Employee performance boosted by offices upgrades, studies show

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher     When it comes to employee productivity, are companies headed in the right direction?It doesn’t appear to be the case if you go by recent national surveys on the topic. In one survey conducted by Microsoft, 38,000 workers surveyed said that even though they are working longer hours, they are averaging only three [...]

Build trust in your brand to increase business

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Our family has been committed to eating healthier foods lately for health reasons. It has been a transition to buying organic, buying local produce and shopping at the Co-op.I’ve learned to read labels and rely on new manufacturers that I wasn’t familiar with before. The relearning of buying habits has been challenging for me, but [...]

Permit Center slowly gaining converts

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Still some kinks to iron out, admit city officials by Dave Gallagher    When Rich McCudden decided to open Flats Tapas Bar in Fairhaven, he went into the Bellingham Building Services department to get permits expecting the worst – but instead he was pleasantly surprised.    ”We had heard so many horror stories about the permit process, but we [...]

Giving: How much is ‘enough?’

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Much was made of the approximately $2 billion that Americans gave to charities responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and we are nearing the $1 billion mark for gifts to relief following the tsunamis in southeast Asia last December.Both of those figures seem like huge, generous outpourings to people in need after their lives have [...]

HSA’s a viable new option for many small businesses

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

In 2003 I was asked to participate on the Steering Committee for the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access. One of the Alliance’s top priorities is to find ways for employers and individuals to purchase affordable health insurance. Thirteen percent of Whatcom County adults and 27 percent of low-income households (under $20K) lack any kind of [...]

Facelift begins on airport

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by J.J. Jensen    The Bellingham International Airport this year will receive something it hasn’t had since the Port of Bellingham assumed operations of the airport from Whatcom County in the 1950s – significant improvements.Scheduled for upgrades or repairs are the baggage-handling area, the main terminal’s entryway and roof, and taxiways “E” and “F.” The projects, combined, [...]

City was wise to select broad-based budget committee

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

    When City Hall sent out requests and applications for inclusion in its new citizen-based budget advisory committee, it did a smart thing: Mayor Mark asked for members across the spectrum of city interests. Business people, retirees, conservatives, liberals, supporters of his candidacy last election and even his opponent, radio personality Brett Bonner.     Whether this is [...]

You can almost hear the trowels a-diggin’

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Holy frijole! (Since “frijole” means bean in Spanish, this is an entirely appropriate pun.)Response to our fledgling Victory Gardens Against Hunger campaign has been overwhelming.Thank you all so much for your interest!In case you missed it, the Victory Gardens Against Hunger campaign is our new philanthropic effort here at the BBJ, done in conjunction with [...]

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 [...]

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