Health exchange site recovering from initial delays

Filed on 08. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

Washington state’s new online health coverage marketplace is getting back on track after a fumbled Oct. 1 launch in which technical problems made it difficult for users to access the website and state officials were forced to take the system offline for five hours on its first day. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates [...]

Little Tiger Toys marks five-year anniversary

Filed on 07. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

Little Tiger Toys marks five-year anniversary

Little Tiger Toys in downtown Bellingham is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with refreshments, prize drawings and gift giveaways. The store opened in 2008 on 1417 Railroad Ave., next  to the popular downtown Mexican restaurant Casa Que Pasa. The restaurant’s principal owner, Hans Sendelbach, and his business partners, decided to take the [...]

Whatcom’s housing market keeps up brisk pace in September

Filed on 07. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

Closed sales and sale prices on homes and condos in Whatcom County increased in September, compared to the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. NMLS real-estate brokers in Whatcom County reported 259 closed sales on single-family homes and condos in September 2013, up 19.91 percent from [...]

Womencare Shelter joins YWCA Bellingham

Filed on 06. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

Womencare Shelter joins YWCA Bellingham

Womencare Shelter, a Bellingham-based nonprofit organization serving survivors of domestic violence since 1979, has become part of YWCA Bellingham, in a move that leaders from both groups say will strengthen and expand services for women in the community. “For the past few years, Womencare Shelter leaders have been discussing options for strategic growth while evaluating community [...]

Bellingham roadwork report, Oct. 7-11

Filed on 06. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

The following information is provided by the city of Bellingham’s Public Works Department.  Hannegan Road, City Limits to E. Bakerview Road Hannegan Road from the City limits to E. Bakerview Road will be reduced to one lane with flagging as, Stremler Construction crews, under contract with the City of Bellingham, work to repave the road. [...]

Bellingham piano instructor finds permanent studio home

Filed on 03. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

Discovery Music Academy, a local piano-instruction business run by Mary Walby, now has a permanent studio space inside Piper Music on Meridian Street in Bellingham. Walby previously rented space from Piper Music, but the permanent studio will allow her to expand her operating hours, which are made by appointment only. Walby started Discovery Music Academy [...]

Data shows first-day traffic for state’s online health exchange

Filed on 03. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

Officials with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange released some statistics on first-day traffic for the state’s new online health insurance marketplace, as well as its call-in center. The state exchange’s website, www.wahealthplanfinder.org, accumulated 170,487 page views on Tuesday, Oct. 1. By Oct. 2, officials reported 6,385 accounts had been created. The website allows individuals, families and [...]

Rough launch for state’s health exchange website

Filed on 02. Oct, 2013 in Business Briefs

Washington state’s online health insurance shopping website experienced technical issues during its launch on Tuesday, Oct. 1, the first day uninsured individuals could go online to peruse coverage options. The website, which is available at www.wahealthplanfinder.org, was shut down for about five hours after opening early on Tuesday morning. Initial users reported problems with long wait times [...]

With contract disputes settled, classes start at BTC

Filed on 30. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

Classes at Bellingham Technical College were in session Monday, Sept. 30, after college administrators reached tentative agreements with faculty and staff unions on new contracts. The Bellingham Education Association, the college’s faculty union, declared a strike on Sept. 24, the first scheduled day of class at BTC, seeking cost-of-living pay increases, better defined workloads and protection against [...]

State’s minimum wage up to $9.32 an hour in 2014

Filed on 30. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

Washington state’s minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour starting Jan. 1, the Department of Labor & Industries announced Monday, Sept. 30. Next year’s minimum wage is a 13-cent increase from the current $9.19 per hour, which L&I says reflects a 1.455 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers over [...]

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