Local banks raise wages after federal tax cuts

Filed on 14. Feb, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Peoples Bank and HomeStreet Bank have both announced that the institutions intend to raise the minimum wage for employees to $15 an hour. The pay raise comes after the recent federal tax cut passed last month by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump. Peoples Bank, which is headquartered in Bellingham, planned to [...]

What will the new Everett airport mean for flights in Bellingham?

Filed on 07. Feb, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

What will the new Everett airport mean for flights in Bellingham?

By Emily Hamann The skies over western Washington are about to get more crowded. And Bellingham may be in for some competition. Commercial air service at Paine Field in Everett is set to begin this fall. United Airlines, Southwest and Alaska Airlines will serve the two-gate, 27,000-square-foot terminal building. The new airport, around 70 miles [...]

Sumas blueberry farm fined, found not at fault in worker death

Filed on 02. Feb, 2018 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann A Sumas blueberry farm has been fined $149,000 after a state investigation found violations related to late or missed rest breaks and meal periods for hundreds of workers. Sarbanand Farms received the largest fine of its kind, according to the state Department of Labor & Industries. Investigators started looking into the farm’s [...]

Woods Coffee teams up with a Bellingham baker to offer sweet treats in the evenings

Filed on 31. Jan, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Woods Coffee teams up with a Bellingham baker to offer sweet treats in the evenings

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Cake and coffee — it’s a match made in heaven. In December, Veronica Stendahl opened her Antler Baking Company in the Flatiron Woods Coffee shop in downtown Bellingham. She sells cake by the slice, cupcakes, pie, cookies and other desserts from 3-9 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. This is [...]

Ferndale’s Superfeet embraces new technology to offer revolutionary line of customized footwear

Filed on 10. Jan, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Ferndale’s Superfeet embraces new technology to offer revolutionary line of customized footwear

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A long-time Whatcom County company is stepping in a new direction. In November, shoe insole company Superfeet Worldwide Inc., headquartered in Ferndale, announced two new major product lines. It’s a continuation of the company’s recent expansion beyond insoles. The first new product line, Me3D Recover, is a recovery [...]

Washington officials, pot shop owners react as attorney general rescinds legal marijuana protections

Filed on 05. Jan, 2018 in Contents, News

By Jerry Cornfield and Jim Davis Herald Writers OLYMPIA — A wave of uncertainty crashed upon the state’s legalized marijuana industry Thursday when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded policies which had made it possible to grow, sell and buy pot without fear of arrest by federal agents. Sessions announced erasure of policies enacted under President [...]

‘Supernatural’ star lends aid to help end homelessness for Bellingham families

Filed on 03. Jan, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

‘Supernatural’ star lends aid to help end homelessness for Bellingham families

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Local families experiencing homelessness are getting a roof over their heads this winter, with some help from a nonprofit, a property manager and one of Bellingham’s most famous residents. In November, actor and Bellingham resident Misha Collins sent out a message over his social media channels, urging his [...]

Blaine print and mailing company expands to digital labels

Filed on 20. Dec, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Blaine print and mailing company expands to digital labels

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A longtime Blaine mailing company has started a new division, and hopes to take advantage of a growing print industry: labels. In September, AMS Print and Mail Specialists made the investment into the digital technology, and started up a brand new labeling division. New digital label printers offer [...]

WWU’s business research center takes over economic forecaster

Filed on 13. Dec, 2017 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A prestigious Seattle economics publication now is produced in Bellingham. Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research has taken over publication of The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster. The quarterly newsletter features articles, as well as future forecasts for a number of economic factors, like unemployment, retail [...]

Get ready for new sick leave law, wage hike coming in 2018

Filed on 06. Dec, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Get ready for new sick leave law, wage hike coming in 2018

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A new year, a new wage hike. On Jan. 1, the next phase of the Washington minimum wage law goes into effect. Employers will now have to pay workers at least $11.50 per hour, as well as provide paid sick leave. The new minimum wage is a 50-cent [...]

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