January 31, 2017
Issue #31
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.

The Eastside Business Awards (EBA) recognizes outstanding Eastside businesses that uphold a strong commitment to quality, community, and innovation. Nominate your customers and clients or apply to get noticed for the great things your company is doing on or before March 3.

Chamber Day is One Week Away and We Need You! 
Wednesday, February 8 is East King Chamber Day in Olympia. Come join business leaders from across the Eastside as we share our 2017 legislative priorities with Eastside elected officials. We'll be on the capitol campus from 11 AM - 3PM and have a full agenda planned, so register today. We'll provide talking points and lunch, and carpool together from the Chamber office.
Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

February 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.

Overcoming the Confusion: Marketing Your Business
Made Easier  
The business landscape of today is exploding with an ever growing and almost overwhelming variety of marketing mechanisms, technologies and customer touch points. The Bellevue Chamber has partnered with IntellaSphere to help small and mid-size businesses save time and increase sales and customer retention using a "turn-key" DIY (Do It Yourself) digital marketing platform. 
Thanks for Connecting With Us! January 2017 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!

Policy Committees to Tackle Bellevue Way and Energize Eastside
And catch the latest on Puget Sound Energy's Energize Eastside Project at Public Affairs - Thursday, February 9 at 12 Noon. Please note: Meeting date was previously listed as February 16.

As we move into February, your Chamber advocacy agenda is heating up. Come to Transportation on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 AM - that's right, St. Valentine's Day, as the Bellevue Way SE Project Team gives a full briefing on project alternatives, costs and benefits.

All policy committee meetings are now held in the Microsoft Business Center at the Chamber office.
Legislature in Session -
Spotlight on Basic Education     
The Legislature has only been in action three weeks and the sparks are already flying. The House adopted HB 1059, postponing the so-called school "levy cliff" for another year. The Senate meanwhile, has introduced SB 5609, scrapping the current common school funding and salary formulas, while instituting a statewide property tax or "local effort levy" on behalf of local districts, capped at $1.80 per $1,000.00 of assessed value.

For additional background, listen to the Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing from January 30 at 3:30 PM on TVW.

2016 Downtown Bellevue Condo Sales Summary 
Downtown Bellevue condo sales volume and prices increased every quarter through 2016, finishing strong in the 4th quarter with 57 sales averaging $739,740 a unit and $614/sq. ft. For the year, the median price of condos sold increased 10% to $650,000 and sales volume was up 14%. The average condo sales price finished at $773,908 and $603/sq. ft.

Courtesy of Leslie Ota, Windermere Real Estate
Eastside Economic Strategy Guide
Bellevue's Changing Demographics
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 Way SE Project Alternatives Unveiled; East Link Construction Update; 114th Ave. SE Reopens.

First Comes Business Strategy - then Comes Marketing
What are the steps to take to set your business strategy?  Check out this feature from Chamber member Hsuan-hua Chang who tells us "once you define your business strategy, you can create an effective marketing strategy."

2017 Young Execs Class Kicks Off!
Greg Krape with SECO Development shared the art of connecting with our 2017 Class of Young Executives at our kick-off session last week. The program is a series designed to help young professionals grow in their careers and make business connections to help them advance. Photo courtesy of Mike Nakamura Photography.

Ribbon Cuttings
Bellevue Chamber staff and ambassadors celebrated the ribbon cuttings of Redmond Goodwill (top) on January 19, and Avitus Group (bottom) on January 21!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

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 !

Welcome New Members
A Different Counseling: Out of the Box Method
Adair Wealth Management, LLC
Civica Commons, LLC
Double Eagle Annual Reports LLC
Excellent Cultures, Inc
Higher Leaf
Hilton Bellevue
Juetten Personal Financial Planning, LLC
Mary Austin Realtor
Newcastle Accounting & Bookkeeping, LLC
Seattle Learning Academy

Renewing Members
23 Years: Bauer Evans Inc. PS
20 Years: Columbia Bank - Bellevue Way
12 Years: Bellevue Downtown Courtyard by Marriott
8 Years: Cascade Water Alliance
6 Years: Bellevue Rare Coins
6 Years: Bellevue Embroidery
3 Years: Allstate - Denslow Agency
2 Years: Fox Plumbing & Heating
2 Years: Annie Male
2 Years: Minuteman Press
2 Years: CMIT Solutions of Bellevue
1 Years: Dataworks Consulting, Inc
1 Years: Grace Liberty Counseling, PLLC
1 Years: Inabia Software & Consulting
1 Years: Vision House