June 28, 2018 | Issue #62
The Bellevue Chamber is a catalyst for sustainable growth within the local business community. We provide information, access, connections and resources to position you and your team for business success!
Over 400 business and civic leaders gathered at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond for the 2018 Eastside Leadership Conference and the buzz was tangible. The conversations that occur when you have established corporate citizens, techies and brick ‘n mortar companies all under one roof really are game changers. They help us all understand how to respond to what’s on the horizon.

In the coming weeks, we will highlight some of the trends, companies, and topics we explored this year including digital transformation, blockchain, robotic manufacturing of mini organs, earthquake early warnings, and Mars Rover exploration.

Connecting & Convening Leaders

Thursday, July 19, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 pm
The Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE

“If you build it, they will come.” So said Kevin Costner in one famous baseball movie. But is that really true? Join us to meet Fred Rivera, Seattle Mariners EVP of Legal and Government Affairs and general counsel. He’ll share what the Seattle Mariners organization is doing to ensure Safeco Field continues to excite fans and bring them out to the ballpark now, and over the next quarter century. 

Register and be entered to win two sets of four tickets to the July 20th game!
Next Steps for the Wilburton Commercial Area

Each month, Chamber members meet to discuss important business issues.
July 12 | 12:00-1:30pm
Bellevue Chamber Office
Come join us for an informal work session on the future of the Wilburton Commercial Area and the proposed Grand Connection crossing over

We’ll review the recommendations of the Wilburton Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), scheduled for transmittal to Council at the July 2 Study Session and consider additional feedback from the Chamber. See our written comments regarding the Wilburton DEIS here , from earlier this year.

Public Affairs meets on the second Thursday of each month at Noon.  RSVP & Questions
Advocacy in Action: Your Voice Matters
City Budget Recommendations - First Look

Over the past month, Chamber and BDA members have worked diligently to prepare a set of guiding principles for the City’s proposed 2019-20 operating budget and 2019-25 CIP.

Preliminary recommendations we all agree on include raising taxes as a last resort, preparing to staff Fire Station 10 as it comes online and maintaining existing levels of service for other City programs.

There is still time for Chamber members to weigh-in. Contact Chris Johnson for additional details at cjohnson@bellevuechamber.org
Thursday, July 26 | 5-7pm | The Woodmark Hotel at Carillon Point

Get ready for Port Unplugged Eastside - the public policy and networking event of the summer on the Eastside, jointly sponsored by Port of Seattle and East King Chambers Coalition!

Along with appetizers, adult beverages, great networking, and live music from
Sea-Tac Airport’s City of Music Program you’ll learn about:
• Sea-Tac Airport’s incredible passenger growth, exciting new capital projects underway, and plans to sustainably meet future air travel demands
• Economic Development projects on the Eastside that support small business
• Cruise and tourism industries that bring visitors — and their significant economic benefits — to the region.
Innovative Service Highlight
Most people know Chameleon Technologies for our Technical Staffing services, but we also have a project team that offers Data Analytics and Business Intelligence solutions. 

Insights from your businesses data can help you increase profits and expand your customer base – but according to a recent study Forrester Research, most companies analyze only 12% of their data. Our Data Division makes it easier to get the most out of your data so you can focus on running a successful business.

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The Business Lunch:
Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler
Lisa Bridge, President & COO of Ben Bridge Jeweler spoke to Chamber members at the June Business Lunch about preserving the company's rich history while adapting to today's consumer.

Champion for a Stronger Community
Council Poised for Action on Shelter Services LUCA

The Bellevue Council took up amendments to the proposed Land Use Code Amendment permitting homeless services uses at an Extended Council Study Session last night. Major issues to be resolved include whether to establish a code of conduct, provide buffers to sensitive uses and require criminal background and warrant checks. Final adoption could occur on July 9th or 16th.

Help Shape Our Multi-Cultural Future

The Bellevue business community, like the city it serves, more and more reflects the statement “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” Now is your chance to help shape Bellevue’s multi-cultural future at an upcoming citywide forum, on June 30, 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at Bellevue College.

