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 [...]

VOICES IN THE WIND

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Bill Follis made it out of a burning bomber to return home, start a family, and live a full life. Many of his friends did not. Port seeking waterfront input from all sectorsPort Communications Manager Carolyn Casey updates BBJ readers on the latest goings-on at the Port of Bellingham and any new news regarding the [...]

Same problem, different block

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   Loitering. Drunkenness. Verbal abuse of employees. Discarded drug paraphernalia. Daily morning vomit cleanup.   Sound familiar? Yes, Railroad Avenue has once again migrated to the front of our group worry list as the place you least want to operate a business, because of the myriad of problems listed above.   The difference here is that the problem has migrated [...]

The best and worst of times

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   Philanthropically speaking, we are back to the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times it was the worst of times….” We have come back from the dip in charitable giving resulting from the market downturn after 9/11. The 15th annual report on charitable giving of the Chronicle [...]

More women are starting businesses than ever before

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   In October, I had the privilege of attending the 23rd annual Whatcom Women in Business (WWIB) Awards Banquet. WWIB honored six leading women in our community and recognized their achievements as businesswomen and major contributors to Whatcom County.    For 23 years, WWIB has recognized the achievements of working women. I couldn’t help but reflect on [...]

For Cubellis, struggle began once he came home

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For years, he hid his service in Asia from anyone besides other vets. It took more than a decade before someone finally told him the two words he needed to hear: ‘welcome back’ Tony Cubellis’ two tours in Southeast Asia left a mark on his psyche —but not nearly as big a scar as those [...]

‘I took to drawing like a fish to water’

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Dave Christensen always knew he wanted to be an architect, and the area’s growth has him in the right place at the right time These are busy times for architect Dave Christensen, who works on anywhere from 20 to 50 projects each month. J.J.Jensen   Architect David Christensen is, to say the least, busy. Take last month [...]

Canadian businesses heading south of the border

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Rob Pochert, executive director of the Bellingham/Whatcom EDC, said Whatcom County offers many positives to Canadian companies looking to relocate or open a cross-border facility, including lower employee costs and fewer taxes. KennyBrown   Canadian businesses have long been a part of Whatcom County’s economy. Depending on their industry, some find it advantageous to operate in the [...]

Grand reopening on Grand Avenue

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   The Grand Avenue Ale House will reopen its doors to customers this weekend.The longtime establishment has been closed for remodeling since early September. According to bar manager Laura Nelson, the building was almost completely redone, including the bar and kitchen. New mahogany flooring was put into the kitchen and bar, while the fir floor, which [...]

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 [...]

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