Get ready for new sick leave law, wage hike coming in 2018

Filed on 06. Dec, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Get ready for new sick leave law, wage hike coming in 2018

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A new year, a new wage hike. On Jan. 1, the next phase of the Washington minimum wage law goes into effect. Employers will now have to pay workers at least $11.50 per hour, as well as provide paid sick leave. The new minimum wage is a 50-cent [...]

Digital printing: Offering new options for small biz packaging

Filed on 29. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Digital printing: Offering new options for small biz packaging

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A box is no longer just a box. Product packaging is becoming an increasingly important form of advertising. “The box now is not just used to ship something,” Mike Jerome, manager of The BoxMaker’s Bellingham branch, said. “It’s also used to help sell something.” As customers increasingly research [...]

Ferndale auto repair shop celebrates 80 years in business

Filed on 22. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Ferndale auto repair shop celebrates 80 years in business

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Things have changed quite a bit in the last 80 years. When Willands Tech Auto first opened in Ferndale rent was $15 per month, car batteries were $3 and gas was 10 cents per gallon. Olve Willand first opened the shop in 1937. It was the only dedicated [...]

He helped pioneer beer in Bellingham

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

He helped pioneer beer in Bellingham

When David Vitt started Kulshan Brewing Company in 2012, Bellingham was not the craft beer destination it is today. “Beer in Bellingham, it wasn’t mature at all,” He said. “There was lots of potential there.” At the time, there were just two other breweries: Boundary Bay and Chuckanut. Vitt remembers talking to a friend about [...]

Using the power of flowers for good

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Using the power of flowers for good

Once when Natalie Ransom was a child, she escaped her grandmother’s watch and ran out of the house. Eventually, her family found her, in a neighbor’s yard, picking flowers. “As long as I can remember I have been incredibly drawn to flowers,” she said. “The colors. The symmetry. The smell.” Ask anyone when they last [...]

Using books to bring people together

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Using books to bring people together

Brian Hulsey has loved books his entire life. “I don’t have a single memory of not knowing how to read,” he said. “It was ingrained in me early on.” As a little kid, he would walk into his local public library and leave with stacks and stacks of books. “Literacy and reading were huge foundations [...]

She saw a need; she filled it

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

She saw a need; she filled it

Allyson Farrar’s day starts at 4:15 a.m. Before she gets to the office, she’s already made four stops at businesses around Bellingham. Depending on the day, she might head down to Bellevue for a full work day, followed by night classes. “I do a lot of driving,” she said. “I put like 25,000 miles a [...]

Born to lead

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Born to lead

Courtney Rambo has always been a leader. “Thinking back to elementary school, middle school and high school, always being involved in (Associated Student Body),” she said. “I just think I have a lot of energy.” Rambo grew up in North Bend, where, coincidentally, she attended high school with other Top 7 Under 40 winner, Allyson [...]

A passion for helping local foster kids

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

A passion for helping local foster kids

It’s been a big year for Skookum Kids, and its founder Ray Deck III. In the past several months, the nonprofit has launched a new program, hired new staff and taken over a struggling business. Deck didn’t start out wanting to open a nonprofit. He grew up in North Carolina, and moved to New York [...]

No matter her job, she’s always giving back

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

No matter her job, she’s always giving back

Shultzie Willows has always been on the move. She was born in Maine, but lived all over the country, including spending some teenage years in Bellingham. Her career has taken some twists and turns as well. Originally, she wanted to get into children’s television. She had an idea for a kid’s show, and her dream [...]

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