Health & Wellness
Grow your business in one of the healthiest places in the country.
10,000+ health and wellness employees
Health Care is Whatcom County’s #1 Employer
Ranked as America’s 7th healthiest small city, Bellingham and Whatcom County offer some of the best health care in the region. In fact, our top industry is health care—with most employees working at PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s hospital, named a “100 Top Hospital in America.” We’re also home to internationally-recognized health brands and manufacturers, like Barlean’s Organic Oils, Flora, Omega Nutrition, and Botanical Labs.
Health and Wellness Training Programs
Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, and Western Washington University offer excellent programs in nursing, dental hygiene, community health, radiology, physical education, recreation, and more. Job fairs and internships also make it easy for you to recruit top talent from these institutions. Learn more about finding talent in Whatcom County by visiting our Recruiting page.
One of America’s Healthiest Regions
With organic produce available throughout the county, year-round recreational activities, and high-quality health care—not to mention some of the cleanest air in the country—it’s not surprising that we’re one of the healthiest places in America. What does this mean for your business? It means we’re home to thousands of customers anxious to try and promote your health and wellness products. From organic oils, to shoe inserts, to health supplements, we’ve already helped grow hundreds of health and wellness businesses, and you could be next.
No. 1 industry is health care
PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s hospital, our largest medical facility, is a sprawling two-campus medical center that offers 24-hour emergency and trauma care, oncology, cardiology, mental health services, hospice, orthopedics, home-like birthing center, and a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. Other health care services include the Family Care Network, Whatcom Occupational Health, Unity Care NW, Care Medical Group, and many others.
There are over 200 physicians/surgeons, 130 dentists, 75 chiropractors, and 20 naturopathic physicians in Whatcom County. We’re also home to several physical therapy centers, excellent nursing homes, premium retirement centers, and special care homes for the disabled and elderly.
Enjoy an Unmatched Lifestyle
If you’re looking for a place that will keep both you and your employees happy and healthy, look no further than Whatcom County. Ranked one of the healthiest places in America, Whatcom County has it all: skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, an eclectic downtown scene, lively music venues, museums, local breweries and wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, some of the best mountain biking in the world, and much more. The icing on the cake? Hardly any traffic!
Affordable Real Estate
From downtown storefronts, to office space, to warehouses, Whatcom County offers a varied landscape with plenty of room to expand. Plus, our real estate prices are considerably lower than our surrounding metropolitan cities, like Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA. Find your perfect business location by searching our real estate database at Whatcom Prospector.
YOUR BUSINESS SUPPORT TEAM
CJ Seitz WWU Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC is your go-to team for small business help. They’ll connect you with a Certified Business Advisor, who will help you create a business plan, develop financial forecasts, obtain financing, handle human resources, and more.
Guy Occhiogrosso Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Take advantage of networking breakfasts, access to mailing lists, business-related community events and seminars, and medical insurance benefits. Connect with other business professionals by contacting the Chamber today.
Tara Sundin City of Bellingham
The City of Bellingham has a long and successful history of collaborating with professionals to help grow, start, or relocate their business. Get help with permitting, zoning, obtaining a business license, and much more.