Your business success

Starts here

  • No. 22 Forbes’ Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers

    Be within 15 minutes of a deepwater port, international airport, I-5, and railway access.

  • No. 8 Best downtown in America

    Easily walk to local restaurants, breweries, museums, music venues, and more.

  • 6 Million People live within 90 Miles

    Just an hour’s drive to Seattle, WA or Vancouver, BC.

Key industries

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Manufacturing

Home to more than 300 manufacturing companies, Whatcom County produces everything from sheet metal, to solar panels, to breakfast cookies. With affordable real estate and skilled labor, we’re the ideal place to grow or start your manufacturing business.

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food & beverage

We’re not just an “eat local first” community—we’re a “drink local first” community, too. From breweries, to wineries, to farm-to-table restaurants—we offer a truly supportive culinary community and a truly ravenous group of local customers.

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technology

Home to the world’s largest Bible software company and a hotbed for tech startups, Whatcom County has the talent, coworking spaces, and supportive tech community you need to launch or grow your tech company.

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recreation

Ranked as one of National Geographic’s best adventure towns, Whatcom County is a hub for outdoor recreation innovation. From cycling, to mountaineering, to rock climbing—we are the premiere location for reaching outdoor enthusiasts.

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health & wellness

Ranked as one of America’s healthiest places, Whatcom County’s top industry is health, employing more than 10,000 workers. We’re also home to a myriad of nationally- recognized health and wellness brands, like Barlean’s Organic Oils, Flora, and Omega Nutrition.

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agriculture

Whatcom County has more than 100,000 acres of fertile farmland and brings in $360 million in annual agricultural revenue. As America’s #1 raspberry producer and one of the most productive farming communities in the country, Whatcom County has a centuries-long tradition of agricultural success.

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maritime

Perfectly situated between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, Whatcom County offers a gateway to the global market and has housed a thriving maritime economy for nearly a century. We offer a deepwater port, skilled labor, easy trucking and railway access, plenty of piers and storage, and much more.

In the news

U.S. News rankings show WWU as top public master’s-granting school in Pacific Northwest by Western Today

Western Washington University is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Western also ranked second among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific – for the third year in a row.

Whatcom County top 100 private companies exceeds $4.4 billion and 16,000 employees by Business Pulse Magazine

New and more. Those themes popped out as highlights of our annual Top 100 ranking of privately-owned businesses . . . This year we had among the new entries production that exceeded as high as over $100 million, and several who came in between $50 million and $125 million.

Port grants to help fund small city economic development projects by Bellingham Business Journal

The Port of Bellingham will spend $75,000 in matching funds for economic development projects in Blaine, Sumas, Ferndale and Lynden this year. The Port’s Small City Economic Development Fund was created in 2004, and has given more than $600,000 to small cities for development projects.

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One of the great things about doing business in Bellingham is the lifestyle. You have short commutes, your employees are spending their time in the office or with their family and enriching their lives instead of being stuck in traffic. Bob Pritchett Faithlife 300 Employees
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