Washington’s exports hit record of $81.9 billion in 2013

Filed on 19. Feb, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole The (Everett) Daily Herald Aerospace sales to foreign customers helped Washington set a new record last year for state exports — a combined $81.9 billion in goods and services sold to international buyers, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In all, 16 states set new export records, helping set a new [...]

Port narrows choices for developers on Bellingham waterfront site

Filed on 13. Feb, 2014 in News

Port narrows choices for developers on Bellingham waterfront site

Port of Bellingham commissioners will consider allowing their executive director to enter negotiations with Dublin, Ireland-based Harcourt Developments LLC to redevelop a 10.8-acre piece of waterfront property that includes Bellingham’s historic Granary Building. The matter is on the agenda for the commission’s next meeting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Harbor Center [...]

Alzheimer Society of Washington expands local services

Filed on 13. Feb, 2014 in News

The Alzheimer Society of Washington is expanding its services in Whatcom County to meet the needs of an increasing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or memory loss, as well as the need for more caregiver support. The nonprofit organization has added a six-week class, titled “Finding Your Stride – A Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care,” [...]

Whatcom County Council puts 60-day moratorium on marijuana

Filed on 12. Feb, 2014 in News

As regulators in Washington move closer to issuing the first licenses in the state’s new recreational pot industry, the Whatcom County Council approved a 60-day moratorium Feb. 11 that blocks new applications for marijuana producers, processors and retailers in the county. The moratorium, which passed a council vote unanimously, also includes medical marijuana facilities. It [...]

Ferndale’s Healthy Pet acquires kitty litter product line

Filed on 11. Feb, 2014 in News

The Ferndale-based pet product manufacturer Healthy Pet has purchased a natural, wood-based cat-litter brand called Simply Pine, and company leaders said the acquisition will accelerate the firm’s expansion into the natural fiber cat-litter market. Healthy Pet acquired the Simply Pine brand from Dry Creek Products LLC, a subsidiary of Biomaxx Inc. Along with the sale, [...]

Silver Reef Hotel plans expansion with new tower

Filed on 10. Feb, 2014 in News

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa has announced plans to construct a new hotel tower that will add 98 guest rooms and two luxury suites, along with an additional 3,000 square feet of meeting space. Once completed, the Lummi Nation-owned property will have 205 total rooms, 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an expanded [...]

TD Curran opens new store in Issaquah

Filed on 07. Feb, 2014 in News

TD Curran has opened a new location in Issaquah. The Bellingham-based Apple Inc. products retailer now has four stores in the Pacific Northwest. The newest location is located in Issaquah’s Grand Ridge Plaza, at 1520 Highlands Drive NE, Suite 110. The store has eight employees; it is managed by Allie Volland. TD Curran remains the only [...]

Marijuana’s boost to tax revenue still tough to pin down

Filed on 04. Feb, 2014 in News

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal Pot smokers will begin legally buying recreational marijuana as soon as this summer, paying taxes with every purchase. Just how much revenue this will generate is a little, umm, hazy. “There’s no other blueprint to look at across the world,” said Brian Smith, Washington Liquor Control Board [...]

Employers set record on tax credits earned for hiring

Filed on 30. Jan, 2014 in News

Employers in Washington state set a new record when they took in $82 million in federal tax credits last year for hiring certain hard-to-place job seekers, according to the state’s Employment Security Department. The federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit rewards employers who hire military veterans, people with disabilities, ex-inmates, food-stamp and welfare recipients and individuals [...]

Guy Occhiogrosso named Chamber’s new CEO

Filed on 28. Jan, 2014 in News

Guy Occhiogrosso named Chamber’s new CEO

Guy Occhiogrosso has been selected to serve as the next president and CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chamber announced the news Tuesday, Jan. 28. Occhiogrosso has served as the executive director of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce since August 2006. He will begin his new role March 3. Occhiogrosso’s first [...]

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