Chuckanut Brewery brewmaster to deliver keynote speech at state homebrewers conference

Filed on 21. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Chuckanut Brewery’s Will Kemper was chosen as the keynote speaker at the Washington Homebrewers annual conference in Vancouver on March 17. Kemper has been brewing commercial craft beer since 1984, and has directed, engineered and created recipes for more than 20 craft breweries in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. During the speech, Kemper planned to [...]

Site ranks Bellingham among top cities to start a business

Filed on 21. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Bellingham is one of the best cities to start a business in during 2017, a website found. Out of 358 cities across the U.S., business blog HeroPay ranked Bellingham as no. 51 for the best city to start a small business this year. Key metrics for the ranking included business activity, quality of life, labor [...]

Whatcom Women in Business to award $20,000 in scholarships

Filed on 21. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

The Whatcom Women in Business will be awarding four $5,000 scholarships this year. The scholarships will be awarded to Whatcom County women entering higher education. Applicants must be a high school graduate by spring 2017. Applications are due by March 31. For an application, visit http://wwib.org/programs/scholarship-info/.  

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Filed on 20. Mar, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Businesses and nonprofits aren’t usually after the same thing. In Bellingham, however, one charity and one business are uniting under a common goal: to help out children and parents. Skookum Kids purchased the indoor playground Perch & Play in January. Skookum Kids is a nonprofit that helps foster kids and foster parents in Whatcom County. [...]

Bellingham-based Washington tourism company launches app, offers new advertising options

Filed on 15. Mar, 2017 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A Bellingham company is bringing more dollars to Washington, one tourist at a time. For six years, Scenic Washington State has printed travel guides and maps to help tourists site see in Washington. “Historically, it’s been a print-focused, advertising-supported product,” Tim Fry of Scenic Washington said. Now, it’s [...]

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

Filed on 14. Mar, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

By Mike Cook The Bellingham Business Journal I had one of my best-ever employment experiences, working for the least amount of money, in the summer of 1961. Back then the minimum wage was $1.15 an hour. I was getting paid $1 an hour, but since it was a restaurant (albeit a drive-in) and we could [...]

Meet the new owners of Village Books

Filed on 13. Mar, 2017 in Contents, Features

Meet the new owners of Village Books

There are three new bosses in charge of Fairhaven’s iconic bookstore. After 36 years of running Village Books and Paper Dreams, founders Chuck and Dee Robinson have retired. They sold the business to Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson and Sarah Hutton, three longtime-employees. They had already been helping run the day-to-day operations of the store, and [...]

Lindquist starts terms as Northwest Clean Air Agency chairman

Filed on 09. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Joe Lindquist, a Mount Vernon City Council member, has started his one-year term as chairman of the Northwest Clean Air Agency Board of Directors. He takes over from Richard Hannold, and Island County commissioner who served as chairman in 2016. In 2017, the agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is responsible for enforcing federal, [...]

Bellingham Automotive donates $5,500 in celebration of 25 anniversary

Filed on 09. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Bellingham Automotive celebrated its 25th anniversary last year by undertaking 25 separate initiatives. Both the company and customers pitched in to support local nonprofits, conduct community activities and make special offers to customers. In one case, a customer donated a van to Rebound of Whatcom County and Bellingham Automotive contributed $1,500 in parts and labor [...]

WWU awarded $1.6 million to expand computer science degrees

Filed on 09. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Western Washington University has been awarded $1.6 million in funding to expand capacity for students seeking computer science degrees and develop a new program for a computer science teaching certification. Western got the funding from the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, which supports low and middle income students pursuing degrees in sciences, technology, engineering, math and [...]

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