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 [...]

COB, SConnect working on green building incentives

Filed on 17. Dec, 2009 in Contributors

COB, SConnect working on green building incentives

By Nick Hartrich, Green Building and Smart Growth program manager for Sustainable Connections The city of Bellingham – a community praised for its successes as a leader in sustainability – was recently recognized as the No. 1 Smartest Small City in the Nation by the National Resources Defense Council for our achievements in green space, [...]

Give back on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 13

Filed on 12. Nov, 2009 in Contributors

Give back on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 13

By Stephanie Bowers, WWU Western Washington University’s vice president for advancement and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals  – Washington As our national time of thanks draws near, we’re calling on the community to step up to help the non-profit sector. With the challenges of this economic climate, it is more important now than [...]

NWEcon supports foothills broadband project

Filed on 05. Nov, 2009 in Contributors

NWEcon supports foothills broadband project

By Nancy Jordan, executive director of the Northwest Economic Council — Whatcom County Land lines and dial-up internet access have quickly become mere recollections as we’ve grown accustomed to the use of cell phones and high-speed internet access. What many have come to take for granted has yet to become a reality for more than [...]

Supports Ken Mann for Whatcom County Council

Filed on 26. Oct, 2009 in Contributors

The sound management of urban growth is the greatest responsibility we entrust to our local elected officials. If mismanaged, excessive growth turns into ugly and resource tapping sprawl. Alternatively, weak growth is bad for business and leads to missed economic opportunities. Ken Mann has found the happy medium to these two extremes. Time and again, [...]

Supports Ken Mann for Whatcom County Council

Filed on 23. Oct, 2009 in Contributors

I am writing in regard to the upcoming election in Whatcom County. Specifically, I am writing to endorse Ken Mann for a seat on the County Council. In our lives we all have a person we turn to first for things such as financial advice or help with a home repair. When I need information [...]

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