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The Buzz New downtown office Phase one is almost done. Two houses across the street from Aslan Brewing Co. could be moved to make way for mixeduse buildings in later phases. DOWNTOWN OFFICE, 9

Your money matters Save money with tax season personal finance advice. MONEY, 14


Changes for small businesses C.J. Seitz, interim director of the Small Business Development Center, discusses raising capital, breweries and other changes to business in Bellingham.

local e-cig industry employing 150 could vanish if tax bill becomes law

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E-cig bill targets teen use but could nudge adults back to cigarettes BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Electronic cigarettes went from obscurity to a $2.5 billion industry in the U.S. in the last five years, and Mount Baker Vapor has followed a similar trajectory. The Bellingham company’s website went live in August 2011, hit 100 orders three months later, and reached 1,000 orders

the next spring. Now, Mount Baker Vapor has more than 130 employees and ships nicotineinfused liquid and other products as far as Australia, Europe and Japan. The industry is mostly unregulated, but more than 20 states are currently considering bills regarding e-cigarettes or “vaping” products. Washington legislators are con-

sidering several bills, including one proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee aimed at curbing the increase in teenagers using e-cigarettes. The bill would tax the products at a rate that Mount Baker Vapor and other local companies say would kill the local industry and have the unintended effect of making vapor

products harder to get for adults who use them as an alternative to cigarettes.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in February 2015, the same as the revised rate for January 2015, according to the latest data from the state Employment Security Department. One year ago, Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was 7.8 percent. Shortly after, the unemployment rate fell and stayed below 7 percent from April 2014 until December 2014. The county added 4,100 jobs between February 2014 and February 2015. Most industries in Whatcom County grew between February 2014 and February 2015, with state government and mining, logging and construction growing the most by percentage. Leisure and hospitality is the only industry that declined since last February. The statewide unemployment rate for February was 8.8 percent. King County, at 4.9 percent, had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, and Ferry County had the highest at 14 percent. Skagit County’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent.

Whatcom County adds 7,000 residents in four years Washington’s population swelled to more than 7 million people last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The census bureau recently released estimates of how the population of U.S. counties and cities changed between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. In that time, Whatcom County grew by 1.2 percent, adding 2,103 residents. The estimated total population of the County as of July 1, 2014 was 208,351. The 2010 census counted 201,140 residents in Whatcom County. The fastest-growing counties in Washington during that time period were Kittitas County (1.8 percent), Snohomish County (1.8 percent), Clark County (1.7 percent), King County (1.6 percent) and Pierce County (1.4 percent).

January foreclosure rate down to 0.75 percent The rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans decreased again, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, national providers of financial, property and consumer data. The delinquency rate, or rate of mortgage loan payments 90 or more days delinquent, also decreased. Both figures have been declining for more than two years. The rate of foreclosures on outstanding loans in Bellingham was 0.75 percent in January 2015, the latest month for which data is available. That’s a 0.34 percent decrease compared to January 2014, and a 0.03 decrease compared to December 2015. The mortgage delinquency rate in Bellingham decreased to 2.10 percent, which is down 1 percent from January 2014 and 0.08 percent from December 2015.

Tech Help acquired Ovation Technical Services One local IT support company acquired another recently when Tech Help acquired Ovation Technical Services. Ovation Technical Services worked with



small and medium-sized businesses on issues ranging from network and server monitoring to maintenance and support. Those are basically the same services that Tech Help provides, said Brooke McClary, marketing manager for Big Fresh. Tech Help is the IT division of Big Fresh, which is a website design and development company. “It was really obvious that the goals of Ovation aligned with ours,” McClary said. “The owner, Mark (Knittel), he’s a really great guy. We had a good report with him so it was an easy decision.” Ovation started in 2006 and had clients in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Ovation’s four employees will be moving into Big Fresh’s offices at 2211 Rimland Drive, in the Barkley neighborhood. Tech Help now has 10 employees and clients in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. The combined tech teams will work together to serve the companies clients, McClary said. Big Fresh is owned by NVNTD (pronounced “invented”), which was founded by Doug DeVries and Mark Lee, founders and co-owner of Tech Help, along with local real estate developers Troy Muljat and Ben Kinney. Tech Help started in 2000 and joined Big Fresh in 2002.


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Businesses track waste, energy-use, and where money goes to measure progress toward nonfinancial goals BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Boundary Bay Brewery has always worked toward supporting Whatcom County’s economy and doing less harm to the planet, owner Ed Bennett said. The brewery donates beer to help nonprofits raise money and gives employees time to volunteer for local causes and events. Boundary Bay’s beer garden is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a backyard wildlife habitat. But tracking progress toward goals like spending more money in Whatcom County and doing it in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment isn’t easy. Bennett and other Bellingham business owners worked to find new ways to measure progress toward social and environmental goals at a Sustainable Connections member lunch on March 5. Chris McGee, business counselor with Business Support Services Northwest, led a seminar and demonstrated ways to use QuickBooks software to account for what he calls “sustainability factors.” Most businesses use QuickBooks or other accounting software programs to chart all the variables that can make or break the bottom line, McGee said. But very few track how much waste is produced in the course of business or how

The building that became Birthroot Midwives and Birth Center during a remodel in 2013. Chuckanut Builders reused doors, windows and lumber from the project. The firm tracks how much waste it produces. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNY RAE/CHUCKANUT BUILDERS much of the businesses purchases are made locally, he said. At the talk, titled “Accounting for Sustainability,” McGee recommended using

the “class tracking” function in QuickBooks to group together variables that contribute to non-financial goals. The talk wasn’t a lecture, but a discussion where

McGee and business owners brainstormed and helped each other solve accounting problems. Some solutions are simple. Jack Lamb, CEO of Aslan Brewery, said during the discussion that he’s looking for a way to keep track of how much waste his brewery produces. Businesses in the building industry can track the total weight of waste they take to the landfill because they pay per pound to drop it off, but Lamb pays a flat rate to for waste disposal. Mark Peterson, sustainable business manager for Sustainable Connections, suggested a simple if inelegant solution—draw lines that mark when the garbage bin is a quarter full, half full and three-quarters full, and record how high the waste is piled on pick-up day. Supporting local businesses is one of Chuckanut Builders’ core missions, owner Ian Rae said. The green building firm started accounting for where geographically its money went in 2012 and in 2013 it managed to spend 89.8 percent of its budget in Whatcom County. Accounting for where the money goes makes it easier to increase the amount spent locally, Rae said. “Anytime you’re tracking something like this it makes you more motivated to improve,” he said. “The side benefit is you get better relationships with local suppliers and the prices are often similar.”



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National real estate firm revives student apartment project near Fred Meyer Construction could start this month on 13 buildings with 640 beds for fall 2016 BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal A national real estate investment company is preparing to break ground in the Puget neighborhood and revive a student housing project that ceased when Campus Crest Communities Inc., another national real estate investment firm, left town last November. CA Student Living, a subsidiary of CA Ventures, bought land south of Lakeway Fred Meyer between Interstate 5 and Lincoln Street in January and plans to construct housing for hundreds of students by fall 2016, said John Diedrich, CA Ventures’ VP of Investments. He said in late March that the company hopes to start construction in a couple weeks on 13 buildings with 230 units and about 640 bedrooms. The site is west the future Lincoln Commercial Center between Lincoln Creek and the freeway. The rentals will cater to students, but also multifamily renters, Diedrich said. The company is still developing a plan for the rental cost of the apartments. CA Ventures bought the property from Campus Crest, a North Carolina-based firm that acquired it in 2013 and planned to build 10 apartment buildings with 216 units and 584 beds on the site by this fall. Campus Crest sold the site, along with eight other undeveloped sites throughout the country, as part of a cost-cutting plan aimed at boosting value for its shareholders. CA Ventures bought two parcels totaling 15 acres from

The site of CA Student Living’s apartments geared toward students is just west of the future Lincoln Commercial Center, on the west side of Lincoln Creek. OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL Campus Crest Bellingham for $4.5 million on January 21, 2015, according to the Whatcom County Assessor’s website. The properties are at 1251 Lincoln St. and 1617 E. Maple St. Diedrich said enrollment numbers at Western Washington University and other factors attracted the company to Bellingham. Western has about 15,000 students, and on-campus housing for 4,000. “There is just not a lot of space for new development and really no national players in the market,” he said.

BRIEFS, FROM 4 in Western Washington. Other offices are in Burlington, Olympia, Silverdale, and Bellingham at 2126 E. Bakerview Road. The company’s offices are strategically located, according to its website, and the new office is its closest office to the Seattle area. The acquisition expanded MTC’s services, which range from field inspection to geotechnical laboratory testing, according to a press release from the company. Harold Benny, Silverdale office manager, is also managing the new office in Tukwila, according to the

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Wander Brewing doubles its brewing ability with new tanks Less than a year after opening, Wander Brewing doubled its brewing capacity with three new brewing tanks. The brewery, at 1807 Dean Ave. in Bellingham, installed two new 40-barrel cellaring tanks and one 40-barrel bright tank, said owner Colleen Kuehl. The tanks will all be used for fermentation. The expansion will allow the brewery

CA Student Living manages apartment buildings in Chicago; Eugene, Oregon; and Tucson, Arizona. Its closest project to Bellingham is an eight-story, 206unit apartment building across the street from the University of Washington in Seattle. The project will be similar to the proposed Campus Crest project but some buildings will be reconfigured to better account for topography, Diedrich said. One building on the site will include a commons building in addition to apartments. Before abandoning the site,

to create new recipes and brew larger batches of its core beers. “We’ve been very happy and we feel very fortunate that we’ve had such an amazing first year. This has kind of always been in our plan,” Kuehl said about the expansion. Along with the expanded capacity, Wander Brewing is hiring more employees. The brewery also acquired 2,000 square feet of extra brewing space to use for its 10-month-old Wine Barrel Project, which involves brewing sour beers in wine barrels. The new space is two doors down from the brew hall. To celebrate its expansion and anniversary on

Campus Crest received approval on several building permits from the City of Bellingham. Kathy Bell, City of Bellingham planner, said CA Ventures’ proposed project is similar enough to Campus Crest’s plans that the firm can begin construction on some parts of the site, including stormwater facilities, without resubmitting permits for the work. CA Ventures, in partnership with Wanxiang American Real Estate Group— the domestic real estate arm of Chinese auto parts manufacturer Wanxiang Group Inc. — and Core Investments,

May 2, Wander Brewing is hosting a celebration at its brew hall.

