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Got Ideas? Prototyping with everyday objects.

Got Ideas? Prototyping with everyday objects.

Over the last few months I have been writing articles for this column after talking to experts about issues that are important to “inventors”. However, this series is not just about getting a sneak peekinto the invention process; I really hope it will spark the...

Artisan dog products

Artisan dog products

By:  Lara Merriam-Smith Name of inventor/product developer: Kellie and Katya Szirom Product: Artisan dog products. Hometown: Bellingham How to buy: Bellingham Whole Foods Market, Hohl Feed & Seed, Whatcom Farmers Co-ops, our website....

Bedpak

Bedpak

This monthly series is designed to introduce you to people right here in Whatcom County that invented products that solve everyday problems. Invention is a process accessible to anyone with an idea and we need people with great ideas to solve big and small problems....

Procreate Brands

Procreate Brands

Inventor: Scott Baumann Company: Procreate Brands Location: Ferndale, WA Where to buy: see list below available at retailers everywhere.   Procreate brands is an innovative consumer product design, brand development and intellectually property company with over 40...

The Shark Tank Effect on Entrepreneurship

The Shark Tank Effect on Entrepreneurship

Whether you love it or hate, television shows like Shark Tank, The Profit and others have been fueling the imagination of entrepreneurs world-wide to pitch their ideas to experts in exchange for the opportunity to build their business. Pitching an idea is something...

The State of Entrepreneurship in Whatcom County.

Assessing the health of an entrepreneurial ecosystem is an important yet challenging undertaking. Point of view tempers the answer, not only because varying definitions of “entrepreneur” exists, but also who qualifies as an “entrepreneur.” For example, is a start-up...

The global challenge of sustainability.

The global challenge of sustainability.

This month Western Washington University hosted the WA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC), which focused on how educational institutions can create sustainable practices.  The topics covered a broad range from sharing best practices in teaching...

M.T. Totes

M.T. Totes

Inventors: Mary and Tom Product: M.T. Totes Hometown: Bellingham Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MTTote Product: M.T. Totes – a clever play on words for a clever product. M.T. (Mary and Tom) as well as Empty, because they are only empty until you fill them!...