Bellingham Business Journal

BBJ Today

The first issue of the Bellingham Business Journal was published in November 1992. On page 2 of that inaugural edition (then known as the Business Journal of Bellingham/Whatcom County), publisher Al Raines wrote that local business professionals needed “a publication that will keep them abreast of what’s going on in the business environment around them.” Today, the Bellingham Business Journal is just that: the paper where business leaders turn for vital news and commentary that identifies market trends and focuses on new business opportunities relevant to Whatcom County. The BBJ provides timely information to help your business grow, and caters to the area’s diverse mix of industries, including the high-tech, business, education and retail sectors.

Sound Earned 275 Industry Awards in 2017!

In all, Sound Publishing won 275 industry awards in 2017. Sound secured 261 awards from the 2017 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest (including 94 first place winners and 6 for General Excellence), five Blethen Awards for Distinguished Journalism from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Awards and three Northwest Photo Awards from the Associated Press.


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Source: U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year)


Circulation Comparison

ZipZip NameBellingham Business Journal
Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q3, 2017), U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey

We couldn’t be happier with our relationship with the Bellingham Business Journal. Their readership is exactly the customer we are seeking to build our business. The staff at the BBJ is prompt and professional and the content is always poignant and relevant to what is happening in Whatcom county.
Cassie Lupien
Owner Rhapsody Marketing