Washington gains 100,000 new jobs OLYMPIA — Washington gained more than 100,000 new jobs in the past year and most of it was in the private sector, the state’s labor economist said today. January’s monthly employment report from the state Employment Security Department estimates employment increased by 100,500 from January 2014 to January 2015, on a not seasonally adjusted basis. Of those, 89,800 new jobs were created in the

acquired six former Campus Crest properties, according to a press release from CA Student Living. The properties are in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Allendale, Michigan; Tempe, Arizona; Sacremento, California; Boca Raton, Florida; and Bellingham. There are multiple projects going on south of Fred Meyer. The CA Student Living housing project is at the northeastern edge of the area between Lincoln Street and Interstate 5. Adding 640 bedrooms to Bellingham could make a dent in the tight apartment market, said Giovanni Isaksen, CEO of Ashworth Partners, a Bellinghambased real estate consulting firm. Bellingham’s apartment vacancy rate was 1.3 percent last September, according to a survey by the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Washington had an average apartment vacancy rate of 3.5 percent, according to the study. The national apartment vacancy rate was 4.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc. “If you consider that there are 17,000 full-time students between Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College and Western, 640 is not a huge,” Isaksen said. “But I would expect to see vacancies trend up a little bit.”

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private sector and 10,700 new jobs in the public sector. “This is another good labor market report,” state labor economist Paul Turek said in a statement. “With more than 100,000 new since January 2014 and continued growth in the labor force, Washington’s economy remains strong.” The mining and logging industry lost 100 jobs from January 2014 to January this year. Washington’s unemployment rate for January 2015 was 6.4 percent while the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.7, according to preliminary estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics released today.

Unemployment in the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area was at 4.6 percent. The top five industry sectors with the largest employment gains from January 2014 to January 2015 were: Professional and business services with 17,200 new jobs; Construction with 17,000 jobs; Retail trade with 16,200 jobs; Education and health services with 13,000 new jobs; and Government with 10,700 new jobs. —Everett Herald Business Journal

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Jobs: Unemployment rate stays flat Bankruptcies

Includes non-seasonally adjusted figures for Washington State

Chapters 11,13 Chapter 7


February 2015: 7.2% February 2014: 7.5 %

February 2015: 63.7% February 2014: 63.3 %

Includes filings for Chapters 7, 11 and 13 in Whatcom County


Unemployment rate

Labor force participation rate

February 2015 total: 34 Annual change: �14.70%









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Spending: Sales-tax distribution up seasonally February 2015: $9,238,908 February 2014: $13,3883278

February 2015: $0.80 January 2014: $0.90


Includes monthly averages (Canada-to-U.S.) at market closing

Includes basic and optional local sales tax to Bellingham


Building-permit values

Canadian dollar

Sales-tax distribution February 2015: $2,148,311 Annual change:







$25M $20M $15M


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Housing: Spring starts early for house sales 350K

Foreclosures & delinquencies

Housing sales

Housing sale prices

Delinquency rate: January 2015: 2.10% January 2014: 3.03% Foreclosure rate: January 2015: 0.75% January 2014: 1.04%

Closed, February 2015: 196 Annual change: +29.90 % Pending, Febuary 2015: 319 Annual change: + 38.10 %

Average: February 2015: $281,600 February 2014: $256,727 Median: February 2015: $258,000 February 2014: $222,000

Includes sales of single-family houses and condos in Whatcom County


Average price Median price




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Other factors: Airport traffic lags behind 2014 Airport traffic

Cruise terminal traffic

February 2015: 37,749 Annual change: -9.11%

Border traffic

February 2015: 2,275 February 2014: 1,065

January 2015: 425,243 Year-over-year: � 3.67%

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Tiger Construction of Everson recently hired Derek LoPresti, Aaron Wagenaar and Brady Jonas as project managers. LoPresti will be managing the company’s Anacortes and Lynden sewer projects and the Geneva area water main replacement. Wagenaar will be working on the City of Bellingham’s Federal Building Renovation. Jonas is working on projects at Bellingham Technical College and the Port of Bellingham.

Architect honored by American Institute of Architects Local architect Rick Benner will be honored at the 2015 American Institute of Architects convention in Atlanta this May. The institute named Benner to its College of Fellows, a position awarded to members who have made significant contributions to

architecture and society, according to the institute’s website. BenRick Benner ner is Western Washington University’s University Architect. In that role, he has influenced everything from campus planning and budgeting to transportation infrastructure, facility development and development of the campus character, a press release said.

Goering named to Waddell & Reed’s Leadership Council National financial advising firm Waddell & Reed named Timothy Goering, a regional managing principal in the firm’s Bellingham office, to its Leadership Council. The firm awards the Leadership Council designation to its top eight managing principals nationwide, based on investment

and sales generated in the previous year and other criteria. The company has more than 160 offices and was Timothy Goering founded in 1937. This is the fourth time that Goering has earned Leadership Council status. The council meets periodically with firm management and advisors to discuss goals, management issues, products and client services. Goering joined Waddell & Reed in 1995.

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PEOPLE, FROM 8 with customers and facilitating event planning and preparation, Megan VanZanten according to a news release. Most recently, VanZanten worked for two years as the catering event manager for Aztec Shops, a nonprofit dining service for San Diego State University. She has also worked as service manager for Sodexo, an international catering, food service and facilities management corporation.

Cruikshank joins Skagit Bank as vice president John Cruikshank joined Skagit Bank as vice president and commercial loan officer in February. Cruikshank is part of the bank’s business banking team and will work at the downtown Bellingham office at 128 E. Holly St. Cruikshank has 25 years of banking experience in Whatcom County. He

spent the last three years as a commercial loan officer at Whidbey Island Bank. Before that, he was senior vice president and manager of the Bellingham branch of Business Bank. Cruikshank said his main attraction to Skagit Bank is that it feels like a “true community bank with a great hometown feel.”

Occhiogrosso named to regional chamber leadership council The Western Association of Chamber Executives named Bellingham/ Whatcom Chamber of Commerce President Guy Occhiogrosso to its Emerging Leaders Advisory Council. Council members give ideas and program feedback to the Western Association of Chamber Executives, and advise its board and president. The group is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff members in 20 western states and Canada. Its mission is to enhance development of chamber staff.

New downtown office part of multiphase project Plan includes replacing houses on North Forest Street with mixed-use buildings BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal The two-story brick building that went up over the winter at 310 E. Magnolia St., next to Schweinhaus Biergarten, is nearing completion. Michael Schacht, founder of Schacht Law, plans to move his law office in once the building is completed in May, he said. Schacht owns the site and his master plan for it includes moving the two houses on the lot, which are on North Forest Street, southeast of the new building, to construct two mixed-use buildings with storefronts at street level and apartments above. Schacht said the future buildings will be similar to the one that’s under construction now, and his goal is to match the look of other downtown buildings. Schacht Law will move from its office at 2801 Meridian St., into the top floor of the building. The building has extra space to accommodate a tenant or future Schacht Law’s new office building at 310 E. Magnolia St. OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BBJ growth for the law firm.

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VAPOR, FROM 1 Inslee’s bill, HB 1645, originally proposed a 95 percent tax on all vapor products — the same rate applied to tobacco products. In late March, a new bill proposed a 60 percent tax on the products. Mount Baker Vapor representatives said even a 60 percent tax would force them to move out of state, since they compete with businesses across the U.S., and currently only Minnesota and North Carolina impose an excise tax on vapor products. Michael Sullivan, Mount Baker Vapor’s marketing director, started smoking when he was 15 years old. He kicked the habit at 25 by switching to e-cigarettes, he said, before taking a drag from his e-cigarette. As he inhales from the rectangular black personal device, a heating coil heats nicotine-infused liquid to its boiling point, vaporizing the liquid drawn into Sullivan’s lungs. Sullivan is sitting on a couch at Mount Baker Vapor’s retail location on the Guide Meridian in Lynden. The staff said the store helps the company

Austin Masters, right, owner of Masters of Vapour, talks with a customer in his retail vaping shop at 206 W. Magnolia St. in Bellingham. Masters opened the shop in June 2014. OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL

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tapering off the amount of nicotine he’s ingesting. When he started vaping, he used nicotine juice with 24 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid. Now he’s down to 9 milligrams per milliliter. Though he agrees that e-cigarettes could be a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes for adults, Jason McGill, one of Inslee’s health policy advisors, is alarmed by how many kids who have never smoked



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cigarettes are trying e-cigarettes, he said. Nicotine is both addictive and toxic, and Inslee’s health policy team thinks the products, which come in flavors including zebra stripe gum and cotton candy, are too attractive to kids. “We will have this whole new generation of people who will be addicted to nicotine,” McGill said “We’re doing this is to prevent youth access to this innovative, sexy product marketed to kids.” Washington state’s 2014 Healthy Youth Survey found that 18 percent of 10th graders had tried e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. That’s up 14 percent from 2012, when 4 percent had tried e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. The survey didn’t collect data on whether teens who used e-cigarettes had previously used cigarettes, but a 2014 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than a quarter-million youth who had previously never smoked tried e-cigarettes in 2013. Traditional cigarette use is dropping, even in teenagers. Between 2012 and 2014, the percentage of 10th graders who smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days fell from 9.5 percent to 7.9 percent, a drop that McGill doesn’t think corresponds to the increase in 10th graders using e-cigarettes. “I don’t think that is related at all,” he said. “For e-cigs you have an immense jump. It is not a one-to-one correlation.”

