Become a Member of the Chamber!

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce is always working for you. We promote your business. We give you opportunities to network with business leaders.  We provide updates on policy that affects your business.  We provide professional development training. We provide opportunities for you to share your expertise to member and non-member businesses, increasing your ability to recruit new clients/customers. And we attend government policy meetings so you don’t have to!

Chamber membership improves the public’s perception of your business.  You are viewed as more reputable and that you care about your customers. When surveyed, respondents say there is an 80% likelihood that they will patronize a chamber member business in the future. They also think you make better business decisions as a chamber member. And Chamber members prefer to do business with their fellow chamber members.

Active involvement in Chamber activities provides the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other members of the business community. The connections and friends made at the Chamber prove to be an invaluable resource.

Promotional Opportunities:

  • Business listing in our online business directory immediately improves your SEO.
  • Members at the Basic level or above get the Enhanced Marketing Package included in your online business listing – includes a free banner ad on your page.
  • Business listing in the printed member directory/relocation guide.
  • Promotional ads in the Business Buzz e-newsletter.
  • Promote your news, promotions and specials in our Business Buzz e-newsletter.
  • Marketing E-Blast to Chamber Members.(Additional cost)
  • Display ads on this site. (Additional cost)
  • Free on-air promotion during the Whatcom Report if sponsoring a chamber-sanctioned event.
  • Radio ads at KGMI 790am (Additional cost)
  • Use of member mailing list.(Additional cost)

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Community Events

  • Junior Ski to Sea Parade
  • Junior Ski to Sea Race
  • Chamber Golf Classic
  • Haggen 4th of July Celebration

Business Events & Programs

  • Annual Awards Dinner
  • Chamber Speaker Series
  • Industry Close-Up Tours
  • On Topic speeches
  • Business After Business
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Leadership Whatcom
  • Whatcom Report Radio Program
  • Whatcom Young Professionals

Chamber Events:

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Business After Business
  • On Topic speeches
  • Industry Close-Up Tours
  • Lunch & Learns
  • Chamber Speaker Series
  • Annual Awards Dinner
  • Junior Ski to Sea Parade
  • Junior Ski to Sea Race
  • Haggen 4th of July Celebration
  • Chamber Golf Classic

There are also events that are limited to President’s Roundtable and Chairman’s Club membership levels.

Monitoring of Local, State and Federal Legislation

The Chamber monitors and provides input and insight on issues that have an impact on our local business community.  These issues range from retailing to growth management, business taxes to cross border travel and commerce, impact fees and levys to elections and candidates. The Chamber is the largest and most effective business voice in Whatcom County. Learn more at 

Health Insurance

One of the key issues we hear about is health care.  We have made available to our members an opportunity to insure you and your employees, even if your entire staff is a group of one. This opportunity is made available exclusively to Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber members through the Business Health Trust.

Business Tax Deduction

Membership fees charged by visitor bureaus and chambers of commerce are generally “bona fide dues” deductible from your federal business taxes.

Business Resources:

  • Complimentary Notary
  • Certificates of Origin (required for exports)
  • Use of Ambassadors at Events
  • Business Health Trust
  • Get RFP’s/Estimates/Bids from all chamber members in a particular business category
  • The Chamber itself is a resource clearinghouse.  Call us anytime!

Discounts & Promotions:

Member to member promotions are a great way to encourage awareness of each others products and services.  Once you become a member you’ll be able to take advantage of some of these amazing offers and have the opportunity to add yours to the collection.

Where the “Member to Member” deals are only for member businesses, the Hot Deal is available to anyone!  You can post a special deal per day, week or month!  Email Shelli Jones if you have questions!

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