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 education and advocacy — and encouraging, acknowledging and sharing the best and most ethical business practices. We bring business leaders together to improve their respective businesses and the business climate, and work with local leaders and promote public policy that supports business health and a vibrant economy.


Youth Engagement Initiative Launches!

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 Alcoa, Bellingham Bells, Bellingham Cold Storage, Christian Health Care Center, Custom Concrete Contracting, Enfield Farms, and others by using as a recruitment tool.

For more information about contributing to the YES Whatcom program or about creating a company profile, email us at or click the link below.

Get to Know the WBA


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. We do that by being the eyes, ears and voice for responsible Whatcom County business so they can focus on growing their business, hiring new people, paying good wages, adding to our tax base and giving back through philanthropic efforts. We recognize there are a large number of well-funded local advocacy organizations that sometimes promote policies in conflict with local business interests, which can negatively impact business success and community prosperity.

Why Advocacy Is Important

Business success is the largest driver of community prosperity and jobs.  Let your voice be heard as part of a vibrant business community through the WBA:

  • Environmental stewardship and economic prosperity are compatible, and we need to have the conversation about this balance.
  • Business leaders can offer great solutions on policy issues and the WBA has proven to be an outstanding voice for local business.
  • The Whatcom County business community gives back in great measure, but can only do so when we are successful and vibrant.
  • We need to educate the community, our policy makers and young people about the harm that results from excessive regulatory burdens on local businesses.
  • We need to educate our community about the Importance of the personal freedom to choose, property rights and the value and benefits of entrepreneurship.
  • Businesses deserve predictability, consistency and fairness so they can grow and add family wage jobs for our community.

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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. The digital version of the publication is emailed to a list of more than 5,000 unique individuals in and around Whatcom County.

Business Pulse Cover Stories

Every year, Business Pulse brings you six cover stories that highlight great businesses and business people. Many of the cover stories also involve research to develop "top" lists. Below are links to these issues:

Economic Forecast

Business Person of the Year


Top 100 Private companies

Best Places to Work

The Small-Business Survival Guide