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PORT NEWS Bellingham's waterfront visions & plans comes to fruition

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The Port is nearing an agreement with Ireland-based Harcourt Developments to develop a new commercial and residential area on 19 acres of Bellingham’s downtown waterfront, on land which was once part Georgia-Pacific’s pulp and tissue mill. The opportunity to reenergize Bellingham’s waterfront economy was one of the primary reasons the Port acquired GeorgiaPacific’s pulp and tissue mill in 2005. After years of visioning and planning, an agreement with Harcourt would set a timeline for a significant infusion of public and private capital. Under the terms of the proposed Master Development Agreement, Harcourt will complete two major building projects on the downtown waterfront by 2021. Harcourt will adaptively reuse the 45,000 square foot Granary Building by 2019, and complete construction of a second building with a minimum of 40,000 square feet of mixed-use space by the end of 2021. Development of the first two buildings might occur faster, but no later than the deadlines specified in the agreement. The Granary Building, built in 1928, is located at the entrance to the downtown waterfront redevelopment area and is distinguished by an iconic cupola structure. The City of Bellingham will build new roads and parks for the public to access the downtown waterfront beginning in 2016. Public and private investment

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VAPOR, FROM 10 vapor contains 1 percent of the cancer-causing free radicals found in a puff of cigarette smoke, a study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that e-cigarette vapor can contain more formaldehyde — a known carcinogen — than cigarettes when vaporized at high temperature. Professor Michael Siegel at the Boston University School of Public Health, did his own analysis and

wrote in the Wall Street Journal that formaldehyde could only be produced when the nicotine was overheated, and he couldn’t detect formaldehyde under normal use. A University of Washington report titled “E-cigarettes: evidence and policy options for Washington State,” summarizes the research this way: “E-cigarettes, then, exist on a continuum of risk; relative to conventional cigarettes, they are almost undoubtedly safer because there is no combustion that occurs. However, it is too soon to declare them safe, and we

do not yet know enough about whether their use will produce widespread population-health effects, either positive or negative.” The report goes on to say that “In medicine and public health, risk from pharmaceuticals and related products can be viewed in absolute terms, or as relative to other, more harmful products.” Or, as Kenny Davis of Mount Baker Vapor said, Inslee and his health policy advisors want to compare the use of e-cigarettes to breathing air, but he compares e-cigarettes to traditional cigarettes.

Unintended consequences Davis and Inslee have one shared goal—They both want to get people, especially teenagers, off cigarettes. But they disagree on the role e-cigarettes can play in reaching that goal. Davis, the chief of government affairs at Mount Baker Vapor, thinks Inslee’s bill will have the unintended consequence of driving adults away from vaping and back to traditional cigarettes. As a child, Davis watched his grandfather die from emphysema. His mom

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“The problem is if you make us cost the same, what’s to deter people from cigarettes?”


also smoked, quit for 14 years, and then started again. Davis has a 5-yearold daughter, and he told his mom that he wouldn’t bring her over to her house and risk exposing her to second hand smoke. So he helped his mom find an e-cigarette alternative that she liked, and now she no longer smokes cigarettes. “She wanted to quit forever, but cigarettes just have that hold on you that doesn’t let go,” Davis said. “I believe in the industry and that’s why I’m in it. I believe that we are trying everything in our power to make a difference.” Mount Baker Vapor and other vape shops run promotions where smokers can get free or discounted products by throwing away a pack of cigarettes. Davis thinks e-cigarettes and vaporized nicotine products are a healthy alternative to cigarettes and have been more effective at getting smokers to quit cigarettes than nicotine patches or other stopsmoking aids. “The problem is if you make us cost the same, what’s to deter people from cigarettes?” Davis said. “Your highest smoking population in the U.S. is the under $20,000 a year income bracket. They’re making a switch because its cheaper.” The governor’s economic analysis shows that even if vaping products are taxed they’ll still be a bargain compared to cigarettes, McGill, the health policy advisor said. Comparing the cost of e-cigarettes to traditional cigarettes is difficult. When not on sale, 15 milliliter bottles of liquid nicotinr, or e-juice cost between $6.99 and $24.99 at Mount Baker Vapor, and last most users one-and-a-half to two weeks, Davis said. E-juice comes in strengths ranging from 24 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter to 0 milligrams per liter. One cigarette contains about 1 milligram of absorbable nicotine, according to a University of Washington fact sheet on nicotine. At that rate, vaping is much cheaper than cigarettes, which cost nearly $10 per pack of 20. But there are other variables, Davis said. For example, studies suggest that other chemicals in cigarettes can enhance the effects of

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Destination Marketing Hits the Trade Show Trail Last week Mike Mors, Member Services Manager for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, and I did a recap of our first quarter trade show participation and proceeded to update the calendar for the rest of the year. We were both shocked when the spreadsheet expanded into a second page!

These 1-4 day events put the tourism bureau and our partners face-to-face with hundreds of thousands of people who have been to Whatcom County in the past and who might need a reminder about the great things to do and see in order to prompt their next return visit.

There are several traditional leisure travel shows that the tourism bureau has attended for years. And every year we add one or two more until they, too, become a regular part of our marketing strategy.

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Each trade show is immediately followed by a “spike” in online traffic and information requests from that show’s host city and surrounding region. For example, last year, we participated in a Bay Area travel show for the first time. Targeted ad placement and media relations support was scheduled to coincide with the trade show exposure. The next month (and for several months afterward) San Francisco rose to the top 5 in our online feeder market.








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How to use investment accounts to control your taxes Tax season is in full swing and if you are like most people, once your returns are submitted, you can’t wait to be done. This year, however, I encourage you to take a step back and do something great for your financial future: plan ahead. By taking just a few minutes to review your form 1040, you can build a plan that could significantly ease your tax burden in the future. Your review can be as simple as this:

What is your taxable income? The amount of federal income tax you pay is based on your taxable income – line 43 of the 1040. Examine line 43 to determine your taxable income.

What is your Marginal Tax Bracket? Review the federal tax brackets and determine what marginal tax bracket you are in. Also examine where you fall within the range (are you at the higher end of the bracket, lower end, or somewhere in the middle?) It is important to understand that tax brackets are progressive. This means you pay a higher tax rate on each additional dollar of taxable income as you bump into higher marginal tax brackets.

How does your current marginal tax bracket compare to your future marginal tax bracket? We can’t predict the future, but we can make an educated guess as to our current tax bracket relative to the future. If I am just starting my career, for instance, I may assume I am in a lower tax bracket now than I will be during my peak earning years. If I am in my peak earning years, my tax bracket may drop once I decide to retire. If I own investment properties, the income may currently be offset by depreciation and other deductions, resulting in a lower tax bracket, but I can predict that future rents may be higher and the deductions will be gone, forcing me into a

higher tax bracket. Analyzing our current situation relative to the future allows us to build a plan around when we should pay tax.

Where to save? One of the best ways to control your tax bracket is to take advantage of the tax incentives provided by the government for retirement savings. Qualified retirement plans all have the benefit of taxW. Devin deferral (income generated annuWolf ally through dividends, interest, and gains is not taxed annually), On but some offer an immediate tax deduction. Qualified RetireFinancial ment Plan accounts that offer Planning an immediate tax deduction we call “tax-deferred” and those that don’t we call “tax-free”. Contributions to tax-free accounts are made after you pay tax on the income, but are withdrawn tax free later as long as you make a qualified distribution. Withdrawals from taxdeferred accounts will show up as ordinary income in the year in which they are withdrawn. Tax-deferred accounts include traditional IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, deferred compensation plans, simple IRAs, SEP IRAs and solo 401(k)s. Tax-free accounts include roth IRAs, roth 401(k)s and roth 403(b)s. Once you know your taxable income, marginal bracket, and have estimated future tax brackets, you can use your knowledge of qualified retirement accounts to control your future tax brackets. For example, if I am a single filer and my 2014 tax return reveals I have a taxable income of $50,000 I would be in the 25 percent marginal tax bracket. If I believe I will

be in the 15 percent marginal tax bracket in retirement and I have $18,000 to save in 2015, I may want to save my first $12,550 in a tax-deferred account like a 401(k) that avoids current income tax and the remaining $5,450 in tax-free account (Roth) that I pay tax on now, but will grow tax free. The end result would be dropping my taxable income to $37,450, thus putting me in the 15 percent bracket and saving $3,137.50 in current year taxes. By saving in both tax-deferred and tax-free accounts I create tax diversification which will open the door for additional withdrawal strategies in retirement.

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Bellingham / Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry : Representing Businesses Across Whatcom County

Leadership Whatcom: Developing our future leaders By Alex Peterson In a community as diverse as Whatcom County, there is always a need for good leaders. Leadership Whatcom is designed to prepare those leaders, who will help shape the growth and change in the county in the coming years. “The unique quality of life we enjoy in Bellingham and Whatcom County is a result of strong leaders and responsible citizens,” said Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Guy Occhiogrosso. “Leadership Whatcom is a program offered by the Bellingham/ Whatcom Chamber that presents a rare opportunity for individuals to develop their leadership strengths, gain direct access to local movers and shakers, and define their roles as true stewards of our community.” Occhiogrosso and Mary Dumas, president of Dumas and Associates, have developed this year’s program for Leadership Whatcom. The program helps teach two key elements of leadership: learning about the key issues facing our community and listening to everyone’s ideas and perspectives. “I believe a good leader is someone who is informed and someone who can consider varying perspectives,” Occhiogrosso said. “Leadership Whatcom’s curriculum informs participants about the issues and teaches soft skills like listening.” Leadership Whatcom is entering its 10th year as the county’s leadership program and is accepting applications until April 20. The nine-month program begins April 24. The class size is 12-24. Those students will have an experiential learning process involving panels of local experts on topics including economic vitality, government and education, and meeting basic needs of the community. Class visits to local businesses and organizations help participants understand how the community works and allows them to have discussions with other community leaders about the issues they face. During the government and education session, participants meet with local and state policy-makers to gain a better understanding of how government works. Another benefit to the course is the varying leadership styles participants are exposed to. “Leadership Whatcom provides people an opportunity to build their skills in the company of other professionals and community members who may have different perspectives and experiences, which creates a very rich environment for learning,” Dumas said. “This year, we’ll do more to include the program’s alumni,” said Occhiogrosso. “The Chamber engaged alumni, sponsors and leadership curriculum professionals in focus groups over the winter, and we are excited to roll out a revamped program that offers participants and alumni several opportunities to apply their talents in a range of service projects and community conversations throughout the program

Leadership Whatcom met with Representative Vincent Buys, Senator Doug Erickson and Representative Jason Overstreet in a 2013 trip to the state capitol in Olympia. Program participants can expect to meet with state and local political leaders.

