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PeaceHealth purchases 10 acres in Lynden for new facility

PeaceHealth, the parent company of St. Joseph Hospital, has acquired 10 acres in the West Lynden Business Park to be used as additional medical facilities to serve residents of north Whatcom County.

Windward Consulting, LLC of Lynden, co-owned by Dick Vandenberg and Jim Wynstra, sold 8.15 acres for nearly $1.8 million to PeaceHealth and donated an additional 1.78 acres, valued at approximately $400,000. The sale closed Oct. 5.

Nicci Noteboom, spokesperson for St. Joseph Hospital, said the acquisition is part of the organization’s long-range planning efforts, and a specific use for the site has not yet been determined.

She said St. Joseph Hospital’s core inpatient services will remain in Bellingham, and the new facility might be used for administrative offices, a clinic or a lab, but ultimately it is too soon to say.

PeaceHealth’s next steps will be to talk with internal and external stakeholders about what to do with the site, she said.

The acquisition has nothing to do with the organization’s recent partnership discussions with Madrona Medical Group, and plans to purchase the site have been in the works since before those talks began, she said.

The 60-acre West Lynden Business Park is located within the city of Lynden at the southeast corner of the intersection of Berthusen Road and W. Main Street.

As part of the sale, Windward Consulting agreed to create a buffer zone around PeaceHealth’s parcels that will be limited to healthcare-related uses.

Windward Consulting created West Lynden Business Park in 2005. Since then, infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks and utility lines have been installed. Zoning for the property is for medical services and light-industrial uses.


VECO to add about 250 new employees

CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, announced recently that it has finalized the acquisition of VECO USA Inc., including the company’s Bellingham office at 1313 Bay St.

With the acquisition, the Bellingham office will likely add about 250 new employees and expand it services in the coming years, said Ken Marzocco, president and general manager of the Bellingham office.

“As CH2M Hill, we will offer expanded services and a wealth of employment opportunities, many of which are in the Bellingham office,” he said.

As VECO, the office has focused on engineering work for the oil industry, mainly with oil refineries.

However, as CH2M HILL, the office will work on a range of new types of projects.

Headquartered in Denver, CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, construction and operations for public and private clients. With more than $5 billion in revenue and more than 23,000 employees worldwide, it is a program management, construction management and design firm concentrated in the areas of transportation, water, energy, environment, and industrial facilities.

The company has managed the Panama Canal expansion, the London Olympics, the Hanford nuclear cleanup and the I-5 expansion in Everett, Marzocco said.

“It opens up a huge new world here,” he said.

For instance, the Bellingham office could potentially take on projects such as the waterfront cleanup or a new Bellingham water treatment facility, he said.

“Everybody is really excited about it,” Marzocco said. “[CH2M HILL] is an employee-owned company, so every employee was given stock ownership as a welcome aboard. It’s a bright new world here, everybody is thrilled.”

Marzocco said the Bellingham office currently has dozens of employment positions open because of the purchase and because the firm simply has so much work to do.

The former VECO organization includes businesses specializing in program management, construction, engineering, procurement, operations and maintenance that have been serving oil and gas, mining and power clients for more than 39 years. The organization has more than 4,000 employees, with major operations in western Canada, the United States, Russia and the Middle East and will generally operate under the CH2M HILL name.

The Bellingham office has been operating for 32 years and currently has a staff of about 250 employees at its Bay Street office building and in offices in the Crown Plaza Building.


DEA scores new facility in Bellingham

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is relocating its Blaine field office to a new 20,900-square-foot Bellingham building currently under construction.

DEA public affairs officer Rhett Fonseca said the agency is relocating because its current Blaine building will be demolished as part of the new port of entry project being constructed at the U.S.-Canadian border.

The new two-story office will be located at 1855 Barkley Boulevard, south of the Heath Techna building, and is being developed by Barkley Co. The DEA will lease the space from Barkley Co., said the project’s architect, Brad Cornwell of RMC Architects.

Dawson Construction has already broken ground at the site and the DEA, which will be the building’s sole tenant, hopes to occupy the space by April 2008, Fonseca said.

Fonseca said he could not give details on how many employees will relocate to the new building, but that the agency would not hire any new staff at this time because of a hiring freeze.

