometimes it kills | Mike Cook

Filed on 16. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

Silence hurts, and sometimes it kills | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Silence! You ask a question to the group assembled in front of you, your team, and the response is silence. “Any questions?” you ask. Again, silence. The meeting is over and you leave with an expectation of, what? The thought running through your mind is familiar, “I know they don’t agree with what [...]

Support for Overstreet in election | Letter to the editor

Filed on 12. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

At a time when bullying is one of the most highly publicized problems in our schools, you have a chance to stand up to the biggest bully of them all: the central planners that reject personal freedom, natural rights and private property. I reject the false dichotomy presented by the right and the left. Come [...]

Stock and steak | Ben Esget

Filed on 10. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

Stock and steak | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  I love grilling steaks. My favorite cut is the New York Strip, but any good cut of meat will do just fine. For years, I had trouble getting my steaks the right consistency; you know, the one with the steakhouse crust on the outside and perfect medium rare in the middle. I [...]

What we have here is a failure to communicate | Mike Cook

Filed on 02. Oct, 2012 in Contributors

What we have here is a failure to communicate | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  Earlier this week, I was going over some verbatim comments from an employee engagement survey conducted by one of my clients—actually, I was looking at just one department. What I took particular notice of was the passion that came through, especially in the comments that were critical of my client’s company. The history of [...]

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn, Part 2 | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 27. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

Business-to-business networking with LinkedIn, Part 2 | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing Writer  Using LinkedIn for business-to-business networking was the topic of last month’s column. Seven tips, along with navigation pointers, were shared to help readers get started. This month’s column features business-to-consumer networking, a tip for expanding your network and information about engaging. Let’s start with the idea of using LinkedIn for business-to-consumer networking. Local [...]

The estate and succession planning deadline | Ben Esget

Filed on 26. Sep, 2012 in Contributors

The estate and succession planning deadline | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  The end of 2012 marks a serious deadline for high net worth households. For 2011 and 2012, the amount that a person can transfer either during life or at death while avoiding gift and estate taxes has been increased to $5 million. This means that until the end of this year, a [...]

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