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year,” Occhiogrosso said. There are almost 150 Leadership Whatcom alumni from the previous nine years per Occhiogrosso. “The goal is to involve our alumni in building the content for each subject,” he said. “It allows them to put into practice the skills they learned when they took part in the program.” This includes assisting in the facilitation of programs and sharing their experiences to give students real-world applications of the material they are learning. The chamber will also offer Leadership Whatcom alumni exclusive educational opportunities and networking events so they may continue their professional development. “Leadership Whatcom is a continuing experience of learning and service through supporting robust thinking about important community issues and the leadership qualities needed for the future,” Dumas said. “As adults our learning is never complete and this provides an ongoing environment to practice and showcase our skills.” So why is the chamber involved in developing new generations of leaders? “Chambers have always been about relationships,” he said. “Over the past 30 years our society has called this networking, but when you boil it down, it’s building relationships. That’s why the Chamber is involved, because it’s important to facilitate those healthy relationships.” By helping develop leaders, the chamber brings a community of different people and perspectives together. “Few community organizations interact with government leaders, nonprofit leaders and business leaders,” Occhiogrosso said. “There are only a few of us that can facilitate this type of discussion among those different types of people. We do this all the time in our regular programming, so it’s a natural fit to house a leadership program in the chamber.” The sessions are a commitment of one day each month, with no sessions in July or August. Program participants need the full work day dedicated to Leadership Whatcom so they can take trips, meet with expert panels and hold group discussions. Tuition for Leadership Whatcom covers transportation, food and facilitating and curriculum costs. The cost for chamber members is $1,000 and $1,200 for nonmembers. Payment is due to the chamber by the April 20 registration deadline. A big part of being a leader in Whatcom County is learning more about the community and how it works together. Leadership Whatcom gives that continued education and opportunity for making your voice heard. “Seize the moment,” Dumas said. “There’s no better time to step into new leadership and expand your network. In this, our 10th year of Leadership Whatcom, we’re bringing the best of our leadership studies and our alumni together throughout the year and we hope you’ll join us.”



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Business Toolkit

Taming the email beast frees up more time for marketing

A business peer recently mentioned that they receive more than a hundred emails a day and that they hit the delete button on most of them. Some of the emails came from blogs they subscribed to a few years ago and the content is no longer valuable so they don’t make the time to read it. Delete. Another set came from networking contacts who added them to email newsletters without permission and they don’t want to offend that contact by unsubscribing from their emails. Delete. Purchasing products online using a work email address (instead of a personal email address) led to even more emails. Now sales-related emails show up all the time from those merchants and other companies they didn’t even buy from. Delete, delete, delete. Everyday it’s a process of receive, scan, delete and

repeat—this will sound familiar to many of you. Sorting through unwanted emails is a huge time waster, even if you’re just scanning the sender’s name, email subject line and then hitting the delete button. It’s a task that distracts or delays company owners, managers and employees from taking care of meaningful activities every day.

Recapture valuable time by taming your email inbox Say it takes about 30 minutes to filter through and delete a hundred emails every week day— that’s two and a half hours every week or 10 hours per month that could be spent on more productive tasks. Stop and think about that. There is an opportunity to re-capture approximately 10 hours of time each month by simply taming your email inbox.

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You may be surprised to hear this advice from me, as a person who encourages small business owners to use digital media, blogging and email marketing to reach their target audiences, but here goes. I’m suggesting that you work to clean up your inbox by turning off redundant social media notifications and unsubscribing from newsletters, blogs and marketing emails you no longer find value in. The goal is to decrease distractions, increase efficiency and reclaim extra time in your week for productive tasks, like business development and marketing for example. Here are three simple tips for taming your inbox:

1. Unsubscribe Unsubscribe from all email newsletters and blog articles you rarely read. Be honest with yourself—do you ever read the infor-

mation or do you always intend to but never get around to it? Scroll to the bottom of each newsletter/blog email and click “Unsubscribe.”

2. Separate business from personal Turn off all email notifications from retail stores you buy from online, or have those emails sent to a personal email account instead of your business email account. Scroll to the bottom of each email to look for an “Unsubscribe” option or log into your account with those merchants and change contact preferences in your user profile. Also uncheck any boxes that give permission for the merchant’s third party friends to send you emails.

3. Adjust social media settings Adjust notification settings on social media profiles. Stop receiving an

Patti Rowlson On Social Media & Marketing email every time someone likes a photo or favorites a tweet—check out “Settings” and “Email Notifications” on your social sites. Turning off email notifications does not mean you won’t know when activity happens on your account (you’ll still see notification flags or icons each time you log onto those social sites),

it just means you won’t receive an email telling you there was activity on the profile. Over the course of a month, using these three simple tips will greatly reduce the number of unwanted emails received at work so you can be more focused on productive tasks. So, what will you do with 10 more hours each month? How about attending networking events, writing blog articles for your company website, making sales calls or even interacting with consumers on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. The options are limitless and the choice is yours.

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It’s your Money!

Workman’s Comp refund programs return thousands of $$$ to local businesses

What are these ‘Retrospective Rating’ Programs?

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) retrospective rating programs (retro) allow employers the opportunity to earn some of their workman’s compensation premiums back. If your premiums exceed your claims, you may be able to collect a refund.

There are 33 Retro programs in the State of Washington specializing in 14 industry categories for services ranging from manufacturing to health care to retail and wholesale stores. Eight retro programs are specifically for building or construction related services. The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County (BIAWC) encourages business owners to consider joining one of the many retro programs offered in Washington. It’s your money!

What does this mean for businesses enrolled in the ROII Select® program?

• Construction risk classes carry the highest hourly L&I rates – lower your costs & be more competitive. • Leverage improvements in workplace safety through a performancebased refund model. • Participate in a full suite of program benefits to help you maximize your return. • Improve the quality of your workforce through better hiring practices. • Receive professional claim assistance, loss control and safety services to  get injured workers back on the job – the number one priority!

R.O.I.I. Select® program participants have access to safety services, such as safety program development, jobsite safety workshops, on-site safety consultations, on-site compliance inspection assistance, and scattered-site safety and code update classes.

What does this mean for customers of retro participating construction companies?

• Lower cost of services to customers resulting from contractors achieving lower premium costs attributed to their safety practices. • Peace of mind knowing their contractors are licensed and bonded (participants must be registered and in good standing with L&I). • Proven commitment to work place safety – good for all parties involved.

BIAWC retro program member and family enjoying the annual ROII Select® refund barbeque and celebration in June.

In 2014, the BIAWC returned more than $700,000 to Whatcom County businesses enrolled in the Return On Industrial Insurance (R.O.I.I.)® program. The Building Industry Association of Washington’s (BIAW) R.O.I.I. ® program began in 1982, and currently involves over 4,100 member companies that pay over $100 million per year in L&I premiums. This is the largest premium base of any Retro program in Washington. As one of the largest and oldest retro groups in the state, the R.O.I.I.® program has returned more than $400 million in refunds to participating construction-related companies. Last year, R.O.I.I.® Select earned the highest refund percentage (45 percent!) of all construction-related retro programs. This is the highest first adjustment refund in the R.O.I.I.® program’s 33-year history.

Workman’s compensation insurance coverage is monopolized in Washington. There is no competitive “market” for this coverage because it is not allowed to be sold through the private sector. Only four states: Ohio, North Dakota, Wyoming and Washington administer their own workman’s compensation insurance programs.

Retrospective Rating (Retro) is a safety incentive program offered by The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). In Retro, you can earn a partial refund of your workers’ compensation premiums if you reduce workplace injuries and lower associated claim costs. Any employer with an industrial insurance account in good standing can participate – either as an individual business or in a Retro group.

Any time an employee is injured, it costs the company. The loss can be in production, hiring and training a replacement, rescheduling work or the loss of a

project or job. Plus, the injury can cause your workers' compensation premium rates to go up. In Retro, you have an opportunity to turn your good safety performance into a refund from L&I by preventing injuries and controlling losses.

It’s your money! How do you get involved?

You can participate in a Retro program as an individual employer or as part of an association-sponsored group. To find a group that meets your needs, visit the L&I website ( MemberAssoc/default.asp) to find out which Industry Category your business falls within. An L&I Retro representative can help tailor a Retro plan just for you. Your representative will offer tools to make your workplace safer and help you understand what drives up your rates, and how to keep your costs down. To join the Building Industry Association of Washington’s R.O.I.I.® Select Program, visit www.biaw. com/ROII_Overview.aspx. After approval by BIAW and L&I, your business will become an R.O.I.I.® Select member for the upcoming plan year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year. For more information on the R.O.I.I.® Select Program, e-mail BIAWC’s Executive Officer, Brian A. Evans, ( or call the BIAWC office (360-671-4247).

