With the board of directors looking at long-term stability, Whatcom Farmers Cooperative (WFC) in Lynden voted a year ago April to merge with the nation’s leading agriculture co-op, CHS Inc. – an other- worldly leap. The merger took place in July 2015, and WFC immediately upped its ante exponentially – leaping about $50 million and 100 […]
Join the WBA for a post election economic forecast from Wells Fargo Securities Director and Senior Economist Tim Quinlan with opening remarks from Whatcom County native John Mingé, Chairman and President of BP America Inc. Tim returns to Bellingham for his yearly update that is both engaging and highly informative. Hear about how national and global trends may impact your business and our community.
The cranes are back: Commercial construction in Whatcom County is ticking up steadily, though it’s nothing near pre-recession levels before 2008. As a gauge, look at employment. In 2007, the construction industry statewide employed 270,000 workers; 195,000 in 2012 and 218,000 in 2014. The industry stands at 18 percent below its pre-recession high in size […]
To the outside world, dairy farming is a profession steeped in old-fashioned stereotypes—complete with rustic pitchforks, hand-milked cows, and—of course—a classic red barn. But to the insiders, those who’ve helped make dairy farming a $5.2 billion industry in the state of Washington, the imagery of dairy farming is a lot different. In place of manual […]
How appropriate that Teresa Taylor’s company ties directly to Independence Day. She grew up surrounded by woman who instilled self-reliance in her, with a strong entrepreneurial bent. Mother. Stepmother. Grandmother. Great-Grandmother. These influencers surfaced as she recounted with Business Pulse recently about the many business-related hats she wears today: A project manager with the Lummi […]
Today’s marijuana- growing business is oft-compared to gold rush days of old. It’s a green rush, right? Wrong, Danielle Rosellison said. She and her husband, Juddy, and two other owner/operating managers grow and process marijuana indoors at Trail Blazin’ Productions in Bellingham’s Irongate industrial area. “No one is getting rich quick,” Danielle said. “We have […]