Ferndale car repair shop wins service association award

Filed on 04. Feb, 2015 in News

Nita and Peter Harksell Jr., owners of Pete’s Auto Repair in Ferndale, received the Automotive Service Association Northwest’s Member of the Year Award for 2014. The association, based in Lakewood, Washington, has 110 members according to its website. This is the first time since 1968 that the association presented the award to a couple. “I [...]

Semiahmoo Resort hires Canadian sales manager

Filed on 04. Feb, 2015 in News, People On The Move

Semiahmoo Resort hires Canadian sales manager

Semiahmoo Resort hired Danny Lidder as Canadian sales manager. Lidder will market the resort to British Columbia residents as a place to vacation or hold meetings, conventions and weddings. The resort, on Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine, is about seven miles by road from Canada. “Danny brings to Semiahmoo Resort a wealth of experience in the [...]

City planning director talks rental registration

Filed on 03. Feb, 2015 in Features, News

City planning director talks rental registration

  Bellingham City Council approved a rental registration and inspection program in December 2014. Details about how the program will work will likely come before City Council at a Feb. 9 work session. The council has discussed starting a rental registration program as a way to deal with rental properties that don’t meet basic health [...]

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

Filed on 02. Feb, 2015 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Canadian dollar plummets after months of losing value

The Canadian dollar lost five cents in value compared to the U.S. dollar in one day last month. It dropped on Jan. 21 after the Bank of Canada lowered its benchmark overnight interest rate from 1 percent to 0.75 percent. The benchmark rate determines bank lending rates, and lowering it is one tool central banks [...]

Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Filed on 30. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

Super Bowl boosts some Bellingham businesses

Businesses across Washington state are celebrating the Seahawks and the Super Bowl in a variety of ways — from flying Seahawks flags to offering 12 percent discounts in honor of the 12th man. Bill Cassels, Bellingham Fred Meyer store director, said the store’s sales before the Super Bowl rival Thanksgiving and other holidays. According to a [...]

Healthy Pet recognized for workplace safety

Filed on 29. Jan, 2015 in News

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries awarded a workplace safety certification to Healthy Pet, Ferndale makers of natural pet litter, in December 2014. Healthy Pet is one of seven companies to earn the certification, called S.T.A.R.T. (Safety Through Achieving Recognition Together) and the only one in Whatcom County. “We are proud to achieve [...]

New director, business counselor at WWU’s Small Business Development Center

Filed on 28. Jan, 2015 in News, People On The Move

New director, business counselor at WWU’s Small Business Development Center

CJ Seitz is taking over as interim director of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center. She’s taking over for Jennifer Shelton, who is moving to Seattle, according to a press release. Shelton spent five years as director of the center and directed the Small Business Development Center at Edmonds Community College for five years [...]

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

Filed on 27. Jan, 2015 in Features, News

What’s Ahead: Business trends to watch for in 2015

With a waterfront development agreement looming, changes coming to the grocery industry, and more breweries preparing to open by summer, 2015 should be another busy year for business news in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The following items are just a few of the things that could make headlines in the year ahead. Beer pouring in [...]

Semiahmoo Resort hires new director of catering and convention services

Filed on 26. Jan, 2015 in News, People On The Move

Semiahmoo Resort hires new director of catering and convention services

Semiahmoo Resort on Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine hired Megan Wallstrom as director of catering and convention services. In her new position, Wallstrom will be responsible for and involved with all meetings and social functions, including weddings, according to a press release. “We are excited to have Megan on board to work her magic to create [...]

Signs at Whidbey Island Bank locations changing to Heritage Bank

Filed on 25. Jan, 2015 in News

Heritage Bank began replacing signs on most of the Whidbey Island Bank branches last week, another step in the merger between two of Washington’s largest community banks. Signs will be replaced at all four branches of Heritage in Whatcom County, and throughout Western Washington. The six offices of the bank on Whidbey Island will keep [...]

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