The BBJ Planner | November 2012

Here’s a few business networking and education opportunities for November.

Big Idea Pitch Fest—Nov. 7

Attendees will have opportunities to vet their ideas against seasoned entrepreneurs and successful business managers during the BIG Idea Lab’s Pitch Fest event at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 114 E. Chestnut St. in Bellingham.

Promising pitchers will have a shot to win a full membership at the BIG Idea Lab, up to three months of free coworking space and the chance to receive investments.

Pitches will be selected at random through a business-card drawing prior to the event. Those chosen will have three minutes to share their idea with a panel of judges without the aid of slides, notecards or other props.

The panel will ask questions and give feedback, then select the winning pitch.

More information is online at:

Get a leg up on the job hunt—Nov. 8

Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University’s Business Career Fair, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the MAC Gym of the Wade King Student Recreation Center. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by WWU’s College of Business and Economics and Career Services Center, the Business Career Fair provides opportunities for students and alumni of all majors to discuss internship and employment possibilities with participating organizations.

Attendees looking to build a business-focused social media profile will be able to take advantage of the “Get Linked In” photo booth from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For a complete listing of participating employers and information about how to prepare for the fair, visit

For more information about this event, visit the Career Services Center offices in Old Main 280 or call 360-650-3240.

Living building challenge—Nov. 8

With a focus on sustainable design and construction, Sustainable Connections is partnering with the Northwest American Institute of Architects to co-host a regional green building and smart growth conference on Nov. 8 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

The event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will center around the Living Building Challenge, a design certification program that looks at development in a variety of performance areas. A line-up of conference speakers is available online at

For members of Sustainable Connections, the Northwest American Institute of Architects and the Cascadia Green Building Council, registration costs $105. For general admission, registration is $115.

Contact Rose Lathrop at for more information.

Peace Builders Awards—Nov. 16  

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center invites the community to help honor the 2012 Peace Builder Award winners at the 10th annual Peace Builder Awards Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Majestic in Bellingham.

Tickets are available online at, or at the WDRC office, Village Books, Boundary Bay and the downtown Community Food Co-op.

Attendees can enjoy music form Lindsay Street, Boundary Bay Brewery will provide appetizers and drinks, and the Upfront Theatre will perform improvisational comedy. For more information contact Ellie Rogers at 360-676-0122.

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