Local entrepreneur riding surge in interest in bocce

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Tom McNutt’s boccemon.com helping grow the sport both locally and nationally Tom McNutt’s interest in bocce began a few years ago when he played at a barbecue. His interest became something of an obsession, eventually leading him to launch boccemon.com, which sells plans and materials for making bocce courts. by J.J. Jenson    Local residents [...]

Telegraph venture left indelible mark on county

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Effort to join U.S., Russia via telegraph through Bellingham ultimately failed Remnants of the old Telegraph Road, made of split cedar planks, could still be found north of Bellingham in May 1949, when this photo was taken. by Al Currier   Samuel Morse’s demonstration in 1835 of the first telegraph, an instrument for transmitting electric signals [...]

Huge national companies no easy sell

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Prudence needed when dealing with these megacompanies Becky Eastwood, co-owner of Puget Safety Equipment, said she working with very large companies can be an interesting experience. It requires a lot of patience, however, and the small-business owner should be certain they can handle a large company’s orders. by Dave Gallagher  At some point nearly every [...]

Microstaq building ‘The little valve that could’

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Tiny silicon chip will regulate flow in auto’s air-conditioning system,replacing bigger, heavier valves Microstaq COO Jeff Chance holds up the silicon chip he hopes will soon replace the current valve that controls the flow of refrigerents in a vehicle’s air conditioning system by Dave Gallegher   A Bellingham company is hoping a new product smaller than [...]

Bullying not just for schoolyards anymore

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Bellingham couple working to shed light on bullying in the workplace – and help employees to know what their rights are. Whatcom County Water District No. 10 manager Jim Naher recently had to address the issue of bullying in the workplace; he said a sullen and quiet staff were warning signs that bullying was occurring. [...]

Why do people give?

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    One thing is fairly certain, regardless of our particular situation in life: we will be barraged by requests from a wide variety of charitable organizations. The requests have multiplied both in number and type, and nearly all of them are legitimate requests from well-run organizations doing important work for public benefit.Why motivates us to give [...]

Local government has vital role to play

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Local government has a critical role to play in a community’s economic development future.    Elected officials and community policy makers are needed to maintain a process that creates high-wage employment and sustains a strong local economy. This process begins with a dynamic, business-friendly environment and a desirable quality of life. These are the elements that attract [...]

Many of WWU’s waterfront ideas have merit

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Shortly after the Port of Bellingham concluded the purchase of the G-P waterfront site, officials invited Western Washington University to come up with a list of potential ideas on how it might utilize parts of the area. After months of research and analysis, various departments and groups at WWU have produced a list of possible [...]

National retailers finding more to like in Bellingham

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher Growing up in Bellingham in the 1980s, one of Erin Sundean’s first jobs was working at McDonald’s. At the time, there weren’t many other options.“I think there was a Wendy’s on Lakeway, but I can’t think of too many other ones in town,” said Sundean, a commercial real estate agent and owner [...]

The Need for Speed

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

Local raceway owners get a crash course in business management every weekend Outlook for local longshorement is bleakLocal stevedores heading south to find work Ga-Ga for the Loonie!Canadians using their dollar’s new buying power Growth: City eyes North Cordata for possible addition to UGALocation would be easiest place for further city expansion RETAIL: National chains [...]

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