Thrive Business Group is an elite team of financial support professionals committed to helping our clients’ thrive – in business and in life. Our team members truly understand the challenges and rewards of living an entrepreneurial lifestyle – we have personal experience running businesses in the accounting, financial services, online marketing, real estate, home-based direct sales, and retail industries.

A savvy business owner knows the different between activities that generate revenue and those that don’t. Our team handles the bookkeeping, accounting, taxation, and financial reporting functions so our clients can focus on the highest and best use of their time leading their ventures.

We are honored by the trust our clients place in us to help them create accurate financial reports, pay the minimum legal and ethical amount in tax, oversee their financial business operations, and let go of the accounting details in their lives to focus on what matters most.

Come hear Siobhan Murphy, CPA share the latest & greatest offerings  at Thrive Business Group:


When: Thursday February 2nd, 2011 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting at On Rice – Fairhaven
Presenter: Siobhan Murphy, CPA, CMA, CFM, MBA, Thrive Business Group


Thrive Business Group is led by B. Siobhan Q. Murphy. Siobhan brings 12 years of accounting experience and entrepreneurship to her role as Consulting Director. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Western Washington University; is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and a Certified Financial Manager (CFM). She has taught college-level accounting courses at Charter College, and served as the Finance Director, Treasurer, President, and Director at a variety of local non-profit organizations.

She has applied her accounting and business experience to a wide range of industries including not-for-profit, public accounting, privately held small business, home-based business, and individuals. She has served businesses from start-up to millions of dollars in annual sales with specialization in businesses from $0 – $500,000 in annual profit.

Siobhan loves to serve her clients with a cheerful smile and an infusion of fun. She’s been known to say, “If we’re not having fun, then we need to do something different!” She is passionate about education so that self-employed individuals and small business owners are empowered with a deeper understanding of the financial workings of their businesses, which results in more effectively leadership of their businesses to support their lives.

At Thrive Business Group, we believe it’s about Your Life. Your Business. In That Order.

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | January 31, 2012| Comments Off on Introducing: Thrive Business Group (aka Siobhan Murphy, CPA)

Assistance League of Bellingham
is an all volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to community enrichment through community service.  All volunteer means that every penny supports their five local service programs.

This gem of a local philanthropy provides new clothes to disadvantaged children, clothing & personal care items to women & children affected by domestic violence, sweats to folks in need in the emergency room, gifts for seniors in nursing homes, and scholarships for summer enrichment programs.

Come learn more about Assistance League – how they support our community and how we can support them.


When: Thursday January 26th, 2011 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting at On Rice – Fairhaven
Presenter: Karen Irwin, Assistance League of Bellingham


Mark Your Calendar!  Upcoming Assistance League Fundraiser:

February 11th: Mardi Gras Gala & Auction




Member | Community Events, General, Meeting Speakers | January 17, 2012| Comments Off on Assistance League of Bellingham – local community service


Pop Quiz!  Test your knowledge of medical insurance in Washington State.

With a myriad of medical insurance options – from coverage, policy type, providers, carriers, group size, and more – it can be dizzying to attempt to find the right fit for you or your group.  Carolyn Gill of Rice Insurance is a knowledgeable and experienced agent with your best interest at heart in navigating the maze of medical insurance options. She will help you understand your options so that you can make a fully informed decision to fit your needs and budget.


When: Thursday January 12, 2011 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly (no-host) lunch meeting at On Rice – Fairhaven
Presenter: Carolyn Gill, Rice Insurance
Member | General, Meeting Speakers | January 9, 2012| Comments Off on Medical Insurance Woes? Help from Carolyn Gill, Rice Insurance


Ever wonder how to boost your business to the next level?

Never doubt the power of in-person business networking!

Come hear how connections through Whatcom Women’s Network helped Realtor Julie Carpenter exceed the national average for closed transactions in 2011.

  • Is the market getting better?
  • Is it time to buy or sell?
  • See featured properties in several price ranges.
  • Hear the update on all the Whatcom County Real Estate Stats 12.31.11
  • Bring your real estate questions!
When: Thursday January 5, 2011 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly (no-host) lunch meeting at On Rice – Fairhaven
Presenter: Julie Carpenter, Realtor, ReMax


Member | General, Meeting Speakers | January 4, 2012| Comments Off on Julie Carpenter, ReMax Realtor – The Power of Networking