potencial.

It’s the Spanish word for potential — and with the growing local Hispanic community unofficially numbering about 20,000 in Whatcom County alone, Hispanic business owners say this area is oozing with ‘potencial.’

BTC prepping for August groundbreaking
New technology center scheduled to be completed in December 2006

Long-awaited parking changes on the horizon
Downtown metered parking would rise from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour next year, then to 75 cents in 2008 and $1 in 2010; new rules would go into effect Jan. 1, 2006

Howard Hammer: No slowdown in sight
You’d think after more than 65 years in the logging business, a quiet retirement would be in order — not for Howard Hammer

Trilogy Crabpots: Building a better mouse (crab) trap
Years ago, former crabber Harvey Ives made a couple of changes to a 50-year-old crabpot design. Last year, he and his 35 employees made 30,000 crab pots, and his company continues to grow.

Local nurseries enjoying resurgence in native plants
Required use in mitigation projects, blossoming popularity by homeowners leading to resurgence of many of these species — and a boom for those far-thinking nurseries that saw the trend coming

Merchants tout Fairhaven’s kid-friendly atmosphere
Newcomer Academic Outfitters thrilled with amount of families strolling the streets; others say it wasn’t always this way

Former classmates now atop county’s RV scene
Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys say less disposable income hurting local sales

Summer: Students leave and take their revenue with them
Many local retailers make up this shortfall with the seasonal boost to tourism; staffing problems can also be a hassle

City residential-building surge continues
Infill, development into UGA crucial to meet coming demand, say city officials

BTK: Question? Go ask your librarian
Bellingham’s library system has a wealth of free resources for the business person that can make a real difference in your bottom line

BIRTHS: Harper Marine, Volvo Rents, Short Stop Espresso

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