Officials say hundreds in Whatcom County could lose jobless aid

Filed on 13. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

More than 600 people in Whatcom County could lose their jobless benefits when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends Dec. 28, according to the state’s Employment Security Department. State officials estimated about 25,000 jobless workers across Washington will have their benefits shut off when the program ends—616 of them are in Whatcom County. The [...]

Local business kudos, 12/13/13

Filed on 13. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County will break ground its latest building project at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7535 Leeside Drive in Birch Bay. Local volunteers with Habitat’s Women Build program will construct the home in partnership with future owners Julio and Juana Ortiz and their four children. The home will feature an [...]

TAG announces winners of second annual Tech Awards

Filed on 12. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington has announced the winners for the second annual TAG Tech Awards. AVA.ai received the Most Innovative New Technology, Product or Service award.  The award criterion was based on originality, usability and effectiveness or measurability of results. WompMobile received the Rising Star award, which is awarded to a company [...]

Don’t get duped into paying for free posters, L&I says

Filed on 11. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries reports that scores of businesses have contacted the agency asking about “official-looking” letters received by mail that apparently imply business owners must pay $295 for required workplace posters or face fines. While state and federal governments require businesses to place certain posters at job sites, L&I has [...]

Licenses for Bellingham’s pot stores could be picked by lottery

Filed on 10. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Ten entities have applied for marijuana retail business licenses in Bellingham so far, which might trigger a lottery to select which ones will be given the go-ahead to open stores within city limits in 2014, according to guidelines set by the Washington State Liquor Control Board back in September. Washington regulators will allow six retail marijuana [...]

Fewer Washington employers will see jobless taxes rise in 2014

Filed on 10. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

More than 80 percent of Washington employers will have lower or stable unemployment tax rates in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the state’s Employment Security Department. Of the roughly 170,000 taxable employers, 29 percent will move into lower rate classes and 53 percent will remain in the same rate class as 2013. Another 18 [...]

Free parking in downtown Bellingham through Dec. 25

Filed on 09. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Bellingham parking-enforcement workers will not be checking metered stalls downtown or pay-to-park spaces on the first floor of the Commercial Street parking structure from Monday, Dec. 9 to Wednesday Dec. 25. The city typically lifts paid-parking requirements in Bellingham’s Central Business District during the holiday season to encourage local shopping and support of downtown arts and [...]

Airporter Shuttle sets single-day passenger record

Filed on 09. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Airporter Shuttle broke a single-day passenger record last week, carrying more than 1,000 passengers out of its hub at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday, Dec. 1, the company reported. Company president Richard Johnson said the passenger uptick likely had a lot to do with Central Washington University students heading back to their Ellensburg campus from [...]

Local roadwork report, 12/8/13 to 12/14/13

Filed on 08. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

City of Bellingham Berry Street near the Wharf Street Roundabout Berry Street may be closed between State and Forest streets to accommodate pedestrian improvements including bulb-outs and crosswalks on Berry Street. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic around the construction. For additional information visit http://www.cob.org/government/departments/pw/projects/waterfront-wharf-street.aspxor contact Sam Shipp, P.E., Project Engineer at 778-7942 or sshipp@cob.org E. [...]

Closing date of pot licensing window extended 24 hours

Filed on 06. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has extended the closing of its 30-day marijuana licensing window by 24 hours, a move the board says is necessary to conform to the rules’ effective date according to the state Code Reviser. Previously, the published closing date was at 5 p.m. on Dec. 19. The new closing date of the [...]

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