March 20, 2017
Issue #35
Corporate Table of 10: $750 ($800 after 3/22)
$80 Members ($90 after 3/22)  

Celebrate the Entrepreneurial Spirit!
Join us to meet the impressive Eastside companies who have been nominated for an Award. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to grow your network, which is key to having a successful business.

Award Categories include:
  • Eastside Business of the Year
  • Eastside Small Business of the Year
  • Innovative Product or Service of the Year
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit - Startup Business of the Year
40 Amazing Eastside Businesses
To Be Honored - Meet Their Top Leaders!
From large corporations to small business enterprises, this year's nominees are making an impact on their communities and the marketplace! See who you'll meet when you sign up to attend the 28th Annual Eastside Business Awards on March 29!

A World of Taste -
A Networking Adventure 
Meet other members with similar interests at this special experience hosted by Oil & Vinegar. Sommelier Peter Moore will take you on an adventure and tasting of wines from around the world. Learn the different profiles typical of the wines from different countries and delight in appetizers and sweets specially paired for your enjoyment. All party-goers will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE Oil & Vinegar Taste Club Membership valued at $175! Please note this experience is limited to 25 pre-registered members so register early!

Hosted by the Bellevue Chamber and

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.

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.
Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

March 22, April 5, 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! 

Reminder: Affordable Housing Workshop March 21
Developing an affordable housing plan is one of Council's top priorities for 2017-18. Learn more about the draft strategy at the Affordable Housing Workshop on March 21 or take an online survey.
Legislative Update - Carbon Tax
Several carbon tax proposals are still alive in the 2017 Session. HB 1646 proposes a $15 per metric ton tax and 7% annual increase. SB 5127 imposes a rate of $25 and a 3.5% annual increase, on top of inflation, with $1.0 billion going to education. Stay tuned for further updates.
Washington 5th Best
State in the U.S 
U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington number five in its overall rankings. Check out their "highly interactive platform [that] enables users to explore thousands of important benchmarks and easily draw state-to-state comparisons." 
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.

Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Newport Way Improvements: Last spring, City staff held an open house at South Bellevue Community Center, relating to proposed bike and pedestrian investments along Newport Way SE.

Ribbon Cuttings
Bellevue Chamber staff and ambassadors celebrated the ribbon cuttings of RET Physical Therapy on March 16!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Fred Meyer
March 29

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
AC Hotel Bellevue
Acute Pain Therapies
Cutler Investment Group
Fogo de Chao Churrascaria
Heartland Payment Systems
PHD Energy: Navitas Consilium
Red Lion Inn & Suites Bothell
The Bravern
The Shade Store
Weldon Barber

Renewing Members
49 Years: North Coast Moving & Storage Company
35 Years: Kidder Mathews
31 Years: Symetra
30 Years: Kelsun Distributors
26 Years: GLY Construction, Inc
19 Years: Rafn Company
12 Years: Mike Nakamura Photography
12 Years: Peoples Bank
11 Years: KING5-TV
10 Years: Suncadia
9 Years: Residence Inn by Marriott - Seattle/Bellevue/Downtown
6 Years: HST Construction, Inc.
6 Years: Uwajimaya Bellevue
4 Years: Pacific Bag, Inc.
2 Years: AGP Wealth Advisors
2 Years: Chick-fil-A, Bellevue
2 Years: Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Bellevue