May 2, 2016
Issue #15
YEA! Investor Panel Supports Young Entrepreneurs
Congrats to all of our Young Entrepreneurs Academy students who pitched their businesses to investors this week! Our finalists, who received awards totaling over $1800, are Ronit Jain with SproutingIndia, Krystal Graylin with Early Bird was chosen as our 2016 YEA! Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist, and Kei Chua & Zoya Soy with Hair Monster. Special thanks to Dwight Phillips, mentor extraordinaire with Corporate Sponsor Columbia Bank!

Visit The Photo Gallery for more pictures of the event!

Legislative Wrap-Up
If you didn't catch this year's annual Legislative Wrap-Up, you missed a great show! Business leaders from Bothell to Maple Valley convened at Homewood Suites Issaquah last week, for a Legislative Session debrief with East King County legislators. Here's what they said to expect in 2017.

Advocacy in Action:
Your Voice Counts!

Transportation Committee 
Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 AM
Changes are coming to Bellevue Way SE. The City is moving forward with a project to keep traffic moving along this vital corridor. Get a sneak peek at early design concepts.

Public Affairs Committee
Thursday, May 12 at Noon.
Do you live or do business in Downtown Bellevue? Are your curious about Floor Area Ratios, Height Limits and View Corridors? Get the scoop on Bellevue's Downtown Livability Initiative.

For more information, contact Chris Johnson or call 425.213.1208. 
You're invited to Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8 from 10:00AM-2:00PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel - Garden Atrium, 3225 158th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. The event will feature "WORLD CUISINE AT EMBASSY SUITES" Presented by James Lysons, Executive Chef and his Culinary Team. $35.95 for adults, with discounts for seniors and children ages 5-13. Reservations highly recommended - call 425-644-2500 ext. 693.

WHERE STYLE AND SERVICE MEET a Newly Renovated Hotel and Experience!

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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.
Commercial Office Deals: Eastside's Third Largest in Bellevue
Voice recognition startup leases 67,400 square feet at One Twelfth @ Twelfth.

The Bellevue Chamber celebrated the opening of Club Champion Golf (above) on April 27, 2016! 

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings:  
Wednesday, May 11
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Sea-Tac Airport Q1-16 Breaks Records for Passenger Numbers
From January to March, Sea-Tac welcomed 9.5 million travelers; a 10 percent increase from 2015 including an eight percent increase for international passengers.
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.

Business After Hours at Embassy Suites by Hilton
We had a blast pirate style at Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue! Thanks to all who joined us to network and see the new remodel!

Appreciating Teachers
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein. In honor of teacher appreciation week, check out more quotes to inspire and acknowledge the work of teachers.

Member Referral Program Winner
Thanks to Evelyn Hou, Bellevue Embroidery for the member referrals! We also thank Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria - Bellevue for donating Evelyn's gift certificate!
Welcome New Members
The Aldridge Company
Asterride, LLC
Christie's Catering
Club Champion Golf
Coldwell Banker DanForth
CVS Pharmacy
Developing Minds, PLLC
Hass Hojjati - John L. Scott
Independent Financial Group
Jubis Chiropractic
Servpro of East Bellevue
VRstudios, Inc
Zuriel Techs
Renewing Members
28 Years: Executive Real Estate and Parker Smith & Feek Inc.
20 Years: Overlake Golf & Country Club
16 Years: KeyBank
13 Years: The Rainier Group
11 Years: Costco Wholesale
4 Years: American Pulp and Paper Corporation
2 Years: Peak Sports & Spine Physical Therapy
1 Year: Oil & Vinegar - Bellevue Square