Walmart to raise wages to $10

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Walmart will give 275 workers at the Bellingham store pay raises later this week. The retail giant is increasing most of its associates’ pay to $10 an hour starting with the March 10 paycheck. It’s part of a two-year effort for the company to increase wages and training for its workers across the country. The goal [...]

Home prices up in Whatcom County, statewide

Filed on 07. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

BBJ Staff With spring coming soon — and hopefully sunnier weather along with it — more people will be out in neighborhoods checking out open houses. Odds are, they’ll be seeing higher price tags on those houses. In February Whatcom County home sellers saw higher prices for their homes than they did a year ago, [...]

Whatcom County weathers string of recent job losses

Filed on 02. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

By Deanna Duff For The Bellingham Business Journal True to tradition, Whatcom County is rolling up its sleeves and getting to work. The community has suffered a recent run of local layoffs with more possibly on the horizon. The impact is undeniable, but efforts are under way to mitigate repercussions and capitalize on overall growth. [...]

Pollution measure calls for paying more at pump, less at register

Filed on 09. Feb, 2016 in Contents, Features, News

Pollution measure calls for paying more at pump, less at register

By Deanna Duff For The Bellingham Business Journal Many in Washington believe that it’s time to clear the air regarding climate change. Now environmental groups are currently proposing different approaches to do that. As the 2016 ballot season nears, voters may face multiple options of how best to tackle the challenge. Non-partisan group Carbon Washington [...]

Ferndale Chamber honors area businesses

Filed on 05. Feb, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

The Ferndale Chamber presented awards to 10 local businesses and business people before about 200 people at its Diamond Jubilee Awards Banquet on Jan. 21. The banquet celebrated the 60 years that the Ferndale Chamber has been a part of the community and also recognized those chamber members who contributed the organization and community last [...]

On-the-job fatalities up in Washington year over year

Filed on 05. Feb, 2016 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

The latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries news release for Washington is now available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/regions/west/newsrelease/fatalworkinjuries_washington.htm. Of note in the report, fatal work injuries totaled 86 in 2014 for Washington, up 30 from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of [...]

Don’t go in debt: How Judd & Black appliance store expanded since the recession

Filed on 27. Jan, 2016 in Features, News

Don’t go in debt: How Judd & Black appliance store expanded since the recession

By Patricia S. Guthrie For The Bellingham Business Journal If you’re ever looking for the owners of Everett’s homegrown appliance store, Judd & Black, try the freight room. Or the repair shop. Or the aisles of their five stores now spread up and down the I-5 corridor in five counties. Because that’s where Bob and [...]

Haggen grocery chain settles lawsuit with Albertsons

Filed on 25. Jan, 2016 in Contents, News

Haggen grocery chain settles lawsuit with Albertsons

The Bellingham Business Journal Grocery store chain Haggen settled its $1 billion lawsuit with Albertsons for only a fraction of what it was seeking, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Friday. Albertsons agreed to pay $5.75 million in cash to to the creditors for the bankrupt Haggen. Albertsons also agreed [...]

Shark Tank investor, Deluxe Corp. to give $500,000 grant to one small town

Filed on 21. Jan, 2016 in Contents, News

Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec is helping Deluxe Corp. give a $500,000 revitalization to one small town’s Main Street business district, and the transformation will be captured and shown in a video series this fall. From Jan. 11 to 28, nominations can be submitted at http://smallbusinessrevolution.org/main-street-revolution. Deluxe and Herjavec will announce the finalists during National Small [...]

Floral Soil to debut its product at My Garden Nursery

Filed on 20. Jan, 2016 in Contents, News

Floral Soil, a non-toxic organic alternative to traditional chemical floral foams used for cut flower arranging, will celebrate its global debut at an event on Saturday at My Garden Nursery in Bellingham. It will feature a demonstration, hands-on workshop and more. The product was invented and developed by Bellingham resident Mickey Blake. RSVP to www.floralsoilsolutions.com.

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