2019 TAG Bash Scholarship

This is the 15th year TAG has raised money for student scholarships for tech students at Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University! Impact a student’s life by making a donation today!

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NW Tech Women
Co-Working Afternoon
Thursday, May 30 @ 3pm-5pm

Woods Coffee – Flatiron

Come spend an afternoon coworking with us at Woods Coffee! Many of us in the community are remote workers, and would enjoy some in-person company from time to time. This event is intended to be more productive than social, however. Bring a project to work on and get out of the house for a coffee and some light conversation!



Northwest Innovation Resource Center
The Importance of Partnerships for a Growing Startup
Wednesday, June 5 @ 12pm-1:30pm


Startups that form partnerships can significantly minimize growing pains and maximize their strengths. A startup with strategic partnerships has greater flexibility to focus on their innovating ideas, inventions, and products―while receiving access to resources needed to build their company. Ideally a partnership brings together two entities with similar strategic goals. In the best partnerships, each partner brings something to the relationship that the other needs.

The NWIRC has invited Ian Bergman, Managing Director, Americas, at Microsoft for Startups to talk about the importance of partnerships for growing startups.

Ian works on a global stage with innovating world-changing startups. To say he loves what he does only hints at his passionate advocacy for startups. He’ll talk about new technology tools for the digital economy and share how startups benefit when they access and use them to build and grow their business.


Greater Seattle Partners & Bureau of Industry & Security
Complying with US Export Controls
June 5 – 6 
Embassy Suites, Lynwood

If you’re involved in exporting or you hire and/or have foreign national visitors accessing controlled technology at any US location, make sure you’re up to date with current U.S. export control requirements and receive training certification. This one-of-a-kind program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).


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Bellingham Public Library
Tech Basics Coaching
Wednesday, June 5 and June 19 @ 2pm-4pm
Central Library

Contribute to our community by becoming a Volunteer Tech Helper!

The Bellingham Public Library offers free, weekly, one-on-one coaching sessions with Volunteer Tech Helpers on basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Office products, Internet searching, using a tablet or eReader, setting up and using email, Facebook or other social media accounts, and downloading or streaming free Library digital material to your computer, tablet, or mobile device.


Whatcom Community College
Student Showcase
Thursday, June 6 @ 3pm-5pm

Syre Student Center @ WCC

Students will present their original work from a wide-variety of disciplines including science, technology, engineering, math, art, humanities, and world languages. Many of the projects are research-based, and will feature findings in marine biology, oceanography, chemistry, anthropology, and geology. There will also be TED Talk style presentations, podcasts, improv and dance performances, engineering demonstrations, and a student publication display. The community is encouraged to attend. Parking at WCC is free

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bellingham.codes – May Meeting
Thursday, June 6 @ 6:30pm-9pm
Bellingham Makerspace

bellingham.codes next monthly meeting is on Thursday, June 6 at Bellingham Makerspace at 6:30pm.

bellingham.codes is a social group dedicated to growing the local developer community.


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Bellingham Linux User Group (BLUG) – May Meeting
Thursday, June 6 @ 6:30pm-9pm
Campus Center CC201 @ BTC

BLUG’s next monthly meeting is on Thursday, May 2 at Bellingham Technical College in Campus Center CC201.


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TAG Whatcom IT Professionals – May Meeting
Friday, June 7 @ 6pm-8pm
Plain English Technology Services

Whatcom IT Professionals (WITP) will hold its sixth meeting on Friday, June 7 from 6pm to 8pm at Plain English Technology Services.

WITP is a group geared toward local business IT professionals to grow, share and explore the technical side of the business while maintaining a social atmosphere between established and new people of the industry. Topics will range from Networking, Servers, Documentation, Programming, Web Development and Customer Relations. Other minor topics may include trending IT related news within the industry. Plain English Technology Services is WITP’s primary sponsor.



Sustainable Connections
Solarize For Smart Business Workshops
June 12 – Anacortes

Sustainable Connections announces the first ever Solarize For Smart Business! Three workshops will be held in May and June to help businesses lower their utility bills and green their energy use. Limited time tax credits and grants are available for businesses in Whatcom and Skagit counties and Sustainable Connections is working with two of the best local solar installers to offer low competitive pricing for this special event.

Learn about incentives, grants, financing, and payback periods to help you save big. Regardless of if you own or rent your building, receive free assistance to streamline the process and take advantage of these limited time opportunities. Join Sustainable Connections for a free lunch to learn about the benefits of energy efficiency and special incentives available for your business.


Arduino Meeting
Friday, June 14 @ 6pm-8pm
Bellingham Makerspace

Meet, share ideas, experiences, project, and code for Arduino-based electronics.



GenCyber Camp
Middle School: July 8-12 and July 15-19
High School: July 8-12

Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College is once again offering its popular GenCyber camps for middle and high school students who want to explore cybersecurity, a rapidly growing, high demand field in the US and worldwide. Participants will learn through hands-on computer activities how cybersecurity professionals help protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, misuse, and destruction.

The GenCyber camps are offered at no cost to participants. Funding is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation through GenCyber grant.

Applications are due to WCC by May 31, 2019.




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ITL Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, June 12 @ 12pm-1pm

Brandywine Kitchen

For more information about TAG’s IT Professionals group contact Brian Bunke

Bellingham Chamber of Commerce
Speaker Series: Fraud
Thu, Jun 20 @ 7:30am
Bellingham Golf & Country Club

The Chamber is very excited to present the next Chamber Speaker Series: Fraud Seminar with a panel of experts to help educate fellow business leaders on the growing threat of internal and external fraud.
The panel will be moderated by Michael Burke, US Bank – Senior Vice President, and the panel of experts will include:
Joyce Eschliman, US Bank – Treasury Management Partner
Sooraj Sall, VSH CPAs – Manager
Trevor Sherwood, VSH CPAs – Assurance Manager
Detective Darla Wagner, Bellingham Police Department
Meg Weber, VSH CPAs – Director of Business Development

NextTech Monthly Meeting
Thu, Jun 20 @ 6:30pm

Whidbey Coffee – Burlington

The mission of NextTech is to facilitate the continued growth of our vibrant tech community through informative, yet fun events. We welcome all walks of technology be it anything from programming to manufacturing the first time traveling machine! This is an open group that meets once a month to gather and discuss the latest technology trends, economic impacts, challenges and success.


Downtown Bellingham
2019 Mayoral Forum
Wednesday, June 19 @ 6:30pm – 8pm

The Rotunda Room – Whatcom Museum Old City Hall

Our city is about to elect a new mayor, so join us at our 2019 Mayoral Forum! Find out what each candidate has to say about Downtown; from continuing the positive changes happening in the district to their plans to address challenges related to economic development, social issues and housing. This event is free and open to the public.

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