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Travel Won’t Likely Unravel

Sandy Ward puts our region on the map. Literally. And in brochures, in magazines, and to millions through the internet. Anywhere the trademarked BE...

Behind the Scenes with Sandy Ward

CEO & President, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism since Feb. 2, 2017. Hails from Ogden, Utah “It's kind of a federal government town. My dad...

New Ferndale Mayor Sees the City Moving Back to the Future

Greg Hansen personifies both the Old Guard and the New Wave of Ferndale, a little town where he grew up in berry and hay...

Agriculture

Agriculture Will Continue to Lead

Whatcom County’s farmers and ranchers have always had to adapt and innovate. Now is no different. “Twenty years ago, hard work was enough to guarantee...

Construction

Building Whatcom County

What’s next for our roller coaster construction industry The construction industry in Whatcom County has weathered two decades of precipitous rises and wild declines. But...

The Cost of Going Green

Bellingham Task Force Shocks Many With Electricity Proposals The concept of climate change has gained growing acceptance in recent years. However, the plans and timing...

Permitting Progress?

“I believe that understanding the consequences of each permitting decision is a major part of the solution. With each decision made by the planners,...

Q+A with Kevin DeVries

Exxel Pacific employees (left to right in the photo): Adam Bravo, Brian Proctor, Mike Shafer overseeing construction of the new Bellwether Apartments Kevin DeVries has...

Birch Golf Classic Tees Up Community Caring

Clockwise from top left: Team Birch Equipment (with Jake Locker, far left); Some of Carole Garguile’s team of volunteers with Sarah Rothenbuhler, far left;...

FINANCE

COVID-19: the Market Gets a Virus

Building a plan, sticking with it still best course of action Over the past month, global markets have seen rapid declines due to fears about...

Lamenting (and Learning From) Lost Dollars

The environmental lessons of the coronavirus and the economic downturn When times are good, the cost of things sometimes is of little consequence. We buy...

Is Your Business Responsible For Collecting Sales Tax In Other States?

“The Wayfair decision has emboldened states to become more aggressive with both their sales-tax laws and also their enforcement of those laws.” Last year’s U.S....

Manufacturing

COVID-19, Aluminum and U.S. National Security

Will China destroy a critical U.S. industry? First printed in the Epoch Times, April 1, 2020; updated April 22, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global...

TECHNOLOGY

Why Am I Seeing This Ad?

And how Google and Facebook determine the ads you see The Internet, not surprisingly, knows a lot about me. All is garnered from my infatuation...

High ROI and Engagement Through Automated Emails

What if you could create an email once and continue benefiting from it—without ever manually hitting ‘Send’ again? The typical email-marketing campaign goes like this:...

How To Really Tell If Your Website Is Effective

While website traffic is important, it only tells one part of your website’s story. Engagement metrics help you go beyond visitor volume to explore...
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Maritime

Water in his DNA

San Juan Cruises born from a lifelong love of the sea San Juan Cruises founder Capt. Drew Schmidt’s love of the sea is ingrained in...

Will Olympia Bite On Bellingham’s Hatchery Plan?

Tribes Also Pivotal To Salmon-Boosting Effort A proposal to launch a Bellingham fish hatchery modeled after a program in Alaska could give a big boost...

Anchors Our Way

Photo courtesy Port of Bellingham Cargo Ships and Jobs Return to the Docks of Bellingham Cargo ships will return to the Port of Bellingham this year,...

Locals Fish Alaska but Bring the Bounty Home

  Did you know that Whatcom County has a thriving commercial-fishing industry? Many people don’t. The Port of Bellingham estimates that commercial fishing and processing...

Professional Services

A path to recovery

Resources to help your business regain its footing As our battle with the novel coronavirus and its many impacts continues, we can start planning our...

Heir to the Throne?

What happens when business owners retire? More than 2,000 businesses in Whatcom County have owners who are likely to retire in the next decade. Without...

Business Succession Planning Smooths the Path of Ownership Transition

“Broad and deep preparation, both mental and emotional, is necessary for successful leadership. It’s important to mentor a possible successor to share your passion...

Real Estate

Housing Crisis

As local rents skyrocket, business owners’ concerns grow in retaining employees Like many West Coast cities, it’s no surprise Bellingham and surrounding Whatcom County is...

Permitting Progress?

“I believe that understanding the consequences of each permitting decision is a major part of the solution. With each decision made by the planners,...

Dual Boost For Downtown Bellingham Vitality

The historic Leopold Hotel building, which recently closed its doors in downtown Bellingham as a retirement residency and is undergoing renovation, will reopen this...

JCPenny Building: Dead Or Alive?

During the Summer of 2018, for our regular Business Pulse Q&A feature, Jeff Kochman and Jeff McClure discussed their offer to purchase that iconic...

Retail

Jesse Cantu: Mexican, Italian and the American dream

Jesse Cantu returned from a Florida vacation in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Arriving on a Friday night with a few delays —...

Small-Business Startups

Four budding Bellingham entrepreneurs with new ventures they started in the last two years attended Western Washington University at the same time, but didn’t...

Surviving to Maturity: No Small Feat for This Pair of Local Entrepreneurs

Kevin Buck in Bellingham and Tim Lukens in Custer represent the mature stages of owning a business, lasting 32-plus and nearly 20 years, respectively,...
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