Author: PFI Staff

Hospitality Summit – Bellingham, WA

Hospitality Summit – Bellingham Where Whatcom County ‘hoteliers, restauranteurs and industry suppliers’ come together to learn about industry trends, government affairs and to network with leaders both in the hospitality industry as well as with those in our business community. We are proud to be exhibitors and would look forward to meeting with you at…

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Spotlight on Skagit

Spotlight on Skagit: April 19, 2018 – Burlington, WA We are proud to be once again attending EDASC (Economic Development Association of Skagit County)’s annual business-to-business trade show (formally known as Schmooze Fair). We look forward to this event every year as we value the opportunity it presents to (re)connect with representatives from Skagit County’s…

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Business Reports – A Company’s Performance Dashboard

Knowledge Now – Business Reports: May 9, 2018 – Mount Vernon, WA Much like a driver uses a vehicle’s dashboard to quickly determine gas level, speed, engine performance and direction, so too can a business owner use their reports as a dashboard from which to base key decisions and optimize their operations. Join us for…

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Tracking Sustainability With QuickBooks

Accounting for Sustainability: April 4, 2018 – Bellingham, WA QuickBooks desktop versions of Pro, Premier and Enterprise all have powerful reporting capabilities which are often underutilized. Important are the balance sheet, profit and loss and statement of cash flow but more reports can be created and customized specific to your company’s agenda, particularly as it…

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Northwest Technology

Technology At a recent ‘TAG Tech Talk’ presented by Faith Life in Bellingham, TAG (Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington) board member, Meg Weber interviewed Liz Pearce, recently retired CEO of LiquidPlanner asking her opinion about Northwest Tech. The women discussed, among many tech topics, the gap found between local college graduates’ skillsets and those…

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Northwest Construction Boon

Construction Industry Building slowed for a number of years following the crash, said Janaya Goselin, Bellingham realtor for Keller Williams Western Realty which subsequently has led to an ‘inventory shortage’ in the home and commercial sectors. Demand is up. In a recent statement, Becky Raney, COO of Bellingham’s Print and Copy Factory said she had…

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Real Estate in the Pacific Northwest

While increases in overhead costs remain a constant concern for regional business owners, Andrew Mayer, President and CEO of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce reports, “2017 was a period of consistent growth in all sectors of business in the Mount Vernon area.” Due to increased demand for homes but low inventory throughout Skagit County,…

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Minimum Wage Increase

The 2017 increase in minimum wage appears to have impacted small business owners across the Pacific Northwest region. Bellingham’s Cool Beans Coffee co-owner Jeremy Hawkinson, reportedly had ‘no other option’ but to increase their coffee prices, said Emily Hamann, in her February 2017 BBJ article, “Bellingham businesses adjust to state minimum wage increase.” In their…

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