Growth surge continues at WECU

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

New Holly Street loan center needed as local credit union outgrows present facilities; growth pace far outstrips national average ABOVE: WECU’s Jennifer Kutcher and Robert Langei in front of the credit union’s new loan center, currently under construction on Holly Street.    A thin web of wooden framework supports a grout-dusted brick wall. Workers in white [...]

Marina the right choice for G-P site

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

   Opinions are beginning to differ greatly over whether or not the Port of Bellingham is legally required to turn the former Georgia-Pacific treatment lagoon into a marina.The Port says it is; a recent opinion by a Seattle lawyer brought into the fray by the Bellingham Bay Foundation says otherwise.   Who to believe? We’ll wait the lawyers [...]

It all began with an unauthorized two-story treehouse

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Faber Brothers Construction began as a local builder of farm structures but has morphed into one of the county’s biggest and busiest general contractors Ron Faber, Rick Faber and Mike Leland are the brain trust that guides Faber Brothers Construction, a company formed in 1987 and which began its corporate life as an entity specializing [...]

F’haven feuding

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Dave Ebenal files appeal, halting work on Westerop-Mischaikov project HeidiSchiller   Ted Mischaikov and Rick Westerop’s Fairhaven Harbor development hit a new snag last month when another Fairhaven developer, David Ebenal, as well as a Fairhaven business owner and resident, both appealed the issuance of the project’s design-review permit.   In his appeal, Ebenal, president of Ebenal General Construction, [...]

Jesse Kinsman and Marisa Papetti, a pair of former Bellingham Weekly staffers, have opened a new marketing firm, Kinsman Creative.

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Kinsman CreativeOwners: Jesse Kinsman and Marisa PapettiAddress: 1000 Harris Ave., #16 Phone: 676-7174Web: www.kinsmancreative.comStartup date: Jan. 8Square footage: 360Initial investment: $5,000    After their initial shock, Jesse Kinsman and Marisa Papetti, former employees of The Bellingham Weekly, quickly put the bitter memories of the alternative newspaper’s rocky December closure behind them.   Within a month of the paper’s [...]

Does being ‘green’ have to mean lower profits?

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

For these businesses, a deep-seated environmental commitment results in more clients and great reputations Ryzex’s Ron Biery begins the process of dissecting outdated scanning equipment that no longer has a use. Every bit of the equipment is recycled instead of sent to a landfill. KristaGrunhurd   With Big Business not doing the environment many favors these days [...]

Here’s the answer to the ‘eternal question’

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

   How to interact with employees — the eternal question. Everyone has had experiences where a boss was a real jerk. Everyone has had an experience where a boss was a pushover, though probably not so often. So what is best? What works and what doesn’t?    It’s my belief that a happy business is a good [...]

Fairhaven Highlands not all it’s cracked up to be

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

   Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the article “Inside Fairhaven Highlands” in the February BBJ. Responsible Development is a group that I founded more than a year ago to engage the owner and the public around the issues related to Chuckanut Ridge construction projects.    Many of the participants in our group have been [...]

Is your business prepared for a fire?

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

A simple checklist could save your business from being a total loss Few things can devastate a business like a fire, as this photo of Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, after its December 2004 fire, shows. Fortunately, say local fire department officials, this type of disaster is often very preventable. HeideSchiller   When the early morning phone call came [...]

Your new home for the ‘Business Advocate’

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

    Here’s the thing about being a newspaper reporter: you’re always on the outside looking in.   On a daily basis you cover the lives of other people, be they positive or negative happenings, but at the end of the day you only get to report the news — you rarely get a chance to make it yourself.   Also, [...]

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