January 11, 2017
Issue #30
East King Chambers Highlight 2017 Legislative Agenda

The New Year began with a bang, as the East King Chambers Coalition discussed their 2017 business agenda with Eastside Legislators at their annual Legislative Breakfast last week. Business and community leaders heard a lively dialogue as Emcee Robert Mak quizzed state House members over education funding, Governor Inslee's B&O tax proposal and how to get I-405 moving again. Click the link below to view the Coalition's 2017 Agenda.

Chamber Day in Olympia
February 8  
Make your voice heard as business leaders from across the Eastside travel to Olympia to visit with Eastside Legislators on the East King Chambers Coalition legislative agenda. Click below to register and for more info.

Register Now for the Business Showcase!
Connect with business owners, professionals and consumers while you enjoy delicious appetizers and beverages at this high-energy event! Exhibitor tables sell out fast so reserve yours today!  

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.

Bellevue a Tech Hire Community  
The White House has named Bellevue a Tech Hire community, making it easier for students to receive grants and scholarships to learn coding and ultimately find higher paying jobs. 
Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

January 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! 
Policy Committees Back in Action 
After a holiday hiatus, Chamber policy committees are back in action! The Legislature is in Session and there is plenty going on at Bellevue City Hall. Here's what is on the calendar for January and February.
Transportation - Eastside Rail Corridor
Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 AM

Public Affairs - Low Impact Development    
Thursday, January 12, Noon

Public Affairs - PSE Energize Eastside
Thursday, February 9, 7:30 AM

Transportation - Bellevue Way SE Project
Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 AM


Legislature Convenes - Changes to Eastside Delegation    
The 65th Washington Legislature convened on Monday, January 9 at 12 Noon, marking the start of a 105 day Regular Session. As the House and Senate prepare to fund basic education and adopt a budget for the 2017-2019 biennium, there are changes to the East King County legislative delegation. We'll keep you apprised as legislators take aim at funding basic education, reducing congestion on I-405 and sustaining our economic recovery. 
  • Senator Cyrus Habib (D-48) takes office Lt. Governor;
  • Rep. Patty Kuderer (D-48) appointed to Habib's state Senate seat;
  • Bellevue Councilmember Vandana Slatter appointed to Kuderer's state House seat;
  • Former Senator Dino Rossi appointed to vacant state Senate Seat in 48th District;
  • Newly elected Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-41) takes office;
  • Newly elected Rep. Paul Graves (R-5) takes office.
2017 Young Execs Enrollment Closing Soon!  
The Young Executives program is an opportunity for young professionals who are in the 3-5 year mark in their careers. The program is designed to give attendees a chance to build long-term business relationships with a core group of peers and receive valuable tools & resources to help them reach long-term career success.

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!

Bellevue Blitz Roundup
City Appoints Finance Director; Bellevue Way SE Project Open House; Foul Weather Traffic Updates.

Bellevue School District Students Outperform their Peers at Home and Abroad!
The Seattle Times reports "If the Bellevue School District were a nation, its high-school students would rank among the top of the world's developed nations on an influential international exam."

What Will Drive Business Success in 2017?
Wondering what will shape how business gets done this year? You'll know about some of these trends, but have you incorporated them? Check out these nuggets and consider benchmarking with your growth strategies.


Ribbon Cuttings
Come join the Bellevue Chamber to celebrate these upcoming ribbon cuttings!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

January 19

February 2

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 !

Morning Business Builder 1/18/17 * SHOW & TELL * 7:30 - 8:30am * Bellevue Chamber Office
January 2017 Business Showcase 1/24/17 * 4:00 - 7:00pm * Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
Save The Date! * The Business Lunch * 1/30/17 * Noon - 1:30pm
Chamber Day in Olympia * 2/8/17 * All Day * Olympia, WA

Welcome New Members
A Different Counseling: Out of the Box Method
Adair Wealth Management, LLC
Bellevue Lifestyle
The Bravern
Civica Commons, LLC
Double Eagle Annual Reports LLC
Excellent Cultures, Inc
Higher Leaf
Hilton Bellevue
Juetten Personal Financial Planning, LLC
Mary Austin Realtor
Paychex, Inc.
PlanQube, Inc.
Poke MIX
Puget Sound Express
Seattle Learning Academy
Send Out Cards

Renewing Members
58 Years: Sterling Realty Organization Co.
46 Years: Hal Woosley Properties, Inc.
41 Years: Hotel Bellevue
40 Years: Bellevue Downtown Association
35 Years: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
30 Years: Hyatt Regency Bellevue
24 Years: Rowley Properties, Inc.
15 Years: Edward Jones - Al Heeter
13 Years: YMCAs on the EASTSIDE
10 Years: Wright Runstad & Company
10 Years: King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
9 Years: Umpqua Bank
8 Years: Urban Renaissance Group
8 Years: Sequoia Scientific, Inc
8 Years: Healthcare Realty Trust
7 Years: Van Cooper at Windermere Real Estate/Kirkland Central
5 Years: Bright Now! Dental
4 Years: Jusuru
4 Years: Apple-A-Day LLC
3 Years: GHB Window Cleaning Services, Inc.
2 Years: Rekdal Hopkins Howard, PS
1 Years: Brazen Sotheby's International Realty