November 29, 2016
Issue #28
Eastside Business Leader Survey:
Optimism for 2017 Continues
For the last 23 years the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce has done a business leader survey.  This snapshot of what our local leaders' view of the national, local economy and their projections for 2017 along with the top issues that keep them up at night has been an accurate indicator of the marketplace.

Visual Strategist Paints
Economic Picture    
What does the economic forecast look like? Check out this graphic artwork by Guillaume Wiatr!

Bellevue Has a Pulse!
The 23rd Eastside Economic Forecast Breakfast earlier this month was chock full of terrific fact, data and predictions for 2017. As our Keynote Speaker Economic Strategist Joe Quinlan, Bank of America, noted in his opening remarks, "I love coming to Bellevue - you have a pulse!" 

Eastside Economic Forecast Breakfast Photo Gallery 
Want to feel like you were there? We've got you covered, with photography from Evelyn Hou of Bellevue Embroidery!

Customer Service for a Competitive Edge
Businesses can no longer have the goal of meeting the customer's expectations - the goal today must be to exceed them. How can you separate yourself from the competition? Join us as internationally acclaimed leadership, customer service and motivational expert Brad Worthley shares great stories and entertaining examples of businesses that step out of the box, find ways to "Wow!" the customer, and compete in the age of online sales.

Mix & Mingle with Your Eastside Elected Officials!
Reception 12/7 @ Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
The Election Season is over and the Holiday Season is here! Now is the time for us to say thank you to all of our neighbors who serve the business community in public office and build the relationships that help get things done!

2017 Eastside Chambers of Commerce Coalition Legislative Breakfast 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 

Policy Committees to Meet During Election Week
Transportation met on Election Day and was briefed on the impending closure of the South Bellevue Park and Ride Lot. Not to be outdone, Public Affairs received a full breakdown of Bellevue's Proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget. Learn more in the current edition of the Bellevue Blitz Blog.

Business After Hours 12/15:
PopUp Seahawks Party 
Hey 12s! Get ready for Thursday Night Football with your Chamber buddies! Join us to watch the Seahawks take on their persnickety division rival LA Rams. It's time for our team to show off their new Action Green uniforms and time for us to cheer them on to #victoryformation (and network too). Sharp Business Systems is pulling out all the stops to create a memorable game experience - big screen, great bites and beverages to keep up your stamina!

Hosted by the Bellevue Chamber and

Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

November 30, December 7 & 14

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!

Finding Employees without Breaking the Bank
Because I'm in HR, I get a lot of friends and colleagues who ask me what are the best ways to attract quality talent without spending a huge amount of time and money? With my experience, I have found these three strategies work very well. First, do your best to retain the good people you already have because down time without an employee, recruiting and training are all costly. Secondly, incent your own employees to find or refer potential candidates through small monetary or reward considerations. Lastly, hire people you already know though networking and previous employment.

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Young Execs Class of 2017   
The Young Executives program is an opportunity for young professionals who are in the 3-5 year mark in their careers. The program is designed to give attendees a chance to build long-term business relationships with a core group of peers and receive valuable tools & resources to help them reach long-term career success.

Bellevue Chamber and
HeR Interactive Give the
Gift of Coding!   
The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and HeR Interactive have partnered to bring the gift of coding to 800 Bellevue School District preschoolers - HeR Interactive's pioneering app Nancy Drew®: Codes & Clues®. The gift acknowledges the District for their achievements in placing a priority on STEM learning at an early age. Photo courtesy of HeR Interactive.

Holiday Happenings in Bellevue!
You don't have to look very far to find free seasonal fun brought to you by Bellevue Chamber members!
The Shops at The Bravern 
Photos with Santa 
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Bellevue Downtown Association
Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Bellevue Props One and Two Passing; Eastside Men's Homeless Shelter Update; 114th Avenue SE Project and Other Construction Closures

Developing Optimal Leadership
Why is developing leadership important? Having the drive, natural ability, or interest in leadership doesn't mean a person will be a good leader. It takes intentional effort and the ability to get honest feedback to attain peak performance.

Tis the Season for Holiday Giving
This is the time of year when many people think about charitable giving. Click below for a list of charitable non-profit organizations who are Chamber members.

Divorce is an emotionally trying experience. It's also a business decision. The way divorce affects a business requires special strategic considerations. Amanda DuBois understands these concerns. She provides experienced family law representation in a highly supportive environment. The firm has meeting locations in Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland. Call today.

(206) 547-1486

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Ribbon Cuttings
Bellevue Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting of extraSlice on November 15!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

December 1

December 6

December 6

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 !

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.

Welcome New Members
Bellevue Lifestyle
Chiptek Solutions LLC
Edward Jones - Steve Aichinger Jr
La Quinta Inn
Morgan Stanley
Paychex, Inc.
PlanQube, Inc.
Poke MIX
Puget Sound Express
RET Physical Therapy Group- Bellevue
RET Physical Therapy Group- Crossroads
The Whole Gamut, LLC  

Renewing Members
57 Years: Ditty Properties
48 Years: Burgermaster
26 Years: Bellevue Redmond Courtyard By Marriott
25 Years: MCM
15 Years: Langton Spieth, LLC
15 Years: Washington Dental Service
13 Years: AXA Advisors
11 Years: Green House Data
11 Years: Puget Sound Bank
7 Years: American Image Displays
5 Years: The Bank of Washington
3 Years: Andy Alberts - John L. Scott Bellevue North
2 Years: extraSlice Inc
1 Year: Cardinal Oak Investments
1 Year: SendOutCards
1 Year: Stone Karaoke & Lounge
1 Year: Tesslan Dog Spa