Success Stories

3 Oms Yoga Studio

Amy Robinson, owner of 3 OmsYoga, grew up in Seattle before moving to Bellingham in 1993 to attend Western Washington University.

While school was the initial reason for her to come to Whatcom County, she soon realized that she couldn’t imagine anywhere better to reside or start a business.

In 2002 Amy developed her love for yoga and, after practicing for 7 years, decided to open her own studio. The original 3 Oms Yoga studio was in a great space but it wasn’t large enough for the growing class sizes.

Jesse Nelson  - Overflow Taps

With the craft beer scene taking off in Whatcom County mixed with a love of giving back, Overflow Taps was born!

Jesse Nelson, Adam Stacey and Josh Libolt are the masterminds behind this local tap house located in Lynden, Washington.

We sat down with Jesse as he explained his motivation in starting a business focused on giving back.

Two years ago, Jesse ran across a video that sparked his interest in Charity: Water.

Rick Dubrow - Owner, A-1 Builders

“For small businesses who can’t afford a CFO or financial advisor, it’s magical having resources like SBDC to help out” is what Rick Dubrow, owner of A-1 Builders, shared with us on a recent visit.

Rick specialized in airport noise abatement before switching his focus to secondary education with a focal point on biology. Western Washington University is what lead the New York native to Whatcom County.

Bellingham has been home to A-1 Builders since1955, although its roots have been traced back as far as 1928.

Kat and Ed DeVaney, owners, Bellingham Wind Works

"People tend to have the passion but not the business knowledge." That's what the young owners of Bellingham Wind Works shared with us on Friday when asked about their journey. In 2001, Ed DeVaney was faced with an incredible opportunity – to purchase the Music Shoppe where he had been employed. The Problem? He had no prior knowledge in running or operating a business. Prior to this business venture, Ed had worked as an apprentice under David Laws where he gained an incredible skill set and grew his passion for instruments and serving the community.