Mastering the Art of the Schmooze

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Local experts say Bellingham is rife with networking possibilities — here are some tips to make the most of them The Chamber of Commerce’s Pat Rowe says Bellingham is a great place to network — but that the average business person works far less on this type of business-building than they should. KennyBrown   The art of [...]

Births

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

Belle MirageOwners: Brent and Linda ReedAddress: 155 W. Kellogg Rd.Phone: 650-1500Web site: bellemirage.comStartup date: Mid NovemberSquare footage: 2,000Initial investment: $100,000 Brent and Linda Reed, two recently married WWU grads, have taken the plunge into retail and opened Belle Mirage, an imported-furniture store on W. Kellogg Road.    Don’t be fooled by their ages, say 26-year-olds Linda [...]

Legislation could crimp cross-border business

Filed on 31. Dec, 2005 in Contents

KennyBrown   A Canadian presence has always been a part of the Whatcom County economy, and easy access over the northern border has allowed for economic exchange. The implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which could require a passport to cross the border, may, however, take the “easy access” out of the economic equation.     [...]

Ryan Callier: Born into the business

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

Arlis Flohr was at the hospital the day he was born, and gave him his first job when he was 14. So when the time came for her to sell her diner, Callier was ready. Ryan Callier, 25, bought Arlis’s Restaurant in August. It is familiar turf; Callier has worked at the diner off and [...]

Economic development means more than just basic ‘growth’

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   What has been my approach to economic development as it relates to Whatcom County?   To most everyone, Economic Development almost always means the “Growth” of something as a measurement of economic activity; more jobs, income, wealth, population, tax base, size of jurisdiction; more of something.   The challenge of Economic Development is bigger than growth.    Today Economic Development [...]

Input sought at January open houses

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   Transforming words on a page into drawings on a map is one of the next stages in the Port of Bellingham’s waterfront redevelopment project.    During November the community reviewed and commented on a set of draft guidelines designed to provide overarching goals for the project.    These guidelines were written by CollinsWoerman, a consulting firm out [...]

R&D Masonry puts down roots with new office site

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

KennyBrown   After putting down temporary roots in Bellingham last year, R&D Masonry Inc. is now building a more permanent solution: a new warehouse and office space in Bellingham’s Irongate area.    The Everett-based business has decided the Whatcom County and Skagit County markets, which are seeing steady growth, are areas the company wants to commit to long [...]

The DIYer’s best friend

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

Homax, a maker of do-it-yourself products, is perhaps the quietest 90-employee company in the city. But with a slew of new products heading for shelves and the buyouts of a number of competitors, that may be changing. Ross Clawson, Homax’s president, said the company has grown from one employee working from his garage (Homax founder [...]

THE REPLACEMENTS

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

Three local positions vital to economic growth and development are now open. What are these organizations looking for as they choose successors? J.J.Jensen   Growth, economic development and activities on the waterfront have been three of the biggest issues in Bellingham in recent years.   In the coming weeks and months, however, the city, Bellingham/Whatcom Economic Development Council (EDC) [...]

What are you thankful for?

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   December signifies the holiday season, the end of most businesses’ fiscal year and a chance to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and successes. One of my constant themes to business owners and managers is to take time to acknowledge the little victories and successes in business.   Too often we wait for the big home run [...]

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