April 2017 
Chamber Newsletter

Chamber News & Events

Letter from the Executive Director

The first Monday of April started off somber for me - gray skies, rain and a deep desire to go somewhere sunny and warm to bake off the moss that has grown thick after two of the rainiest months I can remember. Little did I know that it would end on an even sadder note when I read the note that Justin Carder, who received a Spirit of the Hill award in 2015,  was going on sabbatical and the Capitol Hill Seattle blog  would be dormant for the near future.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for neighborhood journalists because they seem to be in all places all the time. These individuals spend countless hours building relationships with community members and following leads to producing stellar, balanced stories that inform and often engage their readers. Justin's work in Capitol Hill is all of these things, and more. In many ways, he connects us with each other while giving us a tremendous insight into the amazing, diverse community that makes up the fabric of Capitol Hill.
Justin was one of the first people I met when I took over the Chamber, and he peppered me with many hard questions that resulted in a story with a headline I am still living down (no, I am not a PR heavy hitter, but it made my mom proud). Since then, I've worked closely with Justin and his reporters on a range of neighborhood stories and they are a tremendous resource that will be missed by all. Justin - we hope you have well-earned, restful sabbatical and we hope you come back soon!


Sierra Hansen

Welcome New Chamber Members!

Join us in welcoming our newest Chamber members offering a broad range of services and products in Capitol Hill!
Visit the online  Member Business Directory for a full list of Chamber members.
Ready to join the Chamber? Please fill out an online  application or email us at  office@caphillchamber.org

Love is Action: What Is Love?

April 20, 6-8PM
The Summit ( 420 E Pike)

Join your neighbors in a community conversation about the various ways that we can come together in relationship and action to promote a better place of sanctuary, safety and support for all. 

The first in a 2-part series, will address the question "What is Love?" Special guests will include representatives from diverse faith and non-faith leaders in  our neighborhood.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Hill Community Council and First Covenant Church.

Chamber Coffee Chat - with Townsquared
April 26, 9-10:30AM
Cupcake Royale (1111 E Pike St)

We're teaming up with Townsquared to host a coffee chat at Cupcake Royale on Pike and we'd love to have you join us.   Come and meet your fellow Chamber members (and future Chamber members!), find out more about Townsquared
 and our new private chat group for Chamber members, and discuss our diverse and vibrant business district.

Coffee and cupcakes will be provided!  

Learn about the Capitol Hill BIA -  Attend an Open House

April 29, 12-2PM
The Summit (420 E Pike)

May 23, 6-8PM
The Summit (420 E Pike)

Learn about the proposed Capitol Hill Business Improvement Area (BIA) Expansion at an informative Open House in April or May.  Find out how the BIA expansion will provide resources to get big things done - and keep the things that make Capitol Hill unique!

Let us know you're coming this month: RSVP at Eventbrite, Facebook, or office@caphillchamber.org

Read more about what's in the proposed BIA expansion at  capitolhill2020.org.

Chamber Happy Hour at Board & Vellum
May 4, 5-8PM
Board & Vellum ( 115 15th Ave E #100)

Mix and mingle with members at the Chamber Happy Hour on Thursday, May 4. 

Hosted by  Board and Vellum, this fun, free event will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about how the Chamber supports our vibrant, welcoming neighborhood, and to get to know one of Capitol Hill's vital business communities: 15th Ave East.

Drinks and light apps from neighborhood vendors will be served.

A big thanks to event sponsors  Ewing & Clark, Inc.!

Be a Sponsor of Clean Sweep 2017

June 4, 10-1PM
Cal Anderson Park

Every Spring the Chamber partners with Seattle  Pridefest  to organize Clean Sweep, a Pride Month kick-off event that draws 300-400 volunteers from around the neighborhood.  We provide all of the cleaning supplies and treat volunteers to a free lunch on the lawn.  Registration opens early-May and is free and open to all.  Kids are welcome! 

