Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Nov, 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 1440 10th St., $19,768 for commercial awnings: four non-illuminated. Owner: 10th & McKensie LP. 809 E. Chestnut St., $15,000 for installation [...]

Time for your resolutions

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

    Holy cow, is it really almost 2007 already? It seems like just a few weeks ago I was filling up the inflatable pool for my kids — but this week’s horrendous winter weather is certainly proof positive that the Dog Days of summer are long gone.   So as the New Year appears in our not-too-distant future, [...]

Temp employees can be a permanent solution

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

Number of temps in the work force has tripled since 1990 NOT JUST PEOPLE POWER: Rene Kelly, a sales representative with Express Personnel in Bellingham, said her company provides more than just staffing options for local companies. The business also offers testing services that evaluate associate levels of proficiency in various areas, such as computer [...]

Inside Bellingham’s big-box battle

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

   City Council moratorium on megastores provides time for planners, staff to research issue; but what answer is best for the community as a whole? Holly Barbo, co-owner of Barbo Furniture downtown, said while she feels the negatives of big-box superstores outweigh the positives, she is also leery of the city’s prohibiting certain types of stores [...]

KEEPING UP WITH PEOPLE

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

Clearwater hires three   Clearwater Communications hired Erin Campbell, Trish Navarre and Susan Tive. Campbell earned her master’s degree in business administration from Western Washington University. She specializes in small business development and startup. Navarre has more than 20 of years work experience in development and public relations. Tive previously worked as a copywriter, market researcher, human [...]

Going mobile: Taking your business on the road

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It doesn’t work for every type of operation, but can be the perfect fit for others DOG AND DRIVER: Dawn Weaver — with her dog, Lily — likes her life on the road. Her van, which had an original sticker price of about $70,000, is fully outfitted for her job as a dog groomer. This [...]

Mannequin mania

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

Business gives the term ‘working stiffs’ a whole new meaning IN YOUR FACE: Laurel Burke, co-owner of MannequinStore.com in Bellingham, stands next to Sarah (far right) and Jo. The company has grown substantially every year since it was started in 2002, and Burke said the market is still strong. Dan Hiestand   There are many times when [...]

In the chair with city’s first barbers

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

‘Tonsorial artists’ also offered shaves, hot baths all photos courtesy/whatcom museum of history and art Inside a Bellingham barber shop, circa 1905, featuring requisite display of personal shaving mugs in the cabinet at right and a room with bathtub(s) located beyond the partition in the back. The three barber chairs are all T. A. Kochs’ [...]

Doin’ the Hibernation Hustle

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

Successful seasonal businesses use ‘off time’ to prepare and improve operations Drew Schmidt, owner of Victoria San Juan Cruises in Bellingham, said the winter, while stressful in its drop in revenue, is a crucial time for him to repair, refit, and refurbish his fleet in preparation for the busy summer months. Many other local season-dependent [...]

Remembering ‘The twelve months of marketing’

Filed on 30. Nov, 2006 in Contents

    When I left the restaurant and retail business four years ago to start my own consulting company, I did not fully comprehend the lack of marketing experience most entrepreneurs bring to their new businesses. I had spent 25 years learning it the hard way, and for some reason, I still thought everyone else knew more [...]

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