OPINION – Oppose legislation lifting government public notice requirements

Filed on 26. Feb, 2012 in Contributors

Washington citizens should be aware of – and opposed to – House Bill 2801 and the provisions that would allow local governments to cease publishing public notices in their local newspapers. The presumed cost savings to local government is in fact false economy – there is a hidden and very dangerous cost. In trying to [...]

Reader’s Choice Awards 2012

Filed on 09. Feb, 2012 in Contributors

Vote in the Bellingham Business Journal Reader’s Choice Awards 2012. You can’t vote for yourself; one ballot per person. Votes must be received by Friday, Feb. 17. Results will be published in the March 2012 edition of The Bellingham Business Journal. Follow the links below, and remember to fill out both Part 1 and Part [...]

The equation of a sustainable state budget | Guest Opinion

Filed on 06. Jan, 2012 in Contributors

The equation of a sustainable state budget  | Guest Opinion

Guest commentary by State Rep. Jason Overstreet:  With the start of the New Year comes our fourth legislative session in 12 months. State lawmakers spent two special sessions in 2011 addressing the same problem: an unsustainable budget. Unfortunately, the 2012 session will again be focused on the same problem at a time when strengthening the [...]

Port of Bellingham focuses on job creation and retention

Filed on 04. Jan, 2012 in Contributors

Port of Bellingham focuses on job creation and retention

By Charlie Sheldon Port of Bellingham Executive Director At the Port of Bellingham, job retention and job creation are at the top of our priority list. Our commissioners and our staff recognize the responsibility of being the one local government that was created by the state Legislature 100 years ago for economic development. We operate [...]

Western, community collaborate in many ways

Filed on 03. Jan, 2012 in Contributors

Western, community collaborate in many ways

By Bruce Shepard President of Western Washington University Communities support universities that support communities. That is a saying I have always thought very relevant to town-gown relations. Western and the local community support each other in so many ways. And these partnerships make us all stronger. Often, I am surprised that some folks don’t know [...]

Thanks for sharing your story | From the reporter’s desk

Filed on 30. Dec, 2011 in Contributors

Thanks for sharing your story | From the reporter’s desk

Four years ago I took a job as a business reporter, despite my lack of knowledge on the subject. As I prepare to leave The Bellingham Business Journal this month, I’ve been reflecting on everything I’ve learned in contributing to 51 issues of this publication. My time here at The BBJ has been a crash [...]

Business owners can make the most of charitable giving

Filed on 07. Dec, 2011 in Contributors

Business owners can make the most of charitable giving

By Nate Rothbauer Manager, Moss Adams LLP Charitable giving often comes to mind around the holidays when many are inspired to help the needy or fund a worthy cause. While reducing taxes is not the main reason many of us give, donations can certainly help a company’s bottom line. However, business owners need to understand [...]

Civil discourse in an online world | Editorial

Filed on 11. Nov, 2011 in Contributors

From the reporter’s desk Starting Nov. 11, all of the comments on BBJToday.com will be handled by Facebook, rather than the current system, Disqus. Though this will require commenters to have a Facebook account, it will improve the content of the comment section and hopefully increase social engagement. If you’ve ever read the comments on [...]

Increasing sales through exporting is easier than you think

Filed on 03. Nov, 2011 in Contributors

Increasing sales through exporting is easier than you think

Director of the Center for Economic Vitality John owns a local food processing company that makes candy. His 20-person company had been steadily growing for the past five years until the recession hit and his company lost 50 percent of its customers. John cut costs, went onto Shared Work to keep his trained employees and [...]

The Port of Bellingham is all about jobs

Filed on 10. Oct, 2011 in Contributors

The Port of Bellingham is all about jobs

By Charlie Sheldon Port of Bellingham executive director When I ask people what they want to see from the port in the years ahead, jobs are at the top of everyone’s list. Our community needs more jobs and they are hard to come by. Cities and the counties have to run courts, police, fire, jails [...]

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