Tai chi: Eliminating business stress the ancient way

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Stress and conflict – things everyone in business has to deal with on a daily basis. Some stress is good as a motivator to action, but too much is bad for the health.    I remember years ago when I was starting up an earlier business, I read in a newspaper about a Hong Kong shipping [...]

potencial.

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

It’s the Spanish word for potential — and with the growing local Hispanic community unofficially numbering about 20,000 in Whatcom County alone, Hispanic business owners say this area is oozing with ‘potencial.’ BTC prepping for August groundbreakingNew technology center scheduled to be completed in December 2006 Long-awaited parking changes on the horizonDowntown metered parking would [...]

Put staff evaluations higher on your ‘to do’ list

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   It’s an interesting dilemma: Managers say they think performance evaluations are important and yet they often dread doing them and miss deadlines so employees have to wait months beyond their scheduled due date. What gives?   Without scientific data to back me up, my practical experience tells me there are a number of roadblocks that get in [...]

China’s army of scientists, not cheap labor, our real worry

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   A recent cover of The Economist magazine featured a doctored street sign: “Great Wall St.” The caption read: “How China runs the world economy.”   The gist of the article is America’s demand for low- cost products is fueling China’s industrial expansion. In turn, the Chinese are investing billions in U.S. Treasury bonds. The tag line is [...]

Whatcom County

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Who is coming to Bellingham, and why?A look inside the numbers Real-estate agent Mike Parcher said he has mixed feelings about the red-hot real-estate market and rapid influx of new residents; while it is affording him a growing business, he worries it could also alter the quality of life that makes the area special. DaveGallagher   Throughout [...]

Rhetoric is just throwing fuel on the fire of city’s growth debate

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

  What is “Growth”?When I use the word “growth,” what comes to your mind?    Urban Sprawl?    Private Property Rights?    Degradation of our environment?    Living-wage Jobs?   Each of these reactions carries politically charged rhetoric, concepts or ideas which are meant to incite strong feelings in people.   Those strong feelings, however, generally aren’t directed toward positive ends, like solving the [...]

Gather ‘round for the story of Glen, Mary — and Marge

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   The following story is true; the names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Glen and Mary have been married for over 15 years (a success in itself).    Glen is a sole proprietor in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry (HVAC). For over 7 years Glen has provided HVAC sales and service throughout Whatcom [...]

PR Web taking marketing to the masses

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Ferndale firm hooking up small- and medium-sized businesses to the media using the Internet David McInnis, right, CEO and founder of Ferndale’s PR Web, and vice president Mick Jolly are changing the news-distribution world. Their company distributes some 10,000 news releases per month. J.J.Jensen   As a 27-year-old owner of a Web development and hosting company in [...]

Residents need to adapt a more realistic buyer-beware mentality

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   One comment from a recent community meeting between developers, city planners, and local residents regarding a proposed rezone of more than 200 acres on Samish Hill went something like this (paraphrased): “We need the city to support existing neighborhoods and not be involved in supporting this massive growth.”   Burying one’s head in the sand will not [...]

Survey finds confidence on the rise

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Index soars to highest point ever as economy grows Developer Ken Hertz, here in front of his Blossom Commons commercial building on the corner of Kellogg Road and Meridian Street, said while he has some concerns about growth issues, he expects the economy to continue to grow locally. DaveGallagher   Optimism continues to reign supreme among local [...]

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