Health reform law’s employer mandate delayed again

Filed on 12. Feb, 2014 in Business Briefs

Here’s a link to a story from the Tribune Co.’s Washington D.C. bureau, posted by our partners at The Daily Herald in Everett. The Obama administration issued new regulations Monday that further delay a provision of the Afforadable Care Act requiring certain large employers to provide workers with health insurance or face fines. Under the new [...]

Ski to Sea Race registration now open

Filed on 11. Feb, 2014 in Business Briefs

Ski to Sea Race registration now open

Registration is now open for the 2014 Ski to Sea Race, and event directors are encouraging teams to sign up early. Nearly 100 of the 500 available team slots have already been filled, directors said. The popular multi-sport relay race will take place on Sunday, May 25, in Bellingham and in various locations around Whatcom [...]

Bellingham Moms social network re-launches with new owner

Filed on 11. Feb, 2014 in Business Briefs

Bellingham Moms social network re-launches with new owner

BellinghamMomsforMoms.com, a local social-networking community for Bellingham mothers, has re-launched with a new owner. Laura Lawyer, who moved to Bellingham in 2011 with her husband and two sons, took over direction of the site last month. BellinghamMomsforMoms.com offers an online community for local mothers to exchange advice about local pediatricians and available babysitters, or look for [...]

Local business kudos, 2/7/14

Filed on 07. Feb, 2014 in Business Briefs

Beacon Insurance Group of Lynden is holding a pet-food drive through Feb. 14, in support of the Whatcom Humane Society, which provides food to pets of low-income people in need. Donations can be dropped off on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., at the company’s office at 208 Third [...]

Five businesses given Sustainable Connections awards

Filed on 03. Feb, 2014 in Business Briefs

Five Whatcom County businesses have been honored as sustainability champions by the nonprofit Sustainable Connections. John Blethen, owner of New Whatcom Interiors, received the organization’s lifetime achievement award. A news release from Sustainable Connections noted Blethen’s long-term commitment to open space through parks and greenways and environmental and community volunteerism, as well as his work organizing [...]

Nooksack Valley Disposal reports rise in recycling in 2013

Filed on 30. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

A waste management company serving north Whatcom County reports its customers increased their recycling by 4.6 percent last year and surpassed 6 million pounds of recyclables for the third year in a row. Nooksack Valley Disposal & Recycling reports its residential customers recycled 2,728,977 pounds of newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard, glass, scrap metal, plastic, aluminum cans and [...]

Whatcom YMCA to open program center in Sudden Valley

Filed on 28. Jan, 2014 in Business Briefs

The Whatcom Family YMCA will open its fourth program center this spring in the Sudden Valley community southeast of Bellingham. The YMCA plans to move into an existing community recreation center in Sudden Valley. It will operate a full-service program center there, which starting in March will offer YMCA memberships, services and programs. A grand-opening [...]

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 [...]

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