Feds plan guidelines for banks to work with pot business

Filed on 26. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

Here’s a link to a short Associated Press article (posted Jan. 24 by our partners at The Herald Business Journal in Everett) that reports the Obama Administration now plans to set new guidelines that will allow banks and credit unions to serve legal marijuana businesses. Pot businesses’ access to banking services has been in flux [...]

A-1 Shredding expands service to San Juan, Orcas islands

Filed on 23. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

A-1 Shredding Inc., a Bellingham company that offers paper shredding services for business and residential customers, has expanded its service territory to include San Juan and Orcas islands, according to a news release. The company was founded in 2007 by George and Cindy Myiow. It also serves customers in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties. [...]

Bellingham gets S&P bond rating upgrade, financial award

Filed on 23. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

The city of Bellingham has earned recent recognition for its financial management, including a bond-rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s and a financial-reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association. Standard & Poor’s Rating Services raised its long-term rating on the city’s limited-tax general obligation bonds to AA+ from AA. Strong ratings help lower the city’s [...]

Local business kudos, 1/23/14

Filed on 23. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

The Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn & Conference Center in Bellingham has received the Best Western Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards. The award recognizes high performance in areas of cleanliness, maintenance, design and customer service, among the top 20 percent of more than 2,100 Best Western hotels in North America. The Lakeway Inn is [...]

Jan. 31 marks deadline for state tax return filings

Filed on 21. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

January is the busiest month of the year for officials at the Washington State Department of Revenue, when as many as 490,000 tax returns come due for monthly, quarterly and annual filers. Every annual filer in Washington state, even those who had no business activity in 2013, must file tax returns with the department by Jan. [...]

BTC’s Perry Center wins architecture design award

Filed on 16. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

BTC’s Perry Center wins architecture design award

Bellingham Technical College’s new Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences has received the Northwest American Institute of Architects’ 2013 Sustainability Award. The $4.5 million, 8,000-square-foot building, which opened last fall in Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park, was designed by HKP Architects of Mount Vernon, Wash. Some of the sustainable building principles incorporated into the building’s design include [...]

Volunteer spots available for MLK Day service projects

Filed on 16. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

Spaces remain open for indoor and outdoor service projects during Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20, according to Dan Hammill of the Whatcom Volunteer Center. Bellingham city officials have invited community members to participate in a series of volunteer projects and other events to honor King’s legacy. Traditionally, the U.S. government recognizes the third [...]

WWU spring course to teach career prep skills

Filed on 15. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics plans to offer a new course for WWU students and community members covering business professionalism and career preparation. Participants will gain experience and insight in preparing for job searches and learn skills necessary to succeed in their future careers. They will learn how to search for jobs [...]

United Way plans to expand reach of its community funding

Filed on 15. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

The United Way of Whatcom County has announced it will make its Community Impact Fund available to more local nonprofits and charities in order to achieve new goals in support of community education, income and health. The change will involve an open application process for United Way funds, specific funding priorities and a focus on [...]

L&I: Be smart when paying to repair winter property damage

Filed on 14. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

Washington state officials are advising property owners to do their homework when it comes to hiring contractors to repair damage from winter weather. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries issued these tips to help property owners avoid dealing with bad contractors and shoddy repair work: – Check whether a contractor is registered by [...]

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