City planners release preliminary draft of new downtown plan

Filed on 03. Mar, 2014 in News

City planners release preliminary draft of new downtown plan

Bellingham city planners have issued a preliminary draft of a new downtown plan as the city’s Planning Department prepares for a public hearing later this month concerning the direction and regulation of the city’s central district. That hearing is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Bellingham City Council [...]

Cities want cut of Washington’s anticipated pot tax revenue

Filed on 03. Mar, 2014 in News

Cities want cut of Washington’s anticipated pot tax revenue

By Christopher Lopaze WNPA Olympia Bureau A new economic forecast predicts recreational-marijuana businesses will bring millions to the state, and the fight is underway for how the proceeds will be spent, with cities vying for a share. Recreational-marijuana business is expected to bring in $51 million in state revenue during 2015-2017, according to a recent [...]

Survey suggests more cross-border shoppers are staying home

Filed on 02. Mar, 2014 in News

Survey suggests more cross-border shoppers are staying home

The Canadian dollar’s fall in value over the past year has caused some residents north of the border to make fewer shopping trips into the U.S., according to a recent poll of people living in lower British Columbia. Steve Mossop, president of Insights West, a Canadian market research firm, shared the results from his company’s [...]

Due diligence starts as Port courts Irish developer for waterfront

Filed on 23. Feb, 2014 in News

Due diligence starts as Port courts Irish developer for waterfront

A deal is not complete, but the Port of Bellingham made a significant stride forward last week in setting framework for the first private development on the city’s central waterfront in decades. Port commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 18 to allow executive director Rob Fix to enter a 120-day negotiation period with Harcourt Developments Limited of [...]

Boeing’s tax break: How $8.7 billion adds up

Filed on 12. Feb, 2014 in Features

Boeing’s tax break: How $8.7 billion adds up

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal What’s the math behind the biggest corporate tax break in the history of the U.S.? Boeing and other aerospace companies won the $8.7 billion in tax relief during a three-day special session of the Legislature in November in exchange for building the new 777X and its innovative [...]

Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future

Filed on 09. Feb, 2014 in Features

Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future

The rent is paid up, but Dave and Tanya Burdick’s 3,000-square-foot warehouse sits empty in a nondescript business park on Guide Meridian Road, along the north edge of Bellingham’s city limits. Inside, Dave Burdick can already envision rows of cannabis seedlings filling the currently hollow shell space, as long as he and his wife get [...]

Loonie falters, but optimism remains for cross-border business

Filed on 02. Feb, 2014 in Features

Loonie falters, but optimism remains for cross-border business

While the recent weakening of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar has raised concerns over potential impacts to Whatcom County’s tourism and retail industries, one Ferndale-based company sees the loonie’s drop a bit differently. For the past two decades, International Market Access Inc. has offered Canadian firms U.S.-based warehouse and business services, allowing them [...]

What Lies Ahead: Business trends shaping headlines in 2014

Filed on 20. Jan, 2014 in Features

What Lies Ahead: Business trends shaping headlines in 2014

Some major developments in Bellingham’s retail industry, the continued rollout of a long-anticipated federal health care reform law and the future legal marijuana retail market are just a few of the trends expected to play significant roles in 2014′s business news. And while the following items do not represent a comprehensive account of all the [...]

Bellingham Farmers Market to open 2014 winter season

Filed on 16. Jan, 2014 in News

Bellingham Farmers Market to open 2014 winter season

For the second year in a row, vendors at the Bellingham Farmers Market will have a chance to see if they can attract enough business to extend the popular downtown market beyond its regular April to December season. The market’s first winter edition of 2014 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on [...]

Business partners split marketing and creative roles at C9 Photography

Filed on 08. Jan, 2014 in Features

Business partners split marketing and creative roles at C9 Photography

Matthew Woolsey doesn’t mind that playing the role of “hype man” for his business partner and photographer, Jacob Knapp, is a large part of being co-owner of C9 Photography & Design. After all, he said, Knapp is the creative brains behind the company. Yet Woolsey, who manages the business development and marketing side of C9, [...]

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