Performance review season is here — but is there a better way?

Filed on 31. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook For The Bellingham Business Journal It is time in many companies for the annual ritual of preparing the employee performance review. If you are fortunate, you and your management team have come to realize that the only people who look forward to performance reviews are those in human resources. The HR department [...]

Bellingham manufacturing company announces changes to leadership team

Filed on 29. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Chris Trout has been named president and CEO of Wood Stone Corporation. Current president Kurt Eickmeyer will transition to the newly-created role of chief relationship officer. Trout is currently vice president of strategy at Henny Penny, Wood Stone’s parent company. The leadership changes are a part of Wood Stone’s strategic plan, which focuses on the [...]

Building permits, Oct. 15-19

Filed on 26. 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 2005 Alpine Way, $42,500 for walk in cooler for new commercial kitchen. Historical owner: 2005 Alpine LLC. Contractor: Seatemp LLC. Permit no.: BLD2018-1025. Oct. 22. 2795 East Bakerview Road, [...]

Young professional award winner announced

Filed on 25. Oct, 2018 in Contents, News

Young professional award winner announced

A Ferndale gym owner took the top prize at an event honoring young professionals earlier this month. Eleanor Margulies, founder of Flex Movement Lab, was named the ultimate winner at the Top 7 Under 40 Awards at an event held at the Lightcatcher Museum on Oct. 12. The event was sponsored by First Federal and [...]

Peoples Bank launches campaign to collect socks for homeless

Filed on 24. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

This month, Peoples Bank launched its inaugural “share a pair during socktober” Campaign, with the goal of donating 5,000 new pairs of socks to non-profit organizations serving homeless communities in the state. Continuing through the end of the month, Peoples Bank will accept donations of new pairs of socks at its 23 branches. The bank [...]

New agent joins Sterling Real Estate Group

Filed on 24. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Leela Hollcroft has joined Sterling Real Estate Group. Hollcroft has spent 25 years as a massage therapist and hypnotherapist. Sterling agents contribute 1 percent of their commissions to a charity fund that directly supports children in and outside the local community. Sterling Real Estate Group is a locally owned and operated company specializing in residential, [...]

Zervas hires new architect

Filed on 23. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Zach Newhard has joined Zervas Architects as associate AIA. Newhard has spent his career focusing on regional traditions and adapting them to contemporary styles of living and building. Newhard earned his bachelor’s of architecture at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Zervas Architects was founded in Bellingham in 1961. It is a 14-person architectural and interior design [...]

Ferndale’s Superfeet to receive statewide philanthropy recognition

Filed on 23. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Ferndale-based Superfeet will be honored at Washington’s National Philanthropy Day celebration on Nov. 1. Superfeet is receiving the Outstanding Philanthropy Corporation awards for 2018 and is one of six awardees to be honored that day. Superfeet was nominated by a group of Whatcom County-based nonprofit organizations. Superfeet is an employee-owned business that gives 1 percent [...]

The three (and only three) ways retail businesses can grow

Filed on 23. Oct, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

The three (and only three) ways retail businesses can grow

By Eric Grimstead For The Bellingham Business Journal When it comes to growing a retail business there really are only three ways to grow. You can: Increase the number of customers you serve. Increase the average transaction value. Increase the frequency of customer visits. Is one of these three ways to grow any better than [...]

First Federal hires new chief credit officer

Filed on 22. Oct, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

First Federal announced the hire Terry Anderson as new executive vice president and chief credit officer. Anderson has more than two decades of management experience in credit administration, sales commercial banking and residential real estate. Most recently, Anderson served as executive vice president and chief credit officer for South Sound Bank for six years, as [...]

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