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Congratulations to our Business Awards Winners!

The Whatcom Business Alliance held the 31st Annual Business Person of the Year awards dinner on March 22, 2017. The WBA is very pleased to announce the award winners:

Business Person of the Year: Doug Thomas, President/CEO, Bellingham Cold Storage

Small Business of the Year: Print & Copy Factory, Larry and Becky Raney, Owners

Start Up Business of the Year: Trayvax, Mark King, Founder

Lifetime Business Achievement Award: Ed Brandsma, Edaleen Dairy

For profiles of each of our winners, read the 2017 Spring issue of Business Pulse Magazine

Help the WBA Defend Cherry Point

The WBA has brought together a coalition of stakeholders to express their concerns about the County Council’s proposed update to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan.  The County’s proposal would limit growth and opportunity at Cherry Point which threatens good family wage jobs and would also puts at risk the many other benefits that our community receives from Cherry Point companies.

The businesses at Cherry Point contribute a lot to our community such as tax revenues that fund our schools, first responders, libraries and other social services as well as the money and volunteer hours generously contributed to local non-profits.

The County Council Amendment includes the provision of taxpayer dollars to fund a study with the purpose of limiting the exports from Cherry Point. If the businesses cannot grow at Cherry Point, they will no longer invest there. They will move somewhere that is friendly to business – taking our jobs with them.

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Send your comments to the Whatcom County Council via the link below.

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