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Sustainable Business Development


We come from the perspective that we’re all on a journey towards greater sustainability. Businesses that join Sustainable Connections are interested in learning more and we aim to support their sustainability goals. In fact our model at Sustainable Connections is based on reciprocity -- we support local businesses in their stewardship of this community, and in turn, we ask the community to support them.

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  • member decalOnline Resource Center: An up-to-date hub of sustainable business practice tips and resources.
  • Business Audits: We recommend the B-Corporation Survey as an annual (free) personalized audit of sustainable business practices. B-Corp also offers a Quick Impact Assessment for small businesses that want to measure what matters.
  • Educational Workshops: See our online event calendar to learn about quarterly workshops in sustainable business practices and our campaigns.


  • All Members Meeting & Award CeremonyAMM Attendess
  • Monthly Member Lunches: first Thursdays at the Sustainable Connections office, from 12-1pm with a different topic each month.
  • Monthly Morning Member Connects: third Thursdays from 7:15-8:30am, build business contacts in an energetic and structured networking format.
  • Member Directory: Search our online directory for locally-owned member businesses and our Partners directory for other Whatcom County businesses committed to our community for your product and service needs. We frequently receive calls from the community giving us the chance to provide referrals to our locals!
  • Peer Mentoring: We know that for small business owners it can be challenging to do everything yourself. Available upon request, we will put together a group of your peers to help you think through a business challenge or opportunity.
    Questions or ideas? Contact 

Market Development:

  • tzw logoPromotion: We promote leadership businesses as models through our local media outreach, promotions, peer connections, and more. Submit an announcement for our bi-weekly member news to Doing something pioneering for a sustainable community and economy? Contact – we may want to feature you in one of our media promotions or case studies.
  • Campaigns: We engage members with timely campaigns on important and relevant topics, providing detailed ‘how-to’ information and significant promotions to potential customers. By working together we make a big impact!

                   Toward Zero Waste

                   Workplace CSAs

                   Community Energy Challenge

                   Green Power Community Challenge

                   Whatcom Watershed Business Pledge

                   SmartTrips Employer Partner Program

Special thanks to our program sponsors for their generous support in pursuit of sustainable business practices:

Gold Sponsor

 Faber Construction

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Chrysalis Inn & Spa

Heritage Bank

 Beneficial State Bank


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