April 3, 2019 | Issue #78
Breaking: Amazon Investing Heavily in Bellevue
Bellevue Chamber President & CEO Talks Amazon with The Dori Monson Show

Today, Geekwire reported that Amazon is moving an entire division to Bellevue by 2023. What does this mean for our City?
Connecting & Convening Leaders
Pictured from left: Josh Marti, Co-founder & Chairman, Point Inside; Jimmy Ng, VP Sr. Business Banking Relationship Manager, KeyBank; Zara Huang, Global Public Relations Manager, Dragonchain; Managing Partner, Doug Bixel, FSorb; Shiraz Cupala, VP of UX and Incubation, OfferUp; Theresa Larsen, Investor Relations Officer, Jubilee REACH; Lindsey Hoffman, Director of Business & Finance, Jubilee REACH; City of Bellevue Deputy Mayor Lynne Robinson; Joe Fain, President & CEO, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
And the Award Goes to...

Eastside Business of the Year: OfferUp
Eastside Small Business of the Year: Dragonchain
Eastside Nonprofit of the Year: Jubilee REACH
Groundbreaker Award: FSorb

Outstanding businesses on the Eastside that uphold a strong commitment to quality, community and innovation were recognized at the 30th Annual Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Awards reception and ceremony on March 28. Get your copy of the 2019 Eastside Business Awards Entrepreneur Magazine at www.eastsidebusinessawards.com.

Celebrating 30 Years of the Eastside's Entrepreneurial Spirit
Three decades. It’s remarkable what we’ve seen and celebrated over the years at this event. While the form has changed, the purpose has remained the same – to recognize the pioneering spirit of companies that make a difference in our community. Take a look at some of our past honorees.

2019 Eastside Business Awards Photo Gallery
The Real Story on Real Estate
Michael Orbino and Moya Skillman shared the real story on real estate at the March Business Lunch. Learn how the merger of NYC-Based Compass and Bellevue-based Avenue Properties and has positioned Compass for greater success.

Cultivating Talent
Local Young Entrepreneurs Launch 16 Companies

Seventeen young entrepreneurs pitched their 16 startup businesses before a panel of investors on March 20. These 6th-12th graders are participating in a 24-week intensive hands-on business course called the Young Entrepreneurs Academy a program of the Bellevue Chamber. The investor panel selected Nir Pechuk, CEO of Extentek to represent Bellevue to advance to the 11th Annual YEA! Saunders Scholars National Semi-Finals College Scholarship competition.

Student Startup Trade Show set for May 15

Meet these budding entrepreneurs and learn more about their enterprises at the YEA! Student Business Trade Show and Graduation on May 15 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Bellevue Chamber offices.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2019
Champion for a Stronger Community
Advocacy in Action - Your Voice Matters
Budget Time in Olympia

With less than a month to go before “Sine Die,” legislative leaders in Olympia are debating what to do with an extra $5.6 billion revenue over the next two years. Current levels of taxation would provide enough cash to pay for a maintenance-level budget of $51 billion. However, a proposed capital gains tax, graduated real estate excise tax and capital gains are still on the table.

Chamber Support for Energize Eastside

After years of planning and public process, PSE’s Energize Eastside project is now in the permitting phase. Last week, Chamber members and staff offered comments in support of the project before the Bellevue Hearing Examiner.

Pending approval, the first segment will upgrade three plus miles of electric power lines from 115 kV to 230 kV and create a new substation along existing right of way within our City limits.

Public Affairs takes on the Future of Work

Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Participate in our continued discussion of how the Chamber can help shape workforce development at Public Affairs on Thursday, April 11 at Noon. Find out how the Legislature’s Future of Work Task Force plans to “future proof” your business and employees in this time of globalization and rapid technological change.

Chamber Public Affairs meets on the second Thursday of each month at Noon, in the Microsoft Business Center at the Chamber office.

Need more info? Contact Chris Johnson
Catalyst for Business Success
2019 Business Showcase Photo Gallery
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations

Chamber Staff and Ambassadors recently celebrated these ribbon cuttings and grand openings! Got something to celebrate?  Contact us !
Central Hub for Business
Morning Business Builders

Connect with other Chamber members to grow and market your business.

April 10: Your Brand, Your Promise
April 24 : Show & Tell
Looking for Affordable Meeting Space?

Did you know the Bellevue Chamber has space for your group of up to 40 people?

Bellevue Blitz
News You Can Use

More on the State Budget; Meydenbauer Bay Park Now Open; City Boards and Commissions Need You

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Members Making News

Here's what our members have been up to lately:

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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 these great savings!

Looking to Do Business with Chamber Members?

Shop, stay, play, and do business locally - it's easy, just visit our new directory
Check out Chamber member job openings or post a job. To post, login to the Chamber Site and visit the Career Center. Need help? Call 425.454.2464.
Welcome New Members
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Pro Building Maintenance Inc.
  • ARC
  • Crystal Peaks
  • Direct Source Seafood LLC
  • Elements Massage
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage
  • First Financial Northwest Bank
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Icon Sky LLC
  • Interim Healthcare of Bellevue
  • Just Right Productions
  • KMT Consulting Services, LLC
  • LTO Home Solutions Inc.
  • Newport West LLC
  • ORM Fertility
  • Quality Inn
  • Queen Bee Cafe
  • Rational Consulting
  • Refresh House LLC
  • Residential First Capital
  • Rudy's Plumbing, Inc.
  • SAP
  • Sellen Construction
  • SERVPRO of Bellevue West
  • Sleep Number
  • Smokin' Pete's BBQ
  • Stratus Building Solutions of Seattle
  • Summit Connections
  • TeamLogic IT
  • Tempur-Pedic
  • The Benaroya Company
  • The Inn at Belle Harbour
  • The Salvation Army
  • TransWest
  • TriNet
  • University of Washington
  • Verizon
  • W2A
  • WMI Worldwide
Renewing Members
60 Years: Pancake Corral
37 Years: Kidder Mathews
35 Years: Washington Society of CPAs
33 Years: Symetra
31 Years: Parker Smith & Feek Inc.
30 Years: Office Depot
29 Years: The Pumphouse Bar & Grill
23 Years: Overlake Golf & Country Club
19 Years: Wells Fargo Bank
17 Years: Langton Spieth, LLC
15 Years: 10kInfo
15 Years: Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute
14 Years: Costco Wholesale
12 Years: Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS
12 Years: Suncadia
10 Years: Ashton Bellevue/UDR Inc.
10 Years: Express Employment Professionals
5 Years: HeR Interactive
1 Year: Mission Healthcare at Bellevue
1 Year: Omega Photo Inc.
1 Year: Security Properties Residential/Sparc Apartments
1 Year: SharpeVision MODERN LASIK
Leave something behind?
Check the lost and found at the front desk!
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