Whatcom Business Alliance.
Working together for a vibrant local economy.

Facilitating Business Success and Community Prosperity.

The Whatcom Business Alliance is the ears, eyes, and voice for the Whatcom County business community. We believe success is the single largest driver of community prosperity, which is why we focus our efforts on facilitating that success through advocacy, research and education and job opportunities. We bring business leaders together to encourage, acknowledge and share the best and most ethical business practices. Our members improve their respective businesses and work closely with community leaders to promote public policy that supports a healthy business climate and a vibrant economy. Join us today!


The WBA advocates on behalf of all businesses and industries in Whatcom County, providing they are good actors, follow the rules and comply with all local, state and federal laws. Some of the ways we do this are:

  • Showing the community that environmental stewardship and economic prosperity are compatible.
  • Building dialog where business leaders can offer expert solutions to others on policy issues.
  • Educating the community, policymakers, and young people about the harm that results from excessive regulatory burdens on local businesses.
  • Showing the community the importance of the personal freedom to choose, property rights, and the value and benefits of entrepreneurship.
  • Creating an open forum of consistency and fairness so businesses can grow and add family-wage jobs in our community.


The WBA is actively engaged in fact-based business research, education, communication, and advocacy with its members on issues important to local business success and community prosperity. The WBA has built an extraordinary level of influence and credibility because it gathers credible data and information and shares it in a thoughtful, respectful, and solution-focused manner.

Wherever appropriate, the WBA provides third party, objective research and analysis in order to facilitate reasonable solutions to issues facing local business. We build coalitions and develop strategies to assist businesses in engagement on important policy issues in order to change the trajectory of bad policy before it is implemented.


The Youth Engagement Initiative envisions a more dynamic economy with opportunities and clear pathways for local youth and families to find livable wage jobs in local businesses and industries.

The mission is to work in partnership with employers, educators, and like-minded organizations to create synergies that advance youth employment and career opportunities in Whatcom County.

The WBA, through the Youth Engagement Initiative, helps facilitate collaboration and coordination between K-12 and college-age youth with employers.

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Join YESWhatcom.com and help bridge the gap between employers and the workforce of the future

As a Whatcom County employer, you can now post jobs (including paid internships, apprenticeships, and job training roles) for youth ages 16 to 24. Join companies like Bellingham Cold Storage, Birch Equipment, Christian Health Care Center, Cascade Connections, Custom Concrete Contracting, Enfield Farms, and others by using YESWhatcom.com as a recruitment tool.

Get started today by clicking the button below or for more information about contributing to the YES Whatcom program or creating a company profile, email us at whitney@whatcombusinessalliance.com.

The PULSE of Whatcom County

Business Pulse magazine is mailed bi-monthly to subscribers and Whatcom Business Alliance members. Additional copies are distributed at Business Pulse and WBA events, in waiting rooms, professional service offices, hotel rooms and other businesses throughout our region.

Business Pulse magazine

Whatcom County's only source of local business news! Every year, Business Pulse brings you stories that highlight great businesses and business people.

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