One Bellingham-based business has launched a creative, nationwide effort to support the employees of small businesses and non-profits who need financial assistance during this economic health crisis. Through each sale of t-shirts with the rally cry “We got this”, $10 is directed back to the small businesses that have signed up and provided proof of…

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Matt Roetcisoender, a certified public accountant with 10 years of experience in the accounting industry and over 3 years as a Certified Valuation Analyst, was promoted to Senior Manager at VSH CPAs, whose offices are located in Bellingham and Mt. Vernon. Roetcisoender, who joined VSH CPAs in 2017, is a Certified Valuation Analyst specializing in…

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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is pleased to announce that its Nurse Residency Program achieved accreditation with distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).* ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency or fellowship programs that transition newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) into new practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence.…

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Peoples Bank announces changes to its executive leadership team, as well as promotions at the Bellingham Commercial Banking Group. Executive Team Promotions Lisa Hefter Lisa Hefter assumes the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Risk Officer. Lisa joined Peoples Bank in 1992 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2010. In her new role,…

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By its very nature, workforce development is a community prosperity initiative. After all, helping workers gain valuable skills attacks the roots of poverty. Training workers for living-wage jobs can help break the cycle of dead-end work. What’s more, boosting the skills of Whatcom County workers helps local companies fill important jobs so they can grow.…

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A vibrant business community, supported by public policies, is the key to a healthy community. Do you believe this statement? Whatcom Business Alliance members – industry leaders based in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine and other cities in our county – certainly believe this to be true. They have seen firsthand how the success of businesses…

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The Whatcom Business Alliance’s Youth Engagement Initiative is working to make real its vision of a dynamic local economy in which communities, schools, businesses and policy-makers operate together in support of our youth, the emerging workforce. How exactly would the community support youth in this model? Through the promotion of academic and career pathways, workplace…

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Local business leaders, small-business owners and voters have relied on Whatcom Business Alliance to advocate on their behalf since 2013. It has become WBA’s role in the community to help stakeholders in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale and throughout Whatcom County access policy information and fact-based research during key decision-making periods. When important issues arise in Whatcom…

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The most successful college students are the ones who go above and beyond their peers in pursuit of their goals. Think about it: Every quarter of every year, dozens of students graduate from Western Washington University with the exact same degree. And that doesn’t even take into account the hundreds of students flooding the job…

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The City of Bellingham’s Climate Action Task Force was launched in September of 2018 with the purpose of determining the feasibility, costs and impacts of the city’s 100-percent renewable energy ambitions. The Task Force rolled out preliminary recommendations for the building and transportation sectors in June 2019. Recommendations include the electrification of all commercial, residential,…

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