Get to Know Our Sponsors:
Alpha Technologies Inc., a member of The Alpha Group, provides the broadband and renewable energy industries with the most technologically advanced and cost-effective powering solutions available. Alpha’s innovative solutions are designed for reliability and efficiency, helping to maximize network availability to support advanced service offering delivery and revenue opportunities.
Widely used in cable television, communications and data networks worldwide, Alpha products have earned a reputation for superior performance. Alpha provides a full line of power products, services, software and consulting including standby, non-standby and uninterruptible power supplies, surge suppressors, enclosures, batteries, communication gateways, construction and maintenance services, network monitoring software and energy consulting. Learn more about Alpha at www.alpha.com/.
The National Cybersecurity Training & Education (NCyTE) Center advances cybersecurity education in the U.S. by investing in technological innovation, resources, professional development and tools to support faculty, community colleges and the workforce pipeline of tomorrow. Learn more about NCyTE Center at ncyte.net.
About: We are a pattern discovery company. We find novel patterns in complex data that cannot be discovered using conventional techniques or tools, even on exascale computers. Check out our One-Pager handout to find out more about who we are, why we focus on pattern discovery, and how we’re different. Read our Frequently Asked Questions to get answers on common questions about our company and technology.
We are not just another machine learning or AI company: we developed a proprietary, end-to-end system for generating new hypotheses and insights from data to help you transform your research or business. Our hypothesis-generating engine is prompting new ways of assessing and solving some of the most difficult and entrenched problems in medical research.
Our early results are helping us forge partnerships with world-class organizations and experts in oncology, systems biology, precision medicine, and microbiome research. Our platform is generating results that aim to advance industry standards in areas such as breast cancer prognostics and the detection of healthy versus disease-state pathways in microbiome and human gut disorders.
How exactly are we doing it? What techniques or algorithms have we developed? Ah, now that’s our secret sauce. We will talk about our results, though – you can check out our newest insights here.
Port of Bellingham
The Port of Bellingham’s mission is to promote sustainable economic development and to retain and attract livable wage jobs and to assist businesses, entrepreneurs, and local organizations to thrive. We work with our partners to create a thriving community for al and have expertise in financing, planning, and technology to help you start, develop, or grow your business.
What We Do:
- Promote Whatcom County as a great place to live, work and do business.
- Connect businesses with economic development services and skilled workforce resources.
- Assist businesses with the creation of Federal Trade Zones (FTZ), site identification and selection.
- Work with our partners in Canada to help enhance and grow cross border trade opportunities.
- Work collaboratively with our local and regional partners to create a vibrant community of higher education learning, prosperous agricultural lands, high tech businesses, marine manufacturing, and local food processing.
Visit our Choose Whatcom page to see how we can help your business start, grow, or expand.
Saturna Capital, manager of the Amana, Saturna Sustainable, Sextant and Idaho Tax-Exempt funds, uses years of investment experience to aid investors in navigating today’s volatile markets. Founded in 1989 by professionals with extensive experience, Saturna has helped individuals and institutions build wealth, earn income, and preserve capital.
Saturna’s deep-rooted belief in value investing shines through in the quality of our investments. We don’t follow trends, we analyze opportunities. Years of experience have given Saturna financial strength and stability. Most important to Saturna’s success, however, is our clients’ success. We believe that our clients’ interest always come first. Perhaps this is why our client relationships span so many years.
At Saturna, we believe in making your investment dollars work hard for you. Toward this end, Saturna strives to not only offer the best investment opportunities from mutual funds to IRAs, but to match those sound investments with superior customer service. Find out more about Saturna Capital at saturna.com.
Sole Graphics is a Bellingham, WA based website design and development company. Our passion is creating clean, functional websites. We manage just about anything a new or existing business would need for design, marketing, website development and hosting to highly specialized programming and database needs.
We thoroughly enjoy graphic design and website development challenges. Whether you are looking for a place to get started, clean aesthetics, user interface solutions, complex backend-solutions or scalable website hosting needs, we can help get you squared away. Aside from our in-house team, we partner with other talented companies and indviduals on a per project basis if there’s anything you need outside of our range of services. We’ve got you covered from start to finish. Find out more at solegraphics.com.
Strategic News Service (SNS)
About: The Strategic News Service™ is the world’s most reliable source of advanced information at the intersection of technology and economics. Its publicly graded prediction rate in these areas is unmatched, and its success in pointing out critically important new strategic issues to global thought leaders – often in their own areas of expertise – is well-established. This is why Bill Gates, Paul Jacobs, Justin Rattner, Michael Dell, Elon Musk, Paul Ricci, Bill Janeway, and many other global intellectual, policy, and business leaders have become SNS members.
Since its 1995 inception, SNS has evolved into a global force, expressed partly through a remarkable membership, which works in three modes: to research and describe missing strategic insights into what is happening now, to accurately predict what is to be expected in the next 3-5 years, and to rally interest in accelerating the benign trends that matter most. In this way, together we have led a movement beginning with unbiased research in computing and communications, into global integration of markets and trends, and culminating in appropriate actions.
