Kulshan Community Land Trust awarded $6,000 by Wells Fargo

Filed on 18. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Kulshan Community Land Trust announced that is has received a $6,000 Community Development Grant from Wells Fargo to support the land trust’s HomeBuyer Education program. The program has experienced increased attendance each month as people look for resources amid rapidly rising home prices. Wells Fargo has been on of the land trusts largest program funders, [...]

Downtown Bellingham Partnership to award storefront improvement grant

Filed on 18. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership is awarded a Storefront Improvement Project. The Storefront Improvement Project is a matching funds grant to enhance and revitalize storefronts in downtown Bellingham. Projects are selected based on the greatest positive impact the improvements will have to the district commercially. The following factors are considered in evaluating impact: Current condition of [...]

WWU ranked as top master’s granting school in Pacific Northwest

Filed on 17. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Western Washington University was ranked as the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by the 2019 U.S. News and World Report college rankings. Western also ranked second among top public master’s granting universities in the West for the sixth year in a row. For the second year in a row, Western also [...]

Whatcom building industry association hires executive officer

Filed on 17. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County has announced that is has hired Rob Lee as executive officer. Previously, Lee spent 23 years at The Firs/Camp Firwood as the director of camp and retreat ministries. Lee will oversee the day-to-day operations of the BIAWC, staffing and working with the government advocate and board of directors. [...]

NextHome Northwest hires new broker

Filed on 17. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

NextHome Northwest Living has hired broker Shaun De Yager. De Yager has 15 years of experience as a high school basketball coach, as well as experience in sales. His focus is on the greater Seattle area and Whatcom County. He can be reached at 208-968-6014.

Bellingham Kmart to close after Sears bankruptcy

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Contents, News

Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday. Sears Holdings operates both Sears and Kmart stores, and announced plans to close 142 stores. The Bellingham Kmart, located at 1001 East Sunset Drive, is reportedly among those stores. Liquidation sales are to begin immediately, and stores are set to close before the end of the [...]

Local heating and A/C company launches training school

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Barron Heating and Air Conditioning recently launched Barron Technician School at its Ferndale campus. The school is seeking apprentice and journey-level HVAC, electrical and plumbing candidates. Job candidates accepted by Barron Technical School are paid for their classroom, lab and on-the-job training. Employees are reimbursed for continuing education units and fees for trade-specific licensure. Barron [...]

Whatcom Community College receives $260K in grant awards

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Whatcom Community College has received four grants to support student success and career preparation, totaling more than $260,000. “Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare” addresses barriers to healthcare training in the region. The program is led by Edmonds Community College and provides healthcare education and training to low-income individuals in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish [...]

Lummi tribal college pioneers first degree of its kind in US

Filed on 10. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann One local college has a business and government degree program so popular, it’s drawing students from all around the state, and even the country. And this unique degree is being offered at the only college of its kind in the Northwest, located right here in Whatcom County. Five years ago, Northwest Indian [...]

Farm business training program accepting new applications

Filed on 10. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

A beginning farmer business training program is currently accepting applications for up to four new participants for 2019. Food To Bank On, facilitated by Sustainable Connections, provides farmers with business planning resources, connects beginning farmers with mentor farmers, coordinates specialized workshops and provides new market opportunities. Participants are also paid to deliver fresh food to [...]

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