Registration now open for Future of Business Conference, April 26-27 in Bellingham

Registration is now open for the Sustainable Connections’ 8th annual Future of Business Conference on April 26-27 in Bellingham. The theme, “Strategies for Success in 2012” will feature the best of the Pacific Northwest’s innovative business owners, change-makers and environmental leaders.

The conference kicks off  April 26 at 5:30pm at the Whatcom Museum Old City Hall with registration, “Localicious,” a mingling and tasting event featuring local food and beverage businesses, and the opening keynote speaker, Jason McLennan, CEO of Cascadia Green Building Council.

The conference will continue on Friday April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Student Center with more keynote speakers, breakout sessions, a delicious local lunch and networking opportunities. New this year, the conference will also offer “relaxation room” for a quick pick-me-up between sessions provided by local healing arts practitioners.

“This conference is a value packed evening and day connecting with fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders exploring the latest and most innovative approaches and practices for a lean and thriving business,” Mariah Ross, Sustainable Connections’ Sustainable Business Development Manager said in a release this week. “Join us for inspiration and hands on tools for a thriving business at the best business conference in northwest Washington.”

As the demands for economic, social and environmental responsibility are increasing daily, the Future of Business Conference gives local businesses access to experts and the tools they need to meet the challenges of today’s economy and bring their businesses to the next level, conference organizers say. The Future of Business is “the premier annual forum for local organizations to share best practices that benefit the greater community, the environment and the bottom line.”

Additional conference speakers include Kimberly Harris, President and CEO of Puget Sound Energy, Jason Onysko, Founder and CEO of Pangea Organics, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws among others. For a current list of speakers and workshop topics, visit the FOB Conference website,

“I’m always surprised at the tools I walk out with, ideas I didn’t expect, conversations I didn’t expect, that open doors and understanding of better ways to move forward today, and tomorrow,” Rodd Pemble, recycling manager at Sanitary Service Company said of the conference.

Registration includes admission to Thursday opening reception, full Friday conference, lunch and invaluable networking time with the best local business owners in Whatcom County. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Event Information:

What: Future of Business Conference
When and Where: Thursday April 26, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Whatcom Musuem Old City Hall
Friday April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Whatcom Community College Syre Student Center

Registration: Open now at Brown Paper Tickets with Early Bird and Sustainable Connections member rates

Early Bird (SC Members) : $99
Early Bird (General): $119

After April 2 (SC Members) : $129

After April 2 (General): $159

Friday reception only: $49


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