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 [...]

Time wisely when investing in a bull market | Ben Esget

Filed on 20. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Time wisely when investing in a bull market | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  One of the more difficult things investors deal with is timing their investments. Perhaps you just funded your IRA or are sitting on some extra cash and you’re ready to invest funds. But you look at the strong returns that stocks have already experienced since the great recession, pushing the Dow Jones [...]

Should “struggle” be a dirty word? | Mike Cook

Filed on 19. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Should “struggle” be a dirty word? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer Life in general, and certainly in business, has its dark side. If we are in the game, we are most certainly at risk to some extent. We are told that’s where the learning is, and to learn is to embrace failures when they occur, and the struggle associated with both [...]

Three strategies for employers navigating health insurance

Filed on 06. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Three strategies for employers navigating health insurance

By Andy Billingsley Employee Benefits Consultant The Unity Group Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the ACA, was passed, the general tone of those promoting the bill suggested it would make health insurance coverage more affordable for all Americans. Nearly three years [...]

What determines accomplishment’s limit? | Mike Cook

Filed on 05. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

What determines accomplishment’s limit? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  With apologies to William Shakespeare and Richard III: Is it just me or has it been raining coaches in the business world for about the past 15 years? And they come with certifications in case you need one, from all sorts of sources: Coach U, Coach Inc., Center for Executive Coaching, International Coach Academy. Some of these [...]

Art and wine investing in the “Good Life” | Ben Esget

Filed on 05. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Art and wine investing in the “Good Life” | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  Perhaps one of the strangest areas of investing I know is in collectibles. While collectibles can include anything from antique furniture to smoking pipes (yes, I know a local pipe collector), mainstream collectible investing generally falls under two main categories: art and wine. Investing in both has become so popular [...]

Make your company’s website work for you | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 05. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Make your company’s website work for you | Ask Red Rokk

By Ed Munro Marketing & Communications Consultant Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: How can a small-business website become a destination for repeat visits and more sales? Quite often we meet small-business owners who offer great services and products with a business model and marketing plan that delivers results in terms of satisfied, loyal customers. We also see [...]

Get the most out of blogging for your business | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 28. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Get the most out of blogging for your business | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  So, your website has a “blog” or “news” page, but you’re not doing anything with it. You are not alone. Many companies have unused or outdated blog pages because they don’t have the time or desire to think about blogging, or because they don’t have a solid plan in place for [...]

One way to change your experience of work | Mike Cook

Filed on 19. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

One way to change your experience of work | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Maybe you’ve heard this story, I heard it today. A hunter walks into a field one autumn morning. Alongside him is his newly acquired, full-pedigree retrieving dog. This is their first hunt together. Within minutes he arrives at his duck blind and takes his position. Soon a small flock appears. [...]

Breaking down the “fiscal cliff” deal | Kira Bravo

Filed on 14. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Breaking down the “fiscal cliff” deal | Kira Bravo

By Kira Bravo Manager, Moss Adams LLP Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  During the last several months of 2012, elected officials and political pundits debated what to do about the so-called “fiscal cliff”—a combination of higher taxes and spending cuts that would go into effect at the beginning of 2013. After much wrangling, President [...]

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