Forged in the crucible of adversity

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 in Contents

Local businesspeople talk of their toughest jobs — and the lessons they learned from them Doug Thomas, CEO of Bellingham Cold Storage, said his worst job ever — working at a Skagit Valley gravel pit as a teenager — left him determined that college was the way to go. Dan Hiestand   It’s hard to find someone [...]

Older workers looking to stay ahead of the curve

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 in Contents

Retraining, professional development crucial as workforce ages BBJ photo/VINCENT AIOSA Dawn Groves, an instructor at Whatcom Community College who teaches a seven-week course called “The Office Professional,” said many of her students are older professionals. She has been teaching adult learners for 15 years. In the background is Sven Schroeder, who is considering taking a [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 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 for review 1914 King St., $40,000 for commercial improvements: ADA parking, dining, restrooms, various models. Owner: RHC Associates 91.1 percent; David [...]

An afternoon at the Skateway

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 in Contents

    Before a recent Saturday afternoon, I hadn’t been in a roller rink since some time in the late 1970s. After our trip to the Lynden Skateway, I’m happy to say not much has changed in the intervening 30 years.   When the Saturday in question dawned soggy and hovering at a brisk 38 degrees or so, it [...]

Sunnyland Square facelift under way

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 in Contents

Improved site and new anchor tenant accompany higher rents; a number of businesses forced to leave center Larry Stahlberg, owner of Merry Maids in the Sunnyland Square shopping center, expects the remodel and the addition of Trader Joe’s to increase his business’s name recognition, as well as revitalize the area in general. Heidi Schiller   Everyone agrees [...]

Haggen, Inc. Appoints Michael de Bouchel as Director of Meat

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Michael de Bouchel has been appointed director of meat at Haggen, Inc. With 32 years of experience in the grocery industry, de Bouchel oversees meat departments at 32 Haggen Food & Pharmacy and TOP Food & Drug stores in Washington and Oregon. He also is responsible for managing the company’s longstanding relationships with Northwest meat [...]

Mentors indispensable to new entrepreneurs

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Advice, support a huge bonus to fledgling workers BBJ photo/MARK MALIJAN Jodie Beatty, right, a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, said when she first came to the company, its structured mentorship program paired her with Tim Goering, left. According to Beatty, Goering’s advice, guidance and support have been crucial to her early success at [...]

Welcome to ostrich capital of the NW

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 in Contents

Feathers were needed for hats William Hill feeds his ostriches, with their coveted plumage, near Whatcom Falls in 1911. (Whatcom Museum of History & Art #1996.10.1414) Jeff Jewell   Not so long ago, it was customary for a woman to wear a hat when out in public, and getting a new bonnet meant a visit to her [...]

Owning a preschool a labor of love

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 in Contents

Unending supplies of energy, patience, and caring needed on this job site BBJ photo/MARK MALIJAN Netta Darling engages in some friendly give-and-take with her most precious clients — the preschoolers entrusted to her care at her Little Darlings school. Dan Hiestand   A valid question: What are the ingredients that make up love?   The answer is not as [...]

Knowing the importance of a marketing plan

Filed on 28. Feb, 2007 in Contents

    The heavy, unexpected snow on March 1 left me stuck at my hilltop home instead of teaching a seminar at WCC on how to create a marketing plan. For my disappointed students, and for anyone with a business that needs some marketing refreshment, let’s talk about how important a plan can be!   A restaurant owner approached [...]

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