Learn more or take an online survey regarding use of citywide uses to promote cultural diversity.
Cultivating Talent
Bellevue Chamber Foundation Awards Three Scholarships to Deserving Students
The Bellevue business community understands that an excellent education supports our future workforce. To recognize outstanding students the Bellevue Chamber Foundation, with community partners who support education, has awarded $5,000 in scholarships to Bellevue High School District college bound seniors:

  • Manoj Simha, Interlake High School, KeyBank Scholarship
  • Valerie Tse, Interlake High School, M. Gail Ryder Scholarship
  • DJ Wulah, Bellevue High School, Ralph James Family Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship award presentation will take place at the Bellevue Chamber Business Lunch: Safeco Field and the New Fan Experience on Thursday, July 19, 12:00-1:30pm at the Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way NE. 
Catalyst for Business Success
Ribbon Cuttings
Chamber Staff and Ambassadors recently celebrated these ribbon cuttings!

NerdsToGo’s highly trained professional “Nerds” can help you with all of your business and residential IT needs.

Hotel California By the Sea is committed to treating people with the dignity, compassion, and respect they deserve while in treatment.

Using high-quality raw ingredients, classic cooking techniques, and distinctive interior design, Chipotle takes the realm of fine dining to the world of quick-service restaurants.

Central Hub for Business
Bellevue Blitz
News You Can Use

Autonomous vehicle work group first meeting; Kelsey Creek Culvert replacement project; emphasis patrols leading up to Independence Day - just say NO to backyard fireworks.

Read more here >
Bellevue Comes in at Number 10 on List of Best Place to Live

Livability.com once again has Bellevue ranked among the top plaes to live in the country. The city is recognized for its top schools, well-educated workforce, and highly rated healthcare.

Morning Business Builders

Connect with other Chamber members to grow and market your business.

July 11: The art of saying "thank you"
July 18: Show and tell
July 25: Let's get clear!
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Members Making News

Here's what our members have been up to lately:

  • Fred Hutch becomes first Seattle organization in Lyft's 'Round Up & Donate' Program
  • Port of Seattle, City of SeaTac, IAC Properties Break Ground on Industrial Site
  • Symetra kicked off their 10th Annual Symetra Week of Service
  • Kim Vu, Bank of America, recognized as a top 5 ethnic minority leader
  • WeWork to expand in Bellevue at Bellevue Place and Summit II Tower
  • Bellevue Gene Juarez named 2018 Salon of the Year
  • Juetten Personal Financial Planning created a system to help people get prepared for life's surprises

Have a story to tell?  Let us know >
Save with the Office Depot Program

Did you know you can save up to 55% on some of the office supplies(and up to 50% on school supplies) you use every day? Chamber members and their employees qualify automatically for these great savings!

Looking to Do Business with Chamber Members?

Shop, stay, play, and do business locally - it's easy, just visit our new directory
Check out Chamber member job openings or post a job. To post, login to the Chamber Site and visit the Career Center. Need help? Call 425.454.2464.
Welcome New Members
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • AutoMech
  • Aventi Capital and Consulting
  • Catalyst Activation
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Cruise Planners
  • Hotel California by the Sea
  • ImageCo
  • J. Hilburn Menswear
  • Minamoto Japanese Cuisine
  • Nielsen Executive Coaching LLC
  • OrangeTwist
  • Pacmed Home Care & Pacmed Staffing Inc
  • Presence IQ
  • Procura Mortgage Company
  • Sandwich SC LLC dba Jimmy Johns
  • SharpeVision MODERN LASIK
  • Staples
  • Washington Technology University
Renewing Members
25 Years: AtWork!
21 Years: Bannecker Public Affairs
21 Years: Columbia West Properties
20 Years: The Partners Group
14 Years: Benefits Resource Group, Inc.
12 Years: 989elements & elements too
11 Years: Washington Trust Bank
8 Years: Kitchen Plus
5 Years: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
5 Years: Pacific Bag, Inc.
2 Years: Beyond Hi-Fi
2 Years: FusionTek
2 Years: Seattle Marriott Bellevue
1 Year: New York Life - Joseph Laber
1 Year: Primrose School of West Bellevue
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