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Whatcom County business announcements

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The following announcements were received by Whatcom News for publication. Send your business’ announcements to

Concept Design, LLC announces the relocation of its design studio

Specialists in residential design for new construction and remodeling projects, Concept Design, LLC announces their studio and all employees will be relocating to 104 Prospect Street in Bellingham. The new location is right around the corner of the previous site.

The company has grown since being founded in 2020 and the move to the new location provides more room for clients, employees and future growth.

Ahn joins VSH as partner focused on international tax and transactions

Lydia Ahn

VSH CPAs announced that Lydia Ahn will be joining the firm as partner and merging Ahn Tax & Business Advisors into the 23-year-old business advisory, tax and accounting firm. The combination will be official on November 1, 2021.

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Ahn will focus on strengthening the firm’s international and cross-border technical capabilities, helping businesses manage tax liabilities and explore opportunities in stewardship of their cross-border investments, assets and operations. She specializes in partnerships, real estate and development, professional services, cross-border business, foreign asset holdings and taxation of U.S. persons living abroad and is a regular presenter on cross-border and real estate topics in Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.

Ahn is returning after previously working at VSH for 10 years advancing from staff accountant to partner.

Ferndale art gallery grand opening planned for November 6th

The Gallery at 3rd & Main recently held a meet and greet with artists as they prepare for a grand opening on November 6th at the former First National Bank building located at 2046 Main Street.

According to the gallery’s social media accounts, The Gallery at 3rd and Main has risen from a desire to showcase local talent and bring artists to Ferndale to share with the community. She added that they are also interested in collaborating with merchants and local businesses.

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They are currently accepting submissions from local artists and jewelry designers.

Whatcom Community College receives $1.5 million grant toward expanding cybersecurity education

Whatcom Community College Foundation, on behalf of National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE), has accepted a $1.5 million grant to increase the capacity of the national cybersecurity education workforce. Through collaborations with numerous partners, NCyTE will impact hundreds of faculty and thousands of students at community colleges across the country through trainings, workshops, and access to Microsoft tools and opportunities. 

“NCyTE’s partnership with Microsoft will increase access to substantial additional resources that can help to address this capacity building challenge”, according to Corrinne Sande, Director of NCyTE and Computer Sciences and Information Systems at WCC.  

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