Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

Business licenses Building permits    The following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Bellingham4029 Northwest Ave., $90,000 for sports clinic. Owner: Phycor LLC. Contractor: Clark Construction.807-811 10th St., $2,208,245 for 12-unit condos. Contractor: Wellman & Zuck.1756 Iowa St., $30,000 for tenant improvements. [...]

The joys and sorrows of the frequent flier

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Here I am — as I write I’m sitting in first class, earned by frequent flier miles, heading for Oakland, my monthly trip to check in with our staff there.When we started this venture in 1996, I had a backyard, a beat-up truck, some tools, a cell phone, a primitive web-site, a fair amount of [...]

The practical importance of practicing potty parity

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    The women’s restroom on the 76th floor of the Bank of America Tower in Seattle was recently voted the best restroom in the city.With sweeping views from the stalls, lots of marble and wood and other designer touches, this potty is heads up above the rest of the world. It’s the nicest restroom I’ve ever [...]

Managers must set the tone

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

Last month I wrote about creating a service culture in your organization and what that looks like. It is essential to realize that a service culture has to begin at the very top, because that’s where people, both customers and employees, look when things begin to fall apart. Leaders must be strongly committed and willing [...]

Bloggers unite! Internet tool making its way into businesses

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave GallagherWhen employees at Logos Bible Software began using blogs -an online public diary or journal – to talk about a variety of topics, the company’s president, Bob Pritchett, found it to be an interesting way to learn about what was going on within the business. 3D Computer’s Michael Dodd said many business are [...]

Outlook bleak for local longshoremen

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

City dock lies idle and Longshoreman’s Hall sits empty, save for a few port veterans swapping stories about Bellingham’s glory days by J.J. JensenThere was a time, reminisced longtime local longshoremen Darren Williams and Ken Maneval on a recent morning, when scores of workers could find employment at Bellingham’s marine terminals, loading and unloading seagoing [...]

Getting past the gatekeeper

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave GallagherIn the business world, the gatekeeper is usually looked upon with disdain by salespeople.The gatekeeper’s job is to make sure only certain calls go through to the boss. For those who are making a cold sales call to that company, they are definitely not on the list of people who can get an [...]

Alaska Building a downtown fixture for more than 60 years

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Al Currier     For sixty years, 1909-1969, the busy downtown Bellingham intersection of Holly and State streets was home to the curved-fronted, three-story Alaska Building. Home to numerous businesses and professional offices during its lifetime, the classic brick was part of a surge in construction resulting from the 1903 consolidation of Whatcom and Fairhaven to [...]

Multi-use buildings becoming the rule, not the exception

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher    Jeff McClure thought change for the better would happen, but not this quickly.    McClure, who has an office in the Marketplace Building on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Holly Street, said he was surprised at how different the atmosphere is on that oft-maligned corner since the new Starbucks went in last month.    ”I’m amazed [...]

Fact or Fiction: Bellingham is anti-business

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Business is booming, the city is growing — but the perception remains By J.J. Jensen    When Walton Beverage, a fixture in Bellingham for decades, left for Ferndale last year after efforts to secure a new site in the city failed, company President John Walton noticed something about some city officials.    ”We did business for over 60 years [...]

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