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Public Records BUSINESS LICENSES Listings, which feature both new and renewed licenses in Bellingham, include business name, licensee name and the business’ physical address. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham. 109 34th St. Llc, 109 34th St. Llc, 2616 walnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225. 2608 walnut St. Llc, 2608 walnut St. Llc, 2616 walnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225. 2731 walnut St. Llc, 2731 walnut St. Llc, 2616 walnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Aegis Windows L.L.C., Aegis Windows L.L.C., 3446 Cottonwood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Aesthetic Lawn & Landscape, A New Horizon Lawn & Garden Llc, Po Box 1322, Bellingham, WA 98229. Affordable Fountain Llc, Affordable Fountain Llc, 2633 Goshen Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. Allison-Writes, Allison Snow Roberts, 1229 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Arcus Technical, Llc, Arcus Technical, Llc, 2642 Mcleod Rd., Bellingham, WA 98225. Ascia’s Defiance, Chris Glynn Runnels, 3700 Alabama St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Aurora Harbor, Inc., Aurora Harbor, Inc, 60 N Point Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. Avian Zeppelin Embroidery, Emileigh Kinnear, 1320 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. Bellingham It, Josh Charran Davis, 200 E Maple St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Bellingham Truck Wash, Llc, Bellingham Truck Wash, Llc, 3463 Cedarville Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. Blake Van Roekel, Blake Van Roekel, 675 N Lake Samish Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. Body Rejuvenation, Vanessa Justine Haycock, 1116 Key St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Brewster Design Build, Matthew Winthrop Brewster, 114 W Magnolia St Ste 505, Bellingham, WA 98225. Bulls Eye Construction, Bulls Eye Construction Inc., 3641 E Rusley Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225. Burleson Creations, Josh Jay Burleson, 800 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Caliber Home Loans, Inc, Caliber Home Loans, Inc, 11241 Slater Ave Ne Ste 100, Bellingham, WA 98226. Carol Sheppard Photography, Carol Susan Sheppard, 1381 N Parkstone Ct., Bellingham, WA 98229. Casstown Photography, Cassie Ann Atkinson, 2812 Erie St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Chatoyancy, Jordan Louise Langen, 2412 Cherry St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Chickaroonie, Llc, Chickaroonie, Llc, Po Box 32386, Bellingham, WA 98226. Chinle Properties, Llc Chinle Properties, Llc 2616 walnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chipotle Services, Llc, 1401 Wynkoop St Ste 500, Bellingham, WA 98226. Christine Marie Carson, Christine Marie Carson, 1629 Fruitland Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226. Climax Film, Aleksandr Kuksenko, 1958 Eaton Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. Darren C Clark Insurance Agency Inc., Darren C Clark Insurance Agency Inc., 814 E Douglas Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Deep Blu Therapeutic Massage, Deep Blu Northwest, Llc, 1612 Wilson Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Discovery Counseling & Consulting, Inc., Discovery Counseling & Consulting, Inc., 192 E Bakerview Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226. Discovery Eccf Llc, Discovery Eccf Llc, 2623 S Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225. Donald W Grandy, Donald W Grandy, 4949 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98229. DSW Shoe Warehouse #29541, Dsw Shoe Warehouse, Inc., 810 Dsw Dr Bellingham, WA 98226. Dynasty International Llc., Dynasty International Llc., 3123 Brandywine Ct., Bellingham, WA 98226. Eco-Friendly Gardens For Families In Need, City Of Lost Satellites Landscaping, 3317 Alderwood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Ecodomestic, Amanda R Poole, 4550 Rural Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226.

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Eevee Evolutions, Alycia Anna Ulyshen, 439 31st St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Eli’s Premium Tackle, Eli Rene Michael, 1400 Moore St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Elysium, Joseph Steven Hackler, 3856 Magrath Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. Embarking The Pet Dog, Amber Lyn Todd, 294 Sudden Valley Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. Erica Kulm, Erica L Kulm, 22 Creekside Ln., Bellingham, WA 98229. Floare La Mare, Liubovi Boyko, 3017 Haxton Way, Bellingham, WA 98226. Freedom Entertainment, James Wade, Po Box 3004, Bellingham, WA 98226. FSB Consulting, Fredric S Berman, 3354 Bellevue Pl., Bellingham, WA 98226. Fused Glass and More by Linda Lane, Linda Louise Lane, 5868 Salakanum Way, Bellingham, WA 98226. Garcia Mowing Services, Garcia Elias Cruz, 5362 Northwest Dr # 40, Bellingham, WA 98226. Geo Sales Consulting, Gerald Edward O’connor, 3488 Mt Baker Hwy., Bellingham, WA 98226. Glacierscapes Llc, Glacierscapes Llc, Po Box 30558, Bellingham, WA 98226. Go Grill, L.E.G. Prosper Corp., 3432 Ruth Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. Gracious Living Adult Family Home , Gracious Living Adult Family Home , 702 Kentucky St # 223, Bellingham, WA 98229. Handy Woman Services, Austin Papritz, 515 Fern Rd., Bellingham, WA 98225. Hannah Zoe Enterprises, Hannah Zoe Knechtel, 1461 Humboldt St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Hanuman Corp, Hanuman Corp., 1466 Electric Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. Happy Heart Gallery, Lauren K Ponder, 1503 Lincoln St. Apt 103, Bellingham, WA 98229. Health And Exercise Prescriptions, Jaime Joe Hernandez, 2006 J St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Hunt And Gather, Tara Bock, Po Box 142, Bellingham, WA 98225. Hyperdynamic Llc, Hyperdynamic Llc, 515 W Bakerview Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. Intuito Websites Llc, Intuito Websites Llc, 1135 Ellis St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Itek Energy Solar Testing Project Llc, Itek Energy Solar Testing Project Llc, 3886 Hammer Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226. J. J. Gauthier, Judith Jean Gauthier, 2331 Fir St., Bellingham, WA 98229. J.A. Carson Unlimited, Jeffery A Carson, 1221 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. J’star Combat Sport Entertainment & Boxers Career Service, Delano Ricardo Young, 4028 Academy St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Jacey Murphy, Jacey Mae Murphy, 6824 Vail Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225. Jacob Jans, Jacob Jans, 2508 Park St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Jason Wood, Jason Jullian Wood, Bellingham, WA 98229. Jessica Ardern-Wilson, Nd, Jessica Ardern-Wilson, 1313 E Maple St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Jh Social Media, oshua David Hale, 128 Crestline Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. Josh Shupack, Josh Shupack, 3021 Racine St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Jrg Distributing, Jrg Distributing Llc, 1321 King St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Kandl Productions, Kory Heptner, 13 Rocky Ridge Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. Kathryn Martin, Kathryn Martin, 4168 Aldrich Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. Katia’s Cleaning Services, Rosman Puerto, 500 Sterling Dr Apt 102, Bellingham, WA 98226. Knik Knack Stitching, Julia Rosalie Nelson, 3150 W Maplewood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Kyle Harris, Kyle Harris, 1500 W North St., Bellingham, WA 98225. La Sirene, La Sirene Llc, 2211 Iron St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Lab Connection Us, Peter Antons, 1971 MidWay Ln, Bellingham, WA 98226.

Lee Lee’s Boutique, Phuong T Le, 1326 King St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Lindsay Mcdevitt, Legal Nurse Consultant, Lindsay Mcdevitt, 4200 Alice St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Linville Construction, Nathan Paul Linville, Po Box 29153, Bellingham, WA 98226. Little Bubble Communications, Jennifer Ida Mason, 210 Texas St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Lucy Be Hair, Jaymi Lynn Bivens, 2336 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Lvidesign, Llc, Lvidesign, Llc, 616 Bayside Rd., Bellingham, WA 98225. Maria Dannette Parks, Maria Dannette Parks, 5402 Parkridge Pl., Bellingham, WA 98226. Marvdog’s Ultra Adventures, Garrett James Froelich, 3305 Allen Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Matty Louise Klopp, Matty Louise Klopp, 2528 Undine St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Maverick Construction, Richard John Qualls, 11 Valley Crest Way, Bellingham, WA 98229. Moirai Hair Studio, Michelle Megan Nelson, 1200 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. Mojo Enterprise, Mojo Enterprise Llc, 414 W Bakerview Rd Ste 107, Bellingham, WA 98226. Mountain Pawz, Llc, Mountain Pawz, Llc, 1206 E Maplewood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. My Two Hands, Analynn Trinidad Smith-Richard, 3000 Eldridge Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Ng Yoga, Laifong Ng, 2220 24th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Ngw Productions, Alexis Babcock, 2209 J St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Nick Braman, Nick Braman, 2421 St Paul St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Nifty Tools, Llc, Nifty Tools, Llc, 1814 BroadWay St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Novato Shop & Studio, Wear Your Art Llc, 2627 Humboldt St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Options Cabinetry & Interiors, Rpm Design Works, Llc, 4071 Hannegan Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. P-N-Dub Properties Llc, P-N-Dub Properties Llc, 622 Van Wyck Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226. Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists, Pllc, Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists, Pllc 1134 Brighton Crest Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225. Pc Technologies, Inc., Pc Technologies, Inc., 3463 Pinehurst Ct., Bellingham, WA 98226. Perfectly Paired, Matt & Robin Enterprises, Llc, 108 Bender Rd., Bellingham, WA 98225. Personal Training NW, Nathan Thomas Wilford, 3502 S Grace Ln., Bellingham, WA 98226. Peter Rand Creative, Peter Rand, 2137 1/2 Ellis St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Placemakers Management, Llc, Placemakers Management, Llc, Po Box 2041, Bellingham WA 98229. Pollendale Llc,Pollendale Llc, 3210 White Swan Ln., Bellingham, WA 98226. Psy Phy Consulting, Joseph Mcintyre, 121 S Garden Ter, Bellingham, WA 98225. Rachel Bartee Counseling, Rachel Bartee Counseling Llc, 1613 Brookview Pl., Bellingham, WA 98225. Ragfinery, Ragfinery, 802 Marine Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225. Reflections Of Hawaii, Deborah A Leikvoll, 4637 Bedford Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226. Reveal Design Studio, Carol J Holland Design Llc, 909 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Rhazes Health & Beauty, Rhazes Corporation, 1313 E Maple St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Rude The Dude, Rudy Lucas Erickson, 1309 Taylor Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Schwindt- Campbell Properties, Llc, SchwindtCampbell Properties, Llc, 808 11th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Seafood Resourcing, Martin Richard Mendell, 4152 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98226. Seatthole, Inc., Seatthole, Inc., Po Box 3137, Bellingham, WA 98225. Sew Like The Wind, Elizabeth Anne Baker, 2230 Cornerstone Ln, Bellingham, WA 98226. Slanted Sun Farm, Anna Morris, 617 E North St., Bellingham, WA 98225.

