Business Profiles

Navigating Successful waters: Allure of water runs deep for Bellingham Yacht founders

By Tamara Anderson-Loucks What started as a small, three-person yacht brokerage in Bellingham over three decades ago is today a thriving full-service, family-owned yacht brokerage and charter service. Owners Dean and Donna Ouilette and Dean’s brother...

Catalyst to success: Confidence in Capabilities. Design-based solutions put Innotech Processing Equipment on the map

By Tamara Anderson-Loucks When breaking into a new industry, Tim Kaptein said it’s never easy to be the ‘new guy on the block’ -  particularly when you’re young with no industry-specific experience. However, that didn’t stop...

Farm-to-Table at its finest

By Sherri Huleatt ACME’s weekly food delivery box brings local food straight to your doorstep. Several years before “local” food was a staple and brand of Pacific Northwest grocery stores, and before subscription boxes popped up for...

Axiom Construction & Consulting: From Despair to the Top 100

By Mike McKenzie, editor for Business Pulse Magazine Let’s begin this parable with NOW. It’s upbeat, an inspirational story of success and its moving parts. A pretty picture: Axiom Construction & Consulting, specializing in architectural metal in...

Dirt Therapy helps reintegration from the military at Growing Veterans farms

By Mary Louise Van Dyke Farm manager Joel Swenson keeps sentry watch on organic hop plants that rapidly shoot up on the Growing Veterans farm in rural Whatcom County. Last spring Swenson, a U.S. Army veteran,...

Business Person of the Year Winner – Doug Thomas

Innovation and caring The directions Doug Thomas has taken Bellingham Cold Storage By Sherri Huleatt Founded by Archibald Talbot in 1946, Bellingham Cold Storage (BCS) got its start as a single warehouse and icehouse. Today, BCS is the...

Start Up Business of the Year Finalist – Augusta Lawn Care Services

Mowing magnate Andes then added landscaping and product delivery By Dave Brumbaugh Mike Andes is far from a conventional entrepreneur. Few have started a business at age 11 to earn money for college, where he enrolled at 13. So...

Start Up Business of the Year Winner – Trayvax

Made To Last Innovative wallet – King’s 3rd invention – takes off from crowdfunding start By Dave Brumbaugh Trayvax Enterprises has a distinctly specific recipe for success: an innovative product, solid values proven over time, and a modern...

Business Person of the Year Finalist – Karen Bellingar

Business with Heart Karen Bellingar started in ’78 from the back of her ’71 Pinto By Sherri Huleatt For Karen Bellingar, owner of Sunset Beauty Supply and Bellingar Storage, beauty supply stores aren’t just retailers offering fancy tubes...

Small Business of the Year Finalist – Security Solutions

The secret to steady 25%  growth and a $7.7 million high? Variety of products and services…. By Tamara Anderson-Loucks For the Vos family, creating opportunities for people to live better lives, both locally and globally, is the driving...