Business kudos, September 2015

WWU featured in lists, as usual

Western Washington University was featured in several lists over the last month. The university’s Outback Farm ranked no. 32 on’s list of 40 best college farms in America. The website ranked farms using criteria such as student involvement, hands-on experiences, volunteering opportunities and community outreach programs.

A different website with a similar concept,, put Western at no. 7 on its list of 50 best colleges by the sea. That study ranked colleges on proximity to the beach, specific marine educational centers, degrees, or research facilities, and recreational opportunities on the sea.

Western also landed on a more academic list—USA Today ranked the college as the top public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest. USA Today also ranked Western no. 9 in the West in the Best Colleges for the Money category. See the rankings at


Bellingham Technical College awarded Achieving the Dream leader status

Bellingham Technical College earned “Leader College” distinction—a designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps—from Achieving the Dream Inc,. a national nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.

“Bellingham Technical College is deeply committed to ensuring that students receive an exceptional educational experience and succeed in reaching their goals. We are thrilled to continue our work with the Achieving the Dream network as a new Leader College,” said college President Kimberly Perry in a press release.


VSH CPAs gets best workplace award

VSH CPAs made it on a list of the top 100 best accounting firms to work for. The list is based on an employee survey and an evaluation of workplace policies, practices, philosophy and demographics.


City Dogs wins outstanding private employer award

City Dogs Grooming, at 711 E. Holly St., in Bellingham, won an award from the Community Employment Alliance for its efforts to employ people with disabilities.

“We are extremely honored and surprised to be given this important award,” said LeeAnn Kelly, owner of City Dogs Grooming, in a press release. “It appears our dedication to employee growth and diversity has been acknowledged and appreciated.”


McNett sends 10 Whatcom and Skagit veterans on weekend trip

Bellingham-based outdoor gear manufacturer McNett sent 10 veterans from Whatcom and Skagit counties to participate in an annual event called Hunting with Heroes on Oct. 3-4 in Klickitat, WA. Hunting with Heroes is an all-inclusive weekend of guided hunting and fishing trips and other outdoor activities. The event started five years ago as a way to connect veterans and talk about stress, depression and other issues.

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Life Cycle Pet Cremation co-owner earns pet bereavement certification

Bobbie Ruth Langley, president and co-owner of Life Cycle Pet Cremation, at 801 W. Orchard Drive, in Bellingham, recently received Pet Bereavement Specialist II certification from the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. Langley earned her Pet Bereavement Specialist I certificate in 2014.

Life Cycle Pet Cremation, founded in 2013, is a pet-only funeral home and on-site cremation service.

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