With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

Filed on 07. Apr, 2014 in Features

With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

What began as a conversation among friends over beers in a downtown tavern is about to turn into a new microbrewery on the corner of Forest and Magnolia streets. Several blocks away, a husband and wife are almost ready to open their beer-producing facility after developing a business plan while on an overseas backpacking expedition. [...]

Chamber’s new CEO favoring a pragmatic approach

Filed on 05. Mar, 2014 in Features

Chamber’s new CEO favoring a pragmatic approach

During his first 90 days leading the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Guy Occhiogrosso said he plans to brush up on his listening skills. Occhiogrosso, who was named president and CEO of the Bellingham chamber in late January, takes over on March 3. His first few months will likely involve a lot of face-to-face [...]

Boeing’s tax break: How $8.7 billion adds up

Filed on 12. Feb, 2014 in Features

Boeing’s tax break: How $8.7 billion adds up

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal What’s the math behind the biggest corporate tax break in the history of the U.S.? Boeing and other aerospace companies won the $8.7 billion in tax relief during a three-day special session of the Legislature in November in exchange for building the new 777X and its innovative [...]

Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future

Filed on 09. Feb, 2014 in Features

Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future

The rent is paid up, but Dave and Tanya Burdick’s 3,000-square-foot warehouse sits empty in a nondescript business park on Guide Meridian Road, along the north edge of Bellingham’s city limits. Inside, Dave Burdick can already envision rows of cannabis seedlings filling the currently hollow shell space, as long as he and his wife get [...]

Loonie falters, but optimism remains for cross-border business

Filed on 02. Feb, 2014 in Features

Loonie falters, but optimism remains for cross-border business

While the recent weakening of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar has raised concerns over potential impacts to Whatcom County’s tourism and retail industries, one Ferndale-based company sees the loonie’s drop a bit differently. For the past two decades, International Market Access Inc. has offered Canadian firms U.S.-based warehouse and business services, allowing them [...]

What Lies Ahead: Business trends shaping headlines in 2014

Filed on 20. Jan, 2014 in Features

What Lies Ahead: Business trends shaping headlines in 2014

Some major developments in Bellingham’s retail industry, the continued rollout of a long-anticipated federal health care reform law and the future legal marijuana retail market are just a few of the trends expected to play significant roles in 2014′s business news. And while the following items do not represent a comprehensive account of all the [...]

Business partners split marketing and creative roles at C9 Photography

Filed on 08. Jan, 2014 in Features

Business partners split marketing and creative roles at C9 Photography

Matthew Woolsey doesn’t mind that playing the role of “hype man” for his business partner and photographer, Jacob Knapp, is a large part of being co-owner of C9 Photography & Design. After all, he said, Knapp is the creative brains behind the company. Yet Woolsey, who manages the business development and marketing side of C9, [...]

Arlington solar firm with link to Bellingham eyes expansion

Filed on 05. Jan, 2014 in Features

Arlington solar firm with link to Bellingham eyes expansion

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal India is a country where power can be unreliable at the best of times. Flip a switch or turn on an appliance and there’s a chance that nothing will happen. “In India, their grid is very undependable,” said Drew Zogby, president of the Bellingham-based Alpha Technologies. “They [...]

Washington state delegates seek stronger trading ties with China

Filed on 03. Jan, 2014 in Features

By Christina Harper For The (Everett) Herald Business Journal Washington’s trade with China has more than doubled over the past decade. Now, the country is the the state’s largest trading partner. That’s why more than 100 people in Washington headed by Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to China in November to meet with business leaders and [...]

Kombucha Town brewery opens in Bellingham | #1 Most Viewed

Filed on 01. Jan, 2014 in Features

Kombucha Town brewery opens in Bellingham | #1 Most Viewed

As 2013 winds down and 2014 begins, BBJToday.com is featuring its top 10 most-viewed articles from the past year. This article was originally published Feb. 20, 2013.  There’s irony in Chris McCoy selling his kombucha “beer” as an alcoholic beverage, since as he sees it, kombucha might actually sober you up quicker than it will get you [...]

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