Supports Ken Mann for Whatcom County Council

Filed on 15. Oct, 2009 in Contributors

Ken Mann is one of my favorite people in Bellingham; he knows how to combine his intelligence, personal experience and friendly nature into one optimistic, energetic and welcoming being. Never before have I actually befriended a politician, or anyone interested in running for office for that matter, but Ken is different. Not only do his [...]

Supports predictable government for citizens

Filed on 14. Oct, 2009 in Contributors

The City of Bellingham & Whatcom County is at a crossroads and the citizens need to make a decision.  Do we want an economically healthy community that works for everyone, promotes property rights for everyone?  Do we want political leaders who look to build positive working relations with business, leisure activities and conserve the growth [...]

Supports Ken Mann for Whatcom County Council

Filed on 13. Oct, 2009 in Contributors

Whatcom County is a place in which most of us chose to live.  The beauty of the bay, the ruggedness of the mountains, the fertility of the farmland, the myriad recreational opportunities are all an undeniable draw.  Like me, Ken Mann has chosen to live here, but in addition, he has chosen to serve this [...]

The best business policy is customer service

Filed on 09. Oct, 2009 in Contributors

The best business policy is customer service

By Taimi Dunn Gorman, publicist and marketing consultant with Gorman Publicity Small courtesies can be far-reaching and long remembered. My August vacation was a four-day road trip with my best girlfriend from college. After teaching for 20-years in rainy, Juneau, Alaska, she had decided to move to Bend, Ore., where the sun shines 300 days [...]

Workforce services provide consulting, training

Filed on 16. Sep, 2009 in Contributors

Workforce services provide consulting, training

By Nancy Jordan,  executive director of the Northwest Economic Council Across the country, budget cuts, record layoffs and reduced profits have heightened the need for workforce services for both companies and workers. Now, perhaps more than ever, workers must bolster their skill sets or learn new skills in order to find work or make themselves [...]

Columnist: Get the I-9 house in order

Filed on 12. Aug, 2009 in Contributors

Columnist: Get the I-9 house in order

By Scott Railton, immigration attorney July 1 was a big day in the world of immigration work-site enforcement.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued Notices of I-9 Inspections on 652 businesses nationwide.  On this one day, ICE issued more audit notices than in the entire previous year.  Judging by this first volley, the I-9 [...]

Avoid unlicensed contractors

Filed on 03. Aug, 2009 in Contributors

Avoid unlicensed contractors

The Bellingham Business Journal In the world of business, it is extremely important that everyone play by the rules so that one person doesn’t get burned.  But unfortunately, the business world is full of people not interested in making sure things are fair. Nowhere is this more apparent than with unlicensed contractors. According to Elaine [...]

Buying local keeps money in local economy

Filed on 08. Jul, 2009 in Contributors

By Michelle M. Grandy, director of the Think Local First program at Sustainable Connections Whatcom County’s sixth annual Independents Week is June 28 to July 4, and we really are thinking local and independent! We have a culture of buying local here in Whatcom County; and the new federal agricultural census numbers make that apparent. [...]

Refocus, revamp and return to work

Filed on 06. Jul, 2009 in Contributors

Refocus, revamp and return to work

By Lance Henderson Throughout this recession, The Bellingham Business Journal has covered countless stories about businesses looking inward to refocus, revamp and return to the market as a leaner, meaner business machine. Now that story is true for us as well. First, former editor and publisher Vanessa Blackburn is no longer with us. She has gone on to bigger and better things and [...]

Thinking ‘big picture’

Filed on 31. May, 2009 in Contributors

  It’s awards season around the BBJ, as we learned during the last month that Isaac Bonnell, Lance Henderson and I won Society of Professional Journalists awards for articles written last year. Of course, we won’t know until the big awards banquet May 30 what we won exactly, or for which articles, but it’s always [...]

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