Business Member Benefits

We connect businesses to one another



  • Business Over Breakfast morning networking & local business expert presentation
    • 1st Wednesday 8-9:15am, September-November
  • Let’s Do Lunch mid-day networking & local business expert presentation
    • 1st Wednesday 12-1:15pm, March-May

we promote local businesses


Online listing in Local Business Directory

Includes a brief description of your business, your logo, your sales methods and links to your web page, Facebook, Chinook Book coupon and Instagram

Use of the Sustainable Connections name and logo

for your business cards, shelf tags, advertisements, website, and fleet vehicles. Tout your involvement with our organization and methods to your customers, partners and clients

Be the first to know about Events & Publications

Members receive free or discounted participation in the following, each year

Publications & Mobile App


Stay In The Loop with the Member Lowdown Newsletter

Sent out the 2nd Monday of each month to Sustainable Connections business members and employees so you know what’s happening, what’s coming up and how to make the most of your membership.

Email if you want to  update your preferences.

Submit your events and announcements in monthly Program Newsletters

Sent out to eager readers the 1st full week of each month. To submit an event or announcement email

  • Eat Local First: Stay connected from farm to fork with our Eat Local First newsletter. You’ll find farmer and local food business stories, what’s in season, fun food happenings and events, how to eat like a local, and the latest and greatest in local food news.
  • Green Building & Smart Growth: Whatcom County is at the forefront of cutting-edge sustainable design and building efforts; this newsletter will keep you informed on networking, learning, and training opportunities to help you keep pushing the (building) envelope in this exciting field.
  • Sustainable Business Practices: Primarily aimed at businesses looking to be sure their business walks the talk, this newsletter includes insightful info on things such as Toward Zero Waste, sustainability reporting, and being a truly Triple Bottom Line business.
  • Live Local News: For all those who want to Think, Buy, and Be Local; this newsletter will keep you in the know so you can be a full-time local lover. With the latest local business news, sales, events, and info you’ll always be in the loop.
  • Energy Efficiency & Renewables (quarterly): Sign up for this newsletter to receive updates about the Community Energy Challenge, energy-saving tips, energy policy updates, and energy-related news


We educate businesses on triple bottom line practices

A triple bottom line broadens the focus on the financial bottom line for a businesses. It measures a company’s degree of social responsibility, its economic value, and its environmental impact.

Towards Zero Waste

Solid waste represents wasted resource, energy, and money. Over 450 businesses are making meaningful progress toward achieving their waste reduction goals and have realized financial savings as a result of engaging in the campaign in addition to making a positive change for our community and the environment.



Eat Local First

A collective marketing campaign that promotes local food. Collective marketing campaigns leverage the power of multiple businesses and stakeholders to create an environment that encourages and reinforces key messages throughout the community.



Community Energy Challenge

This project makes achieving energy efficiency as easy as possible from start to finish. We provide each participating household or business with quality information, a full energy assessment, a customized energy action plan detailing cost-effective measures, assistance with utility and tax rebates, reliable contractors, and quality assurance.SaveSaveSavSave


Think Local First

This campaign makes it easy to find what you need locally, celebrate the place we live, and put what matters most first. Keep your dollars where your heart lives, support your community, and build an economy that works for everyone by choosing local first. Your business can participate during Indie Month in July, in November & December with our Buy Local for the Holidays promotions. Receive free Think Local marketing materials to let your customers know you’re locally owned year round.