Seminar guides businesses through minimum wage increase

Filed on 12. Dec, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Seminar guides businesses through minimum wage increase

A recent seminar hosted by the Small Business Development Center helped Bellingham businesses prepare for a hike in the minimum wage. The change will account for a 12.5 percent increase in the cost of doing business and could propose challenges for small businesses. Effective on January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase across the [...]

Bellingham design agency acquires Hand Crank Films

Filed on 26. Nov, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham design agency acquires Hand Crank Films

The local creative agency Variant has finalized the acquisition of the video production company Hand Crank Films. The acquisition was finalized on Friday, Nov. 1. Both Variant and Hand Crank Films will retain their distinct individual brands. “Hand Crank is an established and well-regarded video company and we couldn’t be more excited to continue the [...]

Gym installs electricity generating equipment

Filed on 25. Nov, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Gym installs electricity generating equipment

Exercise has numerous health benefits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve mental health and increase your chances of living longer. Now your workout can also contribute to generating electricity for our power grid. Located at 1605 N. State St., Fitness Gear & Training recently remodeled its space and along with the remodel [...]

Snowboard shop relocates to downtown

Filed on 21. Nov, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Snowboard shop relocates to downtown

Just in time for winter, Boardworks Tech Shop celebrated the grand re-opening of its new downtown location on Oct. 26. The new location is now set up at 1215 Railroad Ave., the previous location of Man Pies. Johnny Lupo, owner of Boardworks originally opened the shop back in 2014. “Now we’re in a really awesome, [...]

Tax incentive program enhances vitality of downtown businesses

Filed on 19. Nov, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

Tax incentive program enhances vitality of downtown businesses

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership has rolled out the 2020 Main Street Tax Incentive program. Through the program, businesses can donate to the organization and receive 75 percent of their donation back as a tax credit on their state Business and Operations taxes. The statewide program through the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation [...]

CEO who improved foster care outcomes in WA to step down

Filed on 06. Nov, 2019 in Contents, Features, People On The Move

CEO who improved foster care outcomes in WA to step down

After 24 years, Janis Avery, the CEO of Treehouse will formally step down from her position this Spring. Avery has been a transformational leader in advancing the mission of Treehouse, to give kids in foster care across the state of Washington a brighter childhood and future. Avery has her master’s in social work from the [...]

United Way of Whatcom County partners with businesses, kicks off fall campaign

Filed on 04. Nov, 2019 in Contents, Features, News

United Way of Whatcom County partners with businesses, kicks off fall campaign

United Way of Whatcom County recently launched its Fall fundraising campaign geared toward breaking the cycle of poverty. The campaign is working with nearly 200 local companies to generate support for those who are struggling financially. Aligning for-profits and non-profits with the same ideals of giving back to their community is a win-win, general manager [...]

Healing on the farm

Filed on 01. Nov, 2019 in Contents, Features

Healing on the farm

Non-profit promotes mental wellness through animal interaction  North of downtown Bellingham, on a 130-year-old, dairy farm is a nonprofit working to provide mental health services through interactions with animals. Sonja Wingard, founder and executive director of Animals as Natural Therapy, moved to the 5.5 acre farm 30 years ago and at the time the existing [...]

Whatcom County lawyer sworn in as president of Washington State Bar Association

Filed on 31. Oct, 2019 in Contents, Features, News, People On The Move

Whatcom County lawyer sworn in as president of Washington State Bar Association

Rajeev Majumdar has been sworn in as the 2019-20 president of the Washington State Bar Association. Majumdar will be the first president of the WSBA from Whatcom County in 60 years. He will also be the first bar president of South Asian descent in the United States. “I am really proud to bring my perspective [...]

Bellingham waterfront projects: an update

Filed on 30. Oct, 2019 in Contents, Features

Bellingham waterfront projects: an update

Recently completed projects and more on the drawing board The Port of Bellingham, City of Bellingham and Harcourt continue to make headway on waterfront projects that will bring economic opportunities to the city. The waterfront district consists of five different planning areas, each with distinct features. This includes the marine trades area, the log pond, [...]

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