The BBJ Planner | October 2012

Upcoming business education and networking opportunities for October.

Putting materials to new use (Oct. 3)  

This free workshop includes a discussion of incorporating reclaimed building materials in construction projects. It will explore successful elements of using reclaimed materials and barriers that exist in the process.

Panel members include Kurt Gisclair of the RE Store, Ian Rae of Chuckanut Builders, Brandin Sears of Duluth Timber and Rob Staveland of Aiki Homes.

The event takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Chuckanut Builders’ office, 1326 N. State St. in downtown Bellingham. It will be followed by a meeting of the local networking group Bellingham Green Drinks.

Finding hurdles to small business (Oct. 18) 

The Washington Policy Center is holding a series of small-business forums throughout the state between September and December. A forum in Bellingham will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Bellingham Sportsplex.

It is co-presented by the Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business Pulse Magazine and the Northwest Business Club, and it is part of the Northwest Business Expo and Technology Showcase.

Forums will include discussions on regulatory reform, health care and other topics.

“These forums are a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about and engage on the biggest obstacles to a healthy economy in Washington,” said Erin Shannon, director of the WPC’s Center for Small Business.

“But these aren’t just about listening, we want active participation, which is why we’ll be gathering feedback from people on the ‘front lines’ of running a business. That’s a perspective desperately needed in Olympia.”

More information and registration are available online at

Essentials of flood insurance (Oct. 22-23)

The Unity Group Insurance is hosting two free workshops on the essentials of flood insurance. Certified floodplain manager Ron Abbene will be flying in from Arizona to teach the courses.

Sessions will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, and from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 110 Unity St. in Bellingham.

Topics include: flood-zone determination, mandatory purchase agreements and coverage requirements. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event.

“We feel it’s necessary to provide education to local lenders and realtors regarding flood insurance,” said Amelia Mendenhall, personal insurance agent with the Unity Group. “The goal is to prepare these individuals so they can be a better resource to buyers in our area.”

For more information, visit

Downtown trick-or-treats (Oct. 31.) 

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership is inviting families with children to attend the annual Downtown Trick or Treat from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

More than 100 downtown merchants will “scare up” an array of in-store treats for kids dressed in costumes.

Trick-or-treat posters will be placed on the doors and windows of participating businesses.

Guide maps will be available during the last week of October at participating stores, at the Downtown Visitor Center at 114 W. Magnolia St., Suite 105, or at

The partnership is a nonprofit organization that advocates for a vibrant downtown core in the city of Bellingham.

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