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Bellingham airport recovery remains up in the air (or not)

Empty seats and ultra-safe health measures reflect the bleakness of the continuing COVID-19 crisis Mike McKenzie From the time he entered aviation school to this year,...

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...

Agriculture

The case against an adjudication of Nooksack water rights

An adjudication without agreement on a path to protect natural resources is not the answer Recently the Washington State Department of Ecology made a quiet...

Construction

Residential real estate still an economic strength

Better city, county policies could help even more Farming, tourism, the arts, the Cherry Point Industrial Zone and nearly every other pillar of the Whatcom...

‘I just keep moving’

Jeff Kochman has his hands in several Bellingham development projects Jeff Kochman, president of AMBK LLC, combines vision, confidence, determination and a willingness to tread...

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...

FINANCE

Legislature must act quickly to head off looming unemployment insurance crisis

A 500% tax increase is a real possibility for Washington businesses Before the state Legislature arrives for the 2021 session, some businesses in Washington will...

Have a PPP loan? Here’s what to do now

Follow these steps to ready yourself for the end of the waiting period 2020 has brought unprecedented experiences for business owners, and navigating the Payroll...

Staying pandemic positive

New Larson Gross CEO embraces growth, change Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy Kelli Visser became CEO of the accounting and consulting firm Larson Gross in January 2020, mere...

Manufacturing

Washington needs manufacturing to lead the economic recovery

Kaitlyn Pype wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew she enjoyed working on cars. She thought about a...

TECHNOLOGY

Marketing your business in times of crisis

Now might be the perfect time to try new things Whether we’re ready for it or not, the world has permanently changed. The COVID-19 pandemic...

Adapting to the “New Norm”

How the pandemic has changed local businesses Change is an essential part of business. However, nothing ushered in change as drastically or quickly as the...

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...
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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

Intern, part-time employee or contract marketer?

Each option has pros and cons If your business is on the cusp of needing help with marketing and communications, you’ll first need to consider...

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

Residential real estate still an economic strength

Better city, county policies could help even more Farming, tourism, the arts, the Cherry Point Industrial Zone and nearly every other pillar of the Whatcom...

Winners and Losers: The Whatcom County economy vs COVID-19

Dustin McKissen and Mike McKenzie As 2020 draws to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic continues wreaking havoc on the Whatcom County business community. With vaccine...

‘I just keep moving’

Jeff Kochman has his hands in several Bellingham development projects Jeff Kochman, president of AMBK LLC, combines vision, confidence, determination and a willingness to tread...

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...

Retail

Hardware Sales thrives on software sales

Local company stands tall in the big-box era A Bellingham original, Hardware Sales stands tall not just as a survivor of the big-box era, but...

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...
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