March 7, 2016
Issue #11

425 Magazine * Airlift * AltaSource Group LLC * Blueprint Consulting Services, LLC
Cascade Game Foundry, SPC * Chameleon Technologies, Inc. * Cirkled in
CMIT Solutions of Bellevue * Dot Feedback Registry * dTOOR Inc. SPC
Evergreen Home Loans * extraSlice * Fresh Consulting * Fuchsia Shoes
GLY Construction * Guidant Financial * Guided Fitness Inc. * Icertis * JayMarc Homes
Limeade * MOD Pizza * Mutual Materials * Neposmart * Pacific Continental Bank
Point Inside * Seattle Humane * skoah * Smartlytics LLC DBA Quantyzd
Tesslan Dog Spa * Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria - Bellevue * Vertafore
Viewsay * Vrstudios, Inc.  * Wagly, Inc. * Washington Federal * Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa

Yes, while everyone loves the taste of cupcakes, often it is the most beautifully or creatively decorated cupcake that grabs the eye and leads to the quickest devouring. In the case of Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, and I need to quickly note - not our counterparts in Bellevue, Nebraska nor Bellevue, Idaho - it is the sprinkles on top that continue to have Bellevue, Washington at the top of the livability lists.  


Bellevue, the Eastside and the Puget Sound Office Market is HOT. Find out about the deals that are happening and how it will transform our skylines and also bring great companies, allow growing companies to stay and provide jobs and attract talent to our region. The global winners of the world will be where talent wants to be and Bellevue tops the charts in the livability index.  

Bellevue has been named number four on the list of Top 10 Best Downtowns, 2016 by, exemplifying the best trends in redevelopment. Bellevue's projected growth is the highest among the cities selected.


Business Lunch Video & Photo Highlights: The Business of Golf
Listen to Sean Riley, Championship Director for the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, as we look at the business of golf and the importance of positioning the Eastside as a premier location and host for select sports competitions.

Want to know who was there? Check out the photo gallery courtesy of Mike Nakamura Photography! 
The Chamber has adopted a position urging the state to open-up tolled lanes on nights, weekends and holidays. We believe these recommendations, if implemented, will improve both the short and long-term operational environment along the I-405 corridor, and the business climate it supports. We want to know how tolling has affected Chamber members and their employees - look for the survey in your inbox soon! 

Advocacy in Action:
Get Engaged!  

Transportation meets on March 8 - come hear from our newest state Transportation Commissioner, Shiv Batra. To learn more on how we'll resolve the K-12 funding dilemma, join us on March 10 for Public Affairs. Contact Chris Johnson to join either of these committees and keep on top of these and other important issues. 

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.

The 2016 Eastside Economic Strategy Guide is jam packed with insight about the economy in Bellevue, including the top local indicators of our strong and growing economy!  


The Value of Internships:
Our Intern Reflects  

If you've ever wondered what it's like to have a student intern read on. Learn about our experience, the reflections of our intern and how you can take advantage of a great opportunity to host an intern at your business.

The Big Reveal - Bellevue International Plaza
The PSBJ reports designs have been submitted for the four tower project in Downtown Bellevue which will include Bellevue's first high-rise condo development since construction started on Bellevue Towers 10 years ago.

Member Referral Program Winners
Congrats to Hsuan-hua Chang Coach Seattle - Leadership Coach & Business Coach and Van Cooper Windermere Real Estate/Kirkland Center winners in our Member Referral Program of Gift Certificates from the University Book Store Bellevue!

Defining the Future of Sea-Tac Airport
Port of Seattle planners continue to define ways to best handle the rapid growth at Sea-Tac Airport. Among concepts they are considering: Would it be better to expand the existing terminal or build a second one? Attend an open house in Bellevue on March 21 to learn about the most recent work on the Sustainable Airport Master Plan.
Welcome New Members
BI America LLC
Body Transformations
DuBois Cary Law Group
Fresh Consulting
German Car Specialists
Inabia Software & Consulting
People's Acupuncture, Eastside
Real Circles
U.S. Security Associates
Renewing Members
57 Years: Sterling Realty Organization Co.
37 Years: Port of Seattle
34 Years: Kidder Mathews
24 Years: MCM
17 Years: Affecta Telecom Services
14 Years: Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
10 Years: KING5-TV and Shirey Handyman Service
6 Years: Brandenwood Senior Apartments
5 Years: Purple Café and Wine Bar
4 Years: The Tube Art Group
1 Year: AGP Wealth Advisors, CMIT Solutions of Bellevue, Overlake Family Vision PLLC, Proliance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine