Local leaders book

Author Andes is himself an entrepreneur

LYNDEN — Mike Andes believes that sometimes Whatcom County is overlooked. “To the north we have Vancouver, B.C., and to the south there is Seattle. It is easy to forget that Whatcom County has a rich history and numerous businesses and brands that have made a tremendous impact.” 

Andes, a local young entrepreneur and small business owner, has published a book highlighting these deserving businesses and their owners. The title is “Local Leaders: Entrepreneurial Stories Behind Whatcom County’s Iconic Brands and Small Business Owners.”

When most people think about entrepreneurship in Washington they think of Microsoft and the tech scene of Seattle, he continues. But what about local business people? What struggles have they overcome to create successful companies? What can we learn from these small operators who have built notable brands over many years?

The “Local Leaders” project aims to highlight the stories and people behind the most popular brands in Whatcom County. How did the likes of Woods Coffee, Faithlife and Kombucha Town get started? How is the vision passed down from generation to generation? The goal, says Andes, is for the reader to see these entrepreneurs and their companies in a new light and feel a deeper connection with them. 

The author was raised in Whatcom County and owns Augusta Lawn Care. He enjoys connecting local business owners and helping entrepreneurs learn and grow. He is also the owner of Anytime Fitness Blaine, founder of KetosisCups.com, host of Business Bootcamp Podcast and Landscape Business Course Podcast and the author of two other business books. Mike attended Whatcom Community College at age 13 and then transferred to Western Washington University where he studied pre-med sciences and took courses for a master’s degree in business administration. 

Andes said the book is available on Amazon.