The BBJ Planner | December 2012

Featured networking and business education events for December 2012.

Ways to manage stormwater—Dec. 5

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is inviting mobile-cleaning businesses and others interesting in learning more about stormwater pollution to attend a workshop covering effective ways of prevention and mitigation.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Whatcom Transit Authority Conference Room, 4111 Bakerview Spur Road.

A second workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the city library in Burlington.

Both workshops cover the same information.

Participants will learn why stormwater pollution is a problem, the difference between stormwater and wastewater, easy steps to prevent pollution and how to report spills. Workshops will also include an outdoor demonstration of best management practices in action at a nearby site.

Attendees are asked to pre-register with Lee First: or 360-733-8307.

Refreshments will be provided for registered attendees.

Whatcom’s first Tech Awards—Dec. 7

The Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington will host its first ever “Tech Awards” as part of its annual holiday luncheon on Friday, Dec. 7, at Bellingham Technical College.

Awards will be given in four categories: Most Innovative New Technology, Product or Service; Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership; Rising Star; and Technology Leader of Tomorrow.

“We have a very vibrant tech community right here in Whatcom County,” said Sommer Cronck, TAG’s executive director. We want to highlight all of the great things happening here in technology and look forward to showcasing the best and the brightest in our industry through these awards.”

The awards event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Registration closes Dec. 5.

Interested individuals should visit for more information.

Holiday Port Festival—Dec. 7-9

The Holiday Port Festival, a free, family-friendly event, will be held Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

The festival is the Port of Bellingham’s signature event for the community.

Events include:

– Art activities with Allied Arts’ teaching artist

– Fire truck and horse-drawn wagon rides

– Free cookies and hot apple cider

– Free performances by local choirs, bands and dancers

– Gingerbread house display

– Visits with Santa and Ms. Claus, with the option to purchase photos from Turner Photographics

There will also be a food drive to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank.

More information can be found online at

Laying out health reform—Dec. 13

The first installment of The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2013 speaker series will focus on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on business.

The presentation, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Lakeway Inn and Conference Center, will feature Tessa Ebbesen and Charles Marcks of VSH Certified Public Accountants.

Ebbesen and Marcks will discuss the latest developments of health care reform, including a timeline of the various changes in the new law and how those changes could affect businesses and individuals, including penalties for noncompliance.

“We want to present an easy-to-understand timeline of what the act means for businesses and the dates that business owners need to be aware of,” said Diana Duggan, marketing director for VSH.

The cost for the event is $25 for chamber members, and $35 for nonmembers.

Reservations can be made at or by calling the chamber at 360-734-1330.

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