Underage tobacco sales-rate nearly 15 percent last year

Filed on 28. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

A new report shows nearly 15 percent of tobacco retailers in Washington state sold tobacco products to minors last year, according to the state Department of Health. That’s about the same level reported in 2012, but an increase from levels in previous years such as 2009, when about 9 percent of retailers sold tobacco to [...]

Bellingham workshop covers taxes for small business

Filed on 27. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

The Bellingham office of the Washington State Department of Revenue will host a free workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, to help new and small-business owners understand which state taxes they need to report. Participants will learn about Washington state’s excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. [...]

Local optometrist offers diabetes-education classes

Filed on 27. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

Dr. Mira Swiecicki, owner of Lynden Vision Clinic and Spyglass Optik, will begin offering monthly diabetes-education classes, which will be free and open to the public, in April. The next class will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at Spyglass Optik, located at 11 Bellwether Way, Suite 104, in Bellingham. Swiecicki has [...]

Watch out for phone scam from IRS impersonators

Filed on 27. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is warning residents of a new phone scam that has been targeting taxpayers across the country, with victims receiving threats of license suspension, arrest or deportation if they do not pay taxes they supposedly owe. Scams involving the IRS aren’t new, but the scammers orchestrating this one appear to have [...]

Auction company adds moving service for seniors

Filed on 26. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

Auction company adds moving service for seniors

Terry Bronkema, a certified estate specialist and owner of┬áBronkema Auction Service, has added a new moving service to his business that caters to senior citizens. The service involves sorting, packing and moving of property. Bronkema’s crews also help clients unpack and move into their new homes, whether that would be a smaller property, an assisted [...]

View Whatcom County’s proposed ordinance on pot business

Filed on 25. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

View Whatcom County’s proposed ordinance on pot business

Here’s a chance to do some homework if you’re interested in the Whatcom County Council’s public hearing on a new proposed ordinance governing the operation of pot businesses in unincorporated county areas. Council members will listen to public comments during tonight’s (March 25) regular meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the [...]

Haggen renews supply deal with Unified Grocers

Filed on 25. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

Haggen Inc. has extended its supply partnership with Unified Grocers through 2018, the companies said in a joint announcement. Unified Grocers has been the product supplier for Haggen stores since assuming an original supply agreement from Seattle-based Associated Grocers, which it acquired in 2007. Clement Stevens, Haggen’s senior vice president of merchandising and marketing, said [...]

Kudos: Bellingham Alive publisher named award finalist

Filed on 25. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

K&L Media Inc., which publishes the Bellingham Alive magazine, is a finalist in the Maggie Awards, presented by the Western Publishing Association. The company is a finalist in the categories of Best Consumer Publication and Best Feature Article. Winners will be announced in May. The Western Publishing Association received more the 1,500 submissions this year, [...]

Rover Stay Over adds new dog-training services

Filed on 19. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

Rover Stay Over adds new dog-training services

Rover Stay Over, a Bellingham company that offers boarding and grooming services for dogs and cats, is expanding its operations with a new dog-training service and the staff addition of certified trainer Brittany Olin. Olin, who was raised in Whatcom County, attended Bellingham Technical College and received dog-training certification through Animal Behavior College. She has [...]

Kudos: WWU’s DECA students win big at regional competition

Filed on 14. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

Business students at Western Washington University won top honors at the 2014 Collegiate DECA Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference, which took place from Feb. 27 through March 3, in Seattle. The students competed in business simulations, case studies and prepared presentations with varying career focuses such as project management, marketing and emerging technologies. WWU brought the [...]

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