April 4, 2017
Issue #36
Our 2017 Eastside Business Award Winners Point Inside, WiggleWorks Kids Bellevue, RBC Signals, and iSpot.tv are the "pot of gold" at end of our rainbow. It's time to celebrate the great companies and the talent they have on their teams! 

Relive the Starry Night!  
If you weren't able to make the ceremony or just want to relive the night,we've got it all on video  for you to view! The determination, innovation, industriousness, and generosity of our winners and nominees were honored at the ceremony. These companies truly embody the Eastside's Entrepreneurial Spirit! 

Extra! Extra! Read All About It !  
The 2017 Eastside Entrepreneur Magazine is now online honoring all the nominees for the 2017 Eastside Business Awards! Find out the winners and get to know all the companies as they tell the story of their entrepreneurial spirit, how they stay ahead of the competition, and what makes their cutting edge product or service a game changer. 

Job Postings Now Available 
Hiring? Your membership now includes FREE job postings! To post, login to the Chamber Site and visit the Career Center. Need help? Call 425.454.2464.

A World of Taste April 20 - Join Us for A Networking Adventure  
Meet other members with similar interests at this special experience hosted by Oil & Vinegar. Sommelier Peter Moore will take you on an adventure and tasting of wines from around the world. Learn the different profiles typical of the wines from different countries and delight in appetizers and sweets specially paired for your enjoyment. All party-goers will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE Oil & Vinegar Taste Club Membership valued at $175!

Please note this experience is limited to 25 pre-registered members so register early!

Hosted by the Bellevue Chamber and

Ever Wanted to Help Fund a Startup? You Can at the YEA! Investor Panel Pitch Event!
11 new companies are being launched this year through the Bellevue Young Entrepreneurs Academy. YEA! middle and high school students will pitch their business plans. You have the opportunity to help fund their companies through the Bellevue Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year.

Helping Members and Consumers Connect
The Bellevue Chamber in partnership with IntellaSphere has launched a new membership directory! This eye-appealing layout allows for members to have an image and hot links to drive business between our members and also the Eastside Marketplace. In addition, this new platform allows members to take advantage of a special members only limited time offer and pricing to upgrade to a DIY (Do It Yourself) integrated digital marketing platform.

To find out more and take advantage of a limited time free offer contact Ashley Clemmer.
Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

April 5, 12, 19 & 26

Build business on Wednesday mornings with the Chamber! At this event, you drive the program. Through your participation, you'll gain access to tips, tools, referrals, and innovative business concepts that will take your business to new heights! It's never too early to meet new people! 

Chamber Board Affirms
Support for CURE
Just last week, the Chamber Board affirmed its strong endorsement of Communities United for Reliable Energy. CURE is a grass-roots group of citizens who support Puget Sound Energy's Energize Eastside Project. If you think reliable and reasonably priced hydroelectric power is important to our community's future, sign their online petition

Legislative Update - State Budget
With three weeks left in the Regular Session, competing budget proposals have emerged. The Senate has proposed a 2017-19 operating budget of $43.3 billion - that's up $4.6 billion from the current biennium. Meanwhile, the House budget weighs in at just over 44 billion, an increase of $ 6.4 billion.

Bellevue #6 Place to Live in the Nation 
Bellevue has been named #6 on the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2017 by Livability.com, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking.  
Eastside Economic Strategy Guide
The Eastside Economic Strategy Guide is our drill down on the pulse of the Eastside and region's key economic indicators.

Bellevue Blitz Roundup
State Budget Revenue Proposals; Men's Homeless Shelter Due Diligence; Changes to I-90 center lanes; Temporary closure of 114th Avenue.

Ribbon Cuttings
Bellevue Chamber staff and ambassadors celebrated the ribbon cuttings of Fred Meyer on March 29!

Interested in a ribbon cutting for your business? Contact Kim Fredericks for details!

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 this savings - so sign up and start shopping today or contact us for a store purchasing card !

Welcome New Members
AC Hotel Bellevue
Acute Pain Therapies
ATI Physical Therapies
Cinemark Reserve Lincoln Square
Cutler Investment Group
Fogo de Chao Churrascaria
Green Light Strategies Inc
Heartland Payment Systems
PHD Energy: Navitas Consilium
Red Lion Inn & Suites Bothell
Signarama Redmond
The Shade Store
Weldon Barber

Renewing Members
58 Years: Pancake Corral
18 Years: Longevity Medical Clinic
16 Years: AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
12 Years: Mike Nakamura Photography
11 Years: McCormick & Schmicks (Landry's Inc.)
10 Years: AT&T Bellevue Square
10 Years: AT&T Lincoln Square
8 Years: Express Employment Professionals
7 Years: UBS Financial Services
5 Years: The Tube Art Group
3 Years: Conover Insurance
3 Years: WiggleWorks Kids Bellevue
2 Years: Proliance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
2 Years: Overlake Family Vision PLLC
1 Year: Fresh Consulting