State unemployment rate remains at 5.3 percent

Filed on 19. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Washington experienced some job growth in July, but the unemployment rate stayed at 5.3 percent—the same rate as June 2015 and the same as the national unemployment rate, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of unemployed—those who currently do not have a job but have actively looked for work [...]

WWU Foundation hired former University of Hawaii Foundation director

Filed on 19. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, People On The Move

WWU Foundation hired former University of Hawaii Foundation director

The Western Washington University Foundation hired Tim Szymanowski as its associate vice president for development and leadership giving, a newly-created role. In addition to being a key member of WWU’s University Advancement leadership team, Szymanowski will oversee Western’s development officers, according to a press release from the university. Stephanie Bowers, executive director of the foundation, [...]

Business briefs, 8/18/15

Filed on 18. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Gypsies and Ginger Snaps, a bakery and gift shop at 111 W. Holly St., is closed. A Facebook message from the business said it is moving to 2 Prospect St. The Downtown Community Food Co-op, at 1220 N. Forest St., received a building permit from the City of Bellingham for a renovation. The renovation includes [...]

Pacific Northwest Credit Union merges with North Coast Credit Union

Filed on 17. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs

Two Bellingham-based credit unions are merging—North Coast Credit Union is preparing to take over Pacific Northwest Credit Union. The merger becomes official on Thursday, Oct. 1. North Coast Credit Union is planning a grand opening for the first week of November Bellingham’s Pacific NWCU branch, which will by then be a North Coast Credit Union [...]

Lawyers, CPAs team up to host marijuana business seminar

Filed on 17. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events

Lawyers, CPAs team up to host marijuana business seminar

Budding marijuana businesses face changing rules and financial difficulties stemming from the plant’s federal status as an illegal drug. Resources open to other new businesses, such as Washington Small Business Development Centers, get federal funding and therefore can’t advise the marijuana industry. But resources are growing for marijuana entrepreneurs. Bellingham legal pot experts are teaming [...]

WCC wins award for technology use

Filed on 16. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs

An education software company recognized Whatcom Community College as a leader in using technology in education for the second year in a row. Whatcom Community College received the Excellence in Student Success Award from Hobsons Education Solutions Company during the 2015 Hobsons University conference in July in San Antonio. Whatcom Community College uses two Hobsons [...]

Ben Kinney added two real estate software companies to his portfolio

Filed on 13. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, New Business, News

Bellingham’s Ben Kinney completed an acquisition of Kwkly, a mobile real estate app that connects buyers with agents, on July 31, 2015. The deal is Kinney’s second acquisition from Zillow Group, one of the largest online real estate information companies. In June he bought ActiveRain, a social networking and training platform for the real estate [...]

Sustainable Connections program shrinks waste streams and expenses

Filed on 13. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, Features, Nonprofit Notes

Sustainable Connections program shrinks waste streams and expenses

Sustainable Connections is expanding its waste reduction program for businesses and hoping to help 50 businesses cut their waste in half. Since starting its Toward Zero Waste program five years ago, the nonprofit has helped more than 350 businesses reduce waste by increasing their recycling and composting. A $30,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation will allow [...]

Microsoft’s Chief Experience Officer to speak at WWU summer commencement

Filed on 12. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events

Julie Larson-Green, chief experience officer for Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group, will address Western Washington University graduates and their families in two summer commencement ceremonies in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage on Aug. 22. The first commencement ceremony at, 9 a.m., will include students from the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Business [...]

“Bayview’s Businessmen” tour at Bayview Cemetery on 8/14

Filed on 12. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events

A City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department volunteer will guide a free tour titled “Bayview’s Businessmen,” at the Bayview Cemetery. The tour, which will focus on the city’s past business people, starts at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, and lasts about an hour and a half. It’s a walking tour and will cover [...]

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