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High-end jewelry collections, personable warmth, luxe setting

The House of Luxury that John Neeter built At Neeter House of Luxury, setting plays a stunning role. Inside the stylish, high-end jeweler’s location is a...

The candidates – the questions – the responses

Business Pulse asked all the candidates for Whatcom County executive, Whatcom County Council and Bellingham mayor to answer the following questions so you can...

2023 Legislative Session Recap

How local representatives voted on key business issues As someone who is busy running your business, it is not always easy to find time to...

Agriculture

Water adjudication comes to Whatcom County

Long, long process has begun Water adjudication is happening now in Whatcom County. What does that mean for our farms, our fish and our future? Adjudication...

Construction

Exxel Pacific: shared success, thriving vision

Company built to excel during rough markets One thing that truly stands out in an interview with Geoff Stodola, president of Exxel Pacific Inc., is...

A paid apprenticeship and trades career

The ‘other four-year degree’ can lead to high compensation and meaningful work Ask any high school junior (or their parents) on the precipice of completing...

Asphalt Northwest owners confident in company’s fast-tracked launch

Success in the paving industry is built on relationships among people, not businesses To take advantage of the 2023 paving season, Loren VanderYacht and (silent)...

A coming shock for electricians!

Shifting apprenticeship requirements have independents concerned Change can be a challenge, especially when it comes to making industry-wide and/or statewide revisions. But that’s exactly what’s...

Role models for a modern work culture

GK Knutson aims to help employees thrive at work, home With worker shortages, turnover, union tensions and ongoing supply chain challenges, American workers are switching...

Making the shift away from fossil fuels

The term “building electrification” is used broadly to describe legislative and building code changes meant to limit the production of greenhouse gases responsible for climate...

FINANCE

Money come, money go

A look at personal wealth and growth in Whatcom County According to a recent study by SmartAsset Advisors LLC, Whatcom County is the sixth wealthiest...

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...

Manufacturing

Future of clean energy looks promising

A headwind?   Late-breaking news on this developing story (posted Jan 11, 2024).. Additional regulations recently proposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury might make...

TECHNOLOGY

Passing the torch at Team Technology

How do you say goodbye? A business owner plans her exit Goodbyes are hard. Business owners know that as well as anyone. Patty Seaman, president and...

Gone phishing? Cybercrime targets Whatcom County businesses

Cybercriminals are coming for your business, and they’re getting in via email. In 2021, according to technology research firm Comparitech, 79% of U.S. businesses reported...

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...
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Maritime

Movement on the waterfront

Our job at the Port of Bellingham is right there in our mission statement: promote sustainable economic development, optimize transportation gateways and manage publicly...

Corvus Energy: Electrifying the maritime industry

Norway-based manufacturer to open Bellingham facility The maritime industry has historically been a vital part of our regional economy. So, it makes sense that Corvus...

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...

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

Let’s do business, eh?

Canadian interest in Whatcom is growing Canadian businesses like Whatcom County. Most businesses here already have some connection to our northern neighbor, said John Michener,...

Water adjudication comes to Whatcom County

Long, long process has begun Water adjudication is happening now in Whatcom County. What does that mean for our farms, our fish and our future? Adjudication...

Camp Saturna expands lodging and event options

The former Boy Scout camp on Silver Lake takes on new life Have you ever wanted exclusive use of an entire summer camp? On an early...

Realistic real estate

Whatcom market begins slow settle into normalcy We are all in some way connected to the residential real estate market, and for the last couple...

Retail

A recipe for deep, rich success

Change in ownership at Chocolate Necessities showcases open collaboration and careful craftsmanship Never underestimate the power of your custodian. The person who is making your...

Pure Bliss Desserts sweet success story

The first thing you notice about Pure Bliss Desserts in downtown Bellingham is how beautiful it is, from the hand-painted mural on the building’s...

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...
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