May 16, 2016
Issue #16
Make your feet happy! Lace up your shoes, gather your friends and family and be part of the 5th Annual Spirit of Bellevue 12K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kid's Fun Run and Health & Wellness Fair on Sunday, May 22, supporting college scholarships and student dreams of starting a business. Delta Air Lines is the Presenting Sponsor of the event that offers a scenic 12K (7.46 miles) route for runners as well as a 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk route for the whole family and a Kid's Fun Run. Both courses start and end in Bellevue Downtown Park. The entire community is also invited to visit the Health & Wellness Fair at the park to see what local companies have to offer for a healthy lifestyle!

2016 YEA! Students Graduate - Showcase their New Ventures
13 middle and high school students from the Bellevue area showcased the nine companies they started through the Young Entrepreneurs Program last Friday. They also received recogniton at a graduation ceremony in their honor.

Reserve Your Space at the Business Showcase!
In just a few short hours you'll meet hundreds of potential customers. As an Exhibitor, you'll increase your visibility. Come prepared to sizzle your products and services to generate new sales leads. Attend and enjoy a fun, high-energy event, tasty appetizers and beverages - the perfect setting for making great business connections! Contact Lexi Obenchain or call 425.454.2464 to get more information.

Spotlight on Sound Transit 3 
While construction crews are demolishing properties on 112th SE, as a part of Sound Transit Phase 2, the tri-county transit agency as preparing for an ST3 ballot measure this November. Review your Chamber's input to the Sound Transit Board and check out ST3 project lists.

Chamber Gets a Sneak Peek at Bellevue Way SE Project
Last week, the Chamber Transportation Committee received an early look at project concepts for the Bellevue Way SE Project. Learn more about the project and take a survey.

Bellevue Downtown Park Circle to be Completed
A 30-year vision will soon become a reality as the 'Complete the Circle' project get underway this summer. The Bellevue Reporter reports "construction projects will close the southern half of Bellevue's Downtown Park to finish the last segment of the circular promenade and a play area for children."

The Bellevue Chamber celebrated the opening of Body Transformations (top) on May 11 , 2016, and Directors Mortgage on May 12, 2016! 
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: 
CVS Pharmacy
Tuesday, May 24
4:00 p.m.

Developing Minds
Tuesday, June 21
5:00 p.m.

The Meyden
Thursday, June 23
5:00 p.m.

Vulcan Real Estate Buys Bellevue Plaza
The Bellevue Reporter reports Vulcan's purchase of Bellevue Plaza was an opportunity to diversify assets in a growing community. The property is located at 117 106th Ave. NE, is along Main Street in Downtown Bellevue.
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.

Weekend Driver Alert:  Westbound I-90 Weekend Lane Closure
Contractor crews with the I-90 Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations project will reduce westbound I-90 traffic to one lane near Bellevue Way beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, May 20. Drivers will then be detoured into the express lanes to cross Lake Washington until 5 a.m. Monday, May 23.

How Brands are Responding to Millennials
Millennnials are a buying force with distinct characteristics. Here's a look at how brands are evolving to attract this demographic.

6 Ways to Keep it Positive
Stressed and busy? Here are some tips to maintain positive working relationships when the schedule gets crazy.

Welcome New Members
ABC Gum Removal
Christie's Catering
CVS Pharmacy
Developing Minds, PLLC
Directors Mortgage
ISCG International Security Consulting Group
Jubis Chiropractic
Servpro of East Bellevue
Zuriel Techs
Renewing Members
32 Years: Washington Society of CPAs
27 Years: Torero's Taqueria
26 Years: Lexus of Bellevue
23 Years: Executive Real Estate
9 Years: Umpqua Bank
7 Years: Chicago Title and Therapeutic Health Services
5 Years: Sound Consulting Services
1 Year: Cardinal Oak Investments, Chick-fil-A, Bellevue; Coach Seattle Inc., Kucumber Skin Lounge, Liberty Mutual Insurance