November 7, 2017
Issue #49
2018 Economic Forecast
November 16, 2017 | 7:00 - 9:00am | Meydenbauer Center
Get the pulse of global, national, regional and local economic data, a read on the business outlook, and be in the know about developments in the pipeline to strategically position your company for success in 2018. You'll receive the 2018 Eastside Economic Strategy Guide to reference key economic data for budgeting purposes, plus complete Eastside business leader survey results to find out what local companies are saying about the business climate in Bellevue.

Keynote: Global - National Economic Outlook
Joe Quinlan, Chief Market Strategist, Bank of America
Joe oversees the development and implementation of macro investment strategies, with a particular focus on U.S. sector strategies, the emerging markets and developed markets. He is also responsible for the firm's global thematic research. His research centers on both the United States and the global economy, and is frequently cited in such media venues as Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

As an Eastside business leader, you are invited to participate in this survey on the economic outlook for 2018 for Bellevue and the Eastside. Your feedback is important and helps us determine the top priorities to build a strong local economy and maintain a vibrant business community. Results will be highlighted at the 2018 Economic Forecast breakfast on November 16. Check your Inbox or click the link below to take our survey.  

Leadership is Something You Have to Practice 
Meredith Matches, Kemper Development Company, was our 2017 Young Execs Class Speaker. Click here to watch her deliver the Class address and find out how the program helped her learn a crucial aspect of leadership.
Want to make meaningful connections and get information to help you advance your career? We are now accepting enrollments for the 2018 Class of Young Executives. Click here for enrollment information.

Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

November 8 & 29

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! 
The Business Lunch: The REI Story
What began as a group of 23 mountain climbing buddies is now the nation's largest consumer cooperative. Now, REI is on the move - their corporate HQ is coming to Bellevue's Spring District. REI's Chief Creative Officer, Ben Steele leads the co-op's marketing efforts, brand strategy and creative expression. Check out the video of the October Business Lunch to learn what makes REI unique in its efforts to differentiate itself in the marketplace . Also, click here to view the photo gallery!

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.

After a robust election campaign for local offices, Election Day has arrived! Your vote only matters if it arrives on time. Make certain your ballot is stamped and postmarked by Tuesday, November 7 or take it to a local drop box by 8 PM. Bellevue residents may utilize drop boxes at the Bellevue Regional Library or Crossroads Shopping Center.

Still not sure how to vote? Review
Eastside Business Alliance endorsements in the Bellevue Blitz.
Bellevue Blitz
Eastside Business Alliance endorses candidates with the strongest statements in support of business-friendly public policies; Bellevue Way SE Construction Update - after a series of construction closures on Bellevue Way SE over the last six months, relating to Sound Transit's East Link light rail project, expect a hiatus to begin soon.


Looking to do business with Chamber Members? Check Out! 
Shop, stay, play, and do business locally - it's easy just visit our new directory! 

We Salute Our Veterans
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 398,453 was the number of all U.S. employer firms majority owned by veterans in 2015. Veteran-owned firms comprised 7.2 percent of the nation's 5.5 million employer businesses. 7.2 million: the number of veterans 18 to 64 years old in the labor force in 2016. Of those veterans, 6.8 million were employed.


Congratulations to the Young Execs Class of 2017! 
The following Young Executives received their certificates of completion at the October Business Lunch. Check out the photos of the ceremony!

David Alfi; Chad Daw, Sweeney Conrad, P.S; Max Eelkema, Suncadia Resort; Michael Holmes, Sweeney Conrad, P.S; Chad James, Northwest Trophy; Allison Jones, Wallace Properties; Chris Kang, Perkins Coie LLP; Patrick Lewis, Clark Nuber PS; Meredith Matches, Kemper Development Company; Lisa McCreedy, Clark Nuber PS; Jennifer Monahan, Daniel Nash, AXA Advisors; Stephanie Newman, Concur; Michelle Peters, Sweeney Conrad, P.S; Celeste Rietveld, Kidder Mathews; Charisse Seludo, KeyBank; Angad Shah, Falco Sult; Ryan Sheldon, Washington Federal; Erika Shinpaugh, Peterson Russell Kelly PLLC; Tracey Swirski, GLY Construction; Maria Szobi, Clark Nuber; Tom Walsh, Pey-Ling Yao, BECU
Are you a rising star or do you have a rising star in your company? We are now accepting enrollments for 2018. Click here for enrollment information.

Ribbon Cuttings 
The Bellevue Chamber Staff and Ambassadors celebrated the following ribbon cuttings!  Interested in a ribbon cutting for your business? Contact  Kim Fredericks  for details!

Welcome New Members
ADT Security
Advanced Weight Loss Clinic LLC
American National - Hoyt Agency
Ascend Steak and Sushi
Baron's Xi'an Kitchen & Bar
California Pizza Kitchen
Cost Plus World Market
K1 Speed
Lincoln South Food Hall
PemReal Advisors
The Evergreen at Northpoint
Uplift Yourself

Renewing Members
65 Years: Bellevue Reporter
58 Years: Ditty Properties
49 Years: Burgermaster
27 Years: Meydenbauer Center
18 Years: Wells Fargo Bank
12 Years: Alaska USA Credit Union
12 Years: Seattle Children's
1 Year: Paychex, Inc.
1 Year: Hilton Bellevue
1 Year: The Bravern