Over-eating? Cafe owners try to buck the odds

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Despite industry numbers showing Bellingham to be eatery-heavy, local entrepreneurs are opening new restaurants at a record pace Bruce Bauer is optimistic about opening a new restaurant, Café Ohya, despite the surge in new restaurants in August. The fact so many restaurants are opening shows there is plenty of demand for new eateries. DaveGallagher   When told [...]

Move allows two Ferndale companies to expand

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J.J.Jensen   Company growth has necessitated the need for two businesses to seek more space in the former A&R Metal Industries building in Ferndale.   Moving into the location at 5345-A and 5345-B Labounty Dr., vacant since A&R, a Canadian company, closed operations at the site about a year ago, are QM Bearings and Ferguson Enterprises. Both companies, should [...]

Retraining opens doors for many displaced fishers

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Tony and Sheila Wilson said the tribe�s small-business development center was invaluable when the pair opened their business, T&S Electric. J.J.Jensen   Hundreds of members of the Lummi Indian Tribe, a traditional fishing nation, have taken significant financial blows in recent years due to declining salmon runs.The situation was highlighted in 1999, 2000 and 2001, when fishing [...]

Why plan for economic development?

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   Since unemployment rates have declined in many part of Washington, we can begin to think more carefully about the real goals of economic development planning.    Although job creation is always important, it makes sense to begin to ask what kinds of jobs we want to create. In many successful communities, other objectives of economic development [...]

Some quick ways to evaluate your web site

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Kathy owns a small distribution business that sells both locally through an outside sales force and regionally through a web-based catalog. The effectiveness of her web site is directly related to how successful her business is. Kathy had spent hours developing her company’s web site; hired graphic designers to make it look good and web [...]

Report points way to tribe’s viable economic future

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Curt Wolters, the Lummi tribe�s chief economist, said opportunities beyond gaming are becoming more plentiful for the tribe. J.J.Jensen   When residents think about Whatcom County’s largest employers, names like Western Washington University, Alcoa Intalco Works, BP Cherry Point Refinery, Haggen, Brown & Cole and T-Mobile usually come to mind.   Often overlooked, though, is the Lummi Indian Tribe, [...]

Lummi Ventures Program focusing on tribe’s anti-poverty efforts

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Point J.J.Jensen   While economic development and job opportunities are expected to abound in the future, Lummi leaders are also aware they have to address an issue that’s widespread now: poverty.   In 2000, according to Census figures, the per capita income of Lummis living on the reservation was $10,054, compared to the $20,025 per capita income for Whatcom [...]

Don’t forget to pay the rent

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   There are a precious few times in our lives when events much larger than ourselves put a number of things in perspective that we don’t see under normal circumstances, if in fact there ever is such a thing. The critical measure of these moments is what we learn from them not just for our own [...]

The Herald’s getting a good one

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   Seven years is a long time to do anything these days — let alone work at the same newspaper job, pulling in mediocre wages coupled with increased responsibilities, ever-grumpier bosses … you get the picture.   But after seven years at the BBJ, my right hand, Dave Gallagher, is leaving to take the post of the Herald’s [...]

Avionics shop takes flight at BAS

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Purchase of Port Angeles company paved way for local firm’s expansion Bellingham Aviation Servicesy?N Operations Manager Jeff Geer said business has been brisk at the companyy?Ns new avionics shop ? so brisk theyy?Nve hired a new mechanic to help with the workload. DaveGallagher   Given the past struggles of fixed-base operators at the Bellingham International Airport, it [...]

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