Over-eating? Cafe owners try to buck the odds

Filed on 31. Aug, 2005 in Contents

Despite industry numbers showing Bellingham to be eatery-heavy, local entrepreneurs are opening new restaurants at a record pace Bruce Bauer is optimistic about opening a new restaurant, Café Ohya, despite the surge in new restaurants in August. The fact so many restaurants are opening shows there is plenty of demand for new eateries. DaveGallagher   When told [...]

Move allows two Ferndale companies to expand

Filed on 31. Aug, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Company growth has necessitated the need for two businesses to seek more space in the former A&R Metal Industries building in Ferndale.   Moving into the location at 5345-A and 5345-B Labounty Dr., vacant since A&R, a Canadian company, closed operations at the site about a year ago, are QM Bearings and Ferguson Enterprises. Both companies, should [...]

Retraining opens doors for many displaced fishers

Filed on 31. Aug, 2005 in Contents

Tony and Sheila Wilson said the tribeďż˝s small-business development center was invaluable when the pair opened their business, T&S Electric. J.J.Jensen   Hundreds of members of the Lummi Indian Tribe, a traditional fishing nation, have taken significant financial blows in recent years due to declining salmon runs.The situation was highlighted in 1999, 2000 and 2001, when fishing [...]

Why plan for economic development?

Filed on 31. Aug, 2005 in Contents

   Since unemployment rates have declined in many part of Washington, we can begin to think more carefully about the real goals of economic development planning.    Although job creation is always important, it makes sense to begin to ask what kinds of jobs we want to create. In many successful communities, other objectives of economic development [...]

Put staff evaluations higher on your ‘to do’ list

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   It’s an interesting dilemma: Managers say they think performance evaluations are important and yet they often dread doing them and miss deadlines so employees have to wait months beyond their scheduled due date. What gives?   Without scientific data to back me up, my practical experience tells me there are a number of roadblocks that get in [...]

China’s army of scientists, not cheap labor, our real worry

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   A recent cover of The Economist magazine featured a doctored street sign: “Great Wall St.” The caption read: “How China runs the world economy.”   The gist of the article is America’s demand for low- cost products is fueling China’s industrial expansion. In turn, the Chinese are investing billions in U.S. Treasury bonds. The tag line is [...]

Home Base project nixed

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Plan to use building to host the Bellingham Athletic Club is nowofficially on the skids DaveGallagher  It’s back to the drawing board for the former Home Base building.The 105,000-square-foot building on E. Bellis Fair Parkway that had been slated as the new location for the Bellingham Athletic Club is currently for lease.The building was purchased at [...]

BTC prepping for August groundbreaking

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Rendering of the David and Joyce Morse Center, courtesy Bellingham Technical College.   DaveGallagher   Construction will begin this month on what will be Bellingham Technical College’s largest building on campus.   The 47,500-square-foot welding repair technology center will cost $11.72 million to build and is scheduled to be completed in December 2006. The building will be constructed by [...]

Time to brush up on your tourist skills

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   They come out during the hottest of the dog days of summer, demanding to eat, drink, shop and take up space. They are the tourists. Every community with anything of interest gets them. When we leave town, to visit Winthrop, LaConner, Leavenworth, Seattle or Vancouver, we become them. And all of us have good and [...]

Question? Go ask your librarian

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Bellingham’s library system has a wealth of free resources for the business person that can make a real difference in your bottom line Margaret Ziegler is the head of reference services for the Bellingham Public Library. She should be the first contact on any information-gathering mission; as a library vet of 35 years, odds are [...]

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