Local business kudos, 1/4/14

Filed on 04. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

Nineteen businesses in Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven District raised more than $2,000 for 15 local nonprofits during their first annual Fairhaven Gives Back event, which took place two weeks before Thanksgiving. Each business donated 10 percent of its revenue for the fundraising drive. Businesses and nonprofits interested in participating in Fairhaven Gives Back in 2014 can email give@fairhaven.com. The Lynden PRCA Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign recently donated $10,000 to the PeaceHealth [...]

WWU graduate students to offer free counseling

Filed on 26. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Beginning Jan. 21, graduate students in Western Washington University’s Psychology Department will provide free individual counseling services under faculty supervision. WWU’s Counseling Training Clinic has openings for individual counseling of adults, adolescents and children. Appointments for individual counseling are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Counselors are trained to deal with [...]

New 911 tax soon taking effect for prepaid wireless customers

Filed on 25. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

If you buy a prepaid wireless phone or prepaid wireless minutes, you will see a new charge on your sales receipt starting Jan. 1, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue. A new state law takes effect on New Year’s Day that requires retailers of prepaid wireless services to collect the tax that supports [...]

Bellingham-area foreclosures down in October

Filed on 23. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Foreclosure rates in the Bellingham area decreased in October 2013 compared to the same month last year, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. The rate of Bellingham-area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 1.10 percent in October 2013, a decrease of 0.39 percentage points compared to October 2012, when the rate was 1.49 percent. [...]

State will suspend marine-debris reporting hotline

Filed on 22. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The Washington state hotline set up for reporting marine debris, 1-855-WACOAST, will be taken offline at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, according to the Washington Department of Ecology. People will still be able to report hazardous marine debris—such as gas cans, cylinders and oil drums—24 hours a day to 1-800-OILS-911. People also are urged to [...]

Local business kudos, 12/19/13

Filed on 19. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Blue Skies for Children has begun distributing new and gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and blankets to children who are homeless, low-income and in foster care as part of its Winter Warm Up Program. The nonprofit organization recognized the Zumiez Foundation and Alcoa Intalco employees for generous donations of items. For information on making [...]

Washington’s November jobless rate at 6.8 percent

Filed on 18. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Washington state’s initial unemployment rate estimate in November was 6.8 percent, according to the state’s Employment Security Department. But with employers shedding an estimated 6,000 jobs that month, economists said weakness remains in the state’s labor market. The state’s jobless rate estimate, which is seasonally adjusted, showed a decline in unemployment after a slight increase [...]

Feds expand health care tax credit to Washington business

Filed on 18. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The federal government will allow certain Washington state business owners to receive tax credits to cover up to 50 percent of their employees’ health insurance premiums in 2014, according to a Dec. 17 announcement from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “This is great news for the small businesses in our state,” Kreidler said, in a news [...]

Survey predicts Washington’s job openings will grow

Filed on 17. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

In a survey last spring, Washington employers reported they expect to nearly double their job openings by spring 2014. According to the Employment Security Department’s “2013 Spring Job-Vacancy and Hiring Survey Report,” job vacancies in Washington increased by 63 percent, from nearly 52,000 in spring 2012 to more than 85,000 in spring 2013. More than [...]

Building permits filed for second Marriott hotel project

Filed on 16. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The Lynnwood-based hotel developer that in November opened a Marriott SpringHill Suites on Northwest Avenue in Bellingham is getting ready to start construction on a second hotel that will connect to its first. The developer, 360 Hotel Group, recently filed a building-permit application with the city of Bellingham to construct an 83-room, five-story wood frame addition to the SpringHill [...]

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