Small Business Development Center

Government Contracting


Safer, Stronger, Together: Your health and safety is our priorityThe “Safer. Stronger. Together.” campaign supports our local businesses to reopen safely. The campaign brings businesses together to learn and problem-solve the best ways to follow public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Participating businesses have pledged to follow health and safety guidelines, so you know they are doing their part to keep you safe. You can find campaign materials, additional resources, and more information at

The “Safer. Stronger. Together.” campaign was produced through a partnership between the Whatcom County Health Department and the Port of Bellingham’s Regional Economic Partnership, in collaboration with Chambers of Commerce, Whatcom County Tourism, and Downtown Business Partnerships. It’s a part of the work of the COVID-19 Employer Support Task Force.

Government Contracting

Grow Your Business by Selling to Government Agencies

Government procurement is big business. Federal, state and local government agencies buy a LOT of goods and services that can often be a great way from small businesses to grow.

Using certifications as a marketing strategy for winning bids on government contracts can be very advantageous and lucrative.

With the right amount of preparation, the application process itself usually is not that difficult, just time consuming.

The bigger issues is trying to determine which certification, or certifications are best suited for your company? There are so many to consider – Minority or Woman Owned Business, 8A, etc. We often hear….."Which one is better? Should I just get them all?" While we cannot answer that question for you, we can certainly help you understand where government contracting might fit as part of your overall marketing strategy.

We also partner with Washington PTAC and host office hours for their counselor serving Whatcom County business here at the SBDC once per month, usually the 3rd Friday of each month (check our calendar for updated scheduling information).