Other Community Resources
Here’s a sampling of local organizations that can help you with your business!
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - SBDCs have been helping Washington businesses achieve their full potential for over 30 years. The SBDC provides in-depth, confidential, no-cost business advising, access to no-fee research through SBDCnet, and low-cost training designed to help maintain or expand a successful business.
- SCORE - The volunteer counselors, many of whom are retired executives, can offer insight on a variety of industries that they've worked in. The group offers a variety of services, including advice on financing and business plans. The Bellingham chapter also has a reputation for being brutally honest on whether a business idea will work. Typical clients are entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business, or looking for specific expertise in an industry.
1336 Cornwall Ave. | (360) 685-4259| bellingham.score.org
- Whatcom Community College (WCC) - Offers numerous Community Education Classes for business owners, employees and entrepreneurs. Course topics include: stepping up to manager, business start-up, social media and sustainable building advisors.
237 W. Kellogg Rd.| (360) 383-3200 |whatcomcommunityed.com
- Bellingham Technical College (BTC) - Offers numerous Business & Management courses as well as many Computer Skills courses.
3028 Lindbergh Ave | btc.ctc.edu
- Technology Alliance Group (TAG) - connects technology businesses to resources and helps accelerate the development and growth of innovation driven, technology-based industries in the region.
1000 F Street | tagnw.org
- Northwest Economic Council (NEC) - leading the effort to define the strategic direction of economic development in Whatcom County and is focused on planning and capacity building activities to accomplish overall strategic goals in the community.
115 Unity Street, Suite 101 |360-676-4255 |nwecon.org
- Downtown Bellingham Partnership - The Partnership is a strong voice for Downtown and an effective liaison between downtown stakeholders and local decision-makers.
114 W Magnolia St. Suite 105 | 360-527-8710 | www.downtownbellingham.com
- Port of Bellingham - The Associate Development Organization (ADO) for Whatcom County.
1801 Roeder Ave | 360-676-2500 | www.portofbellingham.com
Co-working Space & Incubator Projects
- Bellingham Hatch - Hatch is pop-up incubator that utilizes downtown vacancies, student involvement and community support to scale new businesses. Our efforts aim to change the paradigm of starting a business. Hatch is supported by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the Idea Institute at Western Washington University.
221 Prospect St, Bellingham | (360) 527-8710 | bellinghamhatch.com
- INVENT - a coworking space in downtown Bellingham. Our members have the opportunity to grow their business through collaborations, partnerships, and expanding their business network. We offer a variety of tech/startup events open to the entrepreneurial community and members only activities.
114 W Magnolia St, Ste 505, Bellingham | (855) 261-9814|inventcoworking.com
- The Pond - The POND is Bellingham's healthy coworking community near downtown parks and walking trails with month to month membership for your startup, remote office or independent workspace needs.
814 Dupont Street, Bellingham | (360) 671-2020 | thepondcoworking.com
- The Workspace - The Workspace is awesome for individuals, small groups, and entrepreneurs looking to tap into the office of the future. No long leases, no utility bills, no drab cubicles. Stop conforming and get your inner cowork on! Be a part of the next generation of workers where you only use what you need, when you need, and in the space you need.
303 Potter St, Bellingham |theworkspace.org