Local business kudos, 5/11/15

Filed on 11. May, 2015 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Superfeet donates $30,000 to programs for homeless youth Superfeet, a Ferndale-based maker of shoe insoles, donated $30,000 to Northwest Youth Services. The nonprofit Northwest Youth Services  serves homeless youth in Bellingham and Skagit County. “Northwest Youth Services provides incredible services for homeless youth,” said Lynette Ziegler, Superfeet’s vice president of global finance and compliance, in [...]

Ferndale-based Kona Bikes opening retail store

Filed on 08. May, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Ferndale-based Kona Bikes opening retail store

Kona Bikes, a Ferndale-based brand that sells bicycles all over the planet, is preparing to open a bike shop on 1622 N. State St., next to Village Lighting. The company has a business license for The Kona Bike Shop and a manager lined up, said Cory Blackwood, sales rep and advocacy director with Kona. Blackwood [...]

Scuttlebutt owner named Everett entrepreneur of the year

Filed on 08. May, 2015 in Features, News

Scuttlebutt owner named Everett entrepreneur of the year

By Jennifer Sasseen For The Everett Herald Business Journal Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. owner Phil Bannan Sr., the Everett Herald Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year, is a man known for his capability at the helm. He’s been a Port of Everett commissioner as well as executive director of the Port of Everett. He was also [...]

Poor first quarter for U.S. economy

Filed on 07. May, 2015 in News

The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter of 2015 as the gross domestic product increased by 0.2 percent, according to an advanced estimate by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. For comparison, the GDP grew 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Business investment, exports and government spending all shrank during the [...]

People on the Move, 5/1/15 to 5/6/15

Filed on 06. May, 2015 in News, Nonprofit Notes, People On The Move

People on the Move, 5/1/15 to 5/6/15

Ragfinery hires Shan Sparling as manager Shan Sparling joined Ragfinery to fill a newly created manager position. Sparling will be responsible for daily operations of the nonprofit’s job-training business. That includes supervising staff and volunteers, managing community relations and partnerships, and overseeing workshops, events and products, according to a news release from Ragfinery. Sparling worked [...]

Letter carriers to pick up food for Saturday food drive

Filed on 06. May, 2015 in Events, News, Nonprofit Notes

Letter carriers in Whatcom County and across the country will pick up non-perishable food donations on Saturday, May 9, for the 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The event is the largest single-day food drive of the year. To donate, leave a boxes, bags or cans of nonperishable food next to your mailbox before [...]

Woods Coffee opens first new Bellingham location in two years in Barkley Haggen

Filed on 05. May, 2015 in New Business, News

Woods Coffee opens first new Bellingham location in two years in Barkley Haggen

Woods Coffee’s newest shop will open on May 6 inside the Barkley Village Haggen. The location used to be a Starbucks. The shop is Woods Coffee’s 17th location, its 10th Bellingham location and its first new shop in Bellingham in more than two years, according to a press release. It is also Woods Coffee’s second [...]

Bellingham foreclosure rate unchanged in February

Filed on 05. May, 2015 in Data, Market Indicators, News

Bellingham foreclosure rate unchanged in February

After declining for two years, the rate of foreclosures in Bellingham didn’t change from January to February 2015, according to a new report by CoreLogic, a real estate data firm. The rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgages was 0.75 percent in January and February 2015. The rate is down 0.36 percentage points compared to February [...]

Cloud campus: eXp Realty’s virtual office pays off

Filed on 05. May, 2015 in Features, News

Cloud campus: eXp Realty’s virtual office pays off

In 2008, When Glenn Sanford’s real estate business went from closing $7 million a month in sales to $700,000, he closed offices in Seattle and Phoenix, leaving a remnant of the former business in Bellingham. Sanford wanted to rebuild the company but he thought brick and mortar offices were too expensive. When an agent asked [...]

What’s behind the drop in traffic at the airport?

Filed on 04. May, 2015 in Contents, Features, News

What’s behind the drop in traffic at the airport?

Traffic at Bellingham International Airport dropped for the first time in more than a decade last year and could fall even further this summer. An airport consultant expects a 35 percent year-over-year decline in traffic this June. In 2012 and 2013, the Bellingham International Airport was one of the fastest growing airports in the country. [...]

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