January 27, 2016
Issue #8
20 Tips for Creating, Growing and Profiting from Your Social Media
Brown Bag Workshop February 8 
Are you looking to create social media channels around your brand? Are you providing great content that supports engagement and serves as energy to your social media community? Are you looking for ways to drive sales from the content that you create and share? Building and maintaining successful social media channels takes time and a commitment to the right strategy for your brand.

First 15 to register by February 2 get in FREE!

Come See Who's Under the Innovation Spotlight!
The Eastside is home to many innovative and entrepreneurial companies, but what does it take to compete in the new marketplace? Meet the C Level Executives of Point Inside, Coding Dojo & Her Interactive to glean business tips and learn innovative ways to find new market niches and exceed customer expectations.

What happens when you combine fabulous food, a room filled with tables packed full of creativity, a stormy night, and hundreds of people? Well in Bellevue, you get the opportunity to make deals and form sustainable connections and relationships.


Advocacy in Action:
Policy Committees

The Transportation Committee will meet on February 9 at 7:30 AM and we'll hear an update I-405 Corridor Program. Public Affairs Committee will meet on February 11 at Noon - newly-elected Bellevue Mayor John Stokes and Deputy Mayor John Chelminiak will share their priorities for the coming year. RSVP to cjohnson@bellevuechamber.org.

 2016 Strategy Guide:
Bellevue's Demographics
The 2016 Eastside Economic Strategy Guide is jam packed with insight about the economy in Bellevue, including trends in local commercial real estate! 

2016 January Business Showcase  Photo Gallery
The Chamber's Business Showcase brought some of the greatest business together, and it was a great party, too! Come check out the gallery to see what you missed!

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.

 What were 2015s Top Sellers?
The results may surprise you as the hottest items were throwbacks - not high tech gadgets. But, however you slice it holiday sales were "record-breaking."

How to Password
We all know passwords are essential to our security. What if there was a way to keep track of them all? Read on...


Ribbon Cuttings
Expedia CruiseShipCenters (top) celebrated their grand opening on 1/13, while H&R Block (bottom) celebrated on 1/14.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
Shared Work Program Helps Employers Avoid Layoffs
Washington's shared work program is so effective at preventing layoffs, the U.S. Department of Labor recently promoted it as a model for other states, encouraging them to set up their own programs. 98 percent of the employers surveyed said they would recommend Shared Work to other businesses going through similar situations.

Eastside High-End Home Sales Trends
"Some brokers consider $3 million the new threshold for luxury homes, and the West Bellevue corridor rules the roost in that market" according to a recent article in The Seattle Times.

Welcome New Members
Block Advisors - 102nd Ave SE
Camano Island Inn
Center For Discovery
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - Northwest Chapter
Dataworks Consulting, Inc
Grace Liberty Counseling, PLLC
H&R Block - Main Street
Home Care Assistance
Inabia Software & Consulting
JayMarc Homes
U.S. Security Associates
Waddell & Reed Inc.
Wade's Eastside Gun Shop
Renewing Members
25 Years: Pryde Corporation
23 Years: Republic Services of Bellevue
22 Years: Bauer Evans Inc. PS
18 Years: The Shops at the Bravern
9 Years: King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
7 Years: Quality Business Systems and Salal Credit Union
6 Years: Sharp Business Systems
5 Years: Bright Now! Dental and Heathman Hotel