Business Profiles

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...

Small Business of the Year Finalist – Perry Pallet

Leftover wood waste yields new avenues for growth and profit By Tamara Anderson-Loucks Perry Pallet Company employees have created a strong market out of discovering creative uses for leftover wood waste. The Ferndale-based company got its start in...

Small Business of the Year Finalist – NW Diesel Power

Service First Mantra Helps Steer NW Diesel Power While many companies’ growth strategies focus on increasing product sales, Matt Hardin, founder of Bellingham’s Northwest Diesel Power, focused his business on a different strategy: Put service first. The...

Business Person of the Year Finalist – Sam Moncrieff

From one house project to industry leader How Sam Moncrieff transformed himself—and his business By Sherri Huleatt At 30 years old Sam Moncrieff was a far cry from the man he is today. At the time, he was...

Business Person of the Year Finalist – Tom Kenney

Spreading the good news about Washington Federal By Sherri Huleatt Founded in 1917, Washington Federal was one of the few banks that remained profitable throughout the Great Recession that set in during 2008. In fact, the company...

Where does the milk truck go when home delivery disappears?

Family company Dairy Distributing turned its trucks to the convenience stores, restaurants, healthcare and coffee shops By Mary Louise Van Dyke Robert “Bob” Bray Jr. recalls hopping out of bed as a kid on non-school days and...