The BBJ Planner | August networking and education opportunities

Improving your cash flow—Aug. 14

Adam Hill and Charles Marcks from VSH CPAs present an overview of cash-flow forecasting and management for businesses at The Unity Group’s Monthly Brew series.

The free seminar, hosted by The Unity Group from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, will help attendees learn how cash flow management affects all aspects of business, including a company’s response to competitor activities, unforeseen emergencies and growth opportunities.

To register for the event, visit the Eventbrite registration page at

Finding ideal customers online—Aug. 16

The Building Industry Association of Washington, in coordination with Local Marketsense, hosts a webinar from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, designed to help participants learn the best methods to target ideal clients online.

The webinar will cover ways to identify potential clients online, find out what they are using the Internet to search for and target their interests to generate business.

Registration is $5 for BIAW members and $10 for nonmembers. Find out more at

Savor a Bite of Bellingham—Aug. 18 

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership hosts the 7th annual Bite of Bellingham from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, on the 1300 block of Cornwall Ave.

The event, presented by Portionables, features a selection of more than 20 Bellingham-area restaurants, with cuisine ranging from Cajun and pub-fare to modern American and Chinese.

“The Bite of Bellingham continues to be one of Bellingham’s premier summer events,” said Rob Camandona, Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s executive director. “It’s wonderful to see the community come downtown to support the great food being created locally.”

Admission is free, but food and beverage tickets will be sold at the entrance for $1 each. Tickets can then be exchanged for food or drinks.

Fruit festival with “espalier”—Aug. 18

The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation presents the 4th annual Summer Fruit Festival and Espalier Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

The festival is held at the WSU – Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536 in Mount Vernon. The event features classes and demonstrations on Espalier, the ancient horticultural technique of training fruit trees and grapes to grow flattened in two dimensions.

Topics in classes and demonstrations include the uses of espalier fruit trees, fruit growing in small spaces, selection of appropriate varieties, how to train and care for trees, pruning for harvest quality and quantity and different forms and methods for training.

Lunch will be available from Patty Pan Grill and will feature freshly prepared fare.

Registration – free to WWFRF members, $15 for nonmember singles and $30 for nonmember families – can be done online at or at the event.

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