Thursday, 17th April 2014

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 [...]

Property owners face double financial hit after Oso mudslide

Filed on 31. Mar, 2014 in News

Property owners face double financial hit after Oso mudslide

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal People who own property in the landslide area near Oso probably didn’t have insurance that protects against such a disaster — and, worse, they’re still on the hook for their mortgages. Standard homeowner and business policies specifically exclude damage caused by earth movement such as a landslide. [...]

Jobs Report: Construction industry hiring grows

Filed on 26. Mar, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: Construction industry hiring grows

Construction job gains that labor economists have anticipated for the past year in Whatcom County appear to be materializing, according to new employment data released by the Washington State Employment Security Department. While sector-specific numbers for construction are tough to pin down—estimates can sway depending on which firms economists contact for surveys during any given [...]

Habitat for Humanity opening store in former Mayberry location

Filed on 17. Mar, 2014 in News

Habitat for Humanity opening store in former Mayberry location

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County plans to open its first Bellingham store in a retail building at 1825 Cornwall Ave., a spot once home to Mayberry Sporting Goods. John Moon, the nonprofit organization’s executive director, said the new store will allow Habitat for Humanity to have a location closer to its donor and volunteer [...]

Allegiant Air unlikely to return Bellingham-Reno flight service

Filed on 10. Mar, 2014 in News

Allegiant Air unlikely to return Bellingham-Reno flight service

Allegiant Air quietly discontinued its flight service between Bellingham and Reno. Nev., several months ago, and it appears unlikely that the route will return. Jessica Wheeler, the Las Vegas-based airline and travel company’s public relations manager, confirmed that nonstop service between the Bellingham International Airport and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport ended Jan. 19. She said [...]

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