Trilogy Crabpots: Building a better mouse (crab) trap

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Years ago, former crabber Harvey Ives made a couple of changes to a 50-year-old crabpot design. Last year, he and his 35 employees made 30,000 crab pots, and his company continues to grow. Trilogy Crabpots owner Harvey Ives travels the West Coast from California to Alaska talking to commercial crabbers about his pots. A former [...]

Long-awaited parking changes on the horizon

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Downtown metered parking would rise from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour next year, then to 75 cents in 2008 and $1 in 2010; new rules would go into effect Jan. 1, 2006 Larry Farr, the new president of the Downtown Renaissance Network, said the proposed parking changes are great news for [...]

How about a few hot summer marketing ideas?

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

  With the temperatures rising and more people out and about, it’s time to look at a few quick and simple marketing ideas that could generate hot sales for your business.    Enjoy the summer!   Signature marketing program: Signatures. The small text files you set to appear at the bottom of each e-mail message you send out. Are [...]

Former classmates now atop county’s RV scene

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys say less disposable income hurting local sales Room to spare: Wholesale Travel Sales owner Howard Vande Kieft inside a park model RV. The Lynden dealership usually has around 40 different RV models on site. J.J.Jensen   Not unlike many classmates, since graduating from high school Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys [...]

AUDIT

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

There are few more terrifying words for the business owner. Here’s how you can prepare for the worst and make your day with the auditor a breeze Judy McCoy, co-owner of Camtech Precision with her husband, Chuck, was horrified a few years ago to find out that her business had been randomly selected for an [...]

Highway’s businesses thriving in the summer sun

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Contrary to popular belief, spring and summer are the busiest times of the year for businesses along the majestic route to Artist Point Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce President Carole MacDonald, who owns the Inn at Mount Baker, said the summer months are the busiest for most foothills area businesses along the Mt. Baker [...]

Employees’ sexual-harassment training needs to start from Day 1

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   One might think that after laws have been written, suits have been filed, and major damages have been awarded that sexual harassment in the workplace would become a problem of the past.    Amazingly, that is not the case. The problem continues and I believe proactive education in the workplace may be the missing link. Every [...]

Let’s play ‘Name that business’

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

That’s a great idea, what should we call it?   It starts with a great idea, which leads to defining the business, and then to the inevitable question “What should we call it?” This is the age-old problem that all new businesses encounter.The business struggles to find a name that isn’t already taken by one of [...]

Auto camps dotted county lansdcape

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Advent of cheaper cars led to boom in auto-based traveling Checking in at the Cornwall Park Auto Camp in 1924. AlCurrierwhatcom historical society   As the decade of the 1920s began, the nation was experiencing a great wave of prosperity following the conclusion of World War I in 1918. One result of this prosperity was a dramatic [...]

The struggle for identity in a catch-phrase world

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   One of the slipperiest problems I have had to solve with Blue Future Filters has been creating an identity both for the company and its products.    In essence, what we make are just combinations of pipe, valves, fittings, and big polyethylene tanks.    The value, of course, is in the exact combination, placement, and function of [...]

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