With contract disputes settled, classes start at BTC

Filed on 30. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

Classes at Bellingham Technical College were in session Monday, Sept. 30, after college administrators reached tentative agreements with faculty and staff unions on new contracts. The Bellingham Education Association, the college’s faculty union, declared a strike on Sept. 24, the first scheduled day of class at BTC, seeking cost-of-living pay increases, better defined workloads and protection against [...]

State’s minimum wage up to $9.32 an hour in 2014

Filed on 30. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

Washington state’s minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour starting Jan. 1, the Department of Labor & Industries announced Monday, Sept. 30. Next year’s minimum wage is a 13-cent increase from the current $9.19 per hour, which L&I says reflects a 1.455 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers over [...]

Building permits, 9/23 to 9/30/2013

Filed on 30. Sep, 2013 in Public Records

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation of $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the city of Bellingham. Additional information can be found on the city’s website. Issued 2901 Squalicum Parkway (north tower), $518,000 for commercial alterations: kitchen remodel and installation of new exterior grease trap: St. Joseph Hospital. Contractor: Dawson Construction [...]

Credit unions campaign to preserve tax-exempt status

Filed on 29. Sep, 2013 in Features

By Christina Harper The (Everett) Herald Business Journal The Credit Union National Association has launched a grass-roots campaign encouraging its 96 million members throughout the United States to contact Congress in a bid deter the removal of credit unions’ not-for-profit tax status. In 1934, Congress passed the Federal Credit Union Act allowing not-for-profit credit unions [...]

BuildIt series to help turn inventions into products

Filed on 29. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

BuildIt series to help turn inventions into products

A Bellingham nonprofit is offering a series of classes and workshops to help inventors get their product ideas into the consumer market. The BuildIt Lecture Series, run by the Northwest Innovation Resource Center, will include six sessions between Oct. 9 and Nov. 11. Heather McKendry, program manager for the NWIRC, said the series will cover [...]

Bellingham roadwork report, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4

Filed on 29. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

The following information is provided by the city of Bellingham’s Public Works Department. Forest Street by North State Street Forest Street will be closed to through traffic by the new roundabout. Traffic will be detoured onto Berry St.  Motorists can expect delays during typical working hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Flaggers will direct traffic through the [...]

Info sessions scheduled for WWU nursing degree program

Filed on 28. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

Western Washington University will hold several upcoming information sessions for its RN-to-BSN completion program. Offered through WWU’s Woodring College of Education, the program is designed for associate-degree and diploma-prepared nurses who have completed their pre-licensure registered nurse  studies. It provides RNs in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties with the opportunity to continue their professional education [...]

BTC offers aid to students impacted by work stoppages

Filed on 27. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

Bellingham Technical College and its foundation are offering assistance to students unable to collect their financial-aid disbursements due to the ongoing faculty and staff strikes. Unions representing the college’s faculty and its support staff declared work stoppages this week, as neither have been able to reach agreeable terms with BTC for new contracts. Classes are [...]

Several fall classes offered by local business folks

Filed on 27. Sep, 2013 in Business Briefs

Here’s a roundup of notes and press releases recently received from local professionals and business owners teaching extended-education courses at Whatcom Community College this fall. These courses are offered through the college’s Community Education Program. More information on cost (which varies between courses) and registration is online at www.whatcomcommunityed.com. That website also includes information on other [...]

People on the move, 9/27/2013

Filed on 27. Sep, 2013 in People On The Move

Business Bank has made several top-level personnel changes. Michal D. Cann has been appointed chairman of the board of directors; he also continues in his role as CEO. Andy Hunter has taken over as president and is a new member of the board; he continues as chief credit officer. Don Gordon Sr. has been named as [...]

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