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 [...]

Online-gaming craze creating new digital micro-economies

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

   Escape.Who doesn’t long for it now and then?   Our jobs can put us into a pressure cooker we can’t get out of. Our kids, God bless ‘em, can leave our self-control in tatters at the end of a long day. Escaping from these real-world pressures is a common theme for most folks; some people play sports [...]

Double-dipping

Filed on 30. Nov, 2005 in Contents

They own the restaurant. They do the cooking. Taking on both jobs makes for a long day; just when the dinner rush is over, it‘s time to hit the paperwork. Here’s how they do it. Sam Chang, owner of New Peking, grew up cooking in Korea, learning from his parents and in school. Chang said [...]

First American heading to the waterfront; opens up prime downtown spot

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

J.J.Jensen   Nearly 30 new employees are heading for the waterfront, as First American Title Insurance Company has signed a five-year lease with the port for space in the Bellwether Building.   First American has been located downtown for at least 20 years at 215 N. Commercial St., but had been looking for a new location that could help [...]

Washington�s tax-cut fever just won�t go away

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   As the debate over gas taxes heats up in Washington state, all eyes in the nation are on Colorado, which is in the midst of its own tax fight.   In 1992, Colorado residents enacted the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR. TABOR established a formula that limits the growth in state tax collections and requires the [...]

Using TV and radio to your advantage

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   This past election, I’ve learned first-hand the challenges of marketing by committee. The candidate wanted to do television ads, and everyone in the group offered a different visualization of what they should be like. At one point, there were six completely different commercials offered up, and the producer was ready to walk away from the [...]

Some quick tips to spruce up your holiday bash

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Providing an opportunity for youremployees to overindulge is not only poor judgment, it could land you in big trouble Tim Donnelly, owner of Special T Striping & Design Inc. said he liks to mix things up, some years it’s prime rib at Chuckanut Manor, other years it’s waterskiing or parasailing. J.J.Jensen   Ah, the company holiday party.   To [...]

Smaller gyms aiming for niche clientele

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

David Adamson’s Fitness Together franchise on Bellwether Way, built around an instructor/client model, has proved so successful he plans on opening two more locations in Bellingham soon. J.J.Jensen   Some things are in decline at gyms these days, like medicine balls and vibrator belts, the old motorized machines that shook the midsection.   Something else members of larger gyms [...]

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