As adapted and suggested by motivational keynote speaker, Jody Urquhart, consider your workplace and identify:

Do you regularly hear employees laughing or see them smiling at work?

When something funny happens at work, do people stop and appreciate the humor?
YES     NO

Does your workplace have a fun activity at least once per month?

Are employees invited or encouraged to participate in having fun at work?

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  • What CEOs are reading in 2017 from McKinsey & Company
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Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, who had a diverse consulting career and was an advocate for personal and professional development, famously said: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except fo... Read more

3 Oms Yoga Studio Visit

We had the pleasure of introducing Congressman Rick Larsen to a few of our clients yesterday.

Pictured here with Mr. Larsen are Amy Robinson, owner of 3 Oms Yoga, and Ian Rae, owner of Chuckanut Builders, alo... Read more

This is the first post, of what we hope will be many installments, of us being able to shed some light on our small business client success stories.

It never ceases to amaze us how humbling it is to hear about our clients succeeding and them allowing us to share their stories with others.

Today's SBDC client success story that we would like to share with you is that of Veritas Media Productions.

If you've attended the small business awards banquets of either the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce or the Wh... Read more

A common question we hear at the Small Business Development Center is, “How do I recruit and retain great employees?”

What we sometimes find lurking behind this question is a workplace impasse, dispute or just a simple disagreement that can cause a team member to question their future with an employer…or leave the employer wondering if they made a bad hiring decision.

With so many job opportunities in the market now, some workers choose to move on at the first sign of trouble. Such early exits can be costly to both the employer and the departing employee.... Read more