We believe that technology drives the global economy. For that reason, SNS finds its work now at the center of leverage for global leaders in every economic and policy segment. Active areas of discussion include: Computing, Communications, Cleantech, Security and Economic Cyberwar, Climate Change, Education, Finance, Fixing Healthcare, Ocean Health, Energy, Cloud Infrastructure, and more.
Varvid’s origins trace back to 2002 when CEO and Founder Aaron Booker used his IT expertise to help filmmaking friends webcast a local rock concert in Bellingham, WA. Running Quicktime Streaming Server on equipment in his data center, Aaron streamed a 240×180 pixel size video to 150 viewers in the US and Japan. In 2003, we secured our first major client, Wizards of the Coast, and became the established streaming solution for Magic: The Gathering’s Pro Tour, an annual series of tournaments held in cities across the globe. Since then, Varvid has provided media production services internationally for events in the accounting, entertainment, eSports, healthcare, IT, and non-profit industries.
We don’t follow the old school broadcasting model of pricing out projects with the most expensive equipment and crews we possibly can, and we’re passionate about providing our clients with the right solution that meets their needs. With our background in both the IT and Media Production industries, we’re always integrating new hardware and software solutions into our workflow to deliver an incredible show for our clients at a competitive price. Find out more about Varvid at varvid.com.
Veritas Media Productions
Veritas Media specializes in video production for businesses and nonprofits. We work with our clients to find ways that video content can support every aspect of their business, from sales and marketing to customer support and internal training. We’ve helped scores of local organizations create compelling content that produces measurable results.
In addition to our production services, we operate Studio V, a meeting space and soundstage at 1213 Cornwall Ave. The space is available to rent (discounts available to TAG members) and is an incredible venue for gatherings in the heart of downtown Bellingham. In 2019 Veritas Media launched Bellingham Tonight, a local talk show with a focus on creating community through conversations. All of the content is community supported and free to watch.
WECU, founded in 1936, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative where members are encouraged to save and borrow responsibly. WECU membership is open to all individuals that live, work, worship or attend school in Washington state, or are a relative of a current WECU member. All WECU members, regardless of financial status, have an equal stake in the ownership of the credit union. WECU employees support a mission of making a meaningful difference in the lives of all members. Learn more about WECU by visiting wecu.com.
Western Washington University
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference. Washington Monthly Magazine lists Western as the top public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about Western Washington University at wwu.edu.
Whatcom Community College
Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. According to the Aspen Institute (2016), WCC is rated among the top nine community and technical colleges in the state and recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976. Learn more about WCC at whatcom.edu.
Anvil is a 100% ESOP-owned corporation providing full-service engineering, design, procurement, and project management services to the refining and petrochemical industries. We were founded in 1971 on a belief that when service providers meet or exceed client expectations, they will be rewarded with more work.
For 49 years, Anvil has forged relationships, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence, and delivered successful and quality engineering, procurement, and project management services. Anvil serves clients throughout the Western and Central U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and provides niche services to projects throughout the U.S. and globally.
We are One Anvil – With full-service branches in Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, and Washington, we promote a “One Anvil” concept in all offices. “One Anvil” ensures we seamlessly execute projects and programs across offices, providing consistent, documented quality services regardless of office location. Learn more about Anvil Corporation at anvilcorp.com.
Today, more than 125,000 authorized users at nearly 6,000 civilian Fire/Rescue and EMS agencies of all sizes – plus 165 DoD/military installations worldwide and large entities with self-contained Fire & EMS services like NASA, nuclear power plants, hospitals and oil refineries – use Emergency Reporting, but we started small. Established in 2003 by Dave Adams and Adrian Mintz, Emergency Reporting was envisaged to streamline reporting for fire (NFIRS) and emergency medical services (EMS), then grew to include complete records management solutions (RMS).
Company-wide our employees have over 496 years of Fire and EMS service. Since the beginning, our founders knew that with simple, easy to use, intuitive software solutions we could help make incident reporting more efficient, help the brass defend agency budgets, and build the case for more funding. We’re proud to say we’ve accomplished this and more, including increased safety for both first responders and the communities they serve.” Learn more about Emergency Reporting at explore.emergencyreporting.com.
Founded in 1992, Faithlife Corporation publishes and creates electronic tools and resources for Bible study. It is most well known as the creator of Logos Bible Software, but also publishes tools and resources under a number of other brands, and partners with more than 200 publishers to offer over 40,000 Christian ebooks available to users of its software.
Located in Bellingham, Faithlife is a tech company using technology to equip the Church to grow in the light of the Bible. This is the mission behind everything Faithlife makes—from Bible software, to Christian books, to mobile apps, and more. Learn more about Faithlife at faithlife.com.
Peoples Bank has assets of over $1.6 billion and 25 branches across Western Washington, offering a full relationship banking experience. For our personal banking customers, this includes flexible checking and savings accounts, personal loans, and expert investment and planning services. For our commercial clients, our business banking services are designed to improve the efficiency and growth of your operation through a full range of accounts, business loans, merchant services, and treasury management services. We also offer a suite of sophisticated mobile and online banking tools on par with any national bank’s offering.
