The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

Filed on 26. Apr, 2017 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The best two hours you’ll invest into employee training this year

By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal As employers and managers, we know we cannot expect the very best from our employees without from time to time investing in their training. How do you decide which training to invest in and when? This is a strategic question on the minds of all employers a [...]

Building permits, April 10-14

Filed on 21. Apr, 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 2627 Utter St., $292,647.70 for Mack – new single-family residence. Historical owner: Pierre F. & Helen M. Sanchez. Contractor: Tide Water Builders LLC. Permit no.: BLD2017-0335. April 10. 4164 [...]

WCC to offer curriculum for limited license legal technician program

Filed on 20. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Whatcom Community College was recently approved as one of five community colleges in the state to offer the core curriculum required to become a limited license legal technician. WCC is the first college to offer the curriculum that isn’t part of an American Bar Association-approved program. Retroactive to fall 2016, graduates of WCC’s paralegal studies [...]

Port authorizes improvements to Fairhaven shipyard

Filed on 20. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

The Port of Bellingham has awarded a $12.5-million environmental cleanup contract to Whatcom County-based IMCO General Construction. The contract involves 7.66 acres of marine industrial property in Fairhaven, and will clean-up historical contamination, improve marine habitat and modernize aging infrastructure. The Fairhaven industrial property has been used as a shipyard since the early 1900s, and [...]

New affiliate joins RE/MAX Whatcom County

Filed on 19. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Tim Wells has joined RE/MAX Whatcom County’s Lynden office. Wells has more than 10 years of real estate experience. Recently, he worked at The Force Realty. Wells will work with both buyers and sellers of residential and commercial property in Whatcom County. Wells has lived in the county for 36 years. In addition to his [...]

Website names Birch Bay the most tax-friendly city in the state for retirees

Filed on 19. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Birch Bay is the most tax-friendly city in the state for retirees. That’s according to SmartAsset, a financial technology company. The study examined how tax policies in each city impact a retiree with a $50,000 income. The hypothetical retiree gets $15,000 from social security, $10,000 from a private pension, $15,000 from retirement savings and $10,000 [...]

Local businesses, nonprofits celebrate Earth Day with downtown block party

Filed on 19. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Sustainable Connections, the Bellingham Farmers Market, Boundary Bay Brewery and Aslan Brewing are taking over Railroad Avenue on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors will line the block in front of Boundary Bay Brewery, and the Farmers Market will be in full swing. There will be live music, local food and [...]

Hotel Bellwether finishes room renovation project

Filed on 18. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Hotel Bellwether completed renovations of its 66 guest rooms this spring. The project began in winter of 2015. The renovations include new carpet, new paint, updated light fixtures, new furniture and new decor. Pacific Northwest artist Amanda Houston designed custom paintings of Bellingham sceneries that appear in each room.

Chrysalis Inn announces new philanthropy program

Filed on 18. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa announced that it will contribute one percent of revenue from the spa to a Whatcom County nonprofit each month. In February, the inn donated $1,890 to Skookum Kids. Skookum Kids was founded in 2014, and supports local foster parents and foster kids. Chrysalis Inn & Spa is located at 804 [...]

Local manufacturing company named business of the year by Whatcom Business Alliance

Filed on 18. Apr, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Trayvax, a Bellingham wallet and outdoor accessory manufacturer, has been named the 2016 Whatcom County Start-Up Business of the Year by the Whatcom County Business Alliance. Trayvax has 32 employees, and offers a line of slim metal wallets and outdoor accessories. The Whatcom Business Alliance recognized Trayvax for its innovation and philanthropy. The alliance recognizes [...]

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