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Will paid family and medical leave be the next labor mandate imposed on Washington’s...

Erin Shannon | Center for Small Business & Labor, WPC Imposing a paid family and medical leave law has emerged as the business issue du jour this legislative session in the Washington state capitol. While Washington state...

Join us to celebrate business success… and the benefits it has on our community

Tony Larson | President, Whatcom Business Alliance On March 22 in the ballroom of the Four Points by Sheraton in Bellingham, the Whatcom County business community will celebrate their own at the 31st annual Business Person...

Water rights decision bogs down water rights on wells

Perry Eskridge | Executive Officer and Government Affairs Director Whatcom County Association of REALTORS® “Whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for fightin’.” – Mark Twain The Washington Supreme Court upended established water law several months ago with the October 6,...

Can causes in common create consumer commitment?

CJ SEITZ | Executive Director Small Business Development Center, WWU An exciting emerging strategic trend centers on customers aligning themselves with companies, brands, and causes. One of the most authentic ways to communicate your brand story...

When ‘saving the planet’ looks like a crowdfunded mug

Todd Myers | Environmental Director Washington Policy Center Coffee mugs would seem unlikely saviors of the planet. Increasingly, however, smartphones, crowdfunding, and distributed solutions are becoming the key to making a difference for the environment. Consider Seattle-based...

10 positive behaviors for leading Lean

Randall Benson | Lean Operations So how do we lead a Lean transformation?” I was recently asked this question by the owners of a small manufacturing company, so I came up with 10 behaviors that could...

What’s next for our healthcare system when Obamacare gets repealed?

Republicans won nationally in the election last November. From a policy standpoint American voters clearly said they want a new direction for the country, including a new direction for our costly and over-regulated healthcare system. The...

Visual Management: The wicked question

Twice recently I was hit by a similar question: “If front-line people already know what’s going on, why should they waste their time updating a visual management board?” This question was first posed by a production...

Voters approve $13.50 minimum wage, paid sick leave laws… so what happens now?

The Nov. 8 national election results included some surprising upsets (understatement of the year), but here in Washington outcomes were a little more predictable. As expected, voters approved Initiative 1433 to gradually increase the state’s minimum...

Where, oh where is Obamacare? (Answer: tanked.)

Americans have had six years of experience with Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is no more popular today than it was in 2010 when it barely passed Congress, with all the Republicans...