Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

Filed on 06. May, 2014 in Features

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

In six years leading the Chuckanut Health Foundation, Sue Sharpe said her role guiding the organization, which in its 30-year history has directed more than $15 million to agencies supporting community health and education, has been largely done behind the scenes. So when readers of The Bellingham Business Journal voted her the Executive of the [...]

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Filed on 05. May, 2014 in Features

Nonprofit of the Year: Lydia Place

Homelessness often has roots in a number of societal ills, including substance abuse and domestic violence. But according to Emily O’Connor, the executive director of Lydia Place, securing safe housing for all is the first step toward permanent solutions. “Oftentimes, when someone has a roof over their head, they can start to work on all [...]

Business of the Year: Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

Filed on 04. May, 2014 in Features

Business of the Year: Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

There’s a specific ritual to tasting olive oil, and Ross Driscoll is eager to show customers the proper method. Driscoll, who owns Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room with his wife, Dana, starts by pouring a small amount of oil into a plastic cup. He then circles the palm of his hand over the [...]

The 2014 Readers’ Choice Award winners

Filed on 04. May, 2014 in Features

Winners determined by readers’ votes.  Business of the year Winner Drizzle Olive Oli and Vinegar Tasting Room 360-392-8838, 1208 11th St. drizzletastingroom.com  First runner-up Vinostrology Wine Lounge & Merchant 360-656-6817, 120 W. Holly St. vinostrology.com  Second runner-up Launching Success Learning Store 360-527-2641, 133 Prince Ave. launchingsuccess.com    Nonprofit of the year Winner Lydia Place 360-671-7663, [...]

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters moving to Sunnyland Neighborhood

Filed on 25. Apr, 2014 in Features

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters moving to Sunnyland Neighborhood

Scott Hartwich leans in close to “Homer,” his coffee roaster, listening for telltale pops and snaps from the raw green coffee beans inside, which will indicate the current roast is nearing completion. Hartwich co-owns and operates Hammerhead Coffee Roasters with his wife, Mary Burwell. As Hartwich handles roasting, Burwell keeps an eye on the company’s [...]

With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

Filed on 07. Apr, 2014 in Features

With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

What began as a conversation among friends over beers in a downtown tavern is about to turn into a new microbrewery on the corner of Forest and Magnolia streets. Several blocks away, a husband and wife are almost ready to open their beer-producing facility after developing a business plan while on an overseas backpacking expedition. [...]

Chamber’s new CEO favoring a pragmatic approach

Filed on 05. Mar, 2014 in Features

Chamber’s new CEO favoring a pragmatic approach

During his first 90 days leading the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Guy Occhiogrosso said he plans to brush up on his listening skills. Occhiogrosso, who was named president and CEO of the Bellingham chamber in late January, takes over on March 3. His first few months will likely involve a lot of face-to-face [...]

Boeing’s tax break: How $8.7 billion adds up

Filed on 12. Feb, 2014 in Features

Boeing’s tax break: How $8.7 billion adds up

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal What’s the math behind the biggest corporate tax break in the history of the U.S.? Boeing and other aerospace companies won the $8.7 billion in tax relief during a three-day special session of the Legislature in November in exchange for building the new 777X and its innovative [...]

Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future

Filed on 09. Feb, 2014 in Features

Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future

The rent is paid up, but Dave and Tanya Burdick’s 3,000-square-foot warehouse sits empty in a nondescript business park on Guide Meridian Road, along the north edge of Bellingham’s city limits. Inside, Dave Burdick can already envision rows of cannabis seedlings filling the currently hollow shell space, as long as he and his wife get [...]

Loonie falters, but optimism remains for cross-border business

Filed on 02. Feb, 2014 in Features

Loonie falters, but optimism remains for cross-border business

While the recent weakening of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar has raised concerns over potential impacts to Whatcom County’s tourism and retail industries, one Ferndale-based company sees the loonie’s drop a bit differently. For the past two decades, International Market Access Inc. has offered Canadian firms U.S.-based warehouse and business services, allowing them [...]

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