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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

National retailers finding more to like in Bellingham

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher Growing up in Bellingham in the 1980s, one of Erin Sundean’s first jobs was working at McDonald’s. At the time, there weren’t many other options.“I think there was a Wendy’s on Lakeway, but I can’t think of too many other ones in town,” said Sundean, a commercial real estate agent and owner [...]

Local government has vital role to play

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Local government has a critical role to play in a community’s economic development future.    Elected officials and community policy makers are needed to maintain a process that creates high-wage employment and sustains a strong local economy. This process begins with a dynamic, business-friendly environment and a desirable quality of life. These are the elements that attract [...]

Planning a new direction?

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

New port Planning and Development Director Sylvia Goodwin has quite a list of upcoming jobs – chief among them leading the charge on the G-P site redevelopment by Dave GallagherIn the first week at her new job with the Port of Bellingham, Sylvia Goodwin had the enthusiasm of a bookworm who had discovered a new [...]

Requiring soccer moms to have passports doesn’t make any of us safer

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

    Whether you agree with the changes or not, there is no argument about their existence. This nation has changed tremendously since September 11, 2001.One of the most recent examples of this change hits Whatcom County especially hard, and manifested itself in the terrorism bill passed in December 2004. That example is the requirement by January [...]

He cooks, he serves … he sings

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by J.J. Jensen    Jimmy Nguyen, owner and chef of downtown’s House of Orient, has a full plate.    For example, there are the grueling 12-hour work days, constant desire to keep his customers happy and the current hassles of moving his business to a new location.    And, if that’s not hectic enough, there are also the pressures of being [...]

Canadians going ga-ga for the Loonie

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by J.J. Jensen While it’s not the flood of “Beautiful British Columbia” license plates seen 15 years ago, a trip through local parking lots lately at least identifies more visitors from the Great White North than in recent years.So what’s the noticeable increase all a-boot?Local business leaders point primarily to the strength of the Canadian [...]

Alaska Building a downtown fixture for more than 60 years

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Al Currier     For sixty years, 1909-1969, the busy downtown Bellingham intersection of Holly and State streets was home to the curved-fronted, three-story Alaska Building. Home to numerous businesses and professional offices during its lifetime, the classic brick was part of a surge in construction resulting from the 1903 consolidation of Whatcom and Fairhaven to [...]

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