The year-long webinar series will focus on a variety of topics, including:

  • The impact of coronavirus on the local economy, businesses, and healthcare systems
  • Local, state, and federal aid and loan programs for Whatcom County businesses
  • The outlook for important local and regional industries
  • Success stories from local companies that have successfully pivoted to meet new regulations and changing customer demand
  • Human resource and employee health and safety requirements in the age of coronavirus
  • The challenges companies, employees, and communities face as the Washington economy reopens
  • The local, state, and national energy industry and how it is adapting to the new reality
  • And more!

The list of webinar topics may change as the state transitions through various stages of reopening, but we believe discussing these topics—and others—with local business people, thought leaders, health experts and public officials will help ensure our business community stays prepared, informed and capable of navigating a rapidly changing environment.


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Wednesday, May 13
3:00pm PST

“Navigating a New Health and Economic Reality in Whatcom County”

Featuring local health experts on the public and private side, as well as banking and business experts sharing insight and advice on what companies need to do to prevent another wave of the coronavirus while remaining financially and operationally solvent.

Did you miss it? View the recording here.

Wednesday, June 17
3:00pm PST

"The Health and Financial Challenges and Opportunities of Phase 2 Reopening"

Join local legal, financial and medical experts and business owners and learn about Phase 2 updates as they share insight and advice on the health and financial challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for Whatcom County businesses.

Did you miss it? View the recording here.

Wednesday, July 15
3:00pm PST

"New Regulations, Laws & Guidelines as Businesses Reopen"

Attendees will hear elected officials, policymakers, and experts from the Washington Policy Center to learn more about how changes to regulatory requirements during the coronavirus pandemic may impact their businesses and industries—and how they can have a voice in the regulatory process.

Did you miss it? View the recording here.

Wednesday, August 19
3:00pm PST

"Infectious Disease/Testing Experts Answer Your Questions"

This special Recovery Whatcom webinar features Chief Medical Officer, Sudhakar Karlapudi, MD and Director, Infection Prevention, Catherine Kroll, MPH Edipemiology from PeaceHealth as well as Roger Stark, MD from the Washington Policy Center on what businesses can do to help control further spread of COVID-19, and help ensure the economy can continue opening.

Did you miss it? View the recording here.

Wednesday, September 16
3:00pm PST

"Cybersecurity and the New Risks to Your Business"

Is your company taking appropriate measures to mitigate the risk of a cyberattack?
How do I protect my business from cyberattacks?
Is my business prepared with a recovery plan in case of a natural disaster?

These are the many questions that arise as a business owner. How your team responds and prepares for these incidents has a tremendous impact on your business. Join this webinar with Chase Bank's Merrick Tam, VP Treasury Management and Robyn Hallet, VP Area Manager, as they discuss cybersecurity and business resiliency.

This webinar was unable to be recorded due to security restrictions.

Wednesday, October 28
3:00-5:00pm PST

"Leaders of Industry Issues Forum Event"

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.

Click here to register.