State health insurance marketplace open for small businesses

Filed on 03. Nov, 2014 in Features, News

State health insurance marketplace open for small businesses

Enrollment for Washington Healthplan Finder Business, formerly called SHOP, started Friday, Oct. 17. The state’s healthcare exchange allows businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to enroll their employees in group insurance plans. The state’s health exchange for small businesses officially started last year, but it only had one provider, Kaiser Healthplan of the Northwest, [...]

Market Indicators, November 2014

Filed on 03. Nov, 2014 in Contents, Data, Market Indicators

Market Indicators, November 2014

Market indicators are updated monthly. They include the most recently available data. Statistics are also available in print editions of The Bellingham Business Journal. Annual changes, where applicable, compare the cumulative year-to-date totals with numbers from the same time period during the previous year. Data include raw numbers only and are not adjusted to account [...]

2020 Solutions to open second retail pot store on Saturday

Filed on 31. Oct, 2014 in New Business, News

2020 Solutions to open second retail pot store on Saturday

2020 Solutions, one of Bellingham’s first retail marijuana stores, is opening a second location that the company’s senior vice president of operations, Aaron Nelson, said is the second of many more stores to come. The new store at 5655 Guide Meridian, 4.5 miles north of Interstate 5 between Axton Road and the Hilltop Restaurant, will [...]

Bellingham airport ranks nationally for cheap airfare

Filed on 29. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Data, Features, News

Bellingham airport ranks nationally for cheap airfare

The average plane ticket price at Bellingham International Airport decreased more in the last 14 years than fares at any other airport in the country, according to a new report by the United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In the second quarter of 2000, the average fare cost $478, adjusted for inflation. By [...]

Foreclosure, mortgage delinquency rates dropped in August

Filed on 23. Oct, 2014 in News

Foreclosure, mortgage delinquency rates dropped in August

Foreclosure rates for August in Bellingham decreased by 0.26 percentage points from August 2013, according to new data released by CoreLogic. The foreclosure rate among outstanding mortgage loans was 0.91 percent. That’s lower than the statewide rate of 1.44 percent and the national rate of 1.61 percent for August 2014. The mortgage delinquency rate in [...]

Downtown clothing store celebrates 10 year anniversary

Filed on 21. Oct, 2014 in News

Downtown clothing store celebrates 10 year anniversary

LuLu, a women’s clothing store at 124 W. Holly St., is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week. The store’s anniversary celebration started on Oct. 21 and continues until Oct. 31 with hot cider and cookies,and raffles for a wallet and a $100 LuLu gift certificate. After making a purchase, shoppers will receive a surprise [...]

The Shakedown: a music venue with ambition is expanding

Filed on 20. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

The Shakedown: a music venue with ambition is expanding

Hollie Huthman assesses risk, and decides whether or not to issue loans as a consumer loan underwriter at Whatcom Educational Credit Union. At the end of the day, the 33-year-old swaps her WECU shirt for a hoodie and begins her second job of booking shows, pouring drinks and managing The Shakedown, a bar and music [...]

Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Filed on 16. Oct, 2014 in Contents, Features

Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Bellingham attorney Heather Wolf didn’t plan to get into marijuana law. She practices land use and zoning law, and last year clients started asking her about where they could open retail marijuana stores. Wolf, who has been an attorney since 1997, got involved with Whatcom County’s adoption of zoning laws on behalf on her clients, [...]

N.C. company opens downtown office, breaks ground on $30M project

Filed on 14. Oct, 2014 in Contents, New Business

N.C. company opens downtown office, breaks ground on $30M project

A North Carolina company with the slogan “fully loaded college living,” is already leasing apartments for Fall 2015 in Bellingham. The Grove, a national housing company that markets toward college students, opened a downtown office at 1305 Cornwall Ave., and broke ground on 216-unit apartment complex south of Fred Meyer in early October. The project [...]

Bellingham residential contractors finding ample work

Filed on 13. Oct, 2014 in Contents

Bellingham residential contractors finding ample work

Residential contractors are saying they have more work than they’ve had in years, said Brian Evans, executive officer of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. “Residential remodel is quite strong,” Evans said. “Homeowner confidence is up. People are back to believing that their house is a good place to invest money.” David Brogan, President [...]

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