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Bellingham poised for more hotels, hundreds of additional rooms

Filed on 20. Oct, 2013 in Features, New Business

Bellingham poised for more hotels, hundreds of additional rooms

As one new hotel opens in Bellingham, the list of others ready to enter the local market keeps growing. A 122-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4040 Northwest Ave. The hotel, which has been in development for more than five years, is owned and managed by 360 Hotel Group, based [...]

Chamber joins legal challenge of “expedited removal”

Filed on 07. Oct, 2013 in Features

Several regional economic groups, including the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, are taking a stand against the U.S. government’s use of “expedited removal,” a border-security measure that can ban foreigners from entering the U.S. for at least five years—and in some cases, forever. Bill Gorman, interim director of the Bellingham Chamber, said that while he believes [...]

After a decade, high success for program helping farms to market

Filed on 06. Oct, 2013 in Features

After a decade, high success for program helping farms to market

After deciding to start a small farm in Whatcom County, Ephraim and Laura Kurszewski knew that growing crops would only be part of the challenge. To get a handle on the commercial side of the endeavor, they turned to a business training program for local farmers called Food To Bank On, run by the Bellingham-based [...]

Credit unions campaign to preserve tax-exempt status

Filed on 29. Sep, 2013 in Features

By Christina Harper The (Everett) Herald Business Journal The Credit Union National Association has launched a grass-roots campaign encouraging its 96 million members throughout the United States to contact Congress in a bid deter the removal of credit unions’ not-for-profit tax status. In 1934, Congress passed the Federal Credit Union Act allowing not-for-profit credit unions [...]

Jobs Report: Whatcom’s unemployment dips to 6.5 percent

Filed on 25. Sep, 2013 in Features

Jobs Report: Whatcom’s unemployment dips to 6.5 percent

Continued private-sector job growth in August pushed Whatcom County’s unemployment level to its lowest point in 2013, according to the latest figures from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The county posted a 6.5 percent jobless rate in August 2013, according to initial estimates. That’s down from 7.7 percent in August 2012, and also a [...]

Contract dispute delays start of fall classes at BTC

Filed on 25. Sep, 2013 in Features

Instead of classrooms, faculty at Bellingham Technical College are spending their first week back at school in picket lines. The faculty’s union, the Bellingham Education Association, declared a strike on Tuesday, Sept. 24, the first scheduled day of fall classes at the college. Negotiations between the union and BTC administrators have so far failed to [...]

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