May 23, 2018 | Issue #60
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 YEA! Class of 2018 Has Graduated!

Twenty-four young entrepreneurs recently launched 17 companies through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Students in grades six through twelve participated in this 30-week program that guided them through the process of starting and running real businesses. We congratulate them on their achievements and thank our sponsors for their support!

Read more about the companies launched in The Bellevue Reporter >
Champion for a Stronger Community
City Seeks Additional Input on Proposed Grand Connection I-405 Crossing

As a business community, we know one of the factors which makes Bellevue a global destination for commerce, is our sense of “place.” The Grand Connection offers a civic vision to reconnect Meydenbauer and Old Bellevue, with the downtown core and Wilburton. The City has just released the second volume to the Grand Connection Framework Plan, including several proposed alternatives for crossing I-405.

You’ll be hearing more about this at the Chamber in the coming months, so now is the time to consider the alternatives and provide feedback at the project website .
Shaping the Future of “The City in A Park”

Whenever something important is happening in our community, Chamber members are present, providing leadership, service and expertise. That’s because Chamber members are also community-builders. The City has announced an opening on the Parks and Community Services Board – a great place to give back and help shape the future of “The City in A Park.”

Applications are due by June 1 st ; go online and submit your name today.
Catalyst for Business Success
Eastside Business Award Winner
Alex Gounares, CEO
Innovative Product of the Year: Polyverse

“Traditional cybersecurity solutions are expensive and complicated to run—and as we see in the near daily reports of major breaches, they quite simply don’t work to hold back sophisticated attackers," said Polyverse CEO Alexander Gounares. "With Polyverse’s Moving Target Defense cyber technologies, including our flagship Polymorphic Linux product, we create intrinsic cyber resiliency that defeats even the most sophisticated of attacks."

Ribbon Cuttings
Join the Chamber Ambassadors for these ribbon cutting ceremonies! We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, June 6 | 3:00pm
11639 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98005

Wednesday, June 20 | 3:00pm
1601 114th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Connecting & Convening Leaders
The Business Lunch: Lisa Bridge A New Generation of Leadership

Thursday, June 7, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 pm
The Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE

Lisa Bridge is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ben Bridge Jeweler. She is the first female president in the retailer’s history, and its youngest top executive in more than 60 years.  Meet Lisa and you’ll learn why her retailing acumen combined with her understanding of today’s consumer have been hailed by parent company chairman Warren Buffett.
Wonder What's Happening with the Eastside Rail Corridor?

Each month, Chamber members meet to discuss important business issues .

June 14 | 12:00-1:30pm
Bellevue Chamber Office

We’ll get an update on the Eastside Rail Corridor project and provide feedback from a business point of view. The planned bike and pedestrian improvements within the ERC right of way, along with the proposed Grand Connection and the extension of East Link across I-405, are key components of the Wilburton Study Area land use and transportation vision.

Public Affairs meets on the second Thursday of each month at Noon.  RSVP & Questions
Advocacy in Action: Your Voice Matters

Lend Your Business Expertise to City’s Proposed Budget
We’re pleased to announce the Chamber and BDA will join forces once again, to provide coordinated feedback on the City of Bellevue’s proposed 2019-20 biennial budget. Here’s your chance to lend your business expertise, as we look at the City’s overall fiscal health, property and sales tax trends, and the growing need for fire and police services.

Our joint task force will meet at least three times between now and early July, so now is the time to volunteer. For additional details, contact Chris Johnson .
Central Hub for Business
Business After Hours
Networking at full speed! Experience the thrills of indoor go kart racing, play a game of pool, or watch the action while you enjoy tasty treats and beverages. Ten lucky people will win a free race for future use. Our host K1 Speed is ready to entertain you - zero emissions, 100% adrenaline!
May 31 | 5:30-7:30pm
2207 NE Bel-Red Road
Redmond, WA 98052
It's Time To DREAM BIG!
Big dreams deserve big rewards, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with MetLife to recognize the very best in American small business. 
The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Awards celebrate the success of small business and honors its contributions to America's economic growth. 
The 2018 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year will take home a $25,000 cash prize and be recognized at the National Small Business Summit in Washington, DC. 

Bellevue Blitz: News You Can Use

Kelsey Creek Culvert Replacement; Memorial Day Weekend Recycling Event; Construction Alerts Continue.

Be an Identifier

How can you be the best leader? Think about identifying the best people to add to your team and get out of their way!

Top 5 Tech Solutions will Make it Easier to Make Money

Over the next five to 10 years, emerging technologies are going to make a postive impact on our wallets. Here's a list of the top five most impactful financial innovations.

Morning Business Builders

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

June 6: Where do you hail from?
June 13: Show and tell
June 20: It's time to bring your A-game!
June 27: Build, nurture, and grow your network
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Members Making News

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

  • Justin Stewart, Executive Vice President of Synergy Construction, discussed current trends and issues in the construction industry with the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

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
  • Avenue Properties
  • Beyondsoft Consulting Inc.
  • Capital One Cafe
  • Catalyst Activation
  • Cruise Planners
  • Dee Coaching
  • DRES System
  • Hotel California by the Sea
  • ImageCo
  • J. Hilburn Menswear
  • Minamoto Japanese Cuisine
  • Mission Healthcare at Bellevue
  • Nerds To Go
  • Nielsen Executive Coaching LLC
  • Orca HR Solutions
  • Pacmed Home Care & Pacmed Staffing Inc
  • Presence IQ
  • ProActive Physical Therapy
  • Procura Mortgage Company
  • Sandwich SC LLC dba Jimmy Johns
  • Serial Events
  • SharpeVision MODERN LASIK
  • Tacey Law Group, PS
Renewing Members
42 Years: Hotel Bellevue
42 Years: The Seattle Times
34 Years: Washington Society of CPAs
33 Years: Microsoft Corporation
30 Years: Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller PS
30 Years: Commerce Bank of Washington
18 Years: University of Washington - Bothell
18 Years: Northwest Trophy, Inc.
14 Years: Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute
7 Years: Axelerate
7 Years: HERO House
7 Years: KPMG LLP
6 Years: PMF Investments
4 Years: WW Kids Bellevue LLC dba WiggleWorks Kids Bellevue
4 Years: Pacific Regent Bellevue
3 Years: Agitare Technologies
3 Years: Oil & Vinegar - Bellevue Square
3 Years: Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Bellevue
3 Years: First Tech Federal Credit Union
2 Years: Angel of the Winds Casino Hotel
1 Year: Artisan Dental
1 Year: Prudential
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