WECU unveils new logo, first rebrand in 82-year history

Filed on 15. Aug, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

WECU unveils new logo, first rebrand in 82-year history

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal An iconic Whatcom County institution is getting a facelift. On July 23 Whatcom Educational Credit Union revealed its new brand. The new look is a complete overhaul of WECU’s identity, from signs on branch locations, the look of ATMs, the logo, and member debit and credit cards. “We [...]

Building a roof over the heads of those who don’t have one

Filed on 08. Aug, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Building a roof over the heads of those who don’t have one

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Bellingham construction crews have built roofs on many apartment buildings. But the one going onto downtown’s newest housing project at 1022 N. State St. is a little bit different. Many of the people who will be living there will be sleeping under a roof for the first time [...]

Mount Baker had record winter, drew visitors from around the state, country

Filed on 26. Jul, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Mount Baker had record winter, drew visitors from around the state, country

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The word is starting to get out about Mount Baker. Visitors from beyond Bellingham are flocking to the mountain, both for its summer recreation, and to visit Mount Baker Ski Area. This winter was particularly busy. The resort doesn’t release numbers, but Amy Trowbridge, marketing manager for the [...]

Program prevents commercial food waste and feeds the hungry

Filed on 18. Jul, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Program prevents commercial food waste and feeds the hungry

Every little bit helps when it comes to reducing the amount of food that’s thrown away — a $161 billion problem in the U.S. By Emily Hamann Throwing edible food in the trash or even the compost is not ideal — not for the environment, not for the community and not for the bottom line. [...]

Sustainable growth wins out for green energy manufacturer

Filed on 09. Jul, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Sustainable growth wins out for green energy manufacturer

By Emily Hamann The future of solar energy is sunny. And a Bellingham company is perfectly poised to reap the benefits. It’s been a big couple of years for Itek Energy. After years of steady growth, the solar panel manufacturer moved into a bigger, state of the art factory near downtown Bellingham last fall. It’s [...]

Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

Filed on 20. Jun, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham chocolate company featured on The Today Show

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal What could be sweeter than chocolate? Chocolate that gives back to the communities in which it is grown. Bellingham’s Ari Lee-Newman and Paul Newman have been selling Bija Chocolates for more than two years, and they just got a big boost last month, when they were featured on [...]

Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

Filed on 06. Jun, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Farmers invest in tech as labor tightens

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal The bright red, shiny robot would look more at home on a spaceship than a Ferndale cow barn. But the cows aren’t phased, in fact they line up for the chance to walk up to one of these cutting edge robotic machines and take their turn getting milked. [...]

Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

Filed on 23. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Historic Bellingham brick building gets new life as event venue

By Emily Hamann It’s the oldest brick building in the state, and now it has a new life as a meeting place and event venue. In March, the Tremaine family purchased the Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse from the Whatcom County Historical Society, which has been working to restore the building for almost 15 years. Restoring [...]

Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

Filed on 16. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

By Emily Hamann For the first time in a long time, the governments and institutions in Whatcom County are working together toward building the economy of the whole region. In 2016, that collaboration resulted in the launch of the Choose Whatcom portal, aimed at drawing more businesses to the area. Now it’s going a step [...]

The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

Filed on 09. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

By Emily Hamann On a sunny summer day, it’s not uncommon for a line to stretch out the door and down the street at Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s tiny oyster bar in Blaine. The barbecue is set up on the sidewalk, full of grilled oysters. As more people have heard about this hole-in-the-wall oyster spot, [...]

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