November 28, 2018 | Issue #72
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!
The 2019 Economic Forecast: Still Optimistic!

At this year's Economic Forecast event we got an informative and entertaining insider look on the year ahead. We explored the Eastside Business Leader outlook, got insights on the Eastside housing market, and a candid view of the global and national economic climate.

Champion for a Stronger Community
Eastside Business Leader Outlook on the 2019 Economy

Eastside business leaders have provided an accurate indicator of what’s happening in our marketplace for the last 25 years. Our survey of decision-makers on the Eastside gives us a sense of the current and future economic climate in our region. This year's survey reveals the majority of business leaders surveyed remain optimistic, with 58% of respondents saying that the Puget Sound economy will continue to expand in 2019.

Advocacy in Action - Your Voice Matters

Chamber to Host
AWB Transportation Forum

December 13 | 10 - 11:30 AM

The Association of Washington Business, our state Chamber of Commerce, wants to know if you think we need another statewide transportation funding package.

Here on the Eastside, we know that mobility and housing affordability are the number one challenges employers face in attracting and retaining talent. Join us for an all-cards-on-the-table discussion of transportation priorities and how to fund them.

Please RSVP to Chris Johnson at
Interim Year-Round Homeless Shelter Operations @ Public Affairs

December 13 | 12 - 1:30pm

Council has approved $150,000.00 to study interim year-round homeless shelter operations at Lincoln Center, the City-owned property on 116th NE.

Congregations for the Homeless has been operating an emergency shelter at various locations in Downtown Bellevue for a decade but must close each spring. Come learn from City staff how year-round operations could meet the needs of homeless men on the Eastside, until a permanent shelter location is identified.

Chamber Public Affairs meets on the second Thursday of each month, in the Microsoft Business Center at the Chamber office.
Connecting & Convening Leaders
That’s right, it’s time to fill your tables for the annual East King Chambers Coalition Legislative Breakfast! Gather with business leaders from across the Eastside as our legislators discuss their priorities for the upcoming 105 Day Session and take suggestions from you.

Longtime television personality and community leader Enrique Cerna will act as our master of ceremonies, so you won’t want to miss out on his thought-provoking questions.

To learn more about the Coalition, visit our  webpage .
The Business Lunch:
Jim Rose, King 5
Jim Rose, President and General Manager of KING 5, spoke to Chamber members at the November Business Lunch about how KING 5 has tackled the challenges faced by the media industry today to remain one of the strongest media brands in the country.

Cultivating Talent
Congrats to Our Young Executives Class of 2018

The following Young Executives received their certificates of completion:

Maelissa Atwood , Bank of America; Karina Avellino; Kelsi Bedenis , INRIX; Britney Bergen , Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller PS; Amanda Brault , Clark Nuber; Kevin Chang , Voya Financial Advisors; Matea Cizmic , Concur; Andrea Drinkwater , BECU; Heidi Gorle , The Bellevue Collection; Samantha Hughes , Washington Federal; Caleb Hung , Overlake Golf and Country Club; Tamra Johnson-Hicks , Parker Smith & Feek, Inc.; Nancy Khoury , Banner Bank; Courtney Kover , KeyBank; Simon Lee; Andrea McGuire , Clark Nuber; Jillian Nguyen , Clark Nuber; Chris Perish , BitTitan; Connor Phelps , Washington Federal; Drew Shields , Parker Smith & Feek, Inc.; Jessica Simons , Sweeney Conrad PS; Jacob Stillwell , Inslee Best; Wade Sturman , BitTitan; Phil Terrill , Microsoft; Sara West , Sweeney Conrad PS; Tyler Zetting , Clark Nuber
2019 Young Execs - Enrollment Ending Soon!
The Young Executives program is an opportunity for young professionals who are in the 3-5 year mark in their careers. The program is designed to give attendees a chance to build long-term business relationships with a core group of peers. Attendees will learn team building skills, leadership skills, civic awareness, and receive valuable tools & resources to help them reach long-term career success.

We will kick-off in January 2019, so click the link below to enroll!
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YEA! Bellevue Alum Attributes Recent Success to His Experience in YEA!

While the YEA! Bellevue program has helped transform a plethora of middle and high school students into local success stories, one YEA! grad Manoj Simha reflected on his experience with YEA!.

Do some holiday shopping from YEA! Students’ businesses from across the country, including Sprouting India founded by a YEA! Bellevue alum. Give a little holiday cheer to family, co-workers and friends while supporting young entrepreneurs!

Catalyst for Business Suces
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
December 13 | 4:00 pm

10575 NE 12th St, #17
Bellevue, WA 98004
Central Hub for Business
Morning Business Builders

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

December 5 : The times, they are changing
December 12 : Show & Tell
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: Magic Season in Bellevue Street Closures; King County Charter Review; Human Services Commission Opening

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Holiday Happenings in Bellevue
You don’t have to look very far to find free seasonal fun to get in the Holiday Spirit!

The Bellevue Collection

The Shops at The Bravern

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue Downtown Association
Number of Women-Owned Employer Firms Increases

Women-owned employer firms in the United States increased by approximately 2.8 percent in 2016 to 1,118,863 from 1,088,466 in 2015, according to findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs.

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 Chamber Chorus
  • Bellevue Nursery, Inc.
  • Cepae - La Parisienne French Bakery
  • Direct Source Seafood LLC
  • Dragonchain Inc
  • Elements Massage
  • Growth Monkey Media
  • Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.
  • Icon Sky LLC
  • Interim Healthcare of Bellevue
  • Katalyst Fitness
  • KM Bookkeeping & Tax Services LLC
  • LUX Apartments
  • Newport West LLC
  • Quality Inn
  • SAP
  • Seattle Regenerative Medicine Center
  • Summit Connections
  • The Lash Lounge
  • The Riveter
  • The Salvation Army
  • WMI Worldwide
Renewing Members
48 Years: Hal Woosley Properties, Inc.
45 Years: The Bellevue Collection
43 Years: Hotel 116
37 Years: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
29 Years: Lexus of Bellevue
26 Years: Rowley Properties, Inc.
22 Years: Columbia Bank - Bellevue Way
15 Years: YMCAs on the EASTSIDE
4 Years: Attain Housing
4 Years: Minuteman Press
2 Years: La Quinta Inn
2 Years: Bellevue Lifestyle
2 Years: Higher Leaf-Bellevue
1 Year: Youth Eastside Services
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