Despite the Inslee administration’s claims, it has become clear that Washington businesses should expect an increase in their unemployment insurance (UI) taxes that will add up to $800M in 2021, with additional increases likely in store in 2022 and 2023. Economists at the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) attribute the UI shortfall to the…

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On Thursday, September 10 Senate Democrats blocked what some called a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill. The two parties could not agree on the scale of the aid, with Republicans supporting relief for schools, small business, and jobless benefits. The $650B package was deemed too small by Senate Democrats, who opposed the bill on a near…

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More than two hundred members of the local business community, along with local elected and appointed officials, registered for “Navigating a New Health and Economic Reality in Whatcom County.” The webinar, held Wednesday May 13th, featured local business and health leaders taking questions from attendees looking to better understand what the post-coronavirus landscape could look…

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“What is the source of that information?” Get used to asking yourself that question. Looking past the intermediary to the original context of the news is an invaluable business skill to acquire. The more important the information, the higher the stakes – and the greater the likelihood that there’ll be scads of misinformation flying across…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a severe impact on the local, state, national, and global economy. With the statewide Stay-at-Home order in effect until at least May 4th, the Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) conducted a survey of over 220 county businesses to better understand how they have been affected by the current health and economic…

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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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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 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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Since its March opening, the new commercial passenger terminal at Everett’s Paine Field has given Western Washington flyers a convenient option for getting out of town. Even if you’ve already traveled through the new terminal, you probably didn’t realize that Bellingham’s Signs Plus created the signs that guide you through it, from the parking lot…

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The Whatcom Dream: We Gotcha Covered Toy Store Every year we promote The Whatcom Dream’s toy store to our WBA Membership and friends – encouraging toy donations for families that are part of The Whatcom Dream programs. The Whatcom Dream’s mission is to create poverty reducing pathways for Whatcom County residents to discover their dreams…

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