Thursday, 24th April 2014

Jobs Report: Modest local gains as spring begins

Filed on 24. Apr, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: Modest local gains as spring begins

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate shrank in March, but with new local hires growing at about the same rate they did the previous month, the latest jobs data brought few surprises, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. “For the most part, we’ve got a repeat of last month,” said Anneliese Vance-Sherman, a regional labor [...]

Bellingham foreclosures, late mortgages down in February

Filed on 22. Apr, 2014 in News

Bellingham foreclosures, late mortgages down in February

The rate of Bellingham-area foreclosures among outstanding mortgages in February this year was 1.11 percent, a drop from 1.46 percent recorded during the same month last year, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. Local mortgage delinquencies also decreased in February 2014, when the rate of Bellingham mortgages at least 90 days late was 2.93 [...]

New format for annual Future of Business conference

Filed on 20. Apr, 2014 in News

New format for annual Future of Business conference

Sustainable Connections is splitting its popular daylong Future of Business conference into three separate speaker events between May and October. Michelle Grandy, the nonprofit’s communications director, said the change was made to be more accommodating to Sustainable Connections members in the small-business community. Grandy said that while many small-business owners have found the annual conference [...]

Downtown Sounds seeks crowd funders, business sponsors

Filed on 18. Apr, 2014 in Nonprofit Notes

Downtown Sounds seeks crowd funders, business sponsors

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership is running a crowd funding campaign to support the annual Downtown Sounds summer concert series, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Five consecutive weekly shows are scheduled to begin on July 9. Concerts will be held on Wednesday evenings in downtown Bellingham. The partnership is seeking financial support to help pay for [...]

Kudos: Businesses, nonprofits chip in for Oso relief

Filed on 11. Apr, 2014 in Business Briefs

Kudos: Businesses, nonprofits chip in for Oso relief

Several businesses and nonprofits in Whatcom County have organized fundraising drives to support relief efforts from the March landslide near Oso, Wash., in Snohomish County. Here are a few announcements of fundraising efforts The Bellingham Business Journal recently received. If your business or organization is planning any relief efforts, please tell us about it via [...]

Boeing ready to begin 777X work in Everett

Filed on 11. Apr, 2014 in News

Boeing ready to begin 777X work in Everett

By Dan Catchpole The (Everett) Daily Herald The Boeing Co.’s Paine Field site will buzz with activity next month when workers knock down old office buildings to make way for new carbon-fiber-composite manufacturing. Carbon-fiber technology — crucial to the future of big jetliner production — comes to Everett at a cost. Washington coughed up huge tax [...]

Shift Yes: Using improv to improve company culture

Filed on 09. Apr, 2014 in New Business

Shift Yes: Using improv to improve company culture

Improv is just as useful in a board room as it is in a comedy club. That’s the message behind Galen Emanuele’s new company, Shift Yes, where he uses improv principles in keynote speeches, small workshops and company retreats to help businesses improve their employees’ interpersonal communication and collaboration skills. “People really are every company’s [...]

With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

Filed on 07. Apr, 2014 in Features

With new breweries opening, make room for more beer

What began as a conversation among friends over beers in a downtown tavern is about to turn into a new microbrewery on the corner of Forest and Magnolia streets. Several blocks away, a husband and wife are almost ready to open their beer-producing facility after developing a business plan while on an overseas backpacking expedition. [...]

Safeway plans to open Bellingham location in October

Filed on 07. Apr, 2014 in New Business

Safeway plans to open Bellingham location in October

Safeway Inc. expects to open its new store in Bellingham’s Sunset Square shopping center in October this year, the company has announced. Renovations of the grocer’s future location, which was once a Cost Cutter store, should begin in May. Safeway says it plans to invest nearly $13 million to remodel the Sunset Square space. The [...]

Whatcom Community College remains in expansion mode

Filed on 31. Mar, 2014 in News

Whatcom Community College remains in expansion mode

Leaders at Whatcom Community College plan to continue a recent spate of building activity for several more years as they move to meet the needs of a growing student population. Some of the school’s new capital projects include renovations to its gym and student recreation center and the development of a new campus services and [...]

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