Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued in the past month: 340 W. Bakerview Rd., $1,034,000 for tenant improvements, including modernization of existing facilities, office relocations, new restrooms, and provisions for future commercial kitchen for employee café for T-Mobile. Owner: Western Mortgage Development. Contractor: Ticon [...]

Dancing around the pitfalls of product development

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Remembering a scrawled doodle on a notebook page in 1994, I realize how huge the process of product development really is.    Looking objectively at our slow- sand filter systems as they are now, the observer is likely to comment on how simple they seem. I’m here to tell you that an enormous amount of design, [...]

VOICES IN THE WIND

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Bill Follis made it out of a burning bomber to return home, start a family, and live a full life. Many of his friends did not. Port seeking waterfront input from all sectorsPort Communications Manager Carolyn Casey updates BBJ readers on the latest goings-on at the Port of Bellingham and any new news regarding the [...]

Westhaver: “This IS my retirement”

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong loves of hockey and hard work show no signs of ebbing, even though he’s 82 Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong love of hockey continues, both in his continuing affection for his hometown Detroit Redwings team and with often getting out on the ice himself for “skate and puck [...]

Emerald Bay completes $500k renovation of former Breakwater space

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Emerald Bay Events employees Anna Schiessl and Micah LaNasa show off the renovated Sapphire Cove venue. J.J.Jensen   A major remodel of Sapphire Cove, Emerald Bay Events’ waterfront venue for receptions, banquets and galas, was completed last week, just in time for the busy holiday party season.   The $500,000 makeover of the facility at 2625 S. Harbor Loop [...]

First American heading to the waterfront; opens up prime downtown spot

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Nearly 30 new employees are heading for the waterfront, as First American Title Insurance Company has signed a five-year lease with the port for space in the Bellwether Building.   First American has been located downtown for at least 20 years at 215 N. Commercial St., but had been looking for a new location that could help [...]

Railroad redux: businesses harried by vagrants

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

KennyBrown   The owners of the 16,500-square- foot Champion Street Center at the corner of Champion and Railroad, which includes the former Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce space, has completed a $500,000 remodel to the site in an effort to attract new tenants. The improvements include a new building façade of stone and stucco, copper awnings, new windows [...]

1 is NOT the loneliest number; 31,601 is

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   31,601.   The number of games between World Championships for the Chicago Cubs? Nope.   The height in feet of Mount Everest? Nope.   This, in fact, is the figure arrived at by city staff after myriad computations and formulae as the number of new residents arriving in Bellingham betwen the years 2002 and 2022.   “The reality is the reality. We can’t [...]

Existing businesses the key to growth

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   Without a doubt, the most important source for economic development is existing industry in the community. Industry tends to stay and expand where they ar consistently well-treated and appreciated. Job growth historically has come from the growth and expansion of existing business. That is not likely to change. Local managers of non-locally owned businesses can [...]

How much should you spend on branding?

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   Successful companies know that to build a brand budget they need a strategy, the resources to execute it and a way to measure success.    In order to clearly understand the funds needed to build a strong brand it’s best to start with the end objective in mind, identify your market, profile your audience and know [...]

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