July 12, 2017
Issue #42
The future of transportation is changing rapidly. Drones are in the air and autonomous cars and trucks will soon be on the road. To operate safely, these machines need sensors that work flawlessly in a wide range of environmental conditions. Keynote speaker, Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne, will give attendees an inside look at this incredible technology that soon could be used for all types of autonomous and unmanned vehicles and machines.

Step Right Up for a Grand Celebration!
Thursday, July 13 | 6-10pm  
Help WeWork celebrate their new space and mingle with members from the global community of movers and shakers. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, food, drinks, tunes, and treats are all part of the lineup for the evening!  

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Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

July 19 & 26

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! 
VIDEO: Autonomous, Connected, Electric & Shared Vehicles
Transportation is being re-invented as a result of new technologies leading to massive trends that are happening right now in the automotive space. Here's a look at these trends and the work of ACES, a brand new public-private partnership in Bellevue. ACES is working to get new transportation applications out in the market and position Bellevue and the region as the global leader in transportation technology and mobility choices.

Opening Fall 2017: Bright Horizons at Bellevue Spring District
Bright Horizons is opening a new child care center in the Spring District neighborhood of Bellevue. Bright Horizons at Bellevue Spring District will serve children 6 weeks to 6 years old with Infant - Kindergarten Prep programs.

The center highlights include high-quality curriculum, Movement Matters Zone, STEM lab, art studio, SMART Board, and touch screen computers. Foreign language and music enrichments will also be included in tuition.

The center is currently accepting pre-enrollment registrations. To learn more, click below or call us at 425-429-7314.

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King County Executive's Small Business Awards - Nominate a Business by July 26th! 
Do you know of a small business that's doing great things (hint hint, this could be your business!)? Nominations for the 2017 King County Executive's Small Business Awards will close July 26th. The Awards event on September 21 will celebrate and honor the success of small businesses throughout King County.

2017 June Business Showcase Photo Gallery 
See the awesome companies that took part in the 2017 June Business Showcase with our  photo gallery
Wearable technology is believed to be the next big wave in devices. Here's an in depth look at A/R, V/R, and M/R, the drivers behind these devices and the various industry applications that are out there in market.  


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.

Affordable Housing Takes Center Stage July 13 
Can your employees afford to live in Bellevue? Will your taxes go up to pay for subsidized housing? Join us for a briefing on the City's affordable housing strategy at Public Affairs on Thursday, July 13, 12 Noon at the Chamber office. Take a look at the adopted strategy and other background information on the City's website. 
State Adopts Budget but Session Continues    
On June 30, the Legislature and Governor Inslee agreed on a budget deal - narrowly averting a government shutdown. The new $43.7 biennial budget assumes $1.6 billion from state property tax increases for education. However, the 3rd Special Session continues as legislators seek a solution to the controversial Hirst decision, relating to water rights. Stay tuned for details on the education funding package, paid family leave and more.  

Who's Doing Good on the Eastside? Check Out InsideEastside.biz!  
The Bellevue Chamber in partnership with IntellaSphere has launched a new business directory. Check out our member non-profits to find an organization that doing good in our community to lend your support. 

To find out more about updating your business listing and learn about our new DIY (Do It Yourself) integrated digital marketing platform  contact Ashley Clemmer.
East King County Career Fair
July 28 
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Sound Publishing 
Join us for our first ever Eastside Career Fair, put on by your local Eastside newspaper group Sound Publishing. We are all having a hard time finding new talent - let us bring them to you to speak with. Our location is conveniently located at the Embassy Suites Bellevue. Be a part of helping build a stronger Eastside. Bellevue Chamber Members can take $50 off the price, the booth will only be $500. Call Jen to sign up 425-453-4632.

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Washington State Tops For Business
Washington State is the top state for business according to a study by CNBC. CNBC's study found that the state's economy grew 3.7 percent in 2016, nearly two and a half times the national rate. Washington also has the largest concentration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workers in the nation. 
The GIF is 30 and Still Going Strong 
Bring on the dancing bananas! If you've spent any time on social media in recent years, you've come across your fair share of GIFs. But the popular file format isn't just a fad. In fact, GIFs have now been around for 30 years. 

Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Sound Transit construction closures continue; East King Chambers support B&O tax reduction; Eastside Business Alliance early candidate endorsements.

Ribbon Cuttings
The Bellevue Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting of Artisan Dental on June 21!

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
Bonzai Lab, LLC
Marine Phoenix, LLC
Red Arrow Logistics
Stratocent Technologies
W Bellevue  
Renewing Members
50 Years: Pine Forest Properties, Inc.
41 Years: Bellevue College
36 Years: Seldens Designer Home Furnishings
32 Years: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
27 Years: Embassy Suites Bellevue
27 Years: Mutual Materials
24 Years: AAA Washington
20 Years: Bannecker Public Affairs
19 Years: The Partners Group
17 Years: Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Kolouskova PLLC
17 Years: KeyBank
15 Years: Tiffany & Co.
13 Years: Hutchinson & Walter, PLLC
13 Years: Massage Envy
12 Years: Puget Sound Bank
12 Years: Sound Mental Health
11 Years: 989elements & elements too
11 Years: Fred Meyer
10 Years: BECU
10 Years: Washington Trust Bank
8 Years: Ashton Bellevue/UDR Inc.
8 Years: BennettRank
7 Years: UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics
6 Years: Axelerate
2 Years: Cardinal Oak Investments
2 Years: The Madison Bellevue Apartment Homes
1 Year: Fonte Coffee Roaster
1 Year: FusionTek