Ferndale Chamber Diamond Jubilee Banquet


Come one, come all to celebrate the Chamber’s 60th Anniversary!

The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their Annual General Meeting, Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet, held on January 21 from 5-9 p.m. at The Event Center at the Silver Reef.

The event will feature a silent auction to benefit local scholarships, as well as an award ceremony where Chamber Members will be honored with various awards from Volunteer of the Year to Member of the Year.

Be sure to RSVP in order to reserve your seat no later than January 19.  Tickets are $35 each and $280 for a table of 8.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting sponsor, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery,

Awards sponsor, Starvin’ Sam’s Mini Mart

Evening sponsor, People’s Bank

Supporting Sponsor, Pete’s Auto Repair


Shop Local Contest Brings in $30,000


The ‘Tis the Season to Shop Local contest was a great success, with $30,000 in punch cards turned in between November 27 and December 21!

With 20 participating business, we were able to hold drawings and give away 20 prizes valued at $25 each to those who turned in punch cards, along with a grand prize of a $700 ring from Borthwick Jewelery & Coin Inc., for a total of $1,200 given back to those who shopped locally in Ferndale.

We believe this event will only grow in years to come and thank all of the businesses who were a part of the contest, as well as everyone who shopped locally.

Members of the Quarter



We are new to the community and we have felt so welcomed by our business partners as well by our local community.  Our decision to relocate our family back to Ferndale was pretty easy.  As you know my wife grew up in Ferndale, so for us this was like coming home.  We found out that things have changed in Ferndale since we left 13 years ago.  It is still as small town, but it has grown a lot and I look forward to seeing it continue to mature with the support of the Ferndale Grocery Outlet.

Learn more at: https://groceryoutlet.com/

1750 LaBounty Drive




BPOC Building Services is a locally owned and operated company specializing in commercial janitorial services. We serve a variety of businesses in Whatcom county, both large and small with all their building maintenance needs. From window cleaning to floor care we work with our clients to build a custom building maintenance schedule to meet all their individual needs.


To learn more, or to request a free quote, please visit us at www.bpocservices.com

1920 Main Street, Ste 16



Alcoa is honored to voted Ferndale Chamber of Commerce member of the month for January. Intalco Works has been proud to be part of the community for the past 50 years and to have been part of so many excellent nonprofit partnerships, especially in regards to the environment, education and workforce development.


Learn more at:



4050 Mountain View Road



Welcome New Members: Winter 2016


AlyBlue Media

Oxford Suites Bellingham

Green Century Events

Movement Mortgage

Atlas Computer Works

AMS Print & Mail

Balanced Living Massage & Wellness

The Cheese Shop at Appel Farms

Guardian Security Systems, Inc

Honeysuckle Floral & Gifts

Five Points Appraisals


Whatcom Family Acupuncture

Essential Oil Joy—doTERRA


We are proud to have welcomed 51 new Members in 2015!




Meet Your 2016 Executive Board of Directors!

AdrianPresident, Adrian Hilde of BPOC Services

Adrian Hilde owns and operates BPOC Services, a janitorial, facility services company that has proudly served Whatcom County since 2004.

He has been a Board Member since 2014 and attributes a lot of his success to being a part of the Ferndale Chamber.

Adrian has lived in Whatcom County since 1997. Prior to BPOC Services, he was a commercial fisherman for 11 years, and fish monger for 13 years. Adrian enjoys golfing, cooking and serving his clients.


Sarah Koehler business portrait. Bellingham, WA. © 2014 Mark TurnerVice President, Sarah Koehler of Friends of the Ferndale Library

Sarah has lived in the Ferndale area for over 20 years and has worked for the Whatcom County Library System for 18 yrs. She accepted the Ferndale Branch Manager position in spring of 2008 and quickly began looking for opportunities for the Library to get more involved in the Ferndale community. The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce has been an invaluable connection, giving Sarah the opportunity to promote the many services the Whatcom County Library System offers and the hard work the  Friends of the Ferndale Library.


