1 is NOT the loneliest number; 31,601 is

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   31,601.   The number of games between World Championships for the Chicago Cubs? Nope.   The height in feet of Mount Everest? Nope.   This, in fact, is the figure arrived at by city staff after myriad computations and formulae as the number of new residents arriving in Bellingham betwen the years 2002 and 2022.   “The reality is the reality. We can’t [...]

Existing businesses the key to growth

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   Without a doubt, the most important source for economic development is existing industry in the community. Industry tends to stay and expand where they ar consistently well-treated and appreciated. Job growth historically has come from the growth and expansion of existing business. That is not likely to change. Local managers of non-locally owned businesses can [...]

How much should you spend on branding?

Filed on 30. Sep, 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 [...]

Birch Bay Bonanza?

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Real-estate agent Mike Kent and other industry leaders say Birch Bay is about to experience explosive growth. See why. Starvin’ Sam’s owner building pair of new warehouse/office buildingsLongtime Ferndale resident Sam Boulos is building several warehouse/office buildings in his home town, with hopes of bringing new jobs to the area. Railroad redux: businesses harried by [...]

We asked you to plant a little extra, and you did!

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   Back in the early part of the spring, the BBJ launched its new main philanthropic effort in Bellingham, the Victory Gardens Against Hunger drive in conjunction with the Bellingham Food Bank.   Our initial goal was simply to raise awareness on what the Food Bank does, how many people it serves, and hopefully spark a boost in [...]

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Beautiful beaches, with a bevy of clams, crabs and waterfowl. Postcard-esque sunsets. Easy drives to Bellingham and Canada. A state park, quaint shops and nearby golf courses.    For years, those characteristics, among others, contributed to Birch Bay’s reputation, especially with Canadians, as an outstanding waterfront resort community. However, at the end of summers, as the [...]

Hog wild: Local entrepreneur bringing technology to the pigs

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Feedlogic president Drew Ryder, left, discusses technology possibilities with engineer Wiebe Vanderhoek. J.J.Jensen   Living in California and working as a magazine publisher five years ago, the thought of one day becoming a blossoming player in the field of hog nutrition management technology never crossed Drew Ryder’s mind.   But, after a call from his hog-farming brother-in-law in Canada, [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently by the city of Bellingham. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. 1305 11th St., $35,000 for sidewalk repair and new exit stairs. Owner: Jacaranda Land Corporation. Contractor: Ebenal [...]

Bellingham Frameworks

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Owner: Paul HemmingerAddress: 1422 Cornwall Ave.Phone: 650-1001Startup date: Oct. 1Square footage: 1,100Initial investment: Less than $10,000 Paul Hemminger is realizing a dream of his by becoming a downtown Bellingham merchant as he opens his business, Bellingham Frameworks, on the site of the former Hang Up Gallery on Cornwall Avenue.    As a kid growing up in [...]

Starvin� Sam�s owner building pair of new warehouse/office buildings

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Sam Boulos, a longtime Ferndale resident, has always wanted the best for his city, participating in and organizing community events, and relocating his business, Keith Oil Company, there.   Now, Boulos, 54, who’s also known as the founder of the Starvin’ Sams mini-marts, is building several warehouse/office buildings on his Pacific Industrial Park property that he hopes [...]

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