The DEA is a federal agency responsible for enforcing the United States’ controlled substance laws and regulations. It is an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. There are four other DEA field offices in Washington — in Tacoma, Spokane, Yakima and the Tri-Cities, according to the agency’s Web site. For more information, visit the DEA’s Web site at


DOE gives final approval to $44 million waterfront cleanup plan

On Sept. 17, the state Department of Ecology gave final approval to a $44 million cleanup action plan and consent decree for the Whatcom Waterway on Bellingham’s downtown waterfront that will be one of the state’s largest marine cleanup projects to date.

Ecology approved its earlier draft consent decree without any substantive changes. The action plan includes full removal of contaminated sludge in the treatment lagoon, targeted dredging where channel depth is needed in Whatcom Waterway alongside the shipping terminal, and capping of contamination in areas of the waterway that do not require additional depth.

Part of the cleanup plan includes the conversion of the 37-acre industrial treatment lagoon into a new clean ocean marina, which will add new public access, moorage and small boat launching for Whatcom County’s boating community as well as new salmon habitat and fish passageways.

When completed, the cleanup will remove 530,000 cubic yards of contaminated material from Bellingham Bay and the waterfront area and will create two miles of enhanced nearshore habitat.

While the waterfront has been used for industrial purposes for more than 100 years, the waterfront redevelopment will include a mix of light industry, commercial and recreational uses. Ecology’s cleanup plan is designed to support these new waterfront uses into the future, according to a port press release.

Ecology has pledged to provide half of the $44 million cleanup costs to the port through the state’s Model Toxic Control Act fund. The department entered into an initial grant agreement with the port this spring giving $15.5 million. Ecology anticipates providing the remaining money over four state biennium budget periods, ending in 2013.

Budget estimates for the full project cost include a 30 percent contingency and anticipated inflation over the full project period, which includes post-construction site monitoring for thirty years.

The City of Bellingham and the DNR already reached agreements with the port that direct the port to take the lead in performing the cleanup of the Whatcom Waterway. This cleanup agreement must be signed by officials from the city, DNR, the port and a private company, Meridian Pacific Highway, LLC., owned primarily by David Ebenal.


BIA to relocate to Irongate

The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County is planning to build and relocate to a new Irongate-area administration and education center twice the size of its current home on Northwest Avenue.

The BIA submitted building permit applications to the city for the new 7,800-square-foot facility at 1650 Baker Creek Place in August, said Bill Quehrn, executive officer of the BIA. The project is part of the city’s pilot program to test a new permit review process (see story on page A14).

Quehrn said he hopes to break ground on the building sometime this month and complete construction by late spring or early summer 2008.

Quehrn said the BIA needs more space since its membership has grown by almost 60 percent since 2002 and has added staff and programs. The new space will feature three sections and will include a large 4,200-square-foot meeting room for BIA classes and for members to rent for meetings. It will also offer better parking access, especially for members with large trucks, which is a problem at the building on Northwest Avenue, Quehrn said.

The new building is targeted to achieve a LEED gold standard rating and will incorporate as many innovative materials and practices as possible to make it a “living showcase of construction excellence,” Quehrn said. The lobby, for example, will feature a window cutout looking into the Tyvek wrap. It will also include solar panels, rain barrels to collect roof water for on-site irrigation and pervious pavement beneath several vehicle stalls, if all goes as planned, he said.

“We’re trying to make it as innovative as possible,” he said.

The building will also feature product displays for material donors, he said.

The new building will be financed by donations and through a local BIA member institution, and the property was purchased outright in 2006. The BIA paid off its current building’s mortgage in 2003.

Joel Tarrida is the Construction manager for the project and David Verret designed the building. For more information, call 671-4247.


B&J Fiberglass to open second location

B&J Fiberglass is expanding its operation by opening a second facility at The Landings at Colony Wharf this month.

The new 10,000-square-foot facility at 1001 C St., building F, will provide year-round climate-controlled temperature and will accommodate boats up to 52 feet, semi trucks, and RVs, co-owner Donna Olsen said.

B&J Fiberglass’ current facility just wasn’t big enough to accommodate all their customers’ needs, she said.

Donna and her husband and co-owner Keith Olsen hope to expand their fiberglass painting, fabrication, and repairs business with the new space while continuing to operate their original location at 4905 Guide Meridian. They will also eventually sell fiberglass materials and supplies at the new location.

The Olsens purchased the fiberglass repair and retail business in May 2006. The business had been operating for 30 years before that, Donna said. For more information, call 398-9342.


County gets new planning director

Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen announced on Sept. 18 that he has appointed David Stalheim as the new planning and development services director for Whatcom County.

Stalheim has been the community development director for the city of Ashland, Ore., and before that worked for nine years as the community development director for the city of Wenatchee. Stalheim also served as planning director for Clallam County for more than five years.

