Pulling the trigger: When is it time to upgrade?

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

   As with anything, weigh the costs of any potential upgrade with the benefits it would give Greg Iwasaki, general manager at Tele Net Technologies, says a business should upgrade its phone system if it would increase productivity in a cost-effective way. Heidi Schiller   With technology advancements increasing at what seems like the speed of light, and [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Accepted 1401 F St., $3,500,000 for new mixed-use, three-story building: Basement parking garage, street level commercial space and 27 dwelling units. Owner: [...]

Miscellanea, and lots of it

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

    My column this month is going to be more of a grab bag (with apologies to Dave Gallagher, as "grab bag" is one of his signature, almost copyrighted turns of phrase) of barely interrelated thoughts on a whole host of topics … so let the stream-of-conciousness begin. 1. We live in an incredible town. I [...]

Once again, it’s time to give thanks

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

Business owners tell the BBJ those they are most thankful for, and why Vicki Rogers, owner of Inside Passage, said she is incredibly thankful for her trusted bookkeeper and friend, Renee Thompson, who, when Rogers had an illness occur in her family, basically took over running the business until Rogers could return to work. Heidi [...]

What’s new in office technology

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

What’s out there that can help your business run faster and smarter? Ethan D’Onofrio, vice president of Northwest Computer, uses his Palm Treo 700w, which runs on the new Windows Mobile 5.0. D’Onofrio said Windows Mobile 5.0 is swiftly replacing Palm and Blackberry technology as the operating system of choice for tech-savvy businesspeople. Heidi Schiller   What’s [...]

Citizens Dock was city’s principal transit hub

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

Link to region’s cities crucial on both economic and social levels all photos courtesy/whatcom museum of history and art The celebrated ‘Kulshan,’ the steamer to Seattle, arrived in July 1913 on her maiden trip to Citizens Dock (at right) on the Whatcom Creek waterway. Quackenbush Dock is seen on the left. Jeff Jewell   On July 1, [...]

WORKIN’ IN AMERICA

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

Immigrants find warm reception, many opportunities for success in Bellingham Dan Hiestand     Mohammad Malayeri’s business ventures have taken him and his family all over the planet.    Whether it was running a transportation company in Iran, a Greek restaurant in Holland or selling Persian rugs in Bellingham, the Iranian-born Malayeri has dabbled in a variety of business [...]

Developer to buy 11-acre Simplot site

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

Dan Hiestand   A local real estate investor hopes to revive a large piece of long-vacant property in Ferndale.   James Willson — along with his wife Rebecca — have plans to buy an 11-acre parcel on Portal Way owned by The J. R. Simplot Company for $1.6 million. Simplot, a food and agribusiness corporation based in Boise, Idaho, [...]

LogoGate a debacle on too many levels

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

    The profusion of goofs, errors, and poor judgment surrounding the city’s new logo is a topic on the lips of many a Bellingham resident these days.    The outgoing mayor’s rather flip "it’s no big deal" manner on this topic has not done anything to quell the irascible horde; in fact, it has only thrown further [...]

E-waste: Appearing now at an office near you

Filed on 31. Oct, 2006 in Contents

Local organization working to alleviate impact of toxic discarded electronics RE Lectronics Program Manager Greg Waters, pictured above, said local businesses generate the largest volume of local e-waste — which means companies need to be extra diligent when it comes to recycling responsibly. RE Lectronics accepts most unwanted electronic equipment and either reuses it, rebuilds [...]

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