October 24, 2016
Issue #26
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.

10:00am - 1:00pm 
Tour Starts at The Studio: The Bellevue Collection Expansion Experience Center
Want to see first-hand where all the cool things are happening in Bellevue? Buy your ticket and our special motor coach will take you on a tour of the hottest Bellevue development projects. Start your journey at The Studio: The Bellevue Collection Expansion Experience Center and get the inside scoop from the people that are reinvesting in and reinventing our City!

Save the Date:  
December 7 * 5:30 - 7:30pm 
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.


Policy Committees Busy Through the End of the Year
The Bellevue City Manager's proposed budget has arrived! Join us at Public Affairs on November 10, at 12 Noon, as we do a "deep dive" on the 2017-18 Operating Budget. View the budget as transmitted and check out the public involvement calendar. Transportation has a full calendar, too; see what's coming in this week's Bellevue Blitz.

Election Day 2016
Ready or not, General Election Day will arrive on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The online voter registration deadline has passed, but you can still register in person until October 31 at King County Election Headquarters. 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.
Bellevue Chamber Foundation Announces
M. Gail Ryder Scholarship

The Bellevue business community understands that an excellent education supports our future workforce. The Bellevue Chamber Foundation was established in 1992 to fund education programs. The Foundation is pleased to announce a new annual scholarship, The M. Gail Ryder Scholarship, sponsored by Inslee Best. Starting in the spring of 2017, the M. Gail Ryder Scholarship will award $2000 annually to a local high school senior with a high degree of entrepreneurialism planning to further their education and with aspirations to start their own business or help businesses grow. Pictured from left: David Lawyer, Inslee Best; Gail Ryder, Inslee Best; and Betty Nokes Capestany, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

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.

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.

Get Your Own VR Headset!
Annual Dinner guests received their own VR headsets. Want one too? Get yours here ($15 each) at the Bellevue Chamber office while supplies last!  


Small Business Credit Cards:
A Key Tool for Business Owners
As companies grow, they often consider issuing small business credit cards to employees. Cards can make purchases easy, especially online. They can also provide a financial cushion to help cash flow. Most credit cards offer tools to manage expenses as well as rewards and incentives for the business. This also helps establish credit in the company name. Business owners should however, be mindful to monitor for higher costs (especially interest rates and late fees) and personal legal liability associated with the cards.

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Join Us at the
Morning Business Builders!

October 26, November 2, 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!

Bellevue Blitz Roundup
Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Last Call for Utilities Business Customer Forum; Enliven Wilburton Event; Men's Homeless Shelter Forum.

Color Code Your Office to Make Your Work Life Easier
Keeping your office space organized can be a not so easy task. When you see colors, they trigger responses in your brain, therefore if you have assigned colors in your office your brain will think of the area you assigned the color too. Color coding your business/office space can be a great way for you to stay organized and help your business grow!

Bellevue Hits
Diversity Milestone
For the first time, Bellevue's population is evenly split between non-Hispanic whites and people of a minority race or ethnicity, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau released data in September from its 2015 American Community Survey that indicate minorities comprised 50 percent of Bellevue's population last year, up from 41 percent in 2010, 28 percent in 2000 and 15 percent in 1990. Nationally, minorities are not projected to become the majority until 2044.

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   duboislaw.net

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Ribbon Cuttings
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
All Pro Webworks
ARVR Studio
Edward Jones - Steve Aichinger Jr
Lehmbecker Law Firm
Matvey Foundation Repair
RET Physical Therapy
The Johnston Firm, PLLC & Covenant Creative Group
The Whole Gamut, LLC
Mary Nelson Real Estate/
           Realogics Sotheby's International Realty 

Renewing Members
46 Years: Inslee Best
26 Years: Pryde Corporation
10 Years: Beth Billington - Coldwell Banker Bain
10 Years: Seattle Children's
10 Years: Factoria Security Self-Storage
10 Years: Sturtevant's Sports
3 Years: Andy Alberts - John L. Scott Bellevue North
1 Year: SendOutCards
1 Year: Tesslan Dog Spa
1 Year: The Meyden