August 22, 2018 | Issue #66
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!
Chamber Weighs-In on Affordable Groceries and Carbon Fees Initiatives
With the General Election just around the corner, Chamber Leadership recommends positions on two statewide ballot measures, each with strong implications for business. Initiative 1634 would amend state law and preempt local governments from enacting a tax or fee on groceries, including sweetened beverages. The Chamber recommends a YES vote. Initiative 1631 proposes a carbon fee of $15 per ton in 2020, with an annual escalator of $2 plus inflation until 2035. The Chamber recommends a NO vote.

Learn more about these measures and how we reached our positions in the
Champion for a Stronger Community
The Bellevue Business Walk now underway!

Chamber staff and volunteers are going out weekly to Bellevue’s Business Districts weekly to meet, greet, and talk to business owners and managers. We’re excited to get out there to get feedback on how business is going and promote the amazing business community we have.

If you’re interested in walking with us, send a note to staffteam@bellevuechamber.org.
Bellevue Business Survey
Bellevue based and haven't had the chance to weigh in on your business needs/interests?

Chamber Tees Up Q4 Business Advocacy Priorities

As we move from the dog days of summer towards back-to-school, the Chamber is ready to take up the issues that impact Bellevue businesses. Right out of the chute, we’ll take a closer look at the City of Bellevue’s proposed biennial budget and Transportation Facilities Plan from a business point of view. Council will also resume the siting process for a men’s permanent homeless shelter.

But that’s just the start. Learn more in the Bellevue Blitz and suggest your own priorities >
Connecting & Convening Leaders
Back on the Public Affairs Beat in September

After a summer hiatus, Chamber Public Affairs is ready to reconvene. Save the date of Thursday, September 13th at Noon, as Port of Seattle staff bring us up to speed on the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP). Come learn what the Port is doing to prepare for massive projected increases in both passengers and cargo, and how the Chamber can participate in the environmental review process.

Don’t miss this important program! For more information, contact Chris Johnson at cjohnson@bellevuechamber.org
Cultivating Talent
Central Hub for Business
ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System
At the 2018 Eastside Leadership Conference, UW researcher Bill Steele talked about ShakeAlert™ - an earthquake early warning system for the west coast that would allow for time to take action before shaking starts that could reduce damage and casualties during an earthquake.

Ribbon Cuttings
Join Chamber Staff and Ambassadors at these ribbon cuttings!
Morning Business Builders

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

Sept 12 : A book is a device to ignite the imagination
Sept 19 : Show and tell
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State Tax Structure Group to Meet in Seattle

Over the summer months, the bipartisan Tax Structure Work Group  has met at several locations on the other side of the Cascade Curtain. Now the tax reform roadshow is coming to the Central Puget Sound Area. Whether you think our current state tax system has generated sustainable good economic growth or believe it is time for the B&O tax to go, this event is not to be missed. Mark your calendar for Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Washington State Convention Center.

Bellevue Blitz
News You Can Use

More on statewide ballot measures; Q4 Advocacy Program; 124th NE Bike facilities survey.

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
  • Bare Aesthetics
  • Bellevue Chamber Chorus
  • Cepae - La Parisienne French Bakery 
  • Cerasa
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Crossroads Grocery Outlet
  • Discount Direct Furniture and Mattresses
  • GIA Enterprises, Ltd
  • Industrious
  • LUX Apartments
  • Macys
  • Nielsen Executive Coaching LLC
  • OrangeTwist
  • Preg O'Donnell & Gillett
  • Prime Electric Inc.
  • Responza
  • SharpeVision Modern Lasik
  • Staples
  • Sterling Bank & Trust
  • The Riveter
  • Verizon Cellular Sales
  • Washington Technology University
  • Work and Play Lounge
Renewing Members
47 Years: Donald S. Davidson, D.D.S.
38 Years: Sweeney Conrad, P.S.
28 Years: Bellevue Redmond Courtyard By Marriott
20 Years: Security Safe & Lock Inc.
15 Years: General Microsystems Inc
14 Years: Hutchinson & Walter, PLLC
14 Years: PCL Construction Services, Inc.
13 Years: Netstar, Inc.
9 Years: Jacobs
7 Years: Opus Bank
6 Years: The Bravern Signature Residences
5 Years: Bellevue Chinese Chamber of Commerce
1 Years: International Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment
1 Years: The Evergreen at Northpoint
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