Whatcom Business Alliance
As a non-partisan, non-profit organization created and operating solely on private funding, the WBA formed during 2012 as a strong voice for the private sector of business throughout Whatcom County — small or large, private or public, in any industry or niche market. The WBA membership has grown rapidly with a unifying mission of supporting and celebrating a positive business environment, and providing a vast communications network to address issues concerning businesses.
WBA 2015 Innovator of the Year Ivan Owen
Whatcom Business Alliance in Bellingham, Wash., recognized Ivan for putting his 3D-printed artificial hand on free, open-source Internet access. This led to an global network, e-NABLE, through which his wife Jen has facilitated the design, printing, and distribution of over 1,000 devices in 25 countries.