Deming company cries foul on Snohomish PUD turbine contract

Filed on 21. Jul, 2015 in Features, News

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — A hydroelectric systems company near Bellingham says the Snohomish County Public Utility District improperly skewed its bid to build two turbines, which tipped the contract to a British competitor. The district manipulated Canyon Hydro’s bid, adding $1 million in cost, for reasons that don’t hold up to [...]

City accepting tourism promotion grant applications

Filed on 20. Jul, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The City of Bellingham is accepting applications for its 2016 tourism promotion grant program. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday September 11, 2015. The grant is competitive and applications are available in the city’s Planning and Community Development Department at Bellingham City Hall or on the city website at www.cob.org/services/business/tourism-grants.aspx. This program [...]

Faithlife CEO Bob Pritchett’s tips for retaining millennial employees

Filed on 20. Jul, 2015 in News

Faithlife CEO Bob Pritchett’s tips for retaining millennial employees

Millennials—national business publications are full of articles about how to attract them, work with them, manage them and retain them. Pritchett employs a lot of millennials and he recently ranked on a glassdoor.com list for being one of the top CEOs of a small- to medium-sized business, as voted by anonymous employees. Pritchett suspects millennials [...]

Bellinghamwins.com: Why did Faithlife’s CEO start a website about Bellingham?

Filed on 20. Jul, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Bellinghamwins.com: Why did Faithlife’s CEO start a website about Bellingham?

Faithlife CEO Bob Pritchett’s new project is a website all about Bellingham, with interviews of influential Bellingham residents conducted by Pritchett, stories about local events, things to do, and weekend itineraries for out-of-town guests. The website, www.bellinghamwins.com, launched on June 9. So why is Pritchett, CEO of a company that employs 415 in downtown Bellingham [...]

Vendors sought for new Commercial Street Night Market

Filed on 20. Jul, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, Features, News

Vendors sought for new Commercial Street Night Market

Sustainable Connections is seeking vendor applications for a new night market to be held at on Fridays at the Commercial Street Plaza from Sept. 4 to Oct. 2. Market organizers plan to have 20 unique vendors in the hidden plaza next to the parking garage at 1300 Commercial St., as well as live music or [...]

How Rick Steves’ Europe is handling a growing business

Filed on 17. Jul, 2015 in Features, News

How Rick Steves’ Europe is handling a growing business

By Jim Davis Everett Herald Business Journal Editor EDMONDS — If you need an example of the reach of Rick Steves, you can find it in a shop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. That’s where Craig Davidson saw firsthand the goodwill that Steves has generated over a career as a guidebook author and TV [...]

Canadian dollar drops to 77 cents after central bank cuts interest rate

Filed on 16. Jul, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The Canadian dollar took another surprise dive on July 15 after Canada’s central bank lowered its benchmark interest rate to 0.5 percent. The Canadian dollar was worth 77.1 cents at market close on Thursday, July 16, down from 78.6 cents at close on Tuesday, July 14. It was the second time this year the Bank [...]

One county cannabis shop failed state’s first round of compliance checks

Filed on 16. Jul, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

In the state Liquor Control Board’s first round of compliance checks at retail marijuana stores, 19 out of 157 recreational marijuana stores in Washington sold to minors including one store in Whatcom County. Only people 21 and older can legally buy marijuana. Evergreen Cannabis, at 922 Peace Portal Dr., in Blaine, is the only Whatcom [...]

NW Adult Day Health center in Lynden hosting open house on July 18

Filed on 16. Jul, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

Construction is almost complete at the 5,730-square-foot Northwest Adult Day Health and Wellness Center in Lynden. The center is hosting an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at 851 Aaron Drive, in Lynden. Starting August 3, Christian Health Care Center of Lynden, will operate it’s Adult Day Health program in the center. [...]

Could coal terminal be net negative for local economy?

Filed on 15. Jul, 2015 in Features, News

Could coal terminal be net negative for local economy?

The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would add hundreds of jobs to the county, but will it hurt some industries? And could it already be slowing the local economy and affecting real estate prices along the railway? A recent study on the proposed terminal raises those questions. The study, by the PFM Group of Philadelphia, focused [...]

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