Our history, outstanding employees, and enduring core values are the pillars of our Bank. They unify our team to serve beyond what is expected to make a difference in the lives and businesses of our customers. Over the years we have learned that delivering on our promise, “A Higher Level of Service,” always starts and ends with people. We are a proud member of the local communities in which we operate, and we are honored to serve your banking needs. Learn more about Peoples Bank at peoplesbank-wa.com.
Principal is a global financial services organization, currently ranked 201 on the Fortune 500. For the 19th consecutive year, we’ve been named to IDG Computerworld 2020 Best Places to Work in IT, ranking number 32 among large companies. Discover, grow, and thrive as part of a team that supports you—within a dynamic organization that’s been around for more than 140 years. We know that our success depends on every person’s unique experiences, background, and talents. That’s one reason we’re included in the top 10 of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. Learn more about Principal at principal.com.
VSH Certified Practicing Accountants
Established in 1997, VSH has built a legacy as the leading Bellingham, WA, firm because of its dedication to respecting clients, a traditional business approach and its highly experienced professional staff. VSH is a 40+ person firm led by partners Robert Sytsma, Kathy Herndon, Jessica Waggoner, Chris Sullivan, and Mark Roetcisoender. Each bring to the table their own specialties and areas of expertise, but all are spirited entrepreneurs with the passion and knowledge to run a successful CPA firm.
Ask yourself: When was the last time you looked at what’s behind your bottom line? How do you track and manage cash flow? Do you know how your business practices drive those numbers? How accurate is your profit forecast? What are your key performance indicators? Are you positioned to do business in the global marketplace? Is your business structured to reap optimum tax savings?
These are just a few of the broad range of domestic and cross-border business advisory services we provide. Business owners often don’t realize how decisions they make today can have long-term financial and tax implications. We are here to help you navigate those decisions, working proactively to help you plan ahead for personal financial health and a profitable business forecast. We are a dynamic and responsive firm with expertise to help you grow and prosper. Find out more about VSH at vshcpa.com.
Castle Law Firm
About: Castle Law Firm is committed to helping local businesses successfully confront issues ranging from employment, insurance, sales, contracts, creditors, formation, dissolution, acquisitions, corporate governance, and much more. We represent businesses inside and outside the technology sector, helping draft documents in order to prevent litigation and fighting for them in the midst of lawsuits. And unlike other law firms, Castle Law Firm maintains a select low-volume clientele list so that you will always be able to quickly reach your attorney directly. With our broad range of services and experience, we at Castle Law Firm have your business needs covered.
Contact: Ryan Castle
Based in Bellingham, WA, HeartbeatRM provides easy-to-use tools for remotely tracking and managing computers and IoT devices from the cloud.
Born out of necessity in 2018 by a pair of software engineers and system admins, HeartbeatRM fills the gap in the market for an all-in-one solution to catalog and manage devices with minimal effort, complexity and cost. Our web-based management interface and cloud-hosted infrastructure means it’s available when and where you need it, without any barriers to entry. Whether you have 10 computers or 10,000, HeartbeatRM is easy enough for someone without IT experience, yet powerful enough for seasoned professionals. Take us for a test drive at HeartbeatRM.com.
Pacific IT Support
About: Pacific IT provides IT services to small businesses. We partner with our clients to manage their entire technology infrastructure, both local and cloud services. We strive to set our level of value apart from our competition. We believe that we can help technology be a bridge to success, instead of tool of frustration. Our company is built on five distinct areas of service. Professional Services, Centralized Services, Help Desk, Technology Alignment and vCIO. This creates a system of coordinate which provides a complete support experience. This coupled with our sincere desire to exceed our clients’ expectations completes are unique value proposition.
Contact: Erik McFrazier
PogoZone was founded in 2002 in Bellingham, WA, to provide high speed internet access for businesses and homes in the area. Using a combination of fiber optic networks and high speed wireless internet, PogoZone has quickly grown to be one of the premier internet service providers in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
Since 2008, we have dramatically expanded our service not only to cover more parts of Whatcom County, but to increase the variety of services we offer. We have added wireless internet towers to major points of both Whatcom and Skagit county, while improving our fiber optic network to serve major cities in both counties. For our business customers, we’ve added in telephone systems, co-location facilities, support for enterprise services, and more. Find out more about PogoZone at pogozone.com.
About: Lang Consulting, founded by Virginia Lang in 1997, specializes in planning, training and development for nonprofit organizations and helps nonprofit professionals and board members develop their leadership skills in the areas of communication, fundraising, outreach, board/ staff development and volunteer management. Ginny works nationally with nonprofits and individual private clients. As an accomplished speaker and teacher, she also leads business and nonprofit workshops at Whatcom Community College and is a core trainer with the Washington Nonprofits Training Institute.
Contact: Ginny Lang