November 7, 2016
Issue #27
Corporate Table of Ten: $750 Members, $900 Prospective Members
Individuals: $80 Members, $95 Prospective Members

Stay Above It All! Get the pulse of global, national, regional and local economic data, a read on the business outlook, and be in the know about developments in the pipeline to strategically position your company for success in 2017. You'll receive the 2017 Eastside Economic Strategy Guide to reference key economic data for budgeting purposes, plus Eastside business leader survey results to find out what local companies are saying about the business climate in Bellevue.

Featured Event Speakers: 
Keynote: Global - National Economic Outlook
Joe Quinlan, Chief Market Strategist, Bank of America

Big Shifts Ahead - Demographic Clarity for Businesses
John Burns, Author, John Burns Real Estate Consulting, LLC
Making demographic trends easier to understand, quantify and anticipate so you have a Business Competitive Advantage.

Take the Eastside Business
Leader Survey
As an Eastside business leader, you are invited to participate in this survey on the economic outlook for 2017 for Bellevue and the Eastside. Your feedback is important and helps us determine the top priorities to build a strong local economy and maintain a vibrant business community. Results will be highlighted at the Eastside Economic Forecast Breakfast on November 17. Check your Inbox or click the link below to take our survey.

Save the Date:  
December 7 * 5:30 - 7:30pm
Red Lion Hotel Bellevue  
Eastside Elected Officials Reception
Enjoy a festive atmosphere and conversation with business leaders, as well as new and returning elected officials from all levels of government.


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   
Election Night Parties; Sound Transit Business Resource Forum; Firefighters collect food and toys.

Policy Committees to Meet During Election Week
Put your ballot in the mail and then join us at Transportation on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 AM. We'll get an update on what changes are coming to the South Bellevue Park and Ride Lot. And don't forget Public Affairs on Thursday, November 10 at 12 Noon, when we take a dive into the City of Bellevue's proposed operating budget.  

Last Call on Initiative 732
The Bellevue Chamber and the Association of Washington Business are both opposed to the I-732 Carbon Emission Tax, as it will likely result in a net increase in the cost of all carbon-based forms of energy. Nonetheless, this is a complex issue; for a deeper dive, read the Washington Research Council's Policy Brief and the WA Policy Center's Citizen's Guide to I-732 .

Election Day 2016
Ready or not, General Election Day arrives tomorrow. The Bellevue Chamber has taken the following positions on state and local ballot measures:
I-1433 Minimum Wage Increase - Oppose
I-732 Carbon Emission Tax - Oppose
Sound Transit Proposition One - Oppose
Bellevue Proposition One Fire Services Levy - Support
Bellevue Proposition Two Transportation Levy - Support

Still haven't made up your mind? Review the King County voters' pamphlet online.
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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Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

November 9 & 30

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!

Enroll Now!
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.

We Salute Our Veterans and Veteran-Owned Businesses!
According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey of entrepreneurs, Veteran-owned firms comprised 7.5 percent of the nation's 5.4 million employer businesses. Check out this graphic depicting Veteran-Owned busineses in the U.S.   

Industry 4.0 and What it Means to Your Business    
So you've heard of the Internet of Things, what happens when these smart systems become the norm in manufacturing? Check out this feature from Chamber member Hsuan-hua Chang, Coach Seattle, who tells us "you can't afford not to know about Industry 4.0, which will transform manufacturing in a way that impacts profit margin significantly for your business."

100 Years of Daylight Saving Time
Since we all lost an hour over the weekend, we should understand why we go through this every year. Turns out some common myths can be dispelled. Here's a look at the history of it all for those of you who have the time...  

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 30th Anniversary of I Love Sushi on November 3rd!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

November 15

November 16

November 17

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
Chiptek Solutions LLC
Edward Jones - Steve Aichinger Jr
RET Physical Therapy Group- Bellevue
RET Physical Therapy Group- Crossroads
The Whole Gamut, LLC  

Renewing Members
41 Years: Hotel 116
17 Years: Wells Fargo Bank - Commercial Banking
15 Years: Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
13 Years: Professional Small Business Management, Inc.
11 Years: Seattle Children's
10 Years: Fred Meyer
9 Years: Destination Hotels & Resorts
7 Years: American Image Displays
3 Years: Grant Thornton