While in Wenatchee Stalheim is credited with bringing the city into compliance with the Growth Management Act and implementing the Geographic Information System (GIS) and permit tracking system. He also managed $5 million in grant funds for community centers, housing rehabilitation, parks and planning.

Sam Ryan has been acting planning director at the department after former director Hal Hart resigned his position earlier this year. Stalheim will start in early November and his annual salary will be $101,364.


Exit Realty enters new Cornwall location

Exit Realty will be moving from its current location at 1051 N. State St. to the former Northwest Computer building at 1419 Cornwall Ave.

“We hope to be in sometime by December,” said Mike Hays, who co-owns the business with Andy Rogers.

The company is currently awaiting permits to make improvements to the building, such as converting the main sales floor into a more suitable office space and lobby. Hays said the improvements are expected to cost more than $100,000.

The new office has five times as much room as their current office and has a parking lot, which Hays said he hopes will attract more drive-by customers. For more information call 756-6500.


Mike Leland branches out on his own

After 13 years as a project manager with Faber Brothers Construction Corp., Mike Leland has opened his own construction and consulting business called Premier Construction Management, Inc.

Through the new business, Leland will consult with clients to help them set up their construction projects without being obligated to use the construction arm of his business, although they can if they want to.

“I realized at Faber Brothers that people didn’t want to be tied to a construction company,” he said. “With my new company, I help them coordinate all the parts of their job, including lining up the architect and engineers and the permitting process, without obligation.”

Leland said the loyalty of many of his former Faber Bros. clients has allowed him to start his own company, which opened Sept. 1.

“I appreciate them and look forward to doing years of business with them,” he said.

Leland’s office is located at 794 W. Smith Road in Bellingham. For more information, call (360) 305-9070, or e-mail Leland at


Theatre begins second phase of renovation

The Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District has applied for permits to begin the second phase of renovations on the Mount Baker Theatre at 104 N. Commercial St.

The electrical, heating and cooling systems of the building are the main focus of the project, said Patricia Decker, manager of the public facilities district that is funding the $5 million renovation.

“The building itself is very structurally sound, it just has systems that are out of date,” Decker said. “Much of the building has electrical and HVAC systems that were state-of-the-art in 1927.”

Decker said she expects the bid for the project to go out in November.

Renovations will require that the 1,500-seat main hall be closed from March to November of next year, Decker said. Productions during that time will be held in the adjoining studio theater.

The first phase of renovations, which included backstage improvements and creation of the studio theater, were completed in September 2004.


Zazen Salon Spa to expand under new ownership

Zazen Salon Spa is under new ownership and is expanding its services and square footage.

Bellingham native and licensed hairstylist Shelly Martin took over as the spa’s new owner this summer.

Martin has leased an additional 1,000 square feet of space next door to the 1,500-square-foot salon, located at 11 Bellwether Way, Suite 102, near the Hotel Bellwether. The expansion, which is currently underway, will add a nail salon with three pedicure chairs and two new treatment rooms. The expansion will also include space for a wet room and a women’s locker room with an infrared sauna.

Martin has hired Christina Lorraine, former owner of Blush, as the new manager of Zazen. Lorraine, who has 30 years experience in the salon/spa industry, is a licensed esthetician and hairstylist.

Martin’s husband, retired Microsoft executive Ford Martin, manages the books as well as all technical aspects of the salon.

Other changes to the business include greater emphasis on holistic approaches to well-being by increasingly utilizing natural and organic skin care products, local products and local distribution services. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 715- 1050.


Mac’s Motel under new ownership

The new owner of Mac’s Motel, which fronts Samish Way, is in the process of sprucing up the building and wants to lease part of it to a retail business.

Shauna Ali purchased the property and business, located at 1215 E. Maple St., in June with her company Live Hotel Group USA, LLC, and is currently advertising the 3,500-square-foot upper-level floor facing Samish Way for lease. She said she would like to see a restaurant occupy the space.

Ali is also performing minor improvements to the 33-room hotel, which was built before the construction of I-5. She intends to replace its deck and carpet and refurnish the rooms, she said.

“We’re just giving it a little tender loving care,” Ali said. “The building is overall in good shape with a strong foundation and structure.”

Ali moved to Washington state in 2001 to pursue real estate investment after working as a computer programmer in California. She moved to Bellingham in 2001. For more information, call (360) 350-1166.


Farmers gets new HQ downtown

Farmers Insurance will open a new district office in downtown Bellingham this fall.

