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Striving for student success

A conversation with Eva Schulte, the WCC Foundation's executive director Eva Schulte is the executive director of the Whatcom Community College Foundation. The Foundation supports...

Driving workforce development in Whatcom County

Laura McKinney is the chair for YES Whatcom and leads the Whatcom Business Alliance’s workforce development initiative to engage with the emergent workforce and...

Cascade Radio Group sees cascading changes

Heidi Persson takes over as new general manager Based in Bellingham, Cascade Radio Group owns and operates multiple radio stations in the Whatcom County market,...

Agriculture

As long as the state controls the water, it is responsible for drought help

Even with $2.6 billion in unanticipated revenue, Washington may force some communities to truck water at their own expense rather than address drought relief...

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

What employers should know about the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Act

Does it make sense for you to opt out of coverage? Much to the chagrin of our Washington state government, the citizenry of the state...

New leadership, new rules

Potential significant changes to watch for Now that we have a single party controlling the House of Representatives, Senate and White House, sweeping legislation change...

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...

Manufacturing

Transition Bikes puts culture, passion and riders first

Company aims to provide great bikes — and a place for community Hobbies are the best. They are why we get up early on Saturday...

TECHNOLOGY

Whatcom County takes on cybersecurity

Local colleges lead the way in IT security training In every sector of business, technological literacy has become a minimum requirement rather than a specialized...

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...
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Maritime

Revolutionizing industry, protecting environment

Tidal Vision develops better method for chitosan production Innovative Whatcom County-based businesses are changing and improving industries across the country and around the world, without...

Northwest Marine Industries riding wave of success

Hidden away in a warehouse on Fairhaven’s working waterfront is the longest continually operating fiberglass boat manufacturing company in the country. Swing open the door...

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,...

Professional Services

NW Innovation Resource Center

From one entrepreneur to another Organization helps bring innovation to fruition It began with a bright idea: to help other people with bright ideas turn innovation...

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...

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

Local coffee lovers keep on sippin’

S(l)ip into the world of coffee bean roasting in Whatcom County. Tony’s mirrors it. Mirror mirrors it. And it’s Maniacal. Specifically, this is the world...

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 —...
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