Bizu Getachew has been providing care to people who are old or infirm for most of her life. An immigrant from Ethiopia by way of Bulgaria and a refugee camp in Greece, Getachew settled in Seattle in 1996 soon after winning a U.S. Green Card Lottery. While working at an adult family home in Seattle, she realized that she enjoyed her work and was good at it. That's when she started thinking, "Why don't I have my own business?" Today Getachew and her husband, Tsegaye Mekonnen, own two eldercare homes in Ferndale.
Here in Whatcom County, local business interact with a high percentage of Canadian and international partners and clients. Many employees in Whatcom County are working for businesses owned in full or part by non-US citizens, and our Higher Ed institutions continue to attract talented international students.
Canadian citizens and other internationals have personal, educational and business ties in the US. Many of these international community members are subject to IRS filing requirements.