A new district manager, Darin Barenchi, will relocate the insurance company’s Whatcom County headquarters from its previous location at 101 S. Samish Way to the new space at 104 Prospect St. The Samish Way location will continue to operate as a branch office.

The new office will employ three workers initially, but will eventually grow to have about 15, said Barenchi, who was previously a district manager for Farmers in Fresno, Calif. The 2,700-square-foot space will be used primarily for recruiting and training new agents for Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties, he said.

“It will be an incubator,” he said. “We are in a pretty fast-growing area, and we need more agents to serve the increasing population.”

Barenchi plans to open the office by mid-October after having it painted, carpeted and furnished.

Farmers Insurance has 11 offices in Whatcom County and sells all kinds of insurance, including auto, home, life and commercial insurance. For more information call 1-800-382-0427.


Icicle Seafoods acquired by San Francisco firm

Fox Paine Management III, LLC, a San Francisco and New York-based private equity firm, recently announced that it has completed its acquisition of Icicle Seafoods, Inc., a diversified seafood harvesting and processing company with facilities operating throughout Alaska and Washington, including Bellingham.

Don Giles, Icicle Seafoods’ president and CEO, said the Bellingham plant, located at 500 W. Orchard Drive in the Bellingham Cold Storage complex, will not experience any changes due to the acquisition.

“There will be no changes in Bellingham, other than we’re always hoping to grow the business,” he said. The Bellingham plant produces imitation crab and has operated since 1986. It has a staff of more than 100 full-time employees, Giles said.

“The completion of this transaction is an important step forward in our strategic growth plan,” Giles said in a press release. “With a strong and supportive partner in Fox Paine III, we are well-positioned to create new opportunities for Icicle Seafoods, advance the Company’s position as a leader in the Alaska and Pacific Northwest seafood industry and grow our business in new and existing markets through synergistic acquisitions.”

Giles will continue to lead the company as Icicle Seafoods’ president and CEO.

Icicle Seafoods’ core business is the primary processing of seafood, including salmon, Pollock, crab, halibut, cod, sablefish and herring in major fisheries throughout Alaska and Washington, with both onshore and floating processing facilities. Icicle Seafoods’ products are sold throughout the world to a variety of customers including industrial, wholesale, food service and retail markets.

Fox Paine III provides equity capital for management buyouts, private transactions, and company expansion and growth programs. Fox Paine III engages exclusively in friendly transactions developed in cooperation with a company’s management, board of directors, and shareholders. For more information visit or


Diva Boutique heads to the waterfront

Diva Boutique, a women’s clothing and lingerie store, has moved from its former Barkley Village location to the Bellwether Peninsula.

Manager Gina Whaley said the new space, while a bit smaller, showcases the store’s merchandise better and offers a new customer base, including tourists from the Hotel Bellwether.

Owned by Susan Coombs, Diva opened at its new location at 8 Bellwether Way on Sept. 1. The store sells women’s special occasion dresses and separates, as well as some sportswear and lingerie.

The new space is a bit smaller than the old location at 2925 Newmarket St., which opened in 2004, but Whaley said it offered a cozier, warmer feeling.

The boutique will co-host a fashion show benefiting a local women’s organization, Women Helping Others, on Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Hotel Bellwether Ballroom. Other hosts include KGMI Radio, AJ Kids, Mi Shoes and Bayside Coin and Jewelry. For more information, call 647-2454.


King adds inventory to his auto empire

Frank King has expanded his vehicle empire on Iowa Street by purchasing Bellingham’s Hyundai franchise.

King, who owns King Volvo and King Nissan, purchased the parts, vehicles and assets from Montana-based PTOMM Inc.’s Bellingham Hyundai dealership at 1200 Iowa St. at the end of August. The new inventory expands his offerings at King Volvo, located at 1601 Iowa Street.

King said he is thinking about buying or leasing nearby property because he needs more space to expand.

King has owned the Nissan and Volvo dealerships since 1995. For more information, call 1-888-723-0290.


Re-Threads expands its wares

A downtown destination for used men’s clothing, Re-Threads, is expanding its space and merchandise to offer used women’s clothing.

Re-Threads co-owner Rian Greer said he recently expanded the space at 1309 Cornwall Ave. by transforming an 800-square-foot back room into a space for women’s clothing.

The closure of a neighboring women’s clothing consignment store, Connections, prompted Greer to offer women’s wares. He originally considered purchasing Connections and leasing its space, but it didn’t make financial sense, so instead he bought some of its fixtures, racks and lighting.

