Horizon Bank protestorsalienating themselves from mainstream

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   The group of protestors who picketed Horizon Bank in July because it was backing the proposed Chuckanut Ridge development project only managed to do one thing: push itself further away from the mainstream support it needs.   Horizon Bank, one of the few local banks left in the area, did not deserve to be the epicenter of [...]

Hot fun in the summertime: the joy of the family vacation

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Reading J.J. Jensen’s article this month about how local businesses often use the summertime boost in tourism to offset the losses accrued when the local colleges let out at the end of the spring got me thinking about tourism in general and summer vacations in particular.   If you’re like me, the family summer vacations of your [...]

Harper Marine

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Owner: Danny HarperAddress: 1022 W. 54th LanePhone: 305-5956Startup date: June 10Square footage: 3,000 for workshopInitial investment: less than $10,000 Danny Harper, a former marine technician at Hawley’s Boats and Olympic Boat Center, has started his own business, Harper Marine.    Ever since he was a teenager and expressed a desire to build his own 12-foot wooden [...]

Merchants tout Fairhaven’skid-friendly atmosphere

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Newcomer Academic Outfitters thrilled with amount of families strolling the streets; others say it wasn’t always this way Mary Gibb, owner of Academic Outfitters, recently moved her business from Cornwall Avenue to Fairhaven, and has been pleasantly surprised at the amount of families she sees making their way through the shops. DaveGallagher   When Mary Gibb began [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Business licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently by the city of Bellingham. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. BellinghamApproved by the City of Bellingham in the past month. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as [...]

Tai chi: Eliminating business stress the ancient way

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Stress and conflict – things everyone in business has to deal with on a daily basis. Some stress is good as a motivator to action, but too much is bad for the health.    I remember years ago when I was starting up an earlier business, I read in a newspaper about a Hong Kong shipping [...]

potencial.

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

It’s the Spanish word for potential — and with the growing local Hispanic community unofficially numbering about 20,000 in Whatcom County alone, Hispanic business owners say this area is oozing with ‘potencial.’ BTC prepping for August groundbreakingNew technology center scheduled to be completed in December 2006 Long-awaited parking changes on the horizonDowntown metered parking would [...]

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 [...]

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