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Five trains a week carry Bakken oil through Whatcom

Filed on 27. Jul, 2014 in Contents

Five trains a week carry Bakken oil through Whatcom

By Jerry Cornfield The Everett Herald OLYMPIA — Trains each carrying at least 1 million gallons of Bakken crude oil are traveling through Snohomish County roughly 10 times a week, according to a report released June 25. The trains, operated by BNSF Railway, are transporting the North Dakota crude to refineries in Anacortes and Cherry Point, [...]

North Cascades Meat co-op to market local beef

Filed on 23. Jul, 2014 in Features

North Cascades Meat co-op to market local beef

By Jim Davis Herald Business Journal Editor Almost all of the meat consumed in Whatcom County is produced outside of the Puget Sound region and most of it comes from just a handful of companies. Now a cooperative representing farmers in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish counties wants to do something about that. They’ve pulled [...]

Supplies hold, barely, at Bellingham Marijuana shops

Filed on 11. Jul, 2014 in Contents, Features

Supplies hold, barely, at Bellingham Marijuana shops

When Paul and Maria Grenwood walked into 2020 Solutions at 2018 Iron St., they got a menu and took a seat in a waiting area. Seconds later, a 2020 Solutions employee ushered them over to a counter where they could pick between several strains of marijuana. Budtenders, the pot store equivalent of a bartender, offered [...]

Making a chain a family business

Filed on 10. Jul, 2014 in Features

Making a chain a family business

By Quinn Russell Brown For The Bellingham Business Journal BELLINGHAM — With a smile on his face and a satchel over his shoulder, Robert Penney stepped inside Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Bakerview Road. He approached a family with two young children and introduced himself. “I’m the owner,” he said. “Would you like a balloon animal?” [...]

New hotels are underway, and more are coming to Bellingham

Filed on 02. Jun, 2014 in News

New hotels are underway, and more are coming to Bellingham

Several new hotel developments have begun operations in Bellingham over the past year, and even more are in the process of construction or set to start soon. All total, Bellingham stands to gain close to 450 new hotel rooms by the end of 2015. The largest new development is a Holiday Inn planned on about [...]

Report: Bellingham seen as a construction “hot spot”

Filed on 01. Jun, 2014 in News

Report: Bellingham seen as a construction “hot spot”

With a number of new building projects in the pipeline, Bellingham was recently placed on a list of U.S. cities where construction activity is expected to grow rapidly over the next 12 to 18 months. Bellingham is among 20 cities nationwide designated as “hot spots” of future building activity, according to Reed Construction Data, a [...]

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Filed on 21. May, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was initially estimated at 5.8 percent in April, the first time since 2008 the county’s jobless level has dipped below 6 percent, according to the latest report from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The 5.8 percent initial estimate is down from a 6.8 percent estimate from the same month last [...]

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

Filed on 20. May, 2014 in News

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

PeaceHealth directors, employees and supporters are urging the Bellingham City Council to consider a compromise to a proposed ordinance that would repeal an exemption of local business and occupation taxes for nonprofit health care providers affiliated with religion. The repeal could cost PeaceHealth’s St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham up to $1.2 million in new [...]

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Filed on 07. May, 2014 in Features

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brittany O’Brien, Spruce Stationery & Design

Customers tell her that her shop is like “a Pinterest board come to life,” said Brittany O’Brien, owner of Spruce Stationery & Design in downtown Bellingham. Yet the focus of O’Brien’s business is a bit different than that of Pinterest, the popular social website where more than 70 million users upload posts of arts and [...]

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

Filed on 06. May, 2014 in Features

Executive of the Year: Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation

In six years leading the Chuckanut Health Foundation, Sue Sharpe said her role guiding the organization, which in its 30-year history has directed more than $15 million to agencies supporting community health and education, has been largely done behind the scenes. So when readers of The Bellingham Business Journal voted her the Executive of the [...]

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