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Business Resources for Native American businesses

American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians have a strong history of entrepreneurship and small business ownership. The SBA can assist you as you begin your journey into small business ownership, help you expand and create new jobs and provide the resources to help you survive and prosper through challenging economic times. In honor of Native [...]

Business Resources for Native American businesses 2017-11-10T13:17:01+00:00

How are the businesses of the year chosen?

By Liz Leighton As we approach the final months of 2017, our Annual Awards Banquet on November 30th will honor Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Green Business of the Year, and Non-Profit of the Year, among others. While the Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI) facilitates these awards, [...]

How are the businesses of the year chosen? 2017-10-16T17:25:16+00:00

Membership Orientation

Chamber Member Orientation/Lunch & Learn: Taking Advantage of your Member Benefits: Learn how to use the Member Information Center (MIC) New members, new employees, long-time members this is for you! Learn how to post job openings, press releases, update your business information, add new company representatives, post member-to-member deals and post RFI's. Bring your laptop [...]

Membership Orientation 2017-11-09T16:25:18+00:00

Bellingham Chamber of Commerce celebrates 13th Annual Awards Dinner

Bellingham Chamber of Commerce celebrates 13th Annual Awards Dinner By Silvia Reed, BWCCI Events Coordinator The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce is in full gear towards the Annual Awards Dinner presented by Bank of the Pacific to be celebrated at Four Points by Sheraton on November 30th. An evening to celebrate those organizations and individuals who [...]

Bellingham Chamber of Commerce celebrates 13th Annual Awards Dinner 2017-10-05T15:47:00+00:00

Meet Chamber Ambassador Cameron Stewart

Name? Cameron Stewart Business? Minuteman Press Job Title? Direct Mailing Specialist Years in current role/with employer/in industry? Going on 22 years as a Direct Mail Specialist How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador? Since 1999 / 2000 – 17 / 18 Years. One of the last remaining Ambassadors from Millie DeFord’s original crew.   [...]

Meet Chamber Ambassador Cameron Stewart 2017-10-05T11:47:48+00:00

Meet Chamber Ambassador Natalie Ransom

Name: Natalie Ransom Business: Pozie by Natalie Job Title: Floral Designer Years in current role/with employer/in industry? 20+ years in the floral industry How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador and board member? Involved in the Chamber 10+ years, an Ambassador starting in 2009, with a brief hiatus.   Industry questions: What is the [...]

Meet Chamber Ambassador Natalie Ransom 2017-10-05T11:47:48+00:00

Meet Chamber Ambassador Danielle Rosellinson

Danielle Rosellison having some fun posing with her husband Juddy posing for this Trail Blazin' Productions photo. Photo (c) Diane Padys Photography. Name: Danielle Rosellison Business: Trail Blazin' Productions Job Title: Owner/Operating Manager Years in current role/with employer/in industry: Since it's inception....3+ How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador? 1+ Industry questions: [...]

Meet Chamber Ambassador Danielle Rosellinson 2017-10-05T11:47:49+00:00

Building Whatcom County’s future leaders

by Liz Leighton Leadership Whatcom is a program developed by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry to help prepare the next generation of active leaders for Whatcom County. Through this program, participants learn techniques to strengthen their leadership skills, gain awareness of regional issues, and build networks across Whatcom County communities. This is an [...]

Building Whatcom County’s future leaders 2017-10-05T11:47:49+00:00

Short Term Rentals

The acronyms AirBNB and VRBO may not mean anything to you, but it certainly does to our local hoteliers and to some neighbors. With the introduction of so much technology at our finger tips, we now are equipped to take advantage of so many new opportunities. Some home owners are now offering rooms in their [...]

Short Term Rentals 2017-10-05T11:47:49+00:00

Chamber hosts Political Candidates Forum

September 22, 2017 Today the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce held a Political Candidates Forum for the 18 candidates running for office for the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and Port of Bellingham elections.  17 of the 18 participated in the forum including: Gene Knutson Pinky Vargas Eric Bostrom Rud Browne Philip J. Morgan Todd Donovan [...]

Chamber hosts Political Candidates Forum 2017-10-05T11:47:49+00:00

New branding

As a staff, we have been talking about changing our logos to create a cohesive look for our numerous events and program logos. With the help of Brian Hardy at FizzPop Media, we have taken the first step. Brian was working on a new logo for the Junior Ski to Sea Weekend when one small change [...]

New branding 2017-10-10T11:28:39+00:00

Have you been considering joining the chamber?

Have you been considering joining the chamber? Are you a member who has an associate interested in membership? Now isthe perfect time!  The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber is holding a membership drive throughout the month of September. What does that mean for you? If you are a business that joins this month we have waived the application [...]

Have you been considering joining the chamber? 2017-10-05T11:47:50+00:00

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 [...]

Yeager’s Sporting Goods: One Man’s Journey through the Decades 2017-10-05T11:47:50+00:00

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, [...]

A Step into the Political Direction 2017-09-18T14:24:42+00:00

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 [...]

7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business 2017-10-05T11:47:51+00:00

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 [...]

Membership Update – Increase your exposure in 2018 2017-06-30T10:29:59+00:00

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 [...]

Meet Chamber Ambassador – Leena Kirschman 2017-10-05T11:47:51+00:00

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. [...]

Haggen Family 4th of July in Bellingham—A Community Tradition 2017-10-05T11:47:51+00:00

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 [...]

The value of the Chamber 2017-06-29T17:12:47+00:00

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 [...]

Chris Roselli joins Board of Directors 2017-07-14T15:54:23+00:00
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