April 2015

Sparrow Salon Inc, Sparrow Salon Inc, 753 E Smith Rd., Bellingham, WA 98225. Squalicum Acres, Squalicum Acres, L.L.C., 2691 Mt Baker Hwy., Bellingham, WA 98226. St Joseph Medical Center, St Joseph Medical Center, 2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225. Stonehaven Realty, Stonehaven Realty, Llc, 1210 10th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Studio Of Healing Arts, Rebecca J Hamilton, 119 N Commercial St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Studio Pink, Llc, Studio Pink, Llc, 1115 Easton Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226. Subdued Brewing Co., Subdued Brewing, Llc, 2529 Grant St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Terrific Me! Terrific Me! L.L.C., 4877 N Village Ln., Bellingham, WA 98226. Thanh Le Agency, Thanh Le, 3651 Woodlake Rd., Bellingham, WA 98225. The Cheerful Gardener, Erin E Meier, 3102 Racine St., Bellingham, WA 98226. The Crows Farm, Matthew W Cioni, 2537 Undine St., Bellingham, WA 98226. The Paint Connection,The Paint Connection Llc, 4241 Jones Ln., Bellingham, WA 98225. The Pedal Pusher, Virginia Hall Wilson, 2106 Cody Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Three Leaves Counseling Ma Lmhca, Inc, Three Leaves Counseling Ma Lmhca, Inc, 1101 N State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Tiny Mr, Angela Doliente, 10 Spinnaker Ln, Bellingham, WA 98229. TNB Custom Farms, Bryan Trent Vanweerdhuizen, 5400 Noon Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226. Trick Dog Catering, Llc, Trick Dog Catering, Llc, 2011 Harris Ave.,. Bellingham, WA 98225. Until You’re Home Pet Sitting, Llc, Until You’re Home Pet Sitting, Llc, 2709 Texas St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Velvet Vintage, Mary Samantha Burwell, 2000 Franklin St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Walk My Fluffy, Frances Mary Devries, 251 W Bakerview Rd Apt 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. We Three Fairies, Elli Marie Anderson, 2927 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Whatcom Events, Whatcom Events, 2227 Queen St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Whatcom Information Technology Services, Jeremy Noone, 1508 35th St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Whatcom Tree Service, Whatcom Tree Service Llc, Po Box 29731, Bellingham, WA 98226. White Pockets, Llc, White Pockets, Llc, 2616 walnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Win Win Window Cleaning, Jeff Lloyd Wicklund, 601 N State St Unit 301, Bellingham, WA 98225. Window Coverings & More, Kayley Tomiko Yasuoka, 3157 Sunset Way, Bellingham, WA 98226., Sehome Investments, Llc, 1329 N State St Ste 205, Bellingham, WA 98225.

BUILDING PERMITS Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Status updates on permits are available on the city’s website at http:// 3/9/15 to 3/13/15 issued permits 1235 W Bakerview Road, $40,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel of existing ice cream store to create sub shop: Port of Subs. Contractor: Moceri Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00061. 3/9/15. 1000 F St. 101, no calculated value listed for temporary commercial coaches inside existing building: Storkcraft. Permit No.: BLD2014-000583. 3/9/15. 405 32nd St. 201, $10,000 for tenant improvement: remove two interior walls and add two new walls in existing office. Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00079. 3/10/15. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway 512, $15,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel for new tenant. Contractor: Credo Construction. Permit

No.:BLD2015-00074. 3/10/15. 1100 BLK Creekwood Lane, $24,000 for construction of 480-foot-long by 10-foot-tall ecology block retaining wall. Contractor: Skeers Construction Inc., Permit No.: BLD2015-00080. 3/11/15. 1115 E Sunset Drive 100, $20,000 for commercial repair: reconstruct front entry posts and beams damaged by rot also replace exterior stucco. Contractor: Henifin Construction LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00059. 3/11/15. 4420 Aldrich Road, $60,000 for new portable classroom building: Cordata Elementary. Contractor: Aries Building Systems. Permit No.: BLD2015-00076. 3/12/15. 3105 Old Fairhaven Parkway, $450,000 for commercial: new 6,000-square-foot shell building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00589. 3/12/15. 655 Telegraph Road, $488,599 for new six-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00568. 3/12/15. 1200 Sunset Drive, $143,371 for commercial addition: 300-square-foot addition to existing building for new tenant: Verizon Wireless. Contractor: Oracle Contracting Services. Permit No.: BLD2015-00036. 3/13/15. 1201 N. Forest St., $300,000 for commercial: alteration to existing structure to accommodate new mechanical work. Contractor: Johansen Mechanical. Permit No.: BLD2015-00024. 3/13/15. 203 E Laurel St., $5,820,544 for new 60-unit multifamily building above parking garage. Contractor: Dawson. Permit No.: BLD2014-00546. 3/13/15. Pending applications 3920 Affinity Lane, $85,000 for new swimming pool and spa. Contractor: Taylor Industries Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00085. 3/9/15. 250 N State St., $75,000 for commercial: enlarge window openings and add balconies to multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2015-00086. 3/9/15. 1330 N State St., $24,000 for commercial: new roofed structure with open sides. Permit No.: BLD201500090. 3/10/15. 1701 Birchwood Ave., $38,000 for structural modifications to reinforce existing Monopole Wireless Facility. Permit No.: BLD2015-00089. 3/10/15. 635 Telegraph Road, $20,000 to construct new stormwater detention vault to serve 635 and 655 Telegraph Road. Permit No.: BLD2015-00062. 3/11/15. 1251 Lincoln St., $75,000 for tenant improvement: new offices. Permit No.: BLD2015-00094. 3/11/15. 218-228 N Samish Way, $300,000 for commercial: new single story commercial building with two tenant spaces. Permit No.: BLD2014-00529. 3/11/15. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway 310. $40,000 for commercial: racking for tenant remodel. Permit No.: BLD201500095. 3/12/15. 1515 Cornwall Ave., $50,000 for tenant improvement: construct offices and conference room for new tenant with no change to the exterior. Permit No.: BLD2015-00099. 3/13/15. Demolition permits 102 W Champion St., $14,000 for commercial: removing drywall from interior of building. Contractor: Caz Energy Audits. Permit No.: DEM2015-00014. 3/11/15. 3/2/15 to 3/6/15 Permits issued 8 Bellis Fair Parkway, $150,000 for tenant improvement: installation of finishes and sales fixtures: DSW. Contractor: Carroll & Sons. Permit No.: BLD2015-00034. 3/2/15. 1015 Girard St., $13,000 for commercial: repair foundation and replace rotten floor system with slab on grade. Contractor: Roy Construction. 3/3/15. 1404 N. Garden St., $100,000 for tenant improvement: remodel portion of first floor of existing single family residence into chiropractic office, remaining first floor & entire second floor to be remodeled & remain residence; includes new sidewalk. Contractor: Coast View Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00039. 3/3/15. 1103 Railroad Ave. A101, $50,000 for new concrete slab foundation and manufactured walk-in cooler. Contractor: Faber Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2015-00035. 3/3/15.


April 2015

RECORDS, FROM 18 468 W. Horton Road, $871,143 for commercial: 9,920-square-foot addition to existing building: Flax 4 Life. Contractor: Roosendaal Honcoop Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00027. 3/4/15. RK Western Washington University, $3,700,242 for commercial alteration: interior renovation of Ridgeway Kappa residence hall. Contractor: Dawson. Permit No.: BLD2014-00556. 3/5/15. Pending applications 4301 Harrison St., $40,000 for underground stormwater vault to serve four-lot subdivision. Permit No.: BLD2015-00077. 3/2/15. 405 32nd St. 201, $10,000 for tenant improvement: remove two interior walls and add two new walls in existing office. Permit No.: BLD2015-00079. 3/3/15. 405 32nd St. 301, 302, $70,000 for tenant improvement: construct new walls in an existing shell for new offices. Permit No.: BLD2015-00082. 3/4/15. 3929 Spur Ridge Lane 101, $40,000 for tenant improvement: interior demo, new kitchen and plumbing for marijuana growing: Mt. Baker Homegrown LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00081. 3/4/15. 714 Ohio St., $285,000 for tenant improvement: remodel former bakery wholesale/retail for paint wholesale/retail tenant; includes two concrete pads for trash enclosure and delivery pad. Contractor: The Franklin Corporation. Permit No.: BLD2015-00045. 3/6/15. 1200 E. Sunset Drive, $143,371 for commercial addition: 300-square-foot addition to existing building for new tenant: Verizon Wireless. Permit No.: BLD201500036. 3/6/15. Demolition permits 750 Lakeway Drive, $75,000 for interior demolition and limited site work for future tenant improvement. 2/23/15/to 2/27/15 Issued permits 3100 Woburn St., $18,000 for tenant improvement: minor interior improvements. Remove existing signage, create alcove for new bank vaults. Contractor: Pearson Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD201500060. 2/24/15. 210 E Chestnut St., $100,000 for tenant improvement: New Kombucha Brewery and cafe and alterations to alley door: Kombucha Town. Permit No.: BLD2014-00586. 2/24/15. 104 E Maple St., $30,000 for commercial: new steel siding on the west, south and east alley side of building. Contractor: Alvord & Richardson Construction Co. Permit No.: BLD2015-00070. Pending applications 1015 Girard St., $13,000 for commercial: repair foundation and replace rotten floor system with slab on grade. Permit No.: BLD2015-00071. 2/23/15. 1103 Railroad Ave A101, $50,000 for new concrete slab foundation and manufactured walk-in cooler. Permit No.: BLD2015-00035. 2/23/15. 1404 N Garden St., $100,000 for tenant improvement: remodel portion of 1st floor of existing single family residence into chiropractic office, remaining 1st floor & entire second floor to be remodeled and remain residence: includes new sidewalk. Permit No.: BLD2015-00039. 2/24/15. 468 W Horton Road, $789,830 for commercial: 8,920-square-foot addition to existing building: Flax 4 Life. Permit No.: BLD2015-00027. 2/24/15. HH Western Washington University, $1,127,541 for educational: renocation and modification of existing rooms and systems to create a digital video production studio and related rooms. Permit No.: BLD2015-00003. 2/24/15. PH Western Washington University, $202,234 for


