January 16, 2019 | Issue #74
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!
Tracking Business Issues So You Don’t Have To
105-Day Session Convenes in Olympia

The gavel fell in Olympia on Monday, January 14, as legislators arrived for a 105-Day Session. With expanded Democratic majorities in both houses and Governor Inslee testing presidential waters, expect progressive proposals such as taxes on capital gains, income and carbon to clear committee early.

One proposal that will likely receive bipartisan support is condominium liability reform. And there is interest on both sides of the Cascade Curtain for another statewide transportation funding package.

Stay tuned throughout Session for updates or contact Chris Johnson at cjohnson@bellevuechamber.org
Champion for a Stronger Community
2019 Legislative Breakfast Rings in the New Year

We rang in the New Year with a record 200 business leaders at the annual East King Chambers Coalition Legislative Breakfast. Local mayors joined state officials on the platform, as emcee Enrique Cerna questioned them on housing affordability, mobility solutions and workforce readiness. Legislators shared their solutions, while business leaders asked for their help in keeping our economic recovery intact in East King County.

2019 Legislative Breakfast Photo Gallery

Commercial Real Estate
Fact & Data

What's been happening in the Puget Sound commerical office market? Find out in the 2019 Eastside Economic Strategy Guide. The guide is packed with 50 pages of information, market intelligence and insights designed to save you time and effort!

Connecting & Convening Leaders
The Business Lunch:
Air Travel Re-Imagined
January 24, 2019 | 12-1:30 pm
Westin Bellevue

What if commercial air travel was like taking a magic carpet ride? Delta Air Lines is transforming the air travel customer experience with tech innovations to create a concierge-like experience from home to gate, in the air, and back again. Tony Gonchar, Delta Air Lines’ Vice President-Seattle, will share how Delta is leading the way on customer solutions and what’s happening at Delta’s fastest-growing hub.
Presenting Sponsors
Get Ready for Chamber Day 2019 in the Capitol

Mark your calendar now for our annual lobbying expedition to the state capitol campus in Olympia! Here’s your chance to practice your 30-second public policy elevator speech on an elected official and see how legislative sausage is made, first-hand!
Save the date of Wednesday, February 27 and we’ll do the rest.

Learn more about 2019 Chamber Day, as well as AWB Hill Climb in this week’s Bellevue Blitz >
Advocacy in Action - Your Voice Matters

Public Affairs Takes on
Transportation Funding

At our first Public Affairs meeting of the year on January 10, a full house took on the topic of transportation funding in Olympia. Business leaders and local government representatives exchanged competing ideas on how to best pay for badly needed improvements to I-405.
Throughout the 105-Day Session, we’ll turn Public Affairs into a legislative strategy round table. Learn more about a possible statewide transportation funding package in the Bellevue Blitz .

Chamber Public Affairs meets on the second Thursday of each month at Noon, in the Microsoft Business Center at the Chamber office.
Welcome to Our New
Board Members!

We're excited to welcome these individuals to the Chamber Board:

Bob Boswell, Washington Federal
Dominic Carr, Microsoft
Matt Laukaitis, SAP
Katherine Ledson, Banner Bank
Alex Rule, Gallagher
Gary Smith, The Seattle Times
Greg Steeb, Prime Electric

Click here to see the full list of our 2018-2019 Board of Directors representing the depth and breadth of the Bellevue business community!
Cultivating Talent
2019 Young Execs - Final Call!
The Young Executives Class of 2019 is almost full! This cohort of young professionals will get together starting this month. Programs will cover many aspects of leadership and professional development as well as the opportunity to grow a network of peers.

Interested? Email Sara Garner today.
Presented by
Catalyst for Business Success
Connect with hundreds of new and potential customers in just a few short hours. Come prepared to sizzle your products and services to generate new sales leads. Attendees will enjoy a fun, high-energy event, tasty appetizers and beverages – the perfect setting for making great business connections!

Want more visibility? Contact Ellen Asbell to reserve an exhibitor table to showcase what makes your business unique. R eserve today – only a few spots left!
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
January 17 | 6:00 pm

500 108th Ave NE, Ste 1100
Bellevue, WA 98004
Chamber Staff and Ambassadors recently celebrated these ribbon cuttings and grand openings!
Bare Aesthetics
Central Hub for Business
Morning Business Builders

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

January 23: Show & Tell
January 30: Judging a Book by It's Cover
Looking for Affordable Meeting Space?

Did you know the Bellevue Chamber has space for your group of up to 40 people?

Bellevue Blitz
News You Can Use

Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Chamber Day 2019 and AWB Hill Climb; Possible Transportation Package; Access Bellevue Transportation Guide

Members get discounted event tickets. To get your discount, be sure to login at www.bellevuechamber.org/login.aspx
Need your login? Contact staffteam@bellevuechamber.org
Members Making News

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

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
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Beaumont Leadership Group
  • Bellevue Nursery, Inc.
  • Crystal Peaks
  • Direct Source Seafood LLC
  • Dragonchain Inc
  • Elements Massage
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage
  • Growth Monkey Media
  • Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.
  • Icon Sky LLC
  • Interim Healthcare of Bellevue
  • Just Right Productions
  • Katalyst Fitness
  • KM Bookkeeping & Tax Services LLC
  • Newport West LLC
  • ORM Fertility
  • Quality Inn
  • SAP
  • Seattle Regenerative Medicine Center
  • SERVPRO of Bellevue West
  • Sleep Number
  • Summit Connections
  • The Inn at Belle Harbour
  • The Lash Lounge
  • The Salvation Army
  • TransWest
  • W2A
  • WMI Worldwide
Renewing Members
40 Years: Port of Seattle
35 Years: Cushman & Wakefield Commerce Real Estate Solutions
32 Years: Bellevue Christian School
32 Years: Hyatt Regency Bellevue
28 Years: Pryde Corporation
24 Years: Synergy Construction
20 Years: Sound Transit
17 Years: King County
14 Years: Berntson Porter & Company, PLLC
13 Years: Beth Billington - Coldwell Banker Bain
11 Years: Umpqua Bank
9 Years: Van Cooper at Windermere Real Estate/Kirkland Central
8 Years: Bellevue Embroidery
8 Years: Heathman Hotel
5 Years: Allstate - Denslow Agency
5 Years: GHB Window Cleaning Services, Inc.
5 Years: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
4 Years: Rekdal Hopkins Howard, PS
3 Years: Dataworks Consulting, Inc
2 Years: Master Builders Association
2 Years: Morgan Stanley
2 Years: Weldon Barber
1 Years: Beyondsoft Consulting Inc.
1 Year: BitTitan, Inc.
1 Year: Columbia Asthma & Allergy
1 Year: Hyde Square Apartments
1 Year: Schooley Mitchell
Leave something behind?
Check the lost and found at the front desk!
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