WWU’s business research center takes over economic forecaster

Filed on 13. Dec, 2017 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A prestigious Seattle economics publication now is produced in Bellingham. Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research has taken over publication of The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster. The quarterly newsletter features articles, as well as future forecasts for a number of economic factors, like unemployment, retail [...]

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 [...]

Bellingham moving company fined $37,000 for more than 400 safety violations

Filed on 30. Nov, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

By BBJ Staff State regulators fined Bellingham-based Iron Man Movers and Storage Inc. $37,000 for violating federal and state transportation safety regulations, according to a press release from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission. The commission found 432 violations during a routine safety investigation in September, the release said. Violations include failure to maintain cargo [...]

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 [...]

Solar panel company moves downtown into waterfront warehouse

Filed on 15. Nov, 2017 in Contents, News

Solar panel company moves downtown into waterfront warehouse

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Bellingham solar panel manufacturer Itek Energy cut the ribbon on its new factory on the Bellingham waterfront on Oct. 4. “When we had our first meeting about the waterfront, this was the kind of business that we imagined would be down here,” Bellingham Mayor Kelli said, at the [...]

Shultzie Willows takes top prize at event honoring young professionals

Filed on 10. Nov, 2017 in Contents, News

Shultzie Willows takes top prize at event honoring young professionals

By BBJ Staff They are the future of business in Bellingham. Winners of the Top 7 Under 40 Award were celebrated Thursday at an event held at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building. Of the seven winners, Shultzie Willows, community engagement director of Lydia Place, walked away with the top prize. The win means she’ll also [...]

Top 7 Under 40: Working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

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

Top 7 Under 40: Working hard and doing good in Whatcom County

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal They’re building Whatcom County’s future — one foster kid, one flower arrangement, one can of beer at a time. The winners of this year’s Top 7 Under 40 Award come from a wide variety of industries, from nonprofit director to small business owner to working in the public [...]

Bellingham pet supply company wins $10K in Paypal contest

Filed on 16. Oct, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham pet supply company wins $10K in Paypal contest

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Going out for a walk is a daily chore for dog owners. But for one man, walking the dog sparked the idea for a new business. Paula and Brian Dagnon started Rad Dog out of their Bellingham home. Their main product has caught on, even catching the eye [...]

Top 7 Under 40 Award winners for 2017 announced

Filed on 16. Oct, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events, News

They are the future of business in Bellingham. The winners of the 2017 Top 7 Under 40 Award have been decided. In September, community members sent in their nominations, and a panel of judges has determined the top seven for this year. The judges considered each nominee based on their character, community involvement, initiative and [...]

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