Northern Exposure

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Blaine’s housing boom has business leaders happy by Dave Gallagher    Colin Gelker enjoys the look of surprise on peoples’ faces when they walk into Worldly Treasures Furniture, a store he manages in Blaine. Blaine’s waterfront and quality of life are proving to be be big lures to developers, who now have more than 1,500 new homes [...]

Port hires new planning director

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    The Port of Bellingham last month announced the hiring of Sylvia Goodwin as Port Planning and Development Director.    Goodwin, currently Whatcom County’s Planning Division Manager, will begin her new position April 19.The Planning and Development Director job is a new position at the Port. In the past, the position was combined with the Real Estate Director [...]

Policies are the foundation of network security

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Note: This is part two of a four-part series that identifies business information assets, helps business owners understand the value of their information and then explains how best to protect information as a valuable business asset.Last month we began our journey though the vast world of information security. We talked about identifying the true value [...]

Drought may cause blip in energy rates

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Spring snowfalls lessening worries, however By J.J. Jensen     Citing low snow pack in the mountains this winter, and with lake and river levels near record lows, Gov. Christine Gregoire last month authorized the Dept. of Ecology to declare a statewide drought emergency.However, in recent weeks, with the return of traditional rainy weather in western Washington, [...]

Employee performance boosted by offices upgrades, studies show

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by Dave Gallagher     When it comes to employee productivity, are companies headed in the right direction?It doesn’t appear to be the case if you go by recent national surveys on the topic. In one survey conducted by Microsoft, 38,000 workers surveyed said that even though they are working longer hours, they are averaging only three [...]

Build trust in your brand to increase business

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Our family has been committed to eating healthier foods lately for health reasons. It has been a transition to buying organic, buying local produce and shopping at the Co-op.I’ve learned to read labels and rely on new manufacturers that I wasn’t familiar with before. The relearning of buying habits has been challenging for me, but [...]

Permit Center slowly gaining converts

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Still some kinks to iron out, admit city officials by Dave Gallagher    When Rich McCudden decided to open Flats Tapas Bar in Fairhaven, he went into the Bellingham Building Services department to get permits expecting the worst – but instead he was pleasantly surprised.    ”We had heard so many horror stories about the permit process, but we [...]

Giving: How much is ‘enough?’

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

Much was made of the approximately $2 billion that Americans gave to charities responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and we are nearing the $1 billion mark for gifts to relief following the tsunamis in southeast Asia last December.Both of those figures seem like huge, generous outpourings to people in need after their lives have [...]

HSA’s a viable new option for many small businesses

Filed on 31. Mar, 2005 in Contents

In 2003 I was asked to participate on the Steering Committee for the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access. One of the Alliance’s top priorities is to find ways for employers and individuals to purchase affordable health insurance. Thirteen percent of Whatcom County adults and 27 percent of low-income households (under $20K) lack any kind of [...]

Facelift begins on airport

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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, [...]

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