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Uniquely Whidbey Biz Expo: An Island Connector

Monday, October 11, 2010by  WALLY Team

Adrift in the Puget Sound is a place where deer wander striped fields of drying hay and the local lighthouse is still an object of discussion. Apple orchards line the meandering driveways and telephone poles topped with eagles mark the miles on the road. The place is Whidbey Island and it's more than just a line on vacation home real-estate listing.

This last weekend Steven and I headed north to Coupeville on Whidbey Island for the 18th annual Uniquely Whidbey Business Expo and Home Show. The event brought together home craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and local organizations for a weekend that revealed the personal touch of island economics.

"In a community as tight-knit as this one everyone knows each other. It's the type of place where doors are kept open and everyone is a household name. That's what makes it so special!" said Shelli Trumbull, one of PEMCO's newest community agents. Shelli opened the doors to her Coupeville agency, Cascade Insurance, just over seven months ago. "Here I'm more than just their insurance agent, I'm their neighbor, or the mom from the PTA meetings."

Shelli Trumbull of Cascade Insurance 

Shelli Trumbull, Agent/Owner, Cascade Insurance

Someone wearing socks and sandals at PEMCO Insurance booth 

Thanks to the Olympic Rain Shadow, islands in the Puget Sound receive less annual rainfall than Seattle. Socks and sandals weather, however, is still a fact of life.

Next year the Uniquely Whidbey Business Expo and Home Show will be joined by its island neighbors to become the Island County Business Expo. Until then, show your Puget Sound pride by supporting the Seattle Sounders FC on Friday October 15 as they host Chivas USA at Qwest Field. We'll see you there!

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