College of Business and Economics

Bellingham experts on start-up businesses to teach course in Russia

"A pair of local business start-up experts will be traveling to Russia to present a business course to students.

John Sands, a business management instructor at Western Washington University and David Woods, Bellingham SCORE chapter counselor, will travel to Nakhodka, Russia (Bellingham's sister city) on Sunday, May 16 before returning later this month. The course will cover business functions, organization and financial requirements to start and manage a small business."

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 8:28am

The Markets' Weatherill to speak at Western Washington University

"Western Washington University's College of Business and Economics will host Kevin Weatherill of The Markets LLC on the topic of business strategy from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 30 in Academic Instructional Center West room 210 on WWU's campus.

The event is free and open to the public and is part of the Strategic Management Executive Speaker Series."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 8:46am

Wage stagnation a drag on Whatcom Co. economic recovery

"While looking for signs of an economic recovery, don't expect a sudden uptick in consumer spending anytime soon -- household income has been stagnant at best.

The Washington State Office of Financial Management recently updated its estimates of median household income - the amount of money coming in from all members of the household. In 2009 Whatcom County was projected to have had a median household income of $47,805, down from $49,372 in 2008. This area's peak was in 2006 - OFM's estimate for Whatcom County that year is $51,268."

Monday, April 26, 2010 - 9:30am

Studebaker to speak at Western about business ethics

"Western Washington University's College of Business and Economics will host Ernst & Young's Scot Studebaker from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Communications Facility 110 as part of its Ethics and Social Responsibility Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public."

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 8:45am

RE Sources honors Whatcom County residents who protect environment

"Eight Whatcom County residents who protected salmon, encouraged food composting, worked against sprawl and otherwise helped the planet - in the field, boardrooms and classrooms - will be honored as environmental heroes.

Bellingham-based RE Sources for Sustainable Communities selected the eight as its 2010 Environmental Heroes."

Monday, April 19, 2010 - 9:14am

Rachel Le Mieux Joins Ryan as Principal; Will Provide Additional Leadership in the Firm's Seattle, Washington Office

"Ryan, the leading tax services firm in North America, with the largest transaction tax practice in the United States and Canada, today announced that Rachel Le Mieux has joined the Firm as a Principal based in their Seattle, Washington office. Ms. Le Mieux will provide in-depth sales and use tax, as well as gross receipts tax expertise to support Ryan's rapidly expanding portfolio of premier Fortune 1000 clients operating in the Northwest region of the United States."

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:55am

We're Coming Back

"David Nelson, professor of Economics at Western Washington University and president of Study Groups (FRMC Inc.), offered encouraging news, declaring that the financial system has stabilized and that the economy is growing again."

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:51am

Eleets Transportation names new president

"Eleets Transportation has named Thomas Shurstad as president. Shurstad is a seasoned industry veteran, with 30 years of domestic and international transportation experience. He will be based in Jacksonville, Fla."

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 8:42am

Many Whatcom County stores see rise in sales during holiday season

"While overall retail sales were down locally at the end of 2009, it appears to have been a decent holiday season for local merchants.

Whatcom County generated $771.5 million in retail sales during the fourth quarter of 2009, a 1.2 percent decline compared to the same period the year before, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue."

Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:08am

Expansions, openings a positive sign for the economy

"We're not out of the woods yet when it comes to the economy, but it appears that small-business owners and entrepreneurs are feeling a little more confident.

In recent weeks there have been a variety of businesses, particularly retailers, either opening or expanding into a bigger space. That is in sharp contrast to last year at this time, when local store closures dominated headlines."

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 8:47am
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