Incorporation decision looms for Sudden Valley

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Roger Bull is a Sudden Valley board member and chair of the Sudden Valley City Committee, the group spearheading the area’s move to possible incorporation. Bull said he believes an incorporated Sudden Valley would bring in about $2.5 million a year in revenue, with an estimated expenditures budget of about $2 million. KennyBrown   For years, Sudden [...]

How much should you spend on branding?

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Successful companies know that to build a brand budget they need a strategy, the resources to execute it and a way to measure success.    In order to clearly understand the funds needed to build a strong brand it’s best to start with the end objective in mind, identify your market, profile your audience and know [...]

The best and worst of times

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Philanthropically speaking, we are back to the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times it was the worst of times….” We have come back from the dip in charitable giving resulting from the market downturn after 9/11. The 15th annual report on charitable giving of the Chronicle [...]

How will your business give back this year?

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   “Philanthropy” is an easy word to toss around at your business.   It feels good just to discuss it — almost like you’ve already done something to help the community, even when you haven’t.    Too often, a business’s philanthropic efforts get stuck in the “talking” stage and never reach the “actualization” stage, when things actually start getting [...]

Finn’s Phunk & Junque

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Owner: Leslie JacksonAddress: 929 State St.Phone: 738-7092Startup date: Oct. 1Square footage: 660Initial investment: $1,000 Leslie Jackson’s new store of eclectric knickknacks, Finn’s Phunk & Junque, opened on State Street on Oct. 1. With her is Finnegan, the store’s namesake.    Leslie Jackson, 41, is truly happy these days.   For years, she said, whether it was working in [...]

Same problem, different block

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Loitering. Drunkenness. Verbal abuse of employees. Discarded drug paraphernalia. Daily morning vomit cleanup.   Sound familiar? Yes, Railroad Avenue has once again migrated to the front of our group worry list as the place you least want to operate a business, because of the myriad of problems listed above.   The difference here is that the problem has migrated [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued in the past month: 340 W. Bakerview Rd., $1,034,000 for tenant improvements, including modernization of existing facilities, office relocations, new restrooms, and provisions for future commercial kitchen for employee café for T-Mobile. Owner: Western Mortgage Development. Contractor: Ticon [...]

Dancing around the pitfalls of product development

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Remembering a scrawled doodle on a notebook page in 1994, I realize how huge the process of product development really is.    Looking objectively at our slow- sand filter systems as they are now, the observer is likely to comment on how simple they seem. I’m here to tell you that an enormous amount of design, [...]

VOICES IN THE WIND

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Bill Follis made it out of a burning bomber to return home, start a family, and live a full life. Many of his friends did not. Port seeking waterfront input from all sectorsPort Communications Manager Carolyn Casey updates BBJ readers on the latest goings-on at the Port of Bellingham and any new news regarding the [...]

Westhaver: “This IS my retirement”

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong loves of hockey and hard work show no signs of ebbing, even though he’s 82 Pacific Trim owner Russ Westhaver’s lifelong love of hockey continues, both in his continuing affection for his hometown Detroit Redwings team and with often getting out on the ice himself for “skate and puck [...]

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