Shared Work, business advising can save jobs in tough times

Filed on 02. Sep, 2010 in Contributors

Shared Work, business advising can save jobs in tough times

By Tom Dorr, director of the Center for Economic Vitality Kay Johnson has been successfully growing her company since 1999. That is until 2008, when the economy turned and she, like many employers, has struggled to survive. Kay’s sales were off over 25 percent and she was cutting costs and hording cash. Her 14 dedicated [...]

Oplinger: The case for opposing the B.C. sales tax exemption

Filed on 30. Jul, 2010 in Contributors

Oplinger: The case for opposing the B.C. sales tax exemption

By Ken Oplinger, president and CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry As a resident of Blaine, the husband of a Canadian, and the friend of dozens of people across the Lower Mainland, I could hardly be called, “anti-Canadian.” That was until I weighed in on the sales tax exemption for B.C. residents. [...]

The ABCs of Profitability

Filed on 01. Jul, 2010 in Contributors

The ABCs of Profitability

By Jennifer Shelton, director of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center As a business owner or future entrepreneur, I believe it’s never too early to start thinking about how to make and keep your business profitable. In simple terms, profitability is the amount of sales revenue left over after business costs. Learning to measure [...]

Competing with Internet stores

Filed on 01. Jul, 2010 in Contributors

Competing with Internet stores

By Taimi Gorman, owner of Gorman Publicity I loved the little corner drug store in the south Seattle neighborhood where I grew up. It was the home of fuzzy key chains, cinnamon oil for toothpicks, and the 7-Up floats Mom bought us after playing in concerts. It was a place crowded with toys, health supplies, [...]

Hartrich: 10 green building incentives in 2010

Filed on 04. Jun, 2010 in Contributors

Hartrich: 10 green building incentives in 2010

By Nick Hartrich, Green Building & Smart Growth program manager for Sustainable Connections Sustainable Connections members in the design and construction industry across Whatcom County have accomplished a great deal in the past several years which has placed us in a national leadership position for green projects for a community our size. As I reported [...]

Dorr: Competitive intelligence key to raising profits

Filed on 04. Jun, 2010 in Contributors

Dorr: Competitive intelligence key to raising profits

By Tom Dorr, director of the Center for Economic Vitality Imagine that you could peek into your competitors’ financial statements gleaning instructive business comparisons and competitive intelligence. Or, consider that you can boost sales to your existing customers by knowing their lifestyles and preferences. What are innovative ways your business could cut costs, increase sales [...]

Sometimes success is just showing up

Filed on 30. Apr, 2010 in Contributors

Sometimes success is just showing up

By Taimi Gorman, owner of Gorman Publicity “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”…..Woody Allen I was a moody teenager going through a rough time when I tearfully announced at dinner that I was not going to my crocheting class anymore because it was just too hard. As much as I wanted to make those [...]

Small Business Development Center is back in Bellingham

Filed on 30. Apr, 2010 in Contributors

Small Business Development Center is back in Bellingham

By Jennifer Shelton, director of the Bellingham Small Business Development Center The Small Business Development Center is back in town, as many of you may have recently heard. One unique feature about Whatcom County is that the majority of businesses have fewer than 20 employees. These business owners are many of the types of clients [...]

Proper publicity attracts attention

Filed on 26. Feb, 2010 in Contributors

Proper publicity attracts attention

By Taimi Dunn Gorman The afternoon Rich McCudden opened Flats restaurant on 11th Street in Fairhaven, the line of customers went out the door and down the block. He hadn’t run any ads. In fact, he had wanted a “soft opening” to give the kitchen crew a chance to practice, but he wasn’t complaining about [...]

Businesses can’t afford to ignore social media

Filed on 19. Feb, 2010 in Contributors

By Debbye Omlie, communications manager for the Center of Economic Vitality It isn’t business as usual. There has been a major power shift and  it isn’t going away. Your customers have more power than just their buying dollars thanks to the Internet and social media networking tools. In its most basic form, social media can [...]

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