Bellingham Kmart to close after Sears bankruptcy

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Contents, News

Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday. Sears Holdings operates both Sears and Kmart stores, and announced plans to close 142 stores. The Bellingham Kmart, located at 1001 East Sunset Drive, is reportedly among those stores. Liquidation sales are to begin immediately, and stores are set to close before the end of the [...]

Local heating and a/c company launches training school

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Barron Heating and Air Conditioning recently launched Barron Technician School at its Ferndale campus. The school is seeking apprentice and journey-level HVAC, electrical and plumbing candidates. Job candidates accepted by Barron Technical School are paid for their classroom, lab and on-the-job training. Employees are reimbursed for continuing education units and fees for trade-specific licensure. Barron [...]

Whatcom Community College receives $260K in grant awards

Filed on 15. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Whatcom Community College has received four grants to support student success and career preparation, totaling more than $260,000. “Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare” addresses barriers to healthcare training in the region. The program is led by Edmonds Community College and provides healthcare education and training to low-income individuals in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish [...]

Building permits, Oct. 1-5

Filed on 12. Oct, 2018 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 204 Short St., $7,188,025.45 for student housing building four stories – WCC. Contractor: Tiger Construction LTD. Permit no.: BLD2018-0972. Oct. 1. 701 16th St., $65,000 for new uncovered deck [...]

Letter: Issues with WECU’s new business banking system

Filed on 11. Oct, 2018 in Letters, Opinions

WECU recently rolled out its new online banking system, but small business owners are now less safe and less secure unless they take action. Single-Sign-On, also known as SSO, is the culprit, here’s why. I own a small software company, it’s an LLC, and I used to feel comfortable giving the person responsible for finances [...]

Lummi tribal college pioneers first degree of its kind in US

Filed on 10. Oct, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

By Emily Hamann One local college has a business and government degree program so popular, it’s drawing students from all around the state, and even the country. And this unique degree is being offered at the only college of its kind in the Northwest, located right here in Whatcom County. Five years ago, Northwest Indian [...]

Farm business training program accepting new applications

Filed on 10. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

A beginning farmer business training program is currently accepting applications for up to four new participants for 2019. Food To Bank On, facilitated by Sustainable Connections, provides farmers with business planning resources, connects beginning farmers with mentor farmers, coordinates specialized workshops and provides new market opportunities. Participants are also paid to deliver fresh food to [...]

Should you pay off debt or save for retirement?

Filed on 09. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Deka Wiebusch For The Bellingham Business Journal “Should I pay off debt or save for retirement?” That question is not easily answered. I’ve thought about my answer for a long time, and I believe you should never stop saving for retirement unless you are in financial crisis. Yes, it feels bad to have debt. [...]

Learn the Zorganics way: new beauty, wellness school opens in Bellingham

Filed on 08. Oct, 2018 in Marketplace

Learn the Zorganics way: new beauty, wellness school opens in Bellingham

Zorganics Institute offers one-stop shop to jump-start careers in the beauty industry If you or someone you know is searching for just the right career to get started on, or looking to get into a field that better matches your interests, finding the training nearby can be a challenge. That’s one of the reasons why [...]

Bellingham financial advisers earn financial planner certification

Filed on 08. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Gabriel Twining and Justin Gross, two associate advisors at Bellingham’s Financial Plan Inc., recently earned their certified financial planner certification. They earned the certificate through a two-year course of study and a six-hour comprehensive exam. Financial Plan Inc now employs six certified financial planners, including four lead advisors and two associate advisors. Financial Plan is [...]

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