The sweet sounds of success

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Fairhaven guitarmaker Dake Traphagen’s classical instruments have a worldwide following, incredibly positive word-of-mouth reputation, and hefty price tags. While these are all well and good, they aren’t what keeps the fire burning for the craftsman, whose real focus remains the unending quest to build the perfect guitar. Guitarmaker Dake Traphagen builds each of his guitars [...]

Blaine biotech firm has designs on huge new facility

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J.J.Jensen   A small Blaine company has big plans for the biopharmaceutical industry.   Garry Montgomery, chairman and CEO of Diversified Bio-Medics Inc., located at 264 H Street, has announced his company would like to build a 75,000- to 80,000-square-foot biomanufacturing facility somewhere on the West Coast. Construction would likely cost around $45 million.   In June, Montgomery sent out requests [...]

City’s efforts to boost attorney privilege send the wrong message

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   When the voters of Washington state approved the Public Disclosure Act more than 30 years ago, they sent a clear message to local and state governments: You work for us, and we need to be able to know what you are doing.   The PDA set in stone what voters expect from their governments—an open and transparent [...]

Vie

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Owner: Carol BeecherAddress: 1200 Old FairhavenParkwayPhone: 733-9143Startup date: Nov. 14Square footage: 1,200Initial investment: $150,000 Carol Beecher, former general manager of the Hotel Bellwether and Inn at Semiahmoo, has left the hospitality industry to focus on retail at her new high-end boutique, Vie on Old Fairhaven Parkway. Beecher said she saw a niche for upscale clothing [...]

Franchises: Powerful help or expensive drain?

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

Some owners say the expertise they get from their franchise is invaluable; others feel they are paying too much to get too little. Stacy Bloch, owner of Eagles Games, Models, and Miniatures, was a franchisee of a Seattle-based hobby chain when he first opened his store — but it didn’t take him long to realize [...]

To patent or not to patent, that’s the question

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   After years of waiting, I finally received notification of a patent last week. It is for a design of a small slow sand filter for drinking water, and I came up with the idea four years ago as a response to the request for smaller systems for home use as well as low-cost units for [...]

The power of the press release

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   Business wasn’t as good as it should be.    In business for four years, the single Mom was worried she might have to close, and then, how would she support herself and her son? It was a business with great potential, in a great location in a growing district, but she couldn’t afford to advertise and [...]

Time to take Crisis Management 101

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Prepare for the worst now — you won’t have time to do it the right way when things go south in a hurry Gerald Baron, owner of Baron & Company, said about 75 percent of crises businesses face are known ahead of time, and preparing for and dealing with the problems can save owners major [...]

Texas Tea: The short-lived Bellingham oil boom

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

‘Oil Fever’ gripped city after 1890 Happy Valley gusher made an unlooked-for appearance Spectators squeeze-in to catch a glimpse of the newly discovered "Bellingham oil" at the corner of Orleans and Alabama streets on Nov. 6, 1929. JeffJewellwhatcom historical society   While our nation looks to reduce its dependence on foreign oil by boosting domestic sources, let’s [...]

New venture dives into business on Iowa

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   Gone Diving, a new dive shop in Bellingham, is scheduled to open in January.    Owner of the new venture, Charlynn Sutton, will lease a 1,720-square-foot space at 1740 Iowa Street for the business.   The new shop will offer diving instruction for beginning to advanced divers, retail sales and both local and warm-water trips.    For instruction, Sutton [...]

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