Collaboration is better than competition | Column

Filed on 03. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Collaboration is better than competition | Column

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal “Competitive people have energy; they’re interesting and so forth. But they’re so focused on the competition they fail to see what they’re doing. They just want ‘better, bigger, stronger, longer,’ and they miss the periphery. And that is where you find things you don’t even know [...]

Workplace wellness is within your grasp | Column

Filed on 02. Sep, 2013 in Contributors

Workplace wellness is within your grasp | Column

By Amanda Brock Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With the cost of health care continuing to rise, employers are seeking creative ways to reduce their cost of benefits while preserving their abilities to appeal to the workforce. “Wellness” is now the health care industry’s buzz word. The advantages of implementing a wellness program are [...]

Getting more “likes” on your Facebook page | Column

Filed on 28. Aug, 2013 in Contributors

Getting more “likes” on your Facebook page | Column

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal Let’s face it, Facebook marketing is not going to work for every small business. But there are some industries for which it is a natural fit. Local restaurants, garden centers, entertainment venues, clothing stores and pet-care service providers come to mind as ones that typically benefit. [...]

When life happens during open hours | Column

Filed on 20. Aug, 2013 in Contributors

When life happens during open hours | Column

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Did I ever think everyone should own their own business? No. But certainly the idea has crossed the minds of many who have never taken the necessary steps, yet may still hold the view that it would be great to control their own destiny. Well maybe [...]

Apple finds a “slippery slope” | Opinion

Filed on 07. Aug, 2013 in Contributors

Apple finds a “slippery slope” | Opinion

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Last weekend I visited an Apple store for the first time in a while, and was surprised to see all the employees wearing a badge on a lanyard that said: “Let me help you make iPhone your phone.” To me this felt like a shift toward [...]

Using smartphone video apps to market your business

Filed on 25. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Using smartphone video apps to market your business

By Patti Rowlson Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Fifty-six percent of Americans now have a smartphone. Are you one of them? If so, you most likely have access to free video apps that can be used as marketing tools for your small business. Vine, a smartphone app released in January 2013, allows users to shoot [...]

An alternative view on employee engagement | Opinion

Filed on 23. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

An alternative view on employee engagement | Opinion

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  I live in Anacortes. Ours is a town where the ferries leave for the San Juan Islands and Victoria, British Columbia. The city is situated on Fidalgo Island, and since it isn’t very large (40 square miles), it is fairly easy to find your way around. [...]

Work is an activity, not a place | Opinion

Filed on 10. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Work is an activity, not a place | Opinion

By Mike Cook Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  My thanks as always to the ever-provocative Harold Jarche for the headline of this column. A couple of weeks back he used the quote: “Work is an activity, not a place,” taken from the 2007 book “Nine Shift, Work, Life and Education in the 21st Century” [...]

Assessing financial investing at mid-year | Opinion

Filed on 09. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Assessing financial investing at mid-year | Opinion

By Aaron Careaga Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With the second quarter ending last week and the Fourth of July holiday past, now is a great time to reassess your investment portfolio. 2013 started with a bang in equities. – The S&P 500 rose more than 14 percent into May, and then retraced 3 [...]

Thoughts on the keys to business longevity | Opinion

Filed on 02. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Thoughts on the keys to business longevity | Opinion

By Mark Thoma, Moss Adams LLP Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal  Now that we’re already halfway through the year, it is as good a time as any to look ahead at business plans and make necessary changes. As business owners work through their plans, however, they should keep in mind that planning for the next [...]

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