Peoples Bank awards $25,000 grant for Skagit Habitat for Humanity

Filed on 12. Jul, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Last month Peoples Bank announced that it awarded a $25,000 grant to Skagit Habitat for Humanity. The funds will be used to purchase a new utility van to support the construction of new homes and the organizations other needs. The 2017 Peoples Bank Impact Grant provides a maximum of $25,000 to a single organization for [...]

Chuckanut Brewery wins big at state beer awards

Filed on 12. Jul, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Chuckanut Brewery won big this year at the 2017 WA Beer Awards, taking home the Large Brewery of the Year award, and a record-breaking eight awards. The awards were held this year on June 17 at the WA Brewers Festival in Marymoor Park in Redmond. This year there were 1,207 beers from 165 breweries in [...]

The changing face, and business, of death: Meet the people working and building companies in the funeral industry

Filed on 10. Jul, 2017 in Contents, Features

The changing face, and business, of death: Meet the people working and building companies in the funeral industry

Everyone will have to deal with it. No one wants to talk about it. Some people make their careers, build businesses and spend their professional lives dealing with death. When a person dies it’s a tragedy for that person’s loved ones. It’s also big money. In 2012 in the U.S, cemeteries, crematories and funeral homes [...]

Opportunity Council elects new board members

Filed on 10. Jul, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

The Opportunity Council elected new officers at its recent meeting in Bellingham. New officers are: -President Stephen Jones, Umpqua Bank, AVP & Store Manager -Vice President Rick Hughes, San Juan County Council -Treasurer Paul Stermer, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery -Officer at Large Mark Tompkins, San Juan County Health & Community Services -Past President Mamie Lackie, [...]

Nominations open for Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Peace Builders Awards

Filed on 10. Jul, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Nominations are now open for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center 15th Annual Peace Builder Awards. The center seeks nominations for individuals or groups that creatively resolved conflict, contributed to peaceful dispute resolution, promoted reconciliation or otherwise promoted peace in the last year. The nomination deadline is Aug. 7, and nomination forms are at whatcomdrc.org/peace-builder-awards and [...]

New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

Filed on 06. Jul, 2017 in Contents, Features

New Bellingham sticker shop gets noticed with bold branding

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal One of the major challenges of starting a new business is getting your name out there. A 3-foot tall, more than 30-foot long sign on the front of your business on a high-traffic road in Bellingham might do the trick. That’s what Carlos Olvera, 35, and Andrew Howard, [...]

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

Filed on 30. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

From simple to ornate, tap handles vie for beer drinkers’ eyes

By Aaron Swaney For The Herald Business Journal Arlington’s Skookum Brewery uses a carved wooden bear claw. Bothell’s Decibel Brewing recycles old microphones. Everett’s Scuttlebutt features a mermaid, which to be fair, is far from beautiful. “The saying went if the mermaid started to look good then you’d had enough,” said Matt Stromberg, head brewer [...]

Bellingham comic book publisher branches into board games

Filed on 28. Jun, 2017 in Contents, Features

Bellingham comic book publisher branches into board games

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal If you read comics, some of your favorites may have been published right here in Bellingham. Space Goat Productions works with major companies like DC Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics to publish comic books, graphic novels and, now, board games. They’ve published comic book adaptations for major titles [...]

VSH CPAs celebrates 20th anniversary

Filed on 22. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

VSH Certified Public Accountants celebrated its 20 anniversary in spring of this year. VSH was founded in April of 1997 by Kathy Varner. In 1998, Bob Systma joined the firm as a partner, then Kathy Herndon joined in 2001. At the time, VSH was known as Varner Sytsma Herndon. As the firm grew, Chris Sullivan [...]

Local auto body shop earns new certification and recognition

Filed on 22. Jun, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Bellingham’s 1st Class Auto Body has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating vehicles. The shop is now an recognized by Assured Performance, FCA, GM, Nissan and Hyundai. To become certified, the shop passed the rigorous certification [...]

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