Of Incentives and Life: What really motivates?

Filed on 12. Jul, 2019 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors, News

By Mike Cook for BBJ It probably doesn’t need to be said but just to set the stage for what follows; employee engagement lingers at around 30% of workers feeling fully engaged in their work. That likely seems very low, and it is, but let’s not be too quick to assume that it is easy [...]

Acclaimed Willows Inn has a farm dedicated to its kitchen

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

Acclaimed Willows Inn has a farm dedicated to its kitchen

By Brooke Strickland for BBJ At The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, they strive for luxury at its finest, both in dining and overnight accommodations. The business is owned by Blaine Wetzel, who serves as the head chef, and Tim McEvoy. For more than 100 years, it has been a destination on the island. For [...]

Growing Veterans helps returning soldiers get grounded again

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

Growing Veterans helps returning soldiers get grounded again

By Brooke Strickland for BBJ Growing Veterans in Lynden was founded in 2012 by Christopher Brown, a Purple Heart recipient and Marine veteran ofAfghanistan and Iraq, and Christina Wolf, who is a former mental health counselor who turned to farming. The duo recognized that farming was a great way to foster human connection and began [...]

Shellfish growers are feeling climate change’s effects now

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

Shellfish growers are feeling climate change’s effects now

By Mathew Roland Shellfish farming in Washington is a multimillion-dollar industry with a history as deep as Puget Sound. However, recent decades of warming oceans and higher levels of ocean acidification continue to challenge shellfish farming practices. In and around Whatcom County there are several aquaculture farms, such as Lummi Shellfish Hatchery, Drayton HarborOyster Co., [...]

A local farm adapts to market changes with new and old tech

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

A local farm adapts to market changes with new and old tech

By Mathew Roland Joe’s Gardens is a local, family-owned farm nestled just below the Sehome Arboretum at 3110 Taylor Ave. The farm has been evolving since it was established in the 1920s. Owned by brothers Nathan and Jason Weston, Joe’s Gardens has 5.5 acres of growing space and another 1.5 acres of greenhouses and market [...]

A downtown cafe works to normalize eco-friendly practices

Filed on 26. Jun, 2019 in Contents, News

A downtown cafe works to normalize eco-friendly practices

By Mathew Roland ANMLY Café has a business model geared toward sustainability and zero waste. Owned by Emile Diffley, 23, ANMLY is at 119 N. Commercial St., across from the Mount Baker Theatre, and opened in late January this year. The cafe has five employees and serves coffee with a rotating menu of nutrition-focused food, [...]

Port plans to build faster internet access for rural areas

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

Port plans to build faster internet access for rural areas

By Mathew Roland The Port of Bellingham has a plan to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas of Whatcom County, including a 113-mile, $6.8 million system of fiber optic cable to deliver affordable, high-speed internet to sparsely populated areas. Recently the port received $750,000 in grants from the county Economic Development Investment Program to fund [...]

New owner of solar panel plant doubles output and is hiring

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

New owner of solar panel plant doubles output and is hiring

By Katie Hayes A Bellingham solar panel manufacturing facility will continue to hire additional employees in coming months as its new Canadian owner, Silfab Solar, continues to grow. “We have been in active recruitment mode and currently employ 126 permanent employees with eight new being added this week and 10 additional temporary employees,” Silfab Solar [...]

Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

By Brooke Strickland The scent of freshly roasted coffee has been coming from Tony’s Coffee since 1971, when the business first opened its doors. The company is focused on high-quality organic and fair-trade coffee, and they roast all their beans in Bellingham. The original coffeehouse in Fairhaven on Harris Avenue is still going strong. People [...]

Emergency Reporting looks to take on international clients

Filed on 31. May, 2019 in Contents, News

Emergency Reporting looks to take on international clients

By Brooke Strickland Founded in 2003, Bellingham-based Emergency Reporting offers cloud-based software for fire and emergency medical departments and agencies nationwide. Services include reporting tools and records management, and the company says it serves 6,500 agencies of all sizes, including 170 Department of Defense installations around the world. Under CEO David Nokes, the company has [...]

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