In business, is it better to give than receive? | Mike Cook

Filed on 14. May, 2013 in Contributors

In business, is it better to give than receive? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  The May issue of the McKinsey and Company newsletter is one I’ll be holding onto for a while. One piece in particular has captured my attention is  ”Givers Take All: The Hidden Dimension of Corporate Culture,” by Adam Grant. He is author of the recently published “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success,” a [...]

Labor waits for its ship to come in | Guest column

Filed on 13. May, 2013 in Contributors

By Aaron Careaga Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Education is intended to be a direct channel to meaningful employment and prosperity at the individual, state and federal levels, but the U.S. continues to struggle in igniting substantive economic recovery post-Great Recession. Some opine that a stagnant economy and chronically higher level of unemployment is the [...]

Getting your online marketing off the ground | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 08. May, 2013 in Contributors

Getting your online marketing off the ground | Ask Red Rokk

By Ed Munro Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: How can a small business find the time to stay competitive with online marketing? Start by creating a realistic schedule, and then sticking with it. Making time for online marketing and participating in social media has become a reality for many small businesses, while others are [...]

Mind the traps in international estate planning | Guest column

Filed on 06. May, 2013 in Contributors

Mind the traps in international estate planning | Guest column

By Stephanie Hathaway International Tax Partner, Moss Adams LLP Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  The estate tax in the United States is well known, but it’s complex, making it difficult for some individuals to know whether, and to what degree, it might apply to them. This is particularly true when international factors are involved. [...]

Lessons on collaboration, from a 5 year old | Mike Cook

Filed on 01. May, 2013 in Contributors

Lessons on collaboration, from a 5 year old | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Last Sunday afternoon I found myself in the midst of a standoff with my 5-year-old grandson, Miles. His mother had suggested that maybe I’d like to give him some help with a jigsaw puzzle that was partially completed. Both he and I thought this was a grand idea, so we set to [...]

Best practices for reducing “networking anxieties” | Patti Rowlson

Filed on 25. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Best practices for reducing “networking anxieties” | Patti Rowlson

By Patti Rowlson Contributing writer  Networking at business events can be a fun and effective way for local companies to build their brand. Connecting with others in-person can educate consumers, build trusting relationships and even generate referrals. Those are all good things, right? The flip side is that networking can make some people feel nervous, anxious and [...]

Finance, fragility and the “fat” tails | Ben Esget

Filed on 24. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Finance, fragility and the “fat” tails | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  One of the most neglected discussions in all of finance regards fragility, which results in incredible volatility in the investing space. Investors typically work to diversify portfolio holdings to mitigate the risks associated with a specific asset or region. Generally, asset allocation has taken the form of either a traditional 60/40 split between [...]

Is your biggest problem a failure to address problems? | Mike Cook

Filed on 16. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Is your biggest problem a failure to address problems? | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing writer  Think for a moment about your working environment. Do you think your organization addresses all serious problems in a timely manner? Rhetorical, right? Webster offers this as one definition of the word “problem”: An unsettled matter demanding solution or decision and requiring usually considerable thought or skill for its proper solution or [...]

Innovation, perseverance and the future of business | Guest column

Filed on 08. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Innovation, perseverance and the future of business | Guest column

By Derek M. Long & Mark Peterson Sustainable Connections Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  The ninth annual Future of Business Conference is coming up on Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26. It is a premier business educational and networking event in northwest Washington. Over the years, world class national and local speakers have [...]

Becoming your own pension fund | Ben Esget

Filed on 03. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Becoming your own pension fund | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  Pension funds traditionally offer a guaranteed income for life upon retirement in return for years of loyal service. Many of us are not fortunate enough to have a pension fund, and even those who are may be shocked to find out their pensions could fall wildly short. For example, the [...]

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