Growth surge continues at WECU

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

New Holly Street loan center needed as local credit union outgrows present facilities; growth pace far outstrips national average ABOVE: WECU’s Jennifer Kutcher and Robert Langei in front of the credit union’s new loan center, currently under construction on Holly Street.    A thin web of wooden framework supports a grout-dusted brick wall. Workers in white [...]

TV Timeout: Reality check needed

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Local business people say their counterparts on the small screen lead far more interesting lives J.J.Jensen   Most of the journalists I know live in basement suites and drive the same cars they’ve had since they graduated from college — even the ones from the class of 1986.   So why is it every time I see a newspaper [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. 3410 Woburn St. #203, $57,000 for tenant improvements at Barkley Chiropractic. Owner: FFP Inc. Contractor: The Franklin Corporation.3680 Iron Gate Rd., $372,371 [...]

Chris Strelau:

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Dancing with the dragonBecoming a master and teacher of martial arts is incrediblydifficult. Doing it while suffering from epilepsy is an even bigger testament to courage and determination. Chris Strelau, owner of the Chinese Martial Arts Academy on State Street, has faced challenges his entire life as an epileptic — challenges that he said have [...]

RACE DAY

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

For these local business people, getting away from the Rat Race means entering a different kind of race altogether — the Bellingham Yacht Club’s Wednesday night regattas. KristaGrunhurd   The sound of wind blowing through the sails, a fresh breeze on his face and the joy of pushing a sailboat through its paces are just a few [...]

Your new home for the ‘Business Advocate’

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

    Here’s the thing about being a newspaper reporter: you’re always on the outside looking in.   On a daily basis you cover the lives of other people, be they positive or negative happenings, but at the end of the day you only get to report the news — you rarely get a chance to make it yourself.   Also, [...]

Fairhaven Highlands not all it’s cracked up to be

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

   Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the article “Inside Fairhaven Highlands” in the February BBJ. Responsible Development is a group that I founded more than a year ago to engage the owner and the public around the issues related to Chuckanut Ridge construction projects.    Many of the participants in our group have been [...]

Does being ‘green’ have to mean lower profits?

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

For these businesses, a deep-seated environmental commitment results in more clients and great reputations Ryzex’s Ron Biery begins the process of dissecting outdated scanning equipment that no longer has a use. Every bit of the equipment is recycled instead of sent to a landfill. KristaGrunhurd   With Big Business not doing the environment many favors these days [...]

F’haven feuding

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Dave Ebenal files appeal, halting work on Westerop-Mischaikov project HeidiSchiller   Ted Mischaikov and Rick Westerop’s Fairhaven Harbor development hit a new snag last month when another Fairhaven developer, David Ebenal, as well as a Fairhaven business owner and resident, both appealed the issuance of the project’s design-review permit.   In his appeal, Ebenal, president of Ebenal General Construction, [...]

It all began with an unauthorized two-story treehouse

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Faber Brothers Construction began as a local builder of farm structures but has morphed into one of the county’s biggest and busiest general contractors Ron Faber, Rick Faber and Mike Leland are the brain trust that guides Faber Brothers Construction, a company formed in 1987 and which began its corporate life as an entity specializing [...]

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