Businesss Briefs

What Whatcom Employees like Most about Where They Work

November 5, 2018

Originally published in Business Pulse magazine Sept/Oct 2018 issue. The following is a summary of Business Pulse magazine’s 2018 Best Places to Work Survey. The complete article may be read in Business Pulse magazine’s digital copy, here. Guidelines, Factoids, and Quotables: 2018 Business Pulse Best Workplaces Survey Clear guidelines steered the Business Pulse survey that enabled employees to rate…

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Job Shadow in Whatcom County

October 4, 2018

Junior Achievement Job Shadow curriculum & local workplace tours    If you are an educator and would like to learn more about the Junior Achievement Job Shadow visit their website or contact Whatcom County Program Director, Elaine Christensen.   If you are a business and would like to host a school tour of your workplace,…

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Business flexibility is a major key to success

September 20, 2018

originally published April 10, 2017— In an era of turbulent markets, rapidly advancing technology and fickle consumer habits, the most successful businesses tend to be the most agile. Take Trayvax Enterprises, for example. Owner Mark King’s original vision was to create a better way to reuse plastic bags. But as he developed the product, he…

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10 positive behaviors Lean Leadership

September 20, 2018

Randall Benson | Lean Operations So how do we lead a Lean transformation?” I was recently asked this question by the owners of a small manufacturing company, so I came up with 10 behaviors that could help them get started as leaders in Lean. How many of these behaviors do you embody? Lead a journey.…

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News Alerts

Initiative 1631 REJECTED

October 4, 2018

Initiative 1631 Update! Nov. 6, 2018 — Much of the statewide Election interest was focused on initiatives. Voters rejected Initiative 1631, a proposed carbon fee on fossil-fuel emissions, with 56.3% of ballots opposing. The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) takes positions on issues only after it has cut through the propaganda, vetted the facts and has…

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Why the Whatcom Business Alliance Supports Initiative 1634

October 4, 2018

ELECTION UPDATE: Initiative 1634 APPROVED! Much of the statewide interest was focused on initiatives. Initiative 1634, which would block Washington cities from enacting new food and beverage taxes, has comfortably passed with support from 54.8% of voters. BACKGROUND On November 6, 2018, voters in Washington State will be asked to weigh in on Initiative 1634.…

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Navigating water and property rights in the state of Washington

September 20, 2018

originally published April 11, 2017— “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Washington State can feel like this sometimes. Though it seems abundant, water isn’t necessarily always available for use ― even for those who…

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Recent Decisions Severely Impact Property Owners

September 20, 2018

originally published March 27, 2017— By: Jim McKinney, Executive Director, Common Threads Northwest The WHATCOM COUNTY COUNCIL moratoriums on Cherry Point industrial growth and drilling previously exempt home-use wells have a dramatic impact on our economy and tax base.  They cost businesses and individual property owners hundreds of millions of dollars.  Because of the Council…

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Step Up for Business Advocacy: Update

September 20, 2018

originally published March 2017— Take Action to Support Cherry Point The saga continues! The Cherry Point Amendment to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan is being introduced to the full Council on Tuesday, March 21st with the anticipated vote scheduled for Tuesday, April 4th. The language moving forward continues to concern the Cherry Point businesses: the…

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Member News

The Whatcom Dream Christmas Shoppe Success!

December 6, 2018

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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And the Awards Go To…

October 4, 2018

Lynden Transport and Lynden International for 2018 Quest for Quality Lynden Transport’s 22nd award and sixth consecutive No. 1 It’s now six straight first-place finishes for Lynden Transport in the Quest for Quality Awards competition. The latest honor came on Aug. 7 at the 35th annual Logistics Management Awards show in Anchorage, where Lynden received…

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Join the Youth Engagement Network

October 1, 2018

Do you know of a local youth service? Are you a business looking to tell Whatcom County families about youth training programs or tours? Would you like to tell us about a grant or foundation that would benefit the Youth Engagement Initiative! EMAIL US! Check back soon! This page is under construction.

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Youth Sponsorship Opportunities

October 1, 2018

Open Your Business to Youth Apprenticeships Demand from our local industries tells us how workforce shortages are a barrier to their growth. Educators, in particular, those in Career-technical education, need our help connecting their students to local workplace environments, expectations and job opportunities. The Youth Engagement initiative is currently organizing efforts to bring youth apprenticeships in…

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Fortiphi-HR Awards Women In Business Scholarship

September 20, 2018

originally published March 2017— Mount Vernon, WA.  Fortiphi-HR, a Human Resources and Benefits Management Company with offices in Mount Vernon and Blaine, Washington, announces the name of the recipient of their first Women in Business Scholarship. Heidi DeBauge, who has recently been accepted into the nursing program at Everett Community College, was thrilled to accept…

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