Benefits of Membership2018-11-01T14:51:24+00:00

Become a Member of the Chamber!

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. Every year thousands of people contact the Chamber seeking information about Whatcom County and its businesses. When someone calls ‘information’ for a phone number and doesn’t know the name of the business, they are automatically transferred to the Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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.

Advertising Opportunities:

  • Business listing in our online and print directory.
  • Promotional inserts and ads in the Business Buzz printed newsletter.
  • Promote your news, promotions and specials in our bi-weekly e-newsletter.
  • Advertise on our “chamber” page in the Bellingham Business Journal.
  • Marketing E-Blast to Chamber Members.(Additional cost)
  • Display ads on this site. (Additional cost)
  • Radio ads at KGMI 790am (Additional cost)
  • Use of member mailing list.(Additional cost)

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Junior Ski to Sea Parade
  • Junior Ski to Sea Race
  • Chamber Golf Classic
  • Haggen 4th of July Celebration
  • Annual Awards Dinner
  • Chamber Speaker Series
  • Industry Close-Up Tours
  • On Topic speeches
  • Business After Business
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Leadership Whatcom
  • Business Buzz bi-weekly e-newsletter
  • Whatcom Report Radio Program

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
  • 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!

View current promotions

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.

I’m ready to join!

Membership application

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