Whatcom keeps steady home sales heading into holidays

Filed on 05. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Sales activity for single-family homes and condominiums in Whatcom County continued soundly in November as the 2013 holiday season nears, according to the latest report from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. NMLS real-estate brokers in Whatcom County reported 199 closed residential sales in November, a year-over-year increase of 3.65 percent. Brokers also reported 236 pending [...]

Federal shutdown reactivated state’s long-term jobless aid

Filed on 04. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The federal government shutdown in October had a silver lining for jobless residents Washington state who recently lost their long-term unemployment benefits. The shutdown helped lift the state’s unemployment rate enough to reactivate nine weeks of long-term unemployment benefits that were shut off in August. Currently in Washington, jobless workers can claim up to 54 [...]

WWU business students win Boeing Case Competition

Filed on 03. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

A team of students from Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics won first place in the first annual Boeing Northwest Case Competition on Friday, Nov. 8 ,at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, according to a WWU announcement. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply supply chain management and business knowledge in [...]

Sportsman Chalet closing after 41 years in business

Filed on 02. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Sportsman Chalet, a ski, snowboard and sports equipment retailer, has announced it will close its doors after more than four decades of operation in Bellingham. A phone call to the store on Monday, Dec. 2, was answered with an automated message announcing an upcoming liquidation sale, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. [...]

Workers’ comp rates will see average 2.7 percent rise in 2014

Filed on 02. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The average premium rate on workers’ compensation insurance in Washington state will rise next year, according to a Dec. 2 announcement from the state’s Department of Labor and Industries. The average rate increase on 2014′s premiums will be 2.7 percent, according to state officials, which would represent a rise of less than two cents per [...]

Local roadwork report, 12/1/13 to 12/7/13

Filed on 01. 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. [...]

Whatcom’s first marijuana business applicants revealed

Filed on 27. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

Whatcom’s first marijuana business applicants revealed

With business names ranging from the more generic, Emerald Acres and Pacific Bionetworks, to others that might elicit chuckles, like Green Stop or Bearded Bro’s Buds, Whatcom County has its first glimpse of the local entrepreneurs vying to snatch up licenses in Washington’s emerging recreational marijuana industry. The Washington State Liquor Control Board released a [...]

Local foreclosures, delinquencies below state, national trends

Filed on 27. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

Local foreclosures, delinquencies below state, national trends

Foreclosure rates and mortgage delinquency rates decreased in the Bellingham area in September 2013, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. The Bellingham-area foreclosure rate among outstanding mortgage loans was 1.12 percent for September 2013, a decrease of 0.40 percent compared to September 2012, when the rate was [...]

Barron Heating, Interfaith Center earn Chamber awards

Filed on 26. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

Barron Heating and Air Conditioning and the Interfaith Community Health Center have been recognized as winners in the annual Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards. Barron Heating won for Green Business of the Year; Interfaith won Nonprofit of the Year. The announcement was a sneak peek at this year’s list of Chamber awards. The remaining [...]

Damage, response costs of Oct. 12 riot exceed $20K

Filed on 25. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

City officials estimate the cost of an Oct. 12 riot near Laurel Park in Bellingham at more than $20,000, including damages to public property and the cost of extra staff responding. But in a letter published Nov. 22 on the City of Bellingham’s website, Mayor Kelli Linville and Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard write [...]

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