Language instructor teaches Spanish for business professionals

Filed on 30. Mar, 2017 in Contents, Features

Language instructor teaches Spanish for business professionals

When it comes to serving customers, communication is critical. More and more, companies are discovering that communicating with customers sometimes means getting over a language barrier. That’s where Sarah Rowan comes in. She started Salud Spanish, a company that teaches Spanish classes and translation. One of its specialties is classes geared toward specific industry professionals. [...]

When a misunderstood relationship causes a communication breakdown

Filed on 28. Mar, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

When a misunderstood relationship causes a communication breakdown

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal “Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other and the sooner we recognize that the better for us all.” —Erik Erikson Last week I was meeting with one of my clients and I asked as I often do at the start of our meetings, [...]

Building permits, March 13-17

Filed on 24. Mar, 2017 in Data, Public Records

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Applied 520 Harmon Way, $244,739.94 for Heron Point Properties – new single-family residence with attached garage. Historical owner: Heron Point Holdings LLP. Contractor: AJW Builders LLC. Permit no.: BLD2017-0244. March [...]

Chuckanut Brewery brewmaster to deliver keynote speech at state homebrewers conference

Filed on 21. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Chuckanut Brewery’s Will Kemper was chosen as the keynote speaker at the Washington Homebrewers annual conference in Vancouver on March 17. Kemper has been brewing commercial craft beer since 1984, and has directed, engineered and created recipes for more than 20 craft breweries in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. During the speech, Kemper planned to [...]

Whatcom Women in Business to award $20,000 in scholarships

Filed on 21. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

The Whatcom Women in Business will be awarding four $5,000 scholarships this year. The scholarships will be awarded to Whatcom County women entering higher education. Applicants must be a high school graduate by spring 2017. Applications are due by March 31. For an application, visit http://wwib.org/programs/scholarship-info/.  

Site ranks Bellingham among top cities to start a business

Filed on 21. Mar, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Bellingham is one of the best cities to start a business in during 2017, a website found. Out of 358 cities across the U.S., business blog HeroPay ranked Bellingham as no. 51 for the best city to start a small business this year. Key metrics for the ranking included business activity, quality of life, labor [...]

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Filed on 20. Mar, 2017 in Contents, Features, News

Foster care nonprofit takes over Bellingham indoor playground facility Perch & Play

Businesses and nonprofits aren’t usually after the same thing. In Bellingham, however, one charity and one business are uniting under a common goal: to help out children and parents. Skookum Kids purchased the indoor playground Perch & Play in January. Skookum Kids is a nonprofit that helps foster kids and foster parents in Whatcom County. [...]

Building Permits, March 6-10

Filed on 17. Mar, 2017 in Data, Public Records

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center.  Applied 11 Bellwether Way 110, $30,000 for tenant improvement – combining multiple suites. Contractor: Fowler & Harpe Construction Inc. Business/tenant: S3 Northwest Inc. Permit no.: BLD2017-0224. March 6. 1 Bellis [...]

Bellingham-based Washington tourism company launches app, offers new advertising options

Filed on 15. Mar, 2017 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal A Bellingham company is bringing more dollars to Washington, one tourist at a time. For six years, Scenic Washington State has printed travel guides and maps to help tourists site see in Washington. “Historically, it’s been a print-focused, advertising-supported product,” Tim Fry of Scenic Washington said. Now, it’s [...]

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

Filed on 14. Mar, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contents, Contributors

The right job fit is key to employee engagement

By Mike Cook The Bellingham Business Journal I had one of my best-ever employment experiences, working for the least amount of money, in the summer of 1961. Back then the minimum wage was $1.15 an hour. I was getting paid $1 an hour, but since it was a restaurant (albeit a drive-in) and we could [...]

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