December 13, 2016
Issue #29
Eastside Elected Officials Reception
a Resounding Success!

Thanks to all who helped make the 2016 Eastside Elected Officials Reception one of the best ever! A jovial crowd of Chamber Members and their guests joined elected officials for an evening of holiday cheer perfect for conversation and connections.

A special shout out to the following elected officials who attended and were recognized: WA State Representatives Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn, from the 41st District; King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert; Bellevue Mayor John Stokes, Deputy Mayor John Chelminiak, Councilmember Conrad Lee and Councilmember Lynne Robinson; Issaquah Councilmember Bill Ramos; Redmond Council President Hank Margeson, Councilmember Hank Myers and Councilmember John Stilin; and Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend.
What's in Store for the 2017 Legislative Session?
Find out on January 5th at 7:30AM! 
East King County is a diverse economy competing in an aggressive global marketplace. Can the Legislature help in 2017? Attend the Coalition's 2017 Legislative Breakfast to hear directly from the Eastside's legislative representatives on the issues important to our businesses, our communities, and our families. We'll have candid questions and conversations about a host of pressing legislative issues including education, transportation, business regulation, and the environment.

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. Download the 2017 Eastside Economic Strategy Guide which is filled with 62 pages of incredible information!

Eastside Elected Officials Reception Photo Gallery 
Want to feel like you were there? We've got you covered, with photos courtesy of Mike Nakamura Photography!

A Few Bellevue Fun Facts for Your Holiday Gatherings
As we move into the December holiday season I would like to thank you for your support of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce! We appreciate you using the Chamber to help accelerate your business no matter what business lifecycle you are in.  


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.

Business After Hours 12/15:
PopUp Seahawks Party 
Hey 12s! Get ready for Thursday Night Football with your Chamber buddies! Join us to watch the Seahawks take on their persnickety division rival LA Rams. It's time for our team to show off their new Action Green uniforms and time for us to cheer them on to #victoryformation (and network too). Sharp Business Systems is pulling out all the stops to create a memorable game experience - big screen, great bites and beverages to keep up your stamina!

Hosted by the Bellevue Chamber and

Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

December 14, January 11 & 18

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! 

Bellevue Council Adopts
2017-18 Budget
After several months of deliberation and public testimony, the Bellevue City Council adopted a 2017-18 Operating Budget and 2017-23 Capital Improvement Program. This year, the Chamber focused its input on the Operating side; click below to learn our general observations.

Congratulations to the Young Execs Class of 2016!    
The following Young Executives received their certificates of completion:

Rachael Balthaser, Group Health Cooperative; Douglas Cameron, Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller PS; Helena Chu, KeyBank; Miguel Cornejo, Clark Nuber; K.C. Eames, Clark Nuber; Naomi Gerbatsch, Sweeney Conrad PS; Jared Gothard, PCL Construction; Andrew Johnson, GLY Construction;
Stephanie Middleton, Concur Technologies; Jeff Misuik, Point Inside; Jamie O'Neil, Sweeney Conrad PS; Zachary Pauw, Clark Nuber; Shiv Rai, Merrill Lynch; Brian Rogowski, Washington Federal; Stephanie Schell, Wallace Properties; Kaman Shiu, Clark Nuber; Ted Spicer, GLY Construction;
Verity Swearingen, BECU; Amy Van Fleet, Concur Technologies; Ricky Waldmann, Falco Sult; and Zoe Wang, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

 We are now accepting enrollments for 2017!

Interested in Small Businesses Opportunities at Sea-Tac Airport? 
The Port of Seattle will host a half-day opportunity workshop for local, small and disadvantaged business owners, on January 13, 2017, focusing on dining and and retail business opportunities at Sea-Tac Airport. The Port is seeking businesses to develop, operate, partner or support more than 60 airport dining and retail leases coming up for renewal over the next three years.  

Holiday Happenings in Bellevue!
You don't have to look very far to find free seasonal fun brought to you by Bellevue Chamber members!
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Bellevue Downtown Association
Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Bellevue Proposition Two Next Steps; Bellevue Way SE Project Moves Forward; Continued Closure of 114th SE and SE 8th; Chamber Policy Committees Adjourn for the Holidays.

Growth is Good, Unless it Drives Your Business Off a Cliff
If growth is the engine of business, then cash is the fuel. A healthy cash flow is incredibly important to any small business. But here is the secret - and peril - of small business: the engine of growth, if left unmanaged, can become a cash consuming monster that drives your business right off a cliff.

Tis the Season for Holiday Giving
This is the time of year when many people think about charitable giving. Click below for a list of charitable non-profit organizations who are Chamber members.

Divorce is an emotionally trying experience. It's also a business decision. The way divorce affects a business requires special strategic considerations. Amanda DuBois understands these concerns. She provides experienced family law representation in a highly supportive environment. The firm has meeting locations in Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland. Call today.

(206) 547-1486

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Ribbon Cuttings
Bellevue Chamber celebrated the ribbon cuttings of Poke MIX (top) on December 1, and La Quinta Inn & Suites (bottom) on December 6!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

January 19

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
Avitus Group
Bellevue Lifestyle Magazine
The Bravern
Chiptek Solutions LLC
La Quinta Inn
Mary Austin Realtor
Morgan Stanley
Paychex, Inc.
PlanQube, Inc.
Poke MIX
Puget Sound Express
Send Out Cards

Renewing Members
57 Years: Ditty Properties
51 Years: Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Funeral Home
48 Years: Burgermaster
38 Years: Port of Seattle
26 Years: Bellevue Redmond Courtyard By Marriott
25 Years: MCM
15 Years: Langton Spieth, LLC
15 Years: Washington Dental Service
13 Years: AXA Advisors
11 Years: Green House Data
11 Years: Puget Sound Bank
7 Years: American Image Displays
5 Years: The Bank of Washington
3 Years: Andy Alberts - John L. Scott Bellevue North
2 Years: Lori Morefield-Berg Consultant
2 Years: extraSlice Inc
1 Year: Cardinal Oak Investments
1 Year: SendOutCards
1 Year: Stone Karaoke & Lounge
1 Year: Tesslan Dog Spa