The BBJ Planner, September 2012

Take a tour down on the farm—Sept.8 

As the premier event of Bellingham’s September Eat Local Month, the Whatcom County Farm Tour offers a free, self-guided trek through 11 of the county’s family-owned farms.

The tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, includes educational and interactive activities at each stop such as guided tours of Edelweiss Dairy, train rides and vodka tasting at BelleWood Acres, a compost demo at Farmer Ben’s and a chance to win prizes with a Farm Tour passport.

Visitors are encouraged to bring cash for farm products and a cooler to keep purchased foods fresh throughout the day. Three self-guided bicycle routes can be found at Visitors with dogs are asked to leave them at home.

For descriptions and locations of all the Farm Tour stops, pick up the Farm Tour/ Eat Local Month Guide, available at Community Food Co-op stores, local farmers markets, visitors centers, Village Books or at

Doing business with government—Sept. 12

The city of Bellingham and the Port of Bellingham host a free business forum, titled “Doing Business with Local Government,” allowing local business owners and operators to learn about contracting and procurement opportunities with various government agencies in Bellingham, Whatcom County and beyond.

The forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal at 355 Harris Ave.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of government agencies to learn how each agency’s purchasing process works and how to get their businesses listed on the various procurement rosters.

No pre-registration is required to attend the forum.

For more information, contact Joan Cady, the city’s purchasing superintendent,  at 360-778-7700 or

Protecting your online reputation—Sept. 20

The Building Industry Association of Washington, along with Local MarketSense, hosts a webinar from 1-1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, covering how business owners can protect their online reputations from unhappy customers, angry employees and unethical competitors.

“Erase ‘Graffiti’-Protecting Your Reputation Online,” costs $5 for BIAW members, and $10 for nonmembers. Register online at

Tech stomp for scholarships—Sept. 27

The Technology Alliance Group  for Northwest Washington hosts Tech Stomp from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Proceeds from Tech Stomp support scholarships to students in technology programs at local colleges and universities.

The event will be held in the Academic Instruction Building on the campus of WWU.

Tech Stomp costs $30 for TAG members, and $40 for nonmembers Email Sommer Cronck at for more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

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