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 Many companies have unused or outdated blog pages because they don’t have the time or desire to think about blogging, or because they don’t have a solid plan in place for [...]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 [...]

Navigating Social Security, optimizing retirement | Ben Esget

Filed on 13. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Navigating Social Security, optimizing retirement | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  I am constantly questioned about Social Security. One of the things that make it a difficult system to navigate is that it is extremely complex and changing all the time. Several years ago a loophole closed that allowed participants to begin receiving benefits at age 62, collecting money and then paying it [...]

Our 2013 Readers’ Choice Award winners

Filed on 11. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Here are the winners of the Bellingham Business Journal’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, as voted on by our readers. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to those who voted! Best new business: Perch and Play 1707 N. State St. www.perchandplay.com  Best customer service: Village Books 1200 11th St. www.villagebooks.com Best business sign/logo: Logos Bible [...]

Can small retailers compete nationally on the Web? | Ask Red Rokk

Filed on 05. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

Can small retailers compete nationally on the Web? | Ask Red Rokk

By Ed Munro Marketing & Communications Consultant Red Rokk Interactive Contributing Writer Q: Do you have a good example of local small business that is effectively competing against national online and big box retailers? To answer this question, the Red Rokk team reached out to a local business with an e-commerce website to discover its [...]

The ethics of value when jobs are on the line | Mike Cook

Filed on 05. Feb, 2013 in Contributors

The ethics of value when jobs are on the line | Mike Cook

By Mike Cook Contributing Writer  When management decisions motivated by self interest jeopardize the entire economy of a region, we may indeed eventually see the scenario as a question of ethics. There is no doubt in my mind that the story that continues to unfold at Boeing with the debacle of the “next big thing in air [...]

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