New bankruptcy laws toughen standards for filing

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

The Bankruptcy Reform Act introduces a number of new hoops filers need to jump through; here’s a quick rundown on what business owners need to know Bellingham bankruptcy attorney James Sturdevant said the new codes put in place by the Bankruptcy Reform Act are “mean-spirited shots at consumers” which will do nothing to streamline or [...]

AWB: Just say no to I-912

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   Increasing taxes for any reason is politically unpopular. There is never a right time to do so, and the only good tax is the one the other guy pays.   In times past, politicians would tax corporations and let them take the heat when they passed those costs onto their customers. In fact, the “Cagey Cajun”    Louisiana [...]

Port of Chelan wooing investment in hybrid autos

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Blake Murray, Wenatchee Valley College’s automotive technology program director, traveled to California with other officials from the Port of Chelan County, the Chelan County PUD and the WSU Center for Sustainable Agriculture to find out more about the hybrid car industry growing in the Wenatchee area. J.J.Jensen   Imagine a Wenatchee where the price of gasoline doesn’t [...]

Philanthropy: Who, when, and how much?

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Some simple rules of thumb oncorporate giving Jamie Miller, co-owner of Manna Music, said organizing how he spends his limited philanthropic dollars is no easy task. � I try to put money into organizations with a proven track record and organizations that I believe in,� Miller said. KristaGrunhurd   With 196 public charities in Whatcom County, business [...]

SMOKE SCREAM: Eatery owners fear passage of I-901

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Stacy Potter-Winchester, general manager at the Slo Pitch Pub & Casino, said she fears that if I-901 is passed, a huge portion of her customer base could move to the tribal casinos, which are not included in the scope of the initiative. J.J. Jensen    Imagine going out to a restaurant or bar and not being [...]

Bellingham planning director resigns

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   Bellingham planning and community development director Jorge Vega submitted his resignation this week, after two years on the job.   Vega and his wife, Sarah, will move to Georgia in December to be close to her family.   Vega, who has been at the center of community debate about growth issues, said his resignation is not due to pressure [...]

City’s mines provided dangerous work

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Flooding, fires, and gas often made mines too costly to maintain Looking north up Elk (State) Street in the one-horse town of Sehome, late 1880s. Some of the remnants of the Bellingham Bay Coal Company’s workings can be seen on the shore at left. Prior to dredge-filling, the bay lapped within a few hundred feet [...]

Evaluating your Web presence, part two

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

    Last month we looked at a tool that the SBDC uses to evaluate a Web site’s effectiveness. These days having a Web site isn’t good enough. Just like your product lines and your marketing strategies, your web site needs to be regularly evaluated for its effectiveness. Last month we learned about first impressions, navigation and [...]

conversation: city planner jackie Lynch

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

Fairhaven�s past, presentand future Jamie Miller, co-owner of Manna Music, said organizing how he spends his limited philanthropic dollars is no easy task. �I try to put money into organizations with a proven track record and organizations that I believe in,� Miller said. J.J.Jensen   To say the least, Jackie Lynch has a vested interest in how [...]

Are you promoting hope?

Filed on 30. Sep, 2005 in Contents

   Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing Richard C. Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation (www. theharwoodinstitute-.org).    His small gem of a book, “Hope Unraveled: The People’s Retreat and Our Way Back,” published by the Kettering Foundation, provides some ideas to return us to a greater sense of connection with each other and [...]

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