The Bellingham Business Journal educational: renovation and modification of existing rooms and systems to provide a new classroom. Permit No.: BLD2015-00002. 2/24/15. 224 36th St., $85,000 for tenant improvementL interior remodel for dental office: Gentle Dental. Permit No.: BLD2014-00541. 2/24/15. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway 512, $15,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel for new tenant. Permit No.: BLD2015-00074. 2/25/14. 1905 N State St., $46,000 for commercial: storage rack installation: NAPA auto parts. Permit No.: BLD2015-00073. 2/25/15. 203 E Laurel St., $3,900,000 for new 60-unit multifamily building above parking garage. Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014000546. 2/26/15. Demolition permits None reported with a calculated value of $10,000 or more. 2/16/15 to 2/20/15 Permits issued PA Western Washington University, $80,806 for commercial: minor addition expanding generator room. Contractor: Quantum Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00028. 2/17/15. 714 Alabama St., $250,000 for commercial: new 100-foot telecommunications tower and 35-foot by 35-foot fenced compound to contain equipment. Contractor: Presco Telecommunications Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00015. 2/17/15. 151 E McLeod Road, $44,8000 for commercial: SPA replacement. Contractor: Pyramid Pools. Permit No.: BLD2015-00040. 2/19/15. 4602-4619 Tremont Ave., $881,337 for new 5-unit townhouse building. Contractor: Greenbriar Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2013-00408. 2/20/15. 4614-4620 Tremont Ave., $705,621 for new 4-unit townhouse building. Contractor: Greenbriar Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2013-00407. 3137-3139 Chandler Parkway, $801,842 for new duplex with attached garage (deferred system development charges). Contractor: D&L Construction. Permit No.: CMB2914-00259.2/17/15. Pending applications 1235 W Bakerview Road, $40,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel of existing ice cream store to create sub shop: Port of Subs. Permit No.: BLD2015-00061. 2/17/15. 3100 Woburn St., $18,000 for tenant improvement: minor interior improvements, remove existing signage, create alcove for new bank vaults. Permit No.: BLD2015-00060. 2/17/15. 1115 E Sunset Drive 100, $20,000 for commercial repair: reconstruct front entry posts and beams damaged by rot also replace exterior stucco. Permit No.: BLD2015-00059. 2/17/15. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway 338, $138,925 for commercial: install new storefront and entry vestibule. Permit No.: BLD2015-00055. 2/17/15. 4277 Meridian St., 104, $150,000 for tenant improvement: minor demolition, new partitions, interior finishes, plumbing and mechanical: America’s Best Contact & Eye. Permit No.: BLD2014-00585. 2/17/15. 635 Telegraph Road, $20,000 for new stormwater detention vault to serve 635 and 655 Telegraph Rd. Contractor: Palakika2 LLC, Permit No.: BLD2015-00062. 2/18/15. 655 Telegraph Road, $488,599 for new six-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00568. 2/18/15. 3500 Meridian St., $30,000 for commercial: awning addition off the rear of building and replacement of front entry doors. Permit No.: BLD2015-00063.

2/18/15. 635 Telegraph Road, $177,118 for new single threestory unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD201500065. 2/19/15. 2901 Squalicum Parkway CN, $85,000 for tenant improvement: renovation of X-ray suite 3 on the first floor. Permit No.: BLD2015-00067. 2/20/15. 1701 Gladstone St., $95,000 for minor renovations to existing R1 residence and parking lot improvements. Permit No.: BLD2015-00069. 2/20/15. 1041 24th St., $8,042,534 for new two-story replacement of elementary school on existing site: Happy Valley Elementary. Permit No.: BLD2015-00066. 2/20/15. Demolition permits None reported with a calculated value of $10,000 or more. 2/9/15 to 2/13/15 Issued permits 402 Boulevard 303, $31,8000 for multifamily: interior remodel, moving non-structure walls, new cabinets and new plumbing fixtures. Contractor: Landmark Interprises Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00048. 2/10/15. 2207 Valencia St., No calculated value given for installing PV solar system on existing roof. Contractor: Western Solar. Permit No.: BLD2015-00031. 2/10/15. 1514 12th St. B101, $97,000 for tenant improvement: New office area in existing unfinished crawl space. Contractor: Pearson Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2015-00021. 2/12/15. Pending applications 3105 Old Fairhaven Parkway, $450,000 for commercial: new 6,000-square-foot shell building. Permit No.: BLD2014-00589. 2/9/15. 4564 Meridian St., $563.807 for commercial: New 8,208 building for marijuana production and processing. Permit No.: BLD2015-00049. 2/11/15. 1700 Carolina St., $451,543 for new commercial storage facility. Permit No.: BLD2013-00393. 2/13/15. Demolition permits No permits with a value of more than $10,000 were issued for this date range.

LIQUOR LICENSES Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, online at New license applications Mi Rancho Meat Market, Luis Eduarda CasillasGarcia and Nora Casillas-Garcia applied for a new license to sell beer and wine in a grocery store at 3092 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 361046. 3/25/15. Ginger Boat, Gingerboat1 Corporation; Seung Lee applied for a new license to serve beer and wine in a restaurant at 240 36th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 085772. 3/23/15. Magdalena’s, Gregory Thiesen and Magdalena Thiesen applied for an addition/change of class/ in lieu to an existing license to be a direct shipment receiver (in Washington only) of beer and wine and to serve beer and wine in a restaurant at 1200 10th St. Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 402048. 3/12/15. V’s Barbershop, Jel Ventures LLC, applied for an assumption to a snack bar license (new business name: Mojo Enterprise) at 414 W. Bakerview Road Suite 107, Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 405470. 3/2/15. Lakeway Inn, Providence Hospitality Partners LLC; David Storm and Lois Smith-Storm, applied for a new license to sell spirits, beer and wine at 714 Lakeway Drive Suite B, Bellingham, WA 98229. License No.: 419177. 3/2/15.

Perfectly Paired, Matt and Robin Enterprises LLC; Matthew and Robin Hungerford, applied for a change of location (from 1200 Old Fairhaven Parkway #101, Bellingham, WA 98225 to 1143 11th St., Bellingham, WA 98225) to an existing license to operate as a direct shipment receiver and serve beer/wine in a restaurant and off-premises. License No.: 402048. 2/25/15. Recently approved licenses Magdalena’s at 1200 10th St. Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval on an addition/change of class/in lieu to an existing license to be a direct shipment receiver (in Washington only) of beer and wine and to serve beer and wine. License No.: 406262. 3/24/15. Dancing Gypsies, at 794 Kentucky St., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval on a new application to operate as a marijuana retailer. License No.: 413529. 3/17/15. Fine Detail Greenway, at 3863 Hannegan Road Suite 106, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on added fees to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 412400. 3/12/15. Whatcom County Cannabis Gardens, at 5373 Guide Meridian Suite D-11, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on added fees to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 412567. 3/5/15. Perfectly Paired, at 1143 11th St., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval on a change of location to a license to receive direct shipments. License No.: 088473. 3/3/15. Trail Blazin Productions, 2005 Division St., Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on an addition to a license to operate a tier 2 marijuana production facility. License No.: 412082. 2/19/15. Discontinued licenses 250 Flora, at 250 Flora St., Bellingham, WA 98225, had a license to serve beer and wine in a restaurant discontinued. License No.: 405020. 3/19/15. Bearded Bro’s Best, at 470 W 2nd St. Suite 104, Sumas, WA 98295, had a marijuana processor license discontinue. License No.: 417585. 3/17/15. Bearded Bro’s Buds, at 7955 Chisholm Trails Suite A, Maple Falls, WA 98266, had a tier 1 marijuana producer license discontinue. License No.: 412284. 3/17/15. Billy McHale’s Restaurant, at 4301 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226, had a license to serve spirits, beer and wine discontinue. License No.:076920. 3/6/15.

FEDERAL TAX LIENS Tax liens of $5,000 or more issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Listings include taxpayer name(s), lien amount, document number and filing date. Records are obtained locally from the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office. David G Halliday, $16,837.06, 2150202241, 2/23/15. Niels Petersen, $35,386.00, 2150300137, 3/2/15. Pioneer Woodworking, $12,760.85, 2150300142, 3/2/15. Downtown Bobs LLC, $22,611.12, 2150301476, 3/16/15. Peter F & Pamela A Wasley, $9,659.95, 2150301477, 3/16/15. Danny Bos, $11,778.40, 2150301478, 3/16/15.

RELEASE OF FEDERAL TAX LIENS Lyle D & Carol Y Benson, $7,366.79, 2150201838, 2/17/15. Cathy Kinneberg, $175,957.82, 2150201839, 2/17/15. Tim & Leity Rush, $6,945.57, 2150201840, 2/17/15. Reflections Day Spa, $16,762.82, 2150201841,

2/17/15. Michael L & Susan Wootan, $41,820.63, 2150202242, 2/23/15. Shawn Atwood, $16,203.02, 2150202243, 2/23/15. Jake A Ackerson, $112,788.11, 2150202244, 2/23/15. Donald P Hagin, $178,712.88, 2150300139, 3/2/15. Chuckanut Builders LLC, $6,623.70, 2150300141, 3/2/15. Chad A Camping, $85,0009.56, 2150300797, 3/9/15. Reference Media Inc., $12,954.56, 2150301479, 3/16/15.


