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

Business Person Lifetime Achievement Award – Ed Brandsma

September 20, 2018

Passion and hard work take Edaleen Dairy from small family farm to thriving independent dairy brand and beyond Article by Tamara Anderson-Loucks originally published March 2017 in Business Pulse magazine— Ed and Aileen Brandsma, owners of Lynden’s Edaleen Dairy Farm and stores, have steered their farm in many new directions during the 52 years they’ve…

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Alcoa Intalco Works Ferndale avoids planned layoffs of nearly 500 employees

September 17, 2018

Published May 3, 2016 On May 2, Alcoa announced its agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration to amend its current power contract to help improve the competitiveness of the Intalco Works Ferndale smelter. The new amendment to the power contract, effective July 1, 2016 through Feb. 14, 2018, will provide for additional market access during this…

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Q gone for good. Now Brio is its name-o

September 17, 2018

Published in Business Pulse magazine in March 2016 Alliance Laundry Systems Corp., the makers of Speed Queen washers, claimed a trademark on the brand “Q.” Therefore, Owner/President Colleen Unema has rebranded her company to Brio Laundry on Alabama Street just off its intersection with James Street in the Sunnyland neighborhood. Unema liked the sound and…

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‘Roastery’ opens a new panorama view of coffee roasting and brewing

September 17, 2018

published March 31, 2016 On March 28, 2016 the doors will open on a first for coffee-crazy Whatcom County: An open-view coffee roasting facility at The Woods Coffee location on Lakeway Drive (just east of I-5 exit). As announced by CEO Wes Herman (above left) and Head Roaster Shea Hagan (right), a Grand Opening is…

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Yeager's Sporting Goods, turns 97!

August 12, 2018

The Short History of  Yeager’s In 1921, Ira Yeager was in the furniture business, but being an avid outdoorsman, he decided to make a change and contacted the Evinrude Company and was given a dealership to sell their outboard motors.  When Yeager’s surrendered that franchise in the 1990s, it was the oldest continually operating Evinrude…

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