Temporary fixes are never the best solution

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

   When treating chickenpox, the cure doesn’t come in the form of a Band-Aid. Similarly, one common mistake in branding is focusing on one or more specific marketing pieces rather than re-evaluating the brand itself, much like covering up each of those red, itchy bumps with a Band-Aid instead of receiving a vaccine.    In branding your [...]

Mastering the Art of the Schmooze

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Local experts say Bellingham is rife with networking possibilities — here are some tips to make the most of them The Chamber of Commerce’s Pat Rowe says Bellingham is a great place to network — but that the average business person works far less on this type of business-building than they should. KennyBrown   The art of [...]

Births

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Belle MirageOwners: Brent and Linda ReedAddress: 155 W. Kellogg Rd.Phone: 650-1500Web site: bellemirage.comStartup date: Mid NovemberSquare footage: 2,000Initial investment: $100,000 Brent and Linda Reed, two recently married WWU grads, have taken the plunge into retail and opened Belle Mirage, an imported-furniture store on W. Kellogg Road.    Don’t be fooled by their ages, say 26-year-olds Linda [...]

Legislation could crimp cross-border business

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

KennyBrown   A Canadian presence has always been a part of the Whatcom County economy, and easy access over the northern border has allowed for economic exchange. The implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which could require a passport to cross the border, may, however, take the “easy access” out of the economic equation.     [...]

Financial problems resurface at eatery

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

    It appears the Marina Restaurant hasn’t escaped its financial problems.    A recent legal notice announced LPSL Corporate Services, Inc. will hold a trustee’s sale at 11 a.m., Jan. 27, at the Whatcom County Courthouse, in which the leasehold interest in the restaurant will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder.    According to [...]

2005: Great year for news, and a great year for the BBJ

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

   Wow, what a year.    Just like the business community, the BBJ had its share of “hellos and goodbyes” in 2005; two much-beloved, award-winning reporters who had been with the paper for years, Dave Gallagher and Vanessa Blackburn, left the paper to take on new challenges — Dave as the new business editor at the Herald, [...]

Cooperation crucial to success of New Whatcom

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

   The community effort to revitalize nearly 250 acres of waterfront property is gaining national attention for its innovative approach. Nearly every month, the Port of Bellingham gets requests to speak at regional and national conferences about the work that is under way.    Generally, Port leadership is too busy working on the project to accept the [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued recently: 710 Birchwood Ave., $2.8 million for a new two-story medical office building for Fourth Corner Neurosurgical. Owner: LBG LLC. Contractor: Wellman & Zuck Construction. 222 Telegraph Rd., $2,075,000 for a new Rite Aid retail store. Owner: Bromont [...]

What are your business resolutions for 2006?

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

   2006 is off to a fast start with a new minimum wage, new parking rates downtown and expectations of another strong year for Whatcom County businesses. 2005 saw more than expected growth, lower unemployment and increased sales for many businesses. Some local businesses had record years in both sales and profits. Construction continued to drive [...]

Bellingham Weekly fracas ends in ‘hibernation’

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Infighting, financial troubles and alleged elaborate schemes for ultimate control came to a head last month at The Bellingham Weekly, contributing to the cessation of the alternative news, arts and entertainment publication.    As of Jan. 6, the latest plans at TBW, which began publishing in April 2003, were for the paper to go into a [...]

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