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.

Industry leader sees change ahead for independent grocers

Filed on 20. Jan, 2016 in Features, News

Industry leader sees change ahead for independent grocers

By Jennifer Sasseen The (Everett) Herald Business Journal The way millennials shop is going to change the grocery business, says local grocer Mike Trask, and smaller independent stores will need to embrace new technologies to survive. Owner of the Granite Falls and Edmonds IGA stores, Trask, 61, was recently named chair of the board of [...]

Ferndale refinery fined $324,000

Filed on 15. Jan, 2016 in Contents, News

A Ferndale refinery has been fined $324,000 for failing to correct workplace safety violations that the state says puts workers at ‘great risk in case of a fire or explosion.” Phillips 66 Refinery at 3901 Unick Road was cited for three instances of failing to correct violations that it was previously cited for in September [...]

Nonprofit recognizes human resources manager

Filed on 15. Jan, 2016 in Contents, News

The Mt. Baker Society for Human Resource Management’s 2015 Member of the Year Award recipient is Elizabeth Miller. Miller was recognized by her peers for her efforts on behalf of organization. She is the former human resources manager for the Markets, LLC. The Mt. Baker Society for Human Resource Management is a non-profit organization for [...]

Peoples Bank offers new smartphone technology

Filed on 12. Jan, 2016 in Contents, News

Peoples Bank has introduced Mobile Cash in Washington state. Now customers can withdraw cash from a Peoples Bank ATM using their smartphone. They no longer have to worry about forgetting their debit card or exposing their PIN to a potential fraudster. In addition to Mobile Cash, Peoples Bank offers a full suite of online and [...]

State seeks help developing Mount Baker area recreation plan

Filed on 06. Jan, 2016 in Contents, News

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is looking for help as it develops a new recreation plan for state lands from Mount Baker to Bellingham. The state agency is currently seeking applications for a recreation planning committee of 12 to 15 volunteer members with diverse recreation interests. Members will create recommended guidelines [...]

Making a case for co-ops: how the rarely-taught business model is gaining traction in Bellingham

Filed on 04. Jan, 2016 in Features, News

Making a case for co-ops: how the rarely-taught business model is gaining traction in Bellingham

Rick Dubrow first considered turning his company into a worker-owned cooperative in 2007. He felt it would be the right thing to do for his long-time employees and for the long-term health of his business, a Bellingham remodeling company called A-1 Builders. More owners—more people with “skin in the game”—would make for a stronger company, [...]

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