You started 2018 strong.

So strong, in fact, that you’re reading this blog while enjoying a freshly-made, home-grown salad for lunch (hold the dressing) before jogging on your treadmill and after getting a full nine hours of sleep the night before, into which you were gently cocooned by thinking about the full quarter of your paycheck you just stashed away into savings.

And what if I told you that doing all of those things today, and only today, would pay off for the rest of the year?

If it sounds too good to be true…

That’s because it is.... Read more

So … you’re a business owner here in Whatcom County.

You’ve lived here your whole life.

You saw the demolition of Georgia Pacific’s pulp plant, chemical plant and tissue mill on the Bellingham Waterfront.

You’ve been to the Deming Logging Show, the Northwest Washington Fair, experienced the madness of a Bellingham Roller Betty bout and/or you’ve even... Read more

Engaging Employees through Bonuses

To paraphrase John Dunne, no business owner is an island.

If you own a successful business, some credit is likely due to a fantastic employee or, even better, a bevy of fantastic employees.

Let’s say one such amazing employee has hit the wage ceiling, but you still want to recognize her efforts. Or maybe you’re about to hire a new employee you just know will be amazing and you wish to leave room for flexibility in salary.

Cash profit sharing plans, in which companies distribute a predetermined amount of profits di... Read more

Sometimes marketing can be easy.

Here at the SBDC our staff has been enjoying going through Seth Godin's The Marketing Seminar (highly recommended BTW)

In one our our learning modules, Seth was explaining how sometimes marketing can be easy - like 'selling' dog food to a hungry dog.

Or how if you're gasping for breath and someone happens by at the opportune moment with a gas mask, you're not likely to ask 'how much' or 'is it made from all natural materials'.

Those are easy e... Read more

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives” – Annie Dillard


Notwithstanding the year we are born or the year we die, we each have 525,600 minutes per year. Yet, those minutes can bleed into “wasted” hours, days, weeks, and even months if we aren’t mindful of how our time is being spent. Or rather, how our time is being invested.

Nearly 20 years ago, I read a book that has had a profound impact on the way I think about time and the shape of my life. The book is appropriately titled “Take Time... Read more