Tim MillerTreasurer, Tim Miller of PSE Ferndale Generation Station

I grew up in Texas and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.  Following college, I served as an officer in the US Navy for four years. My wife, Diane, and I moved to Whatcom County in 1992.  We specifically chose to live and raise our family here because we value the quality of life and natural beauty the area has to offer. My work brought me to the Ferndale area in 2000 as Plant Manager of the Tenaska Ferndale Cogeneration Station.  I have served as the Board appointed Treasurer for the Chamber since May of 2011.


Pete Harksell, Jr. business portrait. Bellingham, WA. © 2014 Mark Turner

Member at Large, Pete Harksell of Pete’s Auto Repair

I am a lifetime resident of Ferndale/Whatcom County. My wife Nita and I have owned and operated Pete’s Auto Repair in Ferndale for over 20 years. I am an ASE Certified Technician, Certified Parts Specialist and Certified Service Advisor. I have been an active member of the Ferndale Kiwanis for over 30 years, and have been both President and Secretary of the club. I have been a member of the Whatcom Old Settlers Association for the past 35 years, and was President in 1988.


Upcoming Ferndale Events


1—New Years Day

*6—Leading Ladies

*14—Ferndale Power Hour

18—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

*21—Annual Banquet



*3—Leading Ladies

*11—Business Unplugged

14—Valentines Day

15—Presidents’ Day

*17—Membership Luncheon



*2—Leading Ladies

*3—Chamber Member

*10—Ferndale Power Hour

*16—Membership Luncheon

*19—Ferndale Spring Run Off


Confused About ChamberMaster? Let Us Help!

The questions have been flowing in—what is ChamberMaster and how can I best utilize it in order to help my business?

To answer all of your ChamberMaster questions, we have scheduled our March Power Hour to focus on this topic!

Join us March 10th from 3:45-5pm at the Ferndale WECU branch for this education packed event!

We will show you everything from how to create your username and password, to setting up your company Information and registering for events.

Also, don’t miss our January Power Hour featuring CJ Seitz of WWU’s Small Business Development Center who will be talking about setting up your 2016 business plan!

Upcoming Power Hours

January 14—Develop Your Plan for 2016!

March 10—ChamberMaster Demystified!



Board Member Profile–Meet Our Newest Addition!

6c9180e9-4964-4887-bdd1-ddf394a65216My name is Lisa Hanley. I am the marketer for Baker Septic Tank Pumping Inc. and the owner of What A Pane Glass Studio. I have lived and worked locally for the last 11 years. While that chunk of time won’t qualify me as a local, it has certainly given me the opportunity to become quite invested in the welfare of our community. It is for that very reason that I work for Baker Septic, a family owned, 3rd generation led company that has strong roots in Ferndale. We take great pride in delivering excellent service as we take care of our customers, any time, day or night.
I believe that a community’s success stems in large part from thriving businesses, educational opportunities, job creation and enough resources for those in need. I am excited by the prospect of playing an active role as a board member, in any capacity necessary, to help foster Ferndale’s continued growth and wellness. I am especially interested in helping low income families learn about what options are available to them, and lessening any feelings of disenfranchisement they might be experiencing.

Ambassador Spotlight

Julie Farrow BESTWhen I moved my Farmers Insurance agency from Bellingham to Main Street, a year ago, I admit I didn’t know very much about Ferndale.  I decided to join the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and have truly valued its role as a venue for meeting people, finding out about community events and marketing my agency.  
I am proud to be an Ambassador as I believe that a strong, vibrant Chamber is only possible when its members are active.  With such a small staff, and yet such a powerful and broad-reaching mission, it takes all of us to help carry the cause.  
I consider being an Ambassador for the Chamber to be a means to meet more people and discover more about this great community while trying to help build the Chamber’s effectiveness in carrying out its important work.  And I know the more in touch I am with our local businesses and our municipality at large, the better I will be able to serve their insurance needs.

–Julie Farrow, Farmer’s Insurance, Julia Farrow

Upcoming Membership Luncheons


Join us at our Annual Banquet on Thursday, January 21 from 5-8pm at The Event Center at the Silver Reef!

Thanks to our Banquet sponsors, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery, Starvin’ Sam’s Mini Mart, People’s Bank and Pete’s Auto Repair!


Wednesday, February 17



Thanks to our meeting sponsor, Flow Motion!


Wednesday March  16


Speaker to be announced

Meeting sponsorship still available–contact Kelsey for more information!