Emily O’Connor named 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

Filed on 01. Nov, 2015 in Features, News, People On The Move

Emily O’Connor named 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

The Whatcom Women in Business named Lydia Place executive director Emily O’Connor its 2015 Professional Woman of the Year at an annual awards banquet in October. O’Connor started as executive director of the nonprofit Lydia Place in March 2012. The organization works to provide housing, support services, advocacy and education for low-income and homeless people. [...]

NW Innovation Resource Council is starting a marketing arm

Filed on 01. Nov, 2015 in Events, News

As director of the Northwest Innovation Resource Council, Diane Kamionka helps inventors turn their idea into a reality. That can mean connecting budding inventors with industry-specific mentors, finding funding, or providing access to educational opportunities and other services that help inventors build their ideas and start businesses. But time after time, Kamionka has seen inventors [...]

Celebrated pastry chef takes over as Semiahmoo Resort’s executive chef

Filed on 29. Oct, 2015 in News, People On The Move

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa hired Bruno Feldeisen as executive chef. Feldeisen’s career accomplishments include work at restaurants and hotels in Europe, Canada and the United States, and recognition from industry awards. Chocolatier Magazine listed Feldeisen as one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America, and he was nominated twice for the James Beard [...]

Two lawsuits filed against Bellingham seafood company

Filed on 29. Oct, 2015 in News

Three Skagit County clam diggers filed a wage theft lawsuit against Bellingham-based Trans Ocean Seafoods in Skagit County Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 22.  The lawsuit is the second filed against the company this fall. The lawsuit alleges that over a period of three years, Trans Ocean Seafoods failed to pay the three employees minimum [...]

Border traffic update: September traffic down 27 percent

Filed on 28. Oct, 2015 in Data, Market Indicators, News

Border traffic update: September traffic down 27 percent

In September, 982,249 passengers crossed southbound into Whatcom County, according to data from Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute. That’s a 27.38 percent decrease from September 2014, when 1,352,286 people crossed southbound into Whatcom County. So far, border traffic numbers in every month this year have lagged behind 2014′s numbers. The drop in visitors [...]

Rejected for military contract, Boeing could contest decision

Filed on 28. Oct, 2015 in News

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer Boeing and Lockheed Martin left open the possibility of contesting the Pentagon’s selection of Northrop Grumman to build a new stealth bomber for the U.S. Air Force. The two companies had partnered to compete for the contract, which is expected to be worth more than $50 billion. “The Boeing and Lockheed [...]

WWU’s business college hosting Seventh Generation co-founder

Filed on 27. Oct, 2015 in Events, News

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics will host Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, makers of nontoxic and biodegradable cleaning products, on Friday, Nov. 13. The free event is part of the college’s Sustainability Speaker series. It starts with a conversation hour from 1:45-2:45 p.m. in Parks Hall 411, and [...]

Third quarter housing sales hit 10-year high; Canadian dollar affecting market for second homes

Filed on 26. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Third quarter housing sales hit 10-year high; Canadian dollar affecting market for second homes

More Whatcom County homes sold in the third quarter of 2015 than in any other third quarter in more than 10 years, according to a new report by Lylene Johnson of the Muljat Group. Johnson compiles and analyzes data from the Northwest Multiple Listings Service quarterly. Countywide, 917 homes sold from July to September—12 percent [...]

Fairhaven Pharmacy closed, new tenant coming in 2016

Filed on 25. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The Fairhaven Pharmacy closed on Oct. 20, after 126 years in business. Owner Rob Johansen is retiring after running the business for 45 years. He tried to sell the pharmacy, but the increasing cost of drugs and dealing with the companies that process prescription requests has made the business less viable over the years, he [...]

Michael’s Books may stay open, change hands

Filed on 25. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Michael’s Books may not be closing after all, said a sign hanging from the door of the shop, at 109 Grand Ave., in downtown Bellingham. Owner Michael Elmer announced in early October that the bookstore would close at the end of the year, because his wife got a job in Vancouver, Washington, and they’re moving. [...]

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