2017 Sponsorship: 
We are currently recruiting sponsors of the event and  in-kind sponsors of the volunteer lunch.  Sponsors of Clean Sweep are recognized for their support of a Capitol Hill tradition that brings neighbors, friends, families, kids and colleagues together in stewardship of our beloved neighborhood.   Click here to review this year's levels or email  office@caphillchamber.org for more information or to make an in-kind donation.

Thank you to our early sponsors of Clean Sweep!
Member News & Events

Upcoming Events from our Members

Visit our events calendar and facebook event page for a listing of upcoming Chamber and member events in Capitol Hill !

Apr 1 - June 11: Juried Exhibition, PhotoCenter NW
Apr 12:   A Conversation with Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle University
Apr 13: Capitol Hill Art Walk, Capitol Hill Neighborhood
Apr 13: "Looking at US" - Esther Ervin, Dendroica Gallery
Apr 13: Intro to Social Media Marketing, Seattle Central College
Apr 20: Love is Action: What is Love?, Capitol Hill Chamber- in partnership
Apr 21: Earth Day Block Party, Environmental Works
Apr 23: Spring Restoration Day, Volunteer Park Trust 
Apr 26: Chamber Coffee Chat with Townsquared, Capitol Hill Chamber
Apr 27: Fearless Feedback- How to Give and Receive it, Seattle Central College
Apr 29: Capitol Hill BIA Open House, Capitol Hill Chamber
May 4: Chamber Happy Hour at Board & Vellum, Capitol Hill Chamber
June 4: Clean Sweep, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Sponsorships Available

Members:  Get your event listed here! Login to your Chamber account and Add an Event from your dashboard. Questions? Email mel@caphillchamber.org 

Group Health is now Kaiser Permanente!

As you may have heard, Group Health Cooperative, which provides health coverage to more than 650,000 Washingtonians, is now Kaiser Permanente. Joining Kaiser Permanente helps ensure that our approach to care and coverage can thrive in the future. Kaiser Permanente plans to invest in our clinics, technology, access, and more.  Learn more at  www.kp.org/hellowashington

Spring Restoration Day 

April 23, 10AM-2PM
Volunteer Park
12th Ave & E Prospect Entrance

Come join your friends and neighbors at this fun day making Volunteer Park BEAUTIFUL for everyone. Spring Restoration Day is our annual major park clean-up event and we need your help!
We will be planting, weeding, graveling paths, and preparing garden beds for a beautiful summer. No gardening experience necessary. Gloves and tools will be provided as well as FREE coffee and donuts. 

Come to the park entrance at 12th Ave E & E Prospect St, which is just West of the Water Tower.

Stay for the whole event or as long as you want to help continue our restoration efforts and make Volunteer Park a more beautiful place for everyone.

Policy Updates

House Democrats Unveil a 'Families' First Budget

From the Office of Nicole Macri:

Families first.
That's the driving principle behind the House Democratic budget. People across the state have asked us to improve education, make college more affordable, increase access to quality health care, and create thriving communities. We do that in this bold and progressive budget.
Our progressive revenue plan cuts taxes for families and small businesses, while cleaning up our upside down tax code to ensure that everyone chips in their share. You can read more about our revenue package here and here.

Washington is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  We're investing in a future that builds on this, and expands access to excellent schools, health care, and gives everyone a chance to thrive. 

Click here to contact Representative Macri regarding this proposed budget.

Sponsored By Our Community Leaders

Community Leader Level Members:


Community Partner Level Members:

1st Security Bank of WA, 11th Avenue Capitol Hill Development LLC, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Capitol Cider, Capitol Hill Housing, Group Health Cooperative, Guild Seattle, Lowe Enterprises, Ragen and Associates, Seattle Academy, Seattle Central College, Seattle University, Starbucks Coffee Company, Substantial, Swedish Medical Center, The Derschang Group, The Lyric

Featured Community Partners:


Questions or Comments?

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