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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 a... continue reading What Drives Our Economy in Whatcom County

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 distrib... continue reading What to Do with All That Excess Cash

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'.

... continue reading If It Is Free - It's Me!

“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... continue reading Taking Time for Your Life

Happy new year!

First week of 2018 = down.

How are those resolutions doing so far?

Maybe it’s basic, but I love New Year’s resolutions. I love the thought of reflecting on life thus far, deciding what goals to set and strategies to employ to create my best life. So much positive energy. So many possibilities. So many things to accomplish!

This WILL be the year!

... continue reading Goals Gone Wild

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