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

Local businesses stepping up together to make a difference

September 20, 2018

originally published Jan 2019– The  Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) recently launched its Step Up for Business Advocacy Campaign – or “Step Up,” as it has become known. “Step Up is the answer to numerous requests and long Board [of Directors] conversations about how to substantively improve the business climate in Whatcom County,” WBA President Tony…

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2014 Employment at Cherry Point Report

September 17, 2018

originally published Jan. 9th, 2017 Whatcom County Council has a choice: Is Cherry Point open for business, or not? John Huntley, president of Mills Electric in Bellingham, found himself recently in a place he never thought he’d be – in a room full of people on a snowy night, standing in front of the Whatcom…

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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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