Tax judgments of $5, 000 or more issued by Washington state government agencies and filed locally in Whatcom County Superior Court. Listings include taxpayer name(s), judgment amount, the state agency filing the judgment, originating case number and filing date. Judgments can later be lifted or paid; listings are only current as of their filing dates. Records are obtained from the Whatcom County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. HSK Construction Co., $6,490.71, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00511-8, 3/20/15. Better Off Road Inc., $10,897.54, Revenue, 15-200512-6, 3/20/15. Northern Cross Collective Gardens, $243,594.72, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00467-7, 3/16/15. Green Frog Cafe LLC, $8,135.03, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00470-7, 3/17/15. Babes Place Inc., $12,670.88, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00473-1, 3/17/15. Minergy Inc., $17,231.23, Labor & Industries, 15-200435-9, 3/10/15. Claassen Enterprizes LLC DBA Book Fare Cafe, $9,259.53, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00440-5, 3/10/15. Bode Farms, $11,030.76, Labor & Industries, 15-200446-4, 3/11/15. NW Choice Construction Inc., $5,707.15, Employment Security Dept., 15-2-00375-1, 3/2/15. Key Manufacturing, $5,071.29, Employment Security Department, 15-2-00374-3, 3/2/15. Weston Roofing LLC, $100,499.34, Labor & Industries, 15-2-00385-9, 3/3/15. NW Choice Construction Inc, $5,747.15, Employment Security Dept., 15-2-00383-2, 3/3/15. Subway #50438, $5,820.27, Dept. of Revenue, 15-200360-3, 2/25/15. Roto Rooter Plumbing Service, $6,454.51, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00364-6, 2/26/15. Maintenance Professionals, $6,404.59, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00365-4, 2/26/15. Sustainable Living Farm & Garden LLC, $9,177.69, Dept. of Revenue, 15-2-00366-2, 2/26/15. Daljit Nagra, $5,812.54, Labor & Industries, 15-200316-6, 2/24/15.


Whatcom County business bankruptcies filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington. Chapter 7 A Gift of Dance, estimated asset range: $0 to $50,000; liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000; case no.:15-11416-LAO. Date filed:3/10/15 Chapter 11 and 13 No chapter 11 or 13 bankruptcies were filed during this date range.

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Engagement Killers: They come in all shapes and sizes

Mike Cook On Managers & Employees All this being said, worker engagement—the measure of the degree to which workers are giving it everything they’ve got— just slugs along at embarrassingly low levels and has done so for the duration of time it has been measured. Unfortunately you don’t have to look very hard for the culprit when seeking the source of worker’s low engagement: thoughtless

management behavior! So as I said, I come from a family of workers. One brother is a nurse, the other a shipping agent. One sister a banking administrator/ sometimes manager and another sister works in corporate credit. Every one of them has a kit bag full of stories about managers doing stupid, thoughtless things that left them feeling unappreciated, disrespected, lied to or taken for granted. Here’s a question for you: How many bad management experiences does it take to squash an employee’s spirit? You don’t know do you? Well, then answer me this: How many did it take to squash your spirit? This one you can answer and you can tell me the date, time and name of the person involved and it probably doesn’t take you 30 seconds to do it. Now, even more importantly, have you gotten over it without lasting effects on your attitude towards

employment or your employer? Last week I was in Michigan having dinner with my sister who is involved in corporate credit. Just after we arrived at our table she began, “Well I had my annual review last week.” I could tell by her tone that she was disappointed. The year before she had told me her manager wrote “Rockstar” in the margin of her review then proceeded to give her an overall “Meets expectations” on the review saying that she was not allowed to give anyone a higher overall rating. So I asked, “How were you rated this year?” My sister replied, “Oh this year she wrote down Superstar and said she just didn’t know what she’d do without me.” So I asked, “And overall?” With a roll of her eyes she responded, “Meets expectations.” I’d like to think that I don’t have to say a lot more here. The point is pretty obvious and yet,

if confronted that manager would have what they considered a defensible stance on the action taken, despite the fact they if the very same thing happened to them they would be squashed. My sister is not squashed; she’s pissed, feels disrespected, lied to and generally fed up. She’s

looking for another job. Big surprise!

Mike Cook lives in Anacortes. His columns appear on every other Tuesday. He publishes a semi-weekly blog at www. and also facilitates a monthly business book reading group at Village Books.





The people in my family, myself and brothers and sisters, are basically working people. I don’t mean blue collar though that’s where my father came from, being an electrician for some 40 years. I mean working people; for the most part we work for other people. I am the exception in the family having had my own business for over 25 years mainly so I could do what I wanted to do. The one thing we do have in common, my siblings and I, is that we are not goal-driven, save for having a good family life. We’d like enough money to pay our bills but we don’t measure our life in a material way so being paid fairly is more important than being paid a lot. We’d like our work to be interesting and connected to something larger than ourselves, but we don’t expect to be entertained. That’s not why we are there. We also have a good work ethic, we arrive on time, and we do good above average work because we have integrity about what we produce. We willingly stay late, we’ll help our co-workers—sometimes even without being asked. We like to see other people succeed and don’t look upon their success with any unusual amount of envy. We are happy for them. We want to be treated with respect, we’d like to know about things going on in the company that might effect us, we’d like to be asked our opinion on some things—not everything but some. We’d like to feel respected and we want to be told the truth. Don’t lie to us; we’ll make you pay for that. Given all this I’d say we are like most people who work for someone else, and most people do. Most people do good work, or at least they have the capability to do good work. They have no grandiose ambition save for being able to pay their bills and they do not measure their lives in material terms. Most people do show up on time and everyday, and they’ll willingly stay late as long as it doesn’t become an expectation.

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Familiar face returns to WWU’s Small Business Development Center SBDC’s interim director talks changes to Bellingham’s business outlook since 2009 BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal C.J. Seitz, interim director of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, is a familiar face to many local businesses. Seitz worked as a business advisor at the center from 2005 until 2009. Since then, she has worked in administration in the private sector and served as a regional director of the state’s Employment Security Department. She returned to the Small Business Development Center(SBDC) in February to continue her love of advising business owners. She shared her thoughts on how local business has changed since she left the center in 2009. BBJ: What’s different about small business in Bellingham now compared to 2009? It’s such an exciting time because business owners and entrepreneurs are gaining confidence in the economy again. At the SBDC, we’re seeing an uptick in hiring with our clients, an uptick in startup activity in Bellingham, and startup loans are becoming easier to get again. Crowd funding as an access to capital is increasing. The biggest change for me is how the economic development community has come together with an energy that wasn’t

Due to the work we did during the recession to assist companies in weathering the economy, there might be a perception that we’re here for struggling businesses, but that’s not all we do. Part of what we do is help businesses manage growth successfully because it’s such a critical time. I wish more businesses knew that we could do that with them. BBJ: Are there any trends that you think will affect business in Bellingham in the next few years? One fun thing is breweries. We’re actually doing a little bit of research on that right now internally. We’re comparing Bellingham to other cities and looking at market saturation. We’re interested in that because there is a lot of curiosity and a lot of preventure activity around breweries. BBJ: Do you think businesses know about the Small Business Development Center? While plenty of businesses do (there are nearly 500 businesses that we work with annually), we often hear that they wish that they had heard of us earlier. With the wide variety of services we offer—from loan packaging to technology assessments and international trade—and the resources we’re connected to on a state level, we can help businesses connect to larger resources and opportunities.


opened Master of Vapours at 206 W. Magnolia St. in downtown Bellingham in June 2014. The shop carries similar products to Mount Baker Vapor’s retail store — liquid nicotine and personal vaporizers ranging from cheap starter kits to $300 collectible devices. Like most vape shops, he doesn’t sell disposable e-cigarettes, or “cigalikes,” which are mostly made by big tobacco corporations and are sold at gas stations, WalMarts, Targets and other chain stores. Masters is worried about two parts of the proposed legislation, the excise tax and a measure that would prohibit some flavors. Masters’ customers tell him if vaping products double in price, they’ll go back to smoking cigarettes or buying nicotine liquid on the black market, he said. Some of his customers are already experimenting with making their own nicotine liquid, he said. After learning that the proposed tax changed from 95 percent to 60 percent, Masters said it wouldn’t be enough to keep him in business. “The effect is the same,” he said. “That is still by far beyond what would keep us open.”


CJ Seitz, new interim director of Western Washington University’s Small Businss Development Center, was a business advisor at the center from 2005 to 2009. OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BBJ

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as prevalent in 2009, and I’m very excited about that. The team is well coordinated and communicating well together and it’s just so much fun to get to be a part of that. BBJ: Who is included in the economic development community? There’s a myriad of different agencies that come around the table for economic development partnership, so I would hate to leave anyone out. Some agencies in the community are our funders—the Port of Bellingham, the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County—and then there are our partners like the chambers of commerce around Whatcom County, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington, Sustainable Connections, Downtown Bellingham Partnership and NW Innovation Resource Center. BBJ: Are there any challenges that weren’t present in 2009? Things are mostly good compared to the last several years. We’re having people still trying to understand the effects of healthcare reform on their business. People are hiring who have never hired before and so they’re coming here to get coaching on how to be successful with that.

nicotine. “It’s so hard to compare because it depends on who you are,” Davis said. “Some people spend more on ecigs than they ever did on cigarettes because for some people it turns into a hobby and you want all the newest gear.” Mount Baker Vapor’s owners are already looking into moving the business, Davis said. “We’ve had a backup plan since last year,” Davis said. “I think most businesses in the state of Washington have a backup plan.” The tax rate in the proposed legislation already changed from 95 percent to 60 percent, and it could could change further. “We’re obviously open to that discussion,” McGill said. “I hate to put anyone out of business; that’s not our goal here. We’re at a stage in the legislative process where we’re sitting around and hammering it out.” What would be an appropriate tax? Davis and Sullivan half-jokingly said Mount Baker Vapor’s products should get a subsidy for helping people quit smoking.

The little guy Mount Baker Vapor is the biggest local e-cigarette company, but Whatcom County is home to a handful of smaller vape shops. Austin Masters, a 23-year-old recent Western Washington University graduate,

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