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.

  • Top 16 Best Adventure Towns by Outside Magazine

    Enjoy year-round activities, like hiking, skiing, boating, cycling, 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

With 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

Voted 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

Ferndale Business Transforms Manure into Energy June 26, 2018

Ferndale company, Regenis (whose parent company is Andgar Corporation), is making a name for itself with innovative digestors, designed to transform cow manure into energy. About a dozen of the company’s anaerobic digestors create enough energy to power 9,000 homes. This approach to renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions, eliminates fecal coliform bacteria, and reduces odor… [ Read More ]

Whatcom Business Alliance launches Youth Engagement Initiative May 8, 2018

In an effort to educate local young people on job and career opportunities, the Whatcom Business Alliance launched the Youth Engagement Initiative (YEI). “We’re working with businesses and schools to take students into workplace facilities,” said Laura McKinney, NW Government Affairs & Public Relations Director for Alcoa who serves as Co-Chair of the YEI committee…. [ Read More ]

Outdoor Races a Huge Economic Driver in Whatcom County March 27, 2018

Whatcom County Attracts 34,000 Participants to 132 Outdoor Races a Year Washington is known for its stunning outdoor adventures. And when it comes to outdoor races, Whatcom County is leaps and bounds ahead. According to Todd Elsworth, Co-Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, when comparing our community’s races to other similar-sized communities, “We blow them away.”… [ Read More ]

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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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