Northwest business owners optimistic about economy, survey finds

Filed on 24. Feb, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

By BBJ Staff Small business owners across the Pacific Northwest feel optimistic about the economy, according to a new survey. More than half of small business owners in Washington and Oregon and Washington said that both the national and local economies are headed in the right direction. That’s up 14 points on the national economy [...]

Lummi Nation, dairy farmers team up for cleaner water

Filed on 22. Feb, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Lummi Nation, dairy farmers team up for cleaner water

By Emily Hamann After more than 15 months of negotiations, seven Whatcom County dairy farmers and the Lummi Nation have come together in a historic collaboration. The two groups will work to clean up the county’s waterways, and keep local shellfish beds open for harvesting. Since 2014, high levels of bacterial pollution in parts of [...]

Bellingham businesses adjust to state minimum wage increase

Filed on 08. Feb, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham businesses adjust to state minimum wage increase

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal As Washingtonians celebrated New Year’s Eve, some workers throughout the state were getting a pay raise at the stroke of midnight. Because of a voter-backed initiative, at the beginning of the 2017 the legal minimum wage rose more than $1.50 for every adult worker in the state. Almost [...]

Whatcom Community College to offer in-demand IT degree

Filed on 30. Jan, 2017 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Students can begin applying for Whatcom Community College’s first applied bachelor’s degree. It’s a degree in a growing field that employers are clamoring for. Classes for the new bachelor of applied science degree in IT networking will start in fall. The bachelor’s degree couples with WCC’s existing two-year [...]

New Peoples Bank program encourages in-person interactions

Filed on 23. Jan, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

New Peoples Bank program encourages in-person interactions

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Going to the bank just got a little more convenient. Peoples Bank has partnered with a company called TimeTrade, which allows customers to schedule an appointment online to meet with a banker. “The genesis of it was looking at a different way to connect with our customers,” Andy [...]

Local car dealerships thriving amid record sales, steady growth

Filed on 09. Jan, 2017 in Contents, News

Local car dealerships thriving amid record sales, steady growth

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal After a record-setting year last year, the car sales industry is still on an upswing. Car sales reached a 15-year high nationally in 2015, according to the Wall Street Journal, as a recovering economy, cheap gas and low interest rates sent Americans out to car lots in droves [...]

New real estate tech startup aims to change the way you buy and sell your house

Filed on 20. Dec, 2016 in Contents, Features, News

New real estate tech startup aims to change the way you buy and sell your house

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It’s real estate, revolutionized. Zeppidy, Inc., a startup based in Portland, Oregon is hoping to use technology to transform the real estate industry. This month Zeppidy plans to add the real estate data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which means its services will extend to most of [...]

The Vancouver effect: What foreign real estate buyers in Seattle mean for Bellingham

Filed on 05. Dec, 2016 in Contents, News

The Vancouver effect: What foreign real estate buyers in Seattle mean for Bellingham

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Over the past few years, home prices have skyrocketed around Vancouver, B.C., in part because of a large number of foreign buyers. Now the city and the province have instituted measures to tamp down foreign demand. Real estate experts say that will likely prod more foreign buyers to [...]

Three employees buy Fairhaven, Lynden Village Books from founders

Filed on 02. Dec, 2016 in Contents, News

By BBJ Staff After 36 years, Chuck and Dee Robinson, owners of Village Books and Paper Dreams, have announced that they have sold the business to three employees. Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson and Sarah Hutton will take over the company on January. 1, 2017. “We’re thrilled and humbled,” Evert said, in a press release. “This [...]

Harcourt lays out next stages of waterfront redevelopment

Filed on 28. Nov, 2016 in Contents, News

BBJ Staff With construction on the Granary Building well underway, Harcourt Developments has proposed the next stage of its development of the Bellingham Waterfront. In a special presentation at the Port of Bellingham’s Oct. 4 meeting, Harcourt Director Pat Power presented the next pieces of the plan. The Granary Building is expected to be finished [...]

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