February 27, 2017
Issue #33

Innovation, creativity, talent and leadership are the drivers that set great companies apart. You know the companies that are doing great things on the Eastside. Chances are you have customers or clients that deserve recognition. Nominate them today for an Eastside Business Award! All nominees will be recognized at a special awards ceremony and reception on March 29, 2017 at The Westin Bellevue - Click Here to Register!

It's quick and easy - just submit your nominations online on or before March 3. 
 
Award Categories include:
  • Eastside Business of the Year
  • Eastside Small Business of the Year
  • Innovative Product or Service of the Year
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit - Startup Business of the Year
Deserve recognition for your own company? By all means, take advantage of this opportunity to add your company to the prestigious list of Eastside Business Award winners. Visit our website to apply and best of luck!  

INSIDE EASTSIDE 
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.
 
 
7 Ingredients to High-End Website Experiences + Tips & Tools to Convert
We all know first impressions matter. Period. And that customers research you online. In today's digital world, how do you truly create a high-end experience to help attract, engage, convert, and retain customers? No matter your company, for your customers and your employees, it's important to be your best online. Join us to discover the 7 key ingredients of a high-end website experience, plus learn technology tips and tools to make it convert for your sales and marketing team.

Jeff Dance, CEO of Fresh Consulting brings years of experience in the creative UX design and digital technology space, building teams, consulting clients and overseeing hundreds of digital projects.

         
 

Business After Hours at
Stone Lounge on March 2! 
Stone Lounge elevates the networking experience. Join us for some great pub fare in cool, urban digs and be ready to let out your inner rock star in a private karaoke TV suite (or just watch the show)!

Hosted by the Bellevue Chamber and
   
 
Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

March 1, 8, 15, 22

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! 
 
 


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.



Wilburton Commercial Area - Make Your Views Known
Council has formed a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), to guide land use and transportation policies for the Wilburton Commercial Area. Participate in an  online open house or contact Government Relations Director Chris Johnson, who represents the Chamber on the CAC.
Chamber Receives Update on Energize Eastside
Earlier this month, Chamber Public Affairs was briefed on PSE's Energize Eastside project. Bellevue staff is now preparing the Phase 2 Draft EIS; review the draft scope of analysis here.

See related story on Lake Hills Transmission project litigation in Bellevue Blitz Roundup.
Region Adds about
60,000 Jobs in 2016 
Job growth is keeping up a brisk pace. The PSRC reports the four-county region added 59,400 jobs in 2016 - the seventh consecutive year of job growth. The unemployment rate is the lowest in a decade.  
 
 
Eastside Economic Strategy Guide
Retail Sales
The Eastside Economic Strategy Guide is our drill down on the pulse of the Eastside and region's key economic indicators.



 
Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Council funds EBBC petition for review; Propositions 1 and 2 projects funded; Chamber briefed on Bellevue Way SE Project.
















Ribbon Cuttings
Bellevue Chamber staff and ambassadors celebrated the ribbon cuttings of Alive & Shine Center on February 21!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings


  Higher Leaf
February 28
3:00pm

Columbia Bank
March 15
4:00pm

RET Physical Therapy
March 16
4:00pm

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
Bsquare
Civica Commons, LLC
CoBuy
Double Eagle Annual Reports LLC
Excellent Cultures, Inc
Higher Leaf
Hilton Bellevue
Newcastle Accounting & Bookkeeping, LLC
PHD Energy: Navitas Consilium
Red Lion Inn & Suites Bothell
The Shade Store
WSECU  
Renewing Members
53 Years: Moss Adams LLP
27 Years: Lexus of Bellevue
23 Years: Republic Services
20 Years:
Sound Credit Union
11 Years: Shirey Handyman Service
8 Years: Salal Credit Union
7 Years: Quality Business Systems
6 Years: Heathman Hotel
6 Years: VOYA Financial
5 Years: American Pulp and Paper Corporation
5 Years: Be Prepared Investigative Services and Survival Supplies LLC
4 Years: Bellevue Chinese Chamber of Commerce
3 Years: Kitsap Bank
1 Years: DevelopmentWise Consulting
1 Years: German Car Specialists