Auto dealer submits plans for expansion

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

    The City of Bellingham planning department has received plans from Jerry Chambers Chevrolet for a new 18,000-square-foot showroom near the auto dealer’s current location on Northwest Road.   The plans call for the building to be constructed on the corner of Home Road and Northwest Avenue, and the showroom would be for Cadillac automobiles.   Jerry Chambers [...]

Keep your business information assets safe

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Part III: Addressing your Technical Security   This is part three of a four-part series that identifies business information assets, helps owners understand the value of their information and then explains how best to protect information as a valuable business asset.   In the 13th century, a strong empire required protecting the riches of the kingdom, similar [...]

How we give here – Part 1

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Thanks to a report about to be released by Whatcom Community Foundation, we now know more specifics about charitable giving in Whatcom County.   The Foundation commissioned Greg Winter of Cornerstone Strategies in Bellingham to update the profile of the nonprofit sector economy he first did in 2000, and to add the latest available figures from [...]

The Need for Speed

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

Local raceway owners get a crash course in business management every weekend Outlook for local longshorement is bleakLocal stevedores heading south to find work Ga-Ga for the Loonie!Canadians using their dollar’s new buying power Growth: City eyes North Cordata for possible addition to UGALocation would be easiest place for further city expansion RETAIL: National chains [...]

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s E-Journal!

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    This July marks my eight-year anniversary at the BBJ – and for each of those eight years, I’ve wanted us to have the BBJ online, archived, for people to be able to read whenever they want to.    It’s eight years coming, but that day is here. The entire BBJ – from feature stories and front-page news [...]

Last call?

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

BPD recommends liquor board not renew Station Pub’s license by J.J. Jensen    The Station Pub’s days of serving suds could be numbered.    Nancy Parkhurst, owner of the embattled tavern at 1309 Railroad Ave., recently appeared before an administrative law judge and appealed the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s proposal to cancel the business’ liquor license.    The judge has [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

Business licenses Building permits    The following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Bellingham4029 Northwest Ave., $90,000 for sports clinic. Owner: Phycor LLC. Contractor: Clark Construction.807-811 10th St., $2,208,245 for 12-unit condos. Contractor: Wellman & Zuck.1756 Iowa St., $30,000 for tenant improvements. [...]

The joys and sorrows of the frequent flier

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Here I am — as I write I’m sitting in first class, earned by frequent flier miles, heading for Oakland, my monthly trip to check in with our staff there.When we started this venture in 1996, I had a backyard, a beat-up truck, some tools, a cell phone, a primitive web-site, a fair amount of [...]

The practical importance of practicing potty parity

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    The women’s restroom on the 76th floor of the Bank of America Tower in Seattle was recently voted the best restroom in the city.With sweeping views from the stalls, lots of marble and wood and other designer touches, this potty is heads up above the rest of the world. It’s the nicest restroom I’ve ever [...]

Managers must set the tone

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

Last month I wrote about creating a service culture in your organization and what that looks like. It is essential to realize that a service culture has to begin at the very top, because that’s where people, both customers and employees, look when things begin to fall apart. Leaders must be strongly committed and willing [...]

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