Upcoming 2020-2021 Events

 


Economic Forecast for 2021 Breakfast

January 14, 2021  |  7:00am - 9:00am 
Expert economists present and discuss the economic predictions for 2021. Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. Details coming soon.


34th Annual Business Person of the Year Awards Dinner  

March 25, 2021  |  6:00pm | Semiahmoo Resort & Spa Presented by Business Pulse magazine
Recognition of local businesses and business leaders for their efforts in improving the economic and civic vitality of Whatcom County.

Event guests will receive a special rate of $129/nt at Semiahmoo Resort by calling Desi McCoy at 360.318.2067.

 


Past Events

 

Leaders of Industry Issues Forum

Did you miss it? View the recordings here.

October 28  |  3:00pm - 5:00pm  |  via Zoom
Join a special 2-hour event as local industry leaders discuss the current and future major issues that are impacting business here in Whatcom County. Sponsored by WaFd Bank.

ISSUES & PANELISTS: Manufacturing/Fisheries - Doug Thomas, President & CEO, Bellingham Cold Storage; US-Canadian Border - Dr. Laurie Trautman, Director of the Border Policy Research Institute, WWU; Agriculture - Gerald Baron, Communications Director, Whatcom Family Farmers; Cherry Point - Pamela Brady, Director NW Government & Public Affairs, BP Cherry Point Refinery; Banking/Finance - Thomas R. Pozarycki, Regional President, WaFd Bank; Workforce Development - Laura McKinney, Chair, YES Whatcom.


Presidents Club Social

October 15, 2020  |  4pm - 6pm  |  Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club
A night of appreciation with free drinks and appetizers for our Presidents Club members.


Member Appreciation Night | Bellingham Bells Game - canceled

Unfortunately, the entire season has been canceled due to COVID-19. We are looking forward to next season!


WBA Annual Member Meeting & Quarterly Connection

February 18, 2020  |  8am - 9:30am | Dorothy Haggen Conference Room

Join us for pastries and coffee. Open to everyone — meet the Board, WBA staff, and network. Plus, a special presentation on “The Road to the 2020 Census” — learn how to respond and why it's important.


Economic Forecast for 2020 Breakfast

November 21, 2019  |  7:00 – 9:00am  |  Bellingham Golf & Country Club
What's in store for 2020? Expert economists, Dann Mead Smith and Michael Serio CFA/CAIA, present and discuss the economic predictions for the upcoming year.


NW Business Leaders of Faith Conference

September 19, 2019  |  12:30 - 8:00pm  |  Ferndale Events Center
Join local Christian business leaders of faith to connect, get inspired and learn how to successfully integrate your faith into the workplace and make our community better for all. Sponsored by Smith Gardens, Financial Plan Inc., Barleans, All American Marine, Faithlife, The Muljat Group, The National Christian Foundation, and Praise 106.5.


Presidents Club Social

August 20, 2019  |  5:00 - 7:00pm  |  Squalicum Boathouse
A special night of socializing for Presidents Club members and guests.


Mandatory Drug Testing – Issues & Impacts

July 16, 2019  |  8:00 – 9:00am  |  Dorothy Haggen Conference Room


2019 Bellingham Bells Member Appreciation Night

July 10, 2019  |  6:00pm  |  Joe Martin Field
WBA members and their families are invited to enjoy a free game and ballpark meal!
Sponsored by Bellingham Cold Storage.

**UPDATE** Due to weather, save your ticket and use as a Rain Check for any upcoming game this season!


Advancing the Energy Transition

June 18, 2019  |  8:00 – 9:00am  |  Dorothy Haggen Conference Room


New Tax Increases (How to Change Trajectory)

May 21, 2019  |  8:00 – 9:00am  |  Dorothy Haggen Conference Room


Leaders of Industry Issues Forum

May 16, 2019  |  Bellwether Hotel Ballroom
Industry leaders share major issues that impact business here in Whatcom County. Past issues have included construction and development, farming, water rights Hirst decision, Cherry Point development and exports, and other issues important to local business.


Family Medical Leave Act (All You Need to Know)

April 16, 2019  |  8:00 – 9:00am  |  Dorothy Haggen Conference Room


Business Person of the Year Awards Dinner

March 21, 2019  |  Semiahmoo Resort & Spa  | Presented by Business Pulse Magazine
Recognition of local businesses and business leaders for their efforts in improving the economic and civic vitality of Whatcom County.


Cherry Point Economic Impact Study Event

March 19, 2019  |  8:00 – 9:00am  |  Bellingham Golf & Country Club
Discussion of the 2019 Cherry Point Economic Impact Study completedy by WWU’s Center for Economic and Business Research. With two panels of industry and community leaders, we’ll explore the results of the study and the opportunities for and concerns regarding the continued success of Cherry Point industry. Topics will include local wages and jobs, poverty, affordable housing, philanthropy, public safety, and our environment.


WBA Annual Member Meeting

February 13, 2019  |  8:00 – 9:00am  |  Four Points Sheraton
A summary of the past year and highlight of top successes; come meet the Board, WBA staff, and see a snapshot of what WBA membership looks like