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The first issue of the Bellingham Business Journal was published in November 1992. On page 2 of that inaugural edition (then known as the Business Journal of Bellingham/Whatcom County), publisher Al Raines wrote that local business professionals needed “a publication that will keep them abreast of what’s going on in the business environment around them.” Today, the Bellingham Business Journal is just that: the paper where business leaders turn for vital news and commentary that identifies market trends and focuses on new business opportunities relevant to Whatcom County. The BBJ provides timely information to help your business grow, and caters to the area’s diverse mix of industries, including the high-tech, business, education and retail sectors.

BBJ_demWinner of 201 industry awards in 2011!

In what seems to be our best year yet in winning awards, we now have four new additions to our growing collection of media outlets!
The winners of the 2011 WNPA (Washington Newspaper Publishers Association) were announced, and Sound Publishing, Inc. secured 194 awards. 68 of those were first place awards, including the coveted ‘Photographer of the Year’ for the second consecutive year! Nationally, Sound was recognized with 7 SNA (Suburban Newspapers of America) awards.

Circulation Comparison

Zip City Bellingham Business Journal*
98225 Bellingham 941
98226 Bellingham 453
98229 Bellingham 168
98248 Ferndale 123
98264 Lynden 123
Insert Total 1808
Non Inserted Mail 259
Total Circulation 2067
Sources: Seattle Times 2011 ABC Audit (Sunday), Kitsap Sun 2011 ABC Audit, Sound Publishing Circulation by Zip Code April 2012.
Professional / Managerial
Income $50,000+
Single Family Home Owner
Households with Children






Necia Hickey | Advertising Sales Manager
Call 360-647-8805 or email to find out more about advertising opportunities, both in print and online, in the BBJ.