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Posted on: August 20, 2018

Port Celebrates Strong Economy with New and Expanding Businesses - Marine Trades Leads the Way

This year is off to a strong start with new and expanding businesses locating at the Port. Over 250 businesses operate on Port property and provide essential employment to Whatcom County. The Port’s Real Estate Division supports economic development and job creation by recruiting new business to Port land and buildings and by working with existing businesses to maintain and expand local commerce as well as to further strengthen our relationship with the Marine Trades. 

New Businesses:

  • Arvidson Marine Surveyors & Documentation Services: Marine survey and vessel documentation—Marina Square, Squalicum Harbor.
  • Bellwether Dental Cosmetic Dentistry: High-end Cosmetic dentistry—Bayview Center.
  • Ideal Wellness: Health and wellness services—Bayview Center
  • Interior Doors & More: Home finishes, doors, molding cabinetry and hardware—Airport Industrial Park.
  • Kim Wiley Therapy: Family and child mental health therapy—Bayview Center.
  • King Health Associates: Health care—Harbor Center Building, Squalicum Harbor
  • Lakeside Marine: Boat storage and dock construction—Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park.
  • Livingspectrum Music: Music lessons and recording—Harbor Mall, Squalicum Harbor
  • Moondance Kayak: Guided sea kayak adventures—Bellingham Cruise Terminal.
  • Omni Property Management: Real estate services and property management—Bellwether.
  • On-Board Marine Services: Marine engine repair and vessel maintenance—Marina Square, Squalicum Harbor.
  • Washington Divers: Scuba diving center—Marina Square, Squalicum Harbor.

Expanding Businesses:

  • LFS, Inc: Fishing, marine and outdoor supply company—F Street
  • Bellingham Cold Storage: Full service public warehousing – F Street
  • NW Explorations: Yacht Charters, brokerage and maintenance—Marina Square, Squalicum Harbor
  • San Juan Sailing: Yacht sales and charters- Squalicum Esplanade, Squalicum Harbor
  • Top to Bottom: Commercial diving and yacht repair services—Harbor Mall, Squalicum Harbor

Many of these new and expanding businesses are from the marine trade sector and are benefiting from the Water Reliant Commercial Marine Rental Policy which was developed in cooperation with the Working Waterfront Coalition and approved by the Port Commission in 2017.  This policy enhances economic development and the promotion and growth of the marine trades industries that rely upon marine access for their business.

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