New Port of Everett director is a former Bellingham city employee

Filed on 06. Nov, 2014 in Features, News, People On The Move

New Port of Everett director is a former Bellingham city employee

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — He hasn’t worked for a shipping line. He didn’t come from the export industry, moving goods to foreign markets through seaports. But Les Reardanz believes he is the right person right now to lead the Port of Everett. He takes over the port’s top job next month, [...]

State health insurance marketplace open for small businesses

Filed on 03. Nov, 2014 in Features, News

State health insurance marketplace open for small businesses

Enrollment for Washington Healthplan Finder Business, formerly called SHOP, started Friday, Oct. 17. The state’s healthcare exchange allows businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to enroll their employees in group insurance plans. The state’s health exchange for small businesses officially started last year, but it only had one provider, Kaiser Healthplan of the Northwest, [...]

Bellingham airport ranks nationally for cheap airfare

Filed on 29. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Data, Features, News

Bellingham airport ranks nationally for cheap airfare

The average plane ticket price at Bellingham International Airport decreased more in the last 14 years than fares at any other airport in the country, according to a new report by the United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In the second quarter of 2000, the average fare cost $478, adjusted for inflation. By [...]

The Shakedown: a music venue with ambition is expanding

Filed on 20. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

The Shakedown: a music venue with ambition is expanding

Hollie Huthman assesses risk, and decides whether or not to issue loans as a consumer loan underwriter at Whatcom Educational Credit Union. At the end of the day, the 33-year-old swaps her WECU shirt for a hoodie and begins her second job of booking shows, pouring drinks and managing The Shakedown, a bar and music [...]

Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Filed on 16. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Bellingham attorney Heather Wolf didn’t plan to get into marijuana law. She practices land use and zoning law, and last year clients started asking her about where they could open retail marijuana stores. Wolf, who has been an attorney since 1997, got involved with Whatcom County’s adoption of zoning laws on behalf on her clients, [...]

Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Filed on 08. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Editor’s note: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Anne-Marie Faiola put $50,000, rather than $15,000, on a credit card to start her business. The online version has been corrected.  Anne-Marie Faiola quit her job as a corrections officer 16 years ago, put $15,000 on her credit card, and started her soap making [...]

Meet John Clougher, Haggen’s new CEO

Filed on 06. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, People On The Move

Meet John Clougher, Haggen’s new CEO

Ten years ago, as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market, John Clougher developed an admiration for Haggen, the Bellingham-based grocery store chain. His job at Whole Foods required him to travel to stores throughout the Northwest. Every other week, he’d leave his wife and three young daughters in Bellevue to drive up the Interstate [...]

Vincent Stanley of Patagonia to close speaker series

Filed on 06. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Vincent Stanley of Patagonia to close speaker series

Vincent Stanley, vice president of marketing and “chief storyteller” at Patagonia, will speak at the final session of the Future of Business speaker series, sponsored by nonprofit Sustainable Connections, on Oct. 16. Stanley has been with Patagonia, the California-based outdoor clothing company, on and off since the company began in 1973. He spoke in Bellingham [...]

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

Filed on 30. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Everett plant breeder brings variety to your garden, plate

By Debra Smith The [Everett] Herald  Business Journal Tom Wagner isn’t a businessman. Someone told him that once. It wasn’t meant as a compliment, but Wagner accepted the comment with pride. He sees himself as a plant engineer. A mad scientist. The Johnny Appleseed of tomatoes. Anything but a businessman. Perhaps that is why the [...]

Village Books owner on Amazon vs Hachette dispute

Filed on 25. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

Village Books owner on Amazon vs Hachette dispute

In July, best-selling author James Patterson awarded Village Books with a $7,500 grant as part of his pledge to give $1 million to small booksellers. Patterson made the pledge after a dispute started between Amazon and his publisher, Hachette, one of the world’s largest publishing companies with authors including J.K. Rowling and Malcolm Gladwell. The [...]

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