Peoples Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Hefter to the Peoples Bank and Peoples Bancorp Board of Directors. An executive with nearly 30 years of experience in community banking, Hefter has been involved in all facets of bank management and has contributed to the company’s tenfold growth during her tenure. Today, Peoples…

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Things were normal. Then they weren’t. Then everything was closed. Then a few things could open—and that is where things have stayed. In early June Whatcom County moved to Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, and for the time being that is where Whatcom County will remain. Per Governor Jay Inslee’s latest order,…

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In an economic downturn, marketing and sales are often the first budgetary items to get cut. So, what can Whatcom County’s local businesses do to align what the community knows about their company (public relations), their value proposition (marketing), and close customers (sales)? They can begin by asking the following four questions. Question 1: Who…

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By Kris Johnson We’ve all learned new terms and acronyms in the last few months, from “flattening the curve” and “social distancing” to WFH (working from home) and PPE (personal protective equipment). It’s remarkable how quickly COVID-19 has upended our lives and inserted itself into our daily rhythms. If you run a business, the terms…

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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic restrictions implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19 have had a dramatic impact on the state budget, with shortfalls as large as $10B projected over the next three years. While Governor Inslee has remained non-committal about the prospect of tax increases, members of his administration have…

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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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In early 2018, WBA began an effort to bring attention to the importance of local workforce development, engaging with employers, educators, parents and other stakeholders. As one way to address workforce development, WBA has launched the YESWhatcom.com recruitment portal, which aspires to help Whatcom County employers meet workforce needs while assisting local youth and other…

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Whatcom Business Alliance launches Youth Engagement Initiative “The key to success is showing up – you have got to show up!” On February 7, 2018 the Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) launched the Youth Engagement Initiative at a kickoff event attended by five area high schools with over 250 students in attendance.   Community Business leaders…

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The Whatcom Business Alliance has partnered with the Junior Achievement to assist in the implementation of the Job Shadow curriculum in local high schools and businesses. In review |  On February 7, 2018 the Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) launched the Youth Engagement Initiative at a kickoff event attended by five area high schools with over 250…

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