June 20, 2017
Issue #41
The Housing Marketplace with Zillow's Chief Economist
We know it's a hot housing market - but how hot is it? Zillow's Chief Economist, Dr. Svenja Gudell spoke to members at the June Business Lunch and gave insights into how our area compares across the country and a look at the latest real estate trends in our marketplace.

Some of these indicators we take great pride in achieving since they showcase the prosperity in our region. Others may be spin-offs from the opportunities a vibrant economy brings.

#1 - Washington State is the fastest - yes, the fastest - growing economy in the United States! This was cited in a recent Wall Street 24/7 money magazine list.

VIDEO: The Fusion of Technology & Medical Advances
What are a few of the cutting edge medical advances that are made possible via technology? We featured three of them at the June Eastside Leadership Conference. You'll be amazed at what's being done in our area to help people with respiratory and heart disease. You'll also get a fascinating look at how medical students are now able to learn anatomy using A/R and 3D modeling.

Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

June 21 & 28, July 12, 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! 
Your Next Big Deal Could
Start Here
Join us Thursday, June 29, 4:00 - 7:00 pm,
at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue, 11211 Main Street to make great business connections and learn about the cool products and services of local businesses. Enjoy a fun networking experience, tasty appetizers plus the opportunity to win great prizes.

Eastside Leadership Conference Photo Gallery 
See the incredible technologies and companies making Bellevue the hub of growth and innovation with our Eastside Leadership Conference photo gallery! 
Check out how hot Bellevue's housing market is with June's The Business Lunch photo gallery, courtesy of Mike Nakamura Photography! 


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.

Congrats! We celebrated these member Anniversaries at the June Business Lunch 
  • 35 years - Gary Guenther, Kidder Mathews
  • 30 years - Brian Kelly, Kelsun Distributors
  • 20 years - Shelley Lish, Schwartz Brothers Restaurants
  • 10 years - Russell Hokanson, Seattle King County Realtors
  • 10 years - Andrea Higgins, Suncadia
Bellevue Downtown Park Completes the Circle! Grand Opening Celebration June 28
After a year of anticipation, construction in Downtown Park is nearly complete! Members of the public are invited to a Grand Opening Celebration, 3 - 6 PM on Wednesday, June 28. Don't miss the Ribbon Cutting at 3:30 PM; then enjoy food trucks, live music and the newly finished Inspiration Playground.
Commuter Alert: South Bellevue Park and Ride Now Closed  
The South Bellevue Park and Ride lot is now closed for business. When the facility reopens for light rail operations in 2023, South Bellevue Station will accommodate approximately 1500 vehicles. For information on where to park and how to catch the bus during this interregnum, visit Sound Transit's dedicated site.  

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.

Paid Feature Content
Energize Eastside Wants to Hear From You!
Earlier this spring, City of Bellevue staff published the Energize Eastside Phase 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Chamber supports this project, as reliable and predictably priced electric power is an important factor in maintaining economic growth. Public Comment will be accepted through Thursday, July 6; make your views known on the record today. 

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.
Taxable Retail Sales Hit Record $145.9 Billion in 2016
Big gains in construction and new and used auto sales helped fuel a jump in taxable retail sales to a record $145.9 billion in 2016, a 7.8 percent increase over calendar year 2015. Retail trade sales also showed an increase of 6 percent to $63.2 billion for 2016.


Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Bellevue names new CIO and Transportation Technology Partnership Manager; City lands key federal grant; I-90 closures continue.

Ribbon Cuttings
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings!

Artisan Dental
Wednesday, June 21

Acute Pain Therapies
Wednesday, July 12

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
American Pacific Mortgage - Kirkland
Artisan Dental
Bright Horizons at Bellevue Spring District
Marine Phoenix, LLC
New York Life - Joseph Laber
Shinobi Cyber Inc.
Stratocent Technologies
W Bellevue
Washington Energy Services  
Renewing Members
49 Years: North Coast Moving & Storage Company
40 Years: Radford & Co. Commercial Property Managers
29 Years: Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller PS
27 Years: Bellevue Redmond Courtyard By Marriott
24 Years: AtWork!
20 Years: Columbia West Properties
19 Years: Fortin Group
13 Years: Benefits Resource Group, Inc.
2 Years: California Closets
1 Year: Seattle Marriott Bellevue