The Great White North: Doing business in Alaska

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

BCS one of many local companies looking to boost its business in the 49th State by Dave Gallagher     For more than a century, Bellingham businesses have been able to find opportunities in the vast wilderness of Alaska, and one local company is hopeful that a project it is considering will help local businesses create even [...]

Furniture store set to take half of former Michael’s site on Meridian

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher     Montana Furniture Industries has signed a lease to occupy more than half of the former Michael’s Arts & Crafts building at 3548 Meridian St.The company makes high-end furniture at its facility in Bozeman, Mont., with the goal of creating heirlooms that can be passed on to future generations, said Greg Metzger, who [...]

Business licenses

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Top properties & building permits Residences over $500,000 Seller: Renay Daniels Buyer: J. Hugh Wiebe Description: 1 -and a half story house with 1,962 square feet, 572 square foot finished basement, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, built in 1990, remodeled in 2004, 436 square foot attached garage, 820 square foot deck; marine and territorial views. Address: [...]

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 [...]

Happy employees stay with your company longer

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

“Working there was a nightmare,” said John (not his real name). “I am so much happier at this new company.” John spent years with a Bellingham company owned by an abusive boss. Yelling at employees, changing the rules on commissions, manipulating customers, and creating a poisonous working environment were only the start.Racial slurs aimed at [...]

Having a service culture takes more than just talk

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Just saying “We deliver great service” doesn’t guarantee employees are really wowing customers and clients. Words like “service” and “excellence” don’t mean anything unless your staff lives and breathes those commitments.Great service is rooted in a culture shared by everyone in the organization – front line, back office, and management.Culture provides a frame of reference [...]

Putting personality into brands

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Customers often embrace a brand because they can relate to its personality.It may be that the brand has similar personality traits to them or they want their own personality to be more like that of the brand. Either way, the personality (adjectives that describe the brand using human traits) of the brand plays a large [...]

TIMBER TITAN: The story of Billy McCush

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

by Al CurrierWhatcom Historical Society    Logging in Whatcom County’s extensive spruce and fir forests rapidly expanded in the 1880s, providing almost unlimited employment opportunities in the camps and mills dotting the landscape.Among those drawn to Bellingham by work in the woods was William McCush, a young logger from the woods of northern Michigan. Always known to [...]

Fancy a Bite East Meets West

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Owners: Dan Kuss, Kinuko KussAddress: 105 E. Chestnut St.Website: http://www.fancyabiteemw.comPhone: 738-1300Startup date: Dec. 22Square footage: 1,300Initial investment: Did not disclose    Opening their own restaurant has been a lifelong dream for Dan and Kinuko Kuss, and they feel their travel experiences play a crucial role in the atmosphere of Fancy a Bite East Meets West.    Kinuko Kuss has [...]

Methamphetamine trade the major driver of local crime, say officials

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Businesses in a unique position to help the fight by J.J. Jensen    Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo has seen a lot in his three decades in law enforcement but he’s currently facing what he considers the most destructive force confronting our country: the methamphetamine epidemic.    ”In my 30 years in law enforcement, this is the worst drug [...]

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