Small Business Development Center



cpa t-shirt

My father was a CPA with a sense of humor. While the literal translation of CPA is Certified Public Accountant, my dad had t-shirts printed up for his team emphasizing and embracing the stereotype often associated with accountants.

Meanwhile, my dad’s younger brother loved poking fun at my dad. I’ll never forget my Uncle Gary saying to me, “Sherri, as an acco... Read more

Gritworks Athletic Training Staff

Achieving Your Personal Best - In Life, Sports, or Business

"Some will winsome will lose. Some were born to sing the blues." (Don't Stop Believin' - Journey)

This week I had the honor of attending the one year anniversary and open house celebration of Gritworks Athletics.

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Wearing multiple hats and trying to be “all things to all people” means time management is something with which most business owners struggle. If businesses are fortunate enough to have employees, the workload can be shared. However, if the business owner or manager doesn’t know how to effectively delegate (i.e. “let go”), overseeing the work of another can too readily become yet another task on the to-do list.

Bolded below is a very simple (but effective) delegation tool provided to me 15+ years ago at a management training seminar.


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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…... 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 Bet... Read more