VSH CPAs builds momentum with merger to strengthen business advisory expertise

Lydia Ahn will join VSH as Partner Focused on International Tax and Transactions With an eye on continued growth and expanded capabilities, VSH CPAs (VSH) announced in late September that Lydia Ahn will be joining the firm as partner and merging Ahn Tax & Business Advisors (ATBA) into the 23-year-old business advisory, tax and accounting…

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SBA increases COVID-19 EIDL maximum to $2M

(Shared with permission from Larson Gross) The Small Business Administration (SBA) has increased the limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) from $500,000 to $2 million. In a recent announcement, the SBA has implemented some major changes to the existing EIDL to make it easier for the small business communities still reeling from the…

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Bellingham voters should reject these initiatives in November

In this upcoming election, Bellingham voters will be asked to consider four initiatives submitted by a coalition of Bellingham community activist groups — with no regard to the long-lasting negative effect on local businesses. WBA’s Board of Directors is recommending a no-vote for all four initiatives because of the enormous adverse impact for City of…

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Peoples Bank increases minimum wage

Effective July 1, 2021, Peoples Bank announced it would raise its base minimum hourly wage for all hourly employees to $17, with market adjustments in Snohomish and King counties. The base minimum wage in Snohomish County will be adjusted to $18.70; in King County, the base minimum wage will be adjusted to $19.55. The Bank…

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RMC Architects hires Judge and Leigh

David Judge AIA has joined RMC Architects as a Project Architect. Judge received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2010 from A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He received a Master of Architecture in 2018 from the College of Built Environments, University of Washington, specializing in…

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RMC Architects announces promotions

RMC Architects is pleased to announce the following promotions: Christopher Mead AIA, LEED AP to Associate. Since joining RMC in 2005, Chris has distinguished himself as an approachable and trusted project leader and mentor. He has worked on a variety of project types for the firm, including the recently completed Multicultural Center at Western Washington…

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Peter Ruffatto joins Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S. as a principal

Peter Ruffatto is joining the Bellingham law firm, Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S., as a principal. Peter is a well-known municipal lawyer having worked as the Bellingham City Attorney since July 2012. Peter joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2003, where he worked in the areas of Labor and Employment; Public Works and Contracting; Municipal…

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All American Marine joins Bryton Marine Group

All American Marine (AAM) owner, Matt Mullett has completed the private sale to family-owned Bryton Marine Group. AAM, located in Bellingham, WA. is at the forefront of aluminum vessel design and manufacturing. The company has built a sterling reputation for building technologically enhanced designs with characteristics that ensure high-speed travel, industry-leading fuel efficiency, and customization…

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Bellingham City Councilman Proposes New Sales Tax

Bellingham City Councilman Dan Hammill recently proposed a new sales tax, with revenue dedicated to addressing the City’s ongoing homelessness crisis. The proposed sales tax would be .1%, with Hammill and the City indicating that it could raise up to $3M that would be used to address root causes of homelessness and provide services for…

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