“I realized I had unused square footage and thought it would be viable to turn that space into a women’s section and keep the same overhead,” he said.

Now about 35 percent of his store’s merchandise is geared toward female customers, and Greer is hoping they will also purchase clothes for their husbands or boyfriends while there.

“We’re hoping the cross pollination will pick up business quite a bit,” he said.

Greer opened Re-Threads in May 2006 with partner Becki Lawson, who also co-owns The Vines Wine Shop and Du Jour Bistro down the street. For more information, call 733-2610.


Local optician sets sights on new Young Building in Fairhaven

Kate Sweeney has a passion for eyewear the way others have a zeal for shoes.

This month, she will open Aisling Eyewear in Fairhaven with her partner, Carrie Vining.

Located in the Young Building at 1105 McKenzie Ave., which is still under construction, the store will offer a selection of handcrafted and limited production frames and sunglasses from all over the world.

Ten years ago Sweeney took her love of eyewear to the professional level and became a licensed optician through Seattle Central Community College, the only school of opticianry in the Northwest. She left a career in bookkeeping and never looked back.

Sweeney has dreamed of opening her own eyewear boutique ever since. It wasn’t until she and Vining moved to Bellingham that her dream began to take shape. After seeing the plans for the Young Building, Sweeney knew she’d found the right space for her shop in a location that fit her vision.

“Many times I’d ask someone where they had gotten their unique eyewear and find that they’d left Bellingham to find it,” Sweeney said in a press release. “People are traveling to Vancouver or Seattle for styles that are edgier or more unique than they could find right here.”

Aisling Eyewear’s collection will range from classic to hip to innovative, mixing colors, styles, patterns, and materials. The store will offer both prescription eyewear and sunglasses. For more information, call 715-1503.


Kaur Lounge opens in School of Industries

Kaur Lounge, a new hair salon, opened earlier this month in the School of Industries building on Astor Street.

Owner Caryn Poole named the hair salon, pronounced “Core,” after a Punjabi middle name regularly given to women belonging to the Sikh religion. Poole’s mother, who is Punjabi, decided not to give Poole the middle name and so she decided to use it for her salon, instead, to carry on the tradition. Translated, Kaur means “princess” in Punjabi.

The salon is located at 1030 Astor St. in the building formerly known as Akers Taxidermy, which was recently renovated into a live-work building. The 1,400-square-foot salon provides hair and massage services and has a staff of six. Poole hopes to increase the number of employees and add esthetician services soon, she said.

Originally from Canada, Poole said she has traveled extensively and done hair on the side. For years she worked for a casino on a cruise ship and did hair in her cabin, she said. More recently, she worked at Zazen Salon Spa in Bellingham for a year before starting her new business. For more information, call 306-5317.


Escape Day Spa owner adds medical spa

Escape Day Spa is now also home to Escape Medical Spa, a physician-managed medical spa offering skin and cosmetic rejuvenation treatments.

Escape Medical and Day Spa owner Ulrike Bartlett decided to add medical spa treatments as a result of increased local demand and to expand the spa’s skin care offerings. Previously patients seeking medical skin care treatment would have to visit a doctor’s office or go out of town, according to a press release. The medical spa is located in the same building as the day spa, at 1344 King St., Suite 101.

Treatments offered include medical microdermabrasion, laser skin therapy and hair removal, and radio frequency skin treatments, among others.

Clients will receive treatment from licensed skin care specialists under the supervision of the directing physician, Dr. Anthony Burden.

“It goes without saying that patient safety is the highest priority for us,” Bartlett said in a press release. “Prior to approval for treatment, all patients go through Escape Medical Spa’s two-step evaluation process which includes a thorough examination by our medical spa physician.”

Prospective patients first meet with an Escape therapist to ask questions and discuss their desired procedure. A final evaluation with Burden prior to treatment includes a comprehensive examination and discussion of treatment options. For more information, call 756-0002 or visit


Webefx employees buy out the business

Webefx, a Bellingham-based web-development company, has new owners and a new office.

Zi Krostag, the company’s production manager and Daniel Satake, its chief programmer, have recently partnered to purchase Webefx from owner Dave Adams. Krostag and Satake will continue handling all production services and Adams will remain on-board assisting with sales and marketing efforts.

The partners have opened a new office in Seattle to meet a growing customer demand in the Puget Sound region, but the company also maintains a Bellingham office in the Crown Plaza building. While Satake is telecommuting from Japan, Krostag splits his time between the Seattle and Bellingham offices, he said.

