Industry Profiles

Top 100 Privately-held Whatcom County based Companies of 2017

Last year the local free-market economy was a very good year. Our annual Top 100 privately-owned companies in Whatcom County topped $4,927,600,000 in sales during 2016 – the highest total since this survey began over 20...

Snapshots of Whatcom County’s farming industry

BY Mary Louise Van Dyke Farms sprawl across the landscape, especially dairy and berry, scattered throughout Whatcom County. And venues such as the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden and annual farm tours offer residents brief snapshots...

Industry tours offer behind-the-scenes look at Whatcom business mindset

For what industries is Whatcom County best known? What business sectors come to mind as economic drivers in this region? A look at 2014 U.S. Census data reveals that when compared with the other 3,220 counties...

The Encyclopedia of Larry

The staff at Clark Seed & Feed provides food (and its science) for an estimated one-fourth of Bellingham dog owners Larry Oltmann was an Iowa farmboy, attending college, when he ventured this way with a college...

Dog industry booming locally and nationally – Underwater therapy, dog massage are among traditional...

How much is that doggy in the window? The largest portion of $63 billion.  That’s what experts estimate that Americans will spend on all pets this year. Ten years ago, it was $39 billion. The cost has...