Facelift begins on airport

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

by J.J. Jensen    The Bellingham International Airport this year will receive something it hasn’t had since the Port of Bellingham assumed operations of the airport from Whatcom County in the 1950s – significant improvements.Scheduled for upgrades or repairs are the baggage-handling area, the main terminal’s entryway and roof, and taxiways “E” and “F.” The projects, combined, [...]

City was wise to select broad-based budget committee

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

    When City Hall sent out requests and applications for inclusion in its new citizen-based budget advisory committee, it did a smart thing: Mayor Mark asked for members across the spectrum of city interests. Business people, retirees, conservatives, liberals, supporters of his candidacy last election and even his opponent, radio personality Brett Bonner.     Whether this is [...]

You can almost hear the trowels a-diggin’

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Holy frijole! (Since “frijole” means bean in Spanish, this is an entirely appropriate pun.)Response to our fledgling Victory Gardens Against Hunger campaign has been overwhelming.Thank you all so much for your interest!In case you missed it, the Victory Gardens Against Hunger campaign is our new philanthropic effort here at the BBJ, done in conjunction with [...]

The Great White North: Doing business in Alaska

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

BCS one of many local companies looking to boost its business in the 49th State by Dave Gallagher     For more than a century, Bellingham businesses have been able to find opportunities in the vast wilderness of Alaska, and one local company is hopeful that a project it is considering will help local businesses create even [...]

Furniture store set to take half of former Michael’s site on Meridian

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher     Montana Furniture Industries has signed a lease to occupy more than half of the former Michael’s Arts & Crafts building at 3548 Meridian St.The company makes high-end furniture at its facility in Bozeman, Mont., with the goal of creating heirlooms that can be passed on to future generations, said Greg Metzger, who [...]

Business licenses

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Top properties & building permits Residences over $500,000 Seller: Renay Daniels Buyer: J. Hugh Wiebe Description: 1 -and a half story house with 1,962 square feet, 572 square foot finished basement, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, built in 1990, remodeled in 2004, 436 square foot attached garage, 820 square foot deck; marine and territorial views. Address: [...]

Fact or Fiction: Bellingham is anti-business

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Business is booming, the city is growing — but the perception remains By J.J. Jensen    When Walton Beverage, a fixture in Bellingham for decades, left for Ferndale last year after efforts to secure a new site in the city failed, company President John Walton noticed something about some city officials.    ”We did business for over 60 years [...]

Happy employees stay with your company longer

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

“Working there was a nightmare,” said John (not his real name). “I am so much happier at this new company.” John spent years with a Bellingham company owned by an abusive boss. Yelling at employees, changing the rules on commissions, manipulating customers, and creating a poisonous working environment were only the start.Racial slurs aimed at [...]

Having a service culture takes more than just talk

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Just saying “We deliver great service” doesn’t guarantee employees are really wowing customers and clients. Words like “service” and “excellence” don’t mean anything unless your staff lives and breathes those commitments.Great service is rooted in a culture shared by everyone in the organization – front line, back office, and management.Culture provides a frame of reference [...]

Putting personality into brands

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Customers often embrace a brand because they can relate to its personality.It may be that the brand has similar personality traits to them or they want their own personality to be more like that of the brand. Either way, the personality (adjectives that describe the brand using human traits) of the brand plays a large [...]

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