Webefx specializes in Web design, content-management systems, and custom Web applications, and now offers a Web-management service designed to optimize a Web site’s online exposure through search engine optimization, content management and online advertising.

Webefx is responsible for developing Web sites for organizations such as Pacific Crest Savings Bank, Washington Financial Officers Association, KISM 92.9 FM, Skagit Valley College, CSS Communications, Whatcom County Health Department and the cities of Mount Vernon, Burlington and Stanwood. For more information call 527-0400.


SSC starts electronics recycling program

Sanitary Service Company, Whatcom County’s largest recycling and garbage collection company, is now offering several options for recycling electronic junk.

The company has teamed up with local electronics recycler RYZEX, Inc. to test a six-month curbside pick-up program. This program is available to both residential and commercial customers. For non-customers, electronics may be dropped off during regular business hours at the company’s transfer station located at 1001 Roeder Ave.

Fees range from $6 per item for devices such as printers, fax machines and video players, to $31 per item for big screen TVs and photo copiers. Bring in a box full of small electronics like cell phones and keyboards for $5 per box.

Visit or call (360) 734-3490 for more information.


Peoples Bank breaks ground in Barkley District

A new branch of Peoples Bank broke ground in late August at the northeast corner of Woburn Street and Barkley Boulevard.

The 20,000-square-foot structure includes a 150-space parking garage and will house approximately 90 employees. It will be home to their administrative functions, which are now located in Lynden, and include a full-service bank.

Jeff McClure of RMC Architects, which designed the building, said that Peoples Bank is committed to making the building LEED certified. The bank is scheduled for completion in July 2008.


Consultant hired to assess Fairhaven Highlands

City officials have hired ESA Adolfson & Associates to conduct an environmental assessment of the Fairhaven Highlands to further understand the impacts of the proposed development.

The process, which is expected to include opportunities for public participation, will be managed by the City and funded by Greenbriar Northwest Associates, Inc., the company proposing to develop the 85-acre property.

All documents related to the study and to the proposed development are posted on the city’s Web site


BTC, Alcoa awarded job training grant

Bellingham Technical College and Alcoa Intalco Works were awarded a $60,000 grant funded by Washington’s Job Skills Program to deliver job training to new and existing employees.

Alcoa, an aluminum smelter facility near Ferndale, will contribute matching funds to the program.

Training for Alcoa employees will include classes in electro-mechanical technology. Employees will also be paid during training and earn college credit that may be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Maintenance.


BIAW hosts fourth annual Fall Green Building Conference

Built Green, a program of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, is hosting its fourth annual Fall Green Building Conference on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Port of Bellingham’s Cruise Terminal.

The first day of the conference features free workshops on remodeling green, solar power, rainwater solutions, landscaping methods and Energy Star programs — plus a giveaway of seven rain barrel kits. Community members are encouraged to come and ask questions of local builders, remodelers and industry experts.

The second day is designed for business and building industry professionals to further understand Green Building theories and practices.

Visit of call 671-4247 for registration information and conference schedule.


Whatcom Business Conference celebrates 10th year

The 10th Annual Whatcom Business Conference, hosted by Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Whatcom Community College SBDC Training Center, will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Best Western Lakeway Inn.

Seminar topics include marketing, finance, management and human resources. Three Whatcom County business — SuperFeet Worldwide, Inc., Barlean’s Organic Oils and K & K Industries — are expected to give presentations on how they created brand awareness.

Registration for this all-day conference can be found online at or by calling 647-3277. The cost is $150.


WWU hosts Fall Business Career Fair

More than 80 employers are expected to attend Western Washington University’s Fall Business Career Fair from 2 to 6 p.m., Nov. 1, at the Wade King Student Recreation Center.

The event is sponsored by the WWU Career Services Center and is open to the general public. Admission is free.

Visit or call the Career Services Center at 650-3240 for a complete list of participating employers or for more information about attending the event.


William H. Payne headlining investment workshop

William H. Payne is scheduled to lead an investment workshop on Dec. 4 hosted by the Bellingham Angel Group, a group of investors that specializes in early entrepreneurial companies.

Payne is currently an entrepreneur in residence for the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City and is a member of San Deigo’s Tech Coast Angels, Vegas Valley Angels and Aztec Venture Network.

In three decades of work, Payne has founded or invested in 31 start-up companies.

Registration for this all-day workshop can be found online at and must be completed by Nov. 24.

Cost is $295 before Oct. 22; $325 before Nov. 24.


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