May 16, 2017
Issue #39
A peek into the future at the Eastside Leadership Conference will blow your mind!  Amplify your knowledge of the amazing things happening in our region - an insider look into the disruptive technologies shaping our world - by companies that are right here, at home. This year's line-up includes presentations on: 5G; Human Drone, Brain Translations; IOT; Artificial Intelligence; Human Capital, Autonomous Vehicles and Mixed Reality and how these emerging industries are transforming business structures and communities.

 

The Business Lunch: Housing Marketplace with Zillow's Chief Economist
Get the latest on real estate trends in our marketplace based on the Zillow Housing Confidence index and how our area compares across the country. Chief Economist with Zillow, Dr. Svenja Gudell will dive into how real estate trends are impacted by millennials, urban vs., suburban, and price points. Dr. Gudell joined the company in 2011 and leads the industry-leading economic research team at Zillow, a recognized voice of impartial, data-driven economic analysis on the U.S. housing market.  
 
Reserve Your Table at the Business Showcase on June 29! 
Connect with business owners, professionals and consumers while you enjoy delicious appetizers and beverages at this high-energy event! Exhibitor tables sell out fast so reserve yours today!  
 
 

2017 Innovative Service of the Year - iSpot.tv  
Watch as Robert Bareuther with iSpotTV accepts the award for Innovative Service of the Year.
 





The Ripple Effect   
Picture a pond that is as smooth as glass. Then all of a sudden a rock is thrown into the middle of the water. Then you see ripples that reverberate out from the center touching all areas the water encompasses. The entire pond has been touched by that rock. In our world the pond is our region and the rock is technology that impacts all of our lives.

 
Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

May 17, June 7, 14, 21 & 28

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! 
 
  







Business After Hours: Two Lincoln Tower @ The Studio May 23 
Two Lincoln Tower offers Bellevue Chamber members this unique opportunity to share in their vision of this progressive, residential portion of the new Lincoln Square expansion, opening this Fall. Join us for this one-of-a-kind, exclusive cocktail hour event at their presentation center, The Studio at Lincoln Square, to include tours of their model residences and guest rooms at the new W Bellevue. Light bites and refreshments will be catered by The Westin Bellevue and attendees can register to win raffle prizes of Bellevue Collection gift cards.

Hosted by the Bellevue Chamber and

 
 

Announcing Our New Online Member Experience!
Launch Party Today at 5pm! 
We're excited to announce that the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is launching our very own private group for members to communicate with each other on Townsquared. Townsquared is an online community of verified businesses that is swiftly expanding in cities across our region and will kick off on the Eastside at an official launch party today. See you there! 
 
Commuter Alert: South Bellevue Park & Ride Closure Imminent 
Two weeks ago, the Overlake Park and Ride lot closed for construction of the Redmond Technology Center light rail station and a new 320 stall parking garage. On May 30, the South Bellevue Park and Ride is scheduled to close for up to five years. Learn where to park and how to catch the bus here. 
 

Looking to Stay Local? Check Out InsideEastside.biz! 
The Bellevue Chamber in partnership with IntellaSphere has launched a new membership directory. Check out our member hotels to stay local. 

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.
 
 
Downtown Bellevue Condo Market Update
Downtown condo sales started the year off stronger than last despite record low levels of inventory. 49 condos sold averaging $906,859 per unit and $611/sq. ft. in the first quarter, a 50% increase in the number of sales at this time last year.

With only 25 actively listed condos and another 24 condos under contract to purchase, we anticipate a strong 2nd quarter. Currently, the broadest selection of inventory is at Washington Square with condos starting at $776,000. 

Data Courtesy of Leslie Ota, Windermere Real Estate 
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.



Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Policy Committees on Hiatus; Meydenbauer Bay Park Breaks Ground; East Link Construction in high gear; I-90 Center Lane changes coming soon.











Ribbon Cuttings
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings!

ATI Physical Therapy
Thursday, May 18
3:30pm

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
ATI Physical Therapy
Bright Horizons at Bellevue Spring District
Cinemark Reserve Lincoln Square
Green Light Strategies Inc
Marine Phoenix, LLC
Microsoft Store
New York Life - Joseph Laber
Shinobi Cyber Inc.
Signarama Redmond
Townsquared
Ultimate Indoor Golf
W Bellevue
Washington Energy Services
Weldon Barber
WeWork Lincoln Square 
Renewing Members
41 Years: The Seattle Times
37 Years: CliftonLarsonAllen
28 Years: Torero's Taqueria
24 Years: Banner Bank
18 Years: Imagine Housing
18 Years: Heritage Bank
17 Years: University of Washington - Bothell
17 Years: Northwest Trophy, Inc.
5 Years: Home Depot
5 Years: PMF Investments
3 Years: Peak Sports & Spine Physical Therapy
3 Years: HeR Interactive
3 Years: Larkspur Landing Bellevue
2 Years: Agitare Technologies
2 Years: Oil & Vinegar - Bellevue Square
1 Year: Developing Minds, PLLC
1 Year: Angel Of The Winds Casino Hotel