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Yeager’s Sporting Goods: One Man’s Journey through the Decades

By Liz Leighton Window Shopper at State St Storefront circa 1950. Photo from Bellingham Herald, supplied by Whatcom Museum Photo Archives. As a young boy growing up in the 1950’s, John “Westy” Westerfield remembers walking into Ira Yeager’s little sporting goods store on State Street in downtown Bellingham. Evinrude boat motors, fishing and [...]

A Step into the Political Direction

These day I find my time is largely spent attending a council meeting, city forum, or having a discussion with one of you about the political environment and issues facing our community. Right now our political climate is charged and seems to center on topics like the housing crisis, Cherry Point, the Hirst water case, [...]

7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Grow your small business with LinkedIn by using these seven proven tactics. There are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States, but only half of them will make it past five years. To ensure your small business is in the successful half, we encourage you to capitalize on the various ways LinkedIn can [...]

Membership Update – Increase your exposure in 2018

As our 2017 events season comes to a close, we are looking ahead to 2018! I am currently working on 2018 event sponsor packages and would love to meet with you to discuss the priorities of your business’s outreach. We have a wide variety of ways to get your business in front of other businesses [...]

Meet Chamber Ambassador – Leena Kirschman

Name:  Leena Kirschman Business: Caliber Home Loans Job Title: Loan Consultant Years in current role/with employer/in industry:  29 years in the industry, 2 years with Caliber How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador and board member?  Since 2002 How long have you been a chamber ambassador?   Since 2002   Industry Questions: What is the [...]

Haggen Family 4th of July in Bellingham—A Community Tradition

Ask little 4-year old Ava about her favorite part of the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration and she squints her big blue eyes, scrunches her little nose and belts out a loud, "mooooo!" Her mom laughs and explains that Ava was fascinated by the miniature cow at the Haggen booth at last year's festival. [...]

The value of the Chamber

One question I hear often is, “Why should I join the Chamber?” You should join, renew and sponsor the activities of your Chamber if you believe in supporting an economic development engine that aids in Bellingham & Whatcom County becoming an even better place to live, work, and play. As a robust business association we [...]

Chris Roselli joins Board of Directors

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced that it has added Chris Roselli to its Board of Directors Chris has stepped up to fill an opening on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.  He came to Bellingham in 1995 to study communications at Western Washington University, and has gone on to work at WWU as [...]

Whatcom Co. Prison Tour

5/4/2017 Today, my staff and I had the opportunity to get a tour of the Whatcom County Prison. It gave us a chance to see first-hand what the conditions are like and why there is such a desperate need for a new prison. I encourage you the public to take the tour and see for [...]

Port of Bellingham Commission meeting

5/2/17 President/CEO Guy Occhiogrosso at the port of Bellingham Commission meeting today. The big question is...what will happen to the 801/807 Roeder Avenue property?  Will the Port relinquish their right to purchase the property so the City of Bellingham can use that property for a new homeless shelter forcing the existing businesses to move?

Meet Chamber Board Chair – Troy Wills

Meet our Board of Directors Name?  Troy Wills Business?  First Federal Bank Job Title?  V.P. | Market Area Manager Years in current role/with employer/in industry? 2 years current role | 26 years in industry How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador and board member?  Board Member 6+ years   Industry questions: What is the [...]

Meet Chamber Ambassador: Mary Kay Robinson

Meet our Chamber Ambassadors Q&A with Mary Kay Robinson Many of you already know Mary Kay Robinson from her work in real estate and her involvement with the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce. Mary Kay hosts the Chamber's radio program, is a host of our Monthly Networking Breakfast and an integral member of our Blossomtime Parade [...]

Chamber welcomes Christin Lunny to staff

Bellingham /Whatcom Chamber welcomes new Business Development and Sales Specialist, Christin Lunny Q&A with Christin Lunny conducted by marketing volunteer Liz Leighton   Liz: Where are you originally from, Christin?    Christin: Seattle. I’m a third generation graduate of the University of Washington, and hold a degree in Communications. I have a broad range of experience [...]

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