A New Year's Message from the Chamber Board
Happy New Year!
2017 was an exciting year for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and we have some exciting events and news for 2018. We are a chamber made up of small and local businesses who contribute to the vitality and health of this amazing neighborhood and we strive for our work to reflect that. Our goal is, as always, to help foster a vibrant Capitol Hill and we believe strongly that the outreach and advocacy we do to help keep our businesses strong, unique, and dynamic help Capitol Hill stay such a special place. This will be my second year as Board chair and I want to express to you how personal this work is to me. I've been a resident of the neighborhood since 2006 but I'm also a small business owner (Board & Vellum Architecture and Design up on 15th Avenue East). I walk the streets of this neighborhood every day and I know first-hand the challenges we all face as businesses. I know that a strong local chamber is an important and collective voice for our neighborhood and I couldn't be prouder of the work we are doing.
Your membership dollars make up approximately 25 percent of our budget and we use these funds for networking events, promotional activities, advertising and advocacy.
Here are a just few examples of how we put your membership dollars to good use over the past year:
- Expanded membership by 15 percent allowing our members better connections
- Increased benefits, discounts, and resources available to our members
- Hosted monthly chamber mixers, coffee chats and events
- Launched a monthly conversation with public and private public safety advocates to address community concerns
- Partnered with the Seattle Metro Chamber to increase support and advocacy of our members
- Partnered with Seattle Pridefest to host our most attended Clean Sweep event in June
- Partnered with neighborhood providers to expand services offered during our 2nd Annual Community Care Day
- Welcomed over 2,500 individuals at the 8th Annual Hilloween carnival (produced by One Degree Events) and trick or treat on Broadway, Pike & Pine
- Launched an updated Pike/Pine Retail Map Partnered with Dunn + Hobbes and Madison Design Group
- Coordinated a holiday Shop the Hill promotion in our retail corridors
- Published monthly and special edition newsletters (2000+ subscribers)
- Maintained an online calendar and social media accounts to promote member events, news, job opportunities, deals and more.
In addition to all our chamber work, we continue to make progress on the formation of a neighborhood wide
Business Improvement Area (BIA)
. As part of our 2020 plan, we remain committed to a strong BIA for the neighborhood to fund not only obvious things like street cleaning, but also marketing dollars for specific neighborhoods, resources for community events, additional safety patrols, and staffing to coordinate help for our community members in need. As part of this process, the Chamber has brought on a new manager for this outreach,
, who will be leading this effort.
has moved into a role coordinating the current
Broadway Business Improvement Area
on behalf of the Chamber.
has moved into a role as Director of External Relations and Operations and is always available to help with any chamber questions you might have.
Our board remains a great cross-section of this neighborhood and this year we welcomed Liz Elkins from Poquitos and Bruce Riveland from Seattle Central College to our board. Tracy Taylor from Elliot Bay Books not only remains on our board but will be serving on Mayor Durkan's recently announced Small Business Advisory Council. This will be an important voice for th
e many small businesses on Capitol Hill to have a voice down at City Hall.
2018 will be another year of change for Seattle and it is our commitment as a chamber, and as a board, to help guide that change in a way that keeps our neighborhood businesses strong and uniquely Capitol Hill. If there is anything we can do, please feel to reach out.
Here is to a fantastic 2018. Cheers!
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Board Chair
We're discounting standard business level memberships* for new members until March 31st, 2018.
*Sm/Lg Business, Non-profit, & Indie levels
We look forward to this event each year, and invite chamber members, local businesses, and Capitol Hill residents to gather to hear the State of the Hill address and celebrate all things Capitol Hill over local fare and cocktails.
Shop Local, Shop the Hill
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and
CHS blog thank you for a great season of Shop the Hill! Special thanks to returning Shop the Hill sponsor
you still have a few more days to advertise your sales, deals, pop-ups, and holiday events at for FREE at
(online marketing campaign ends 1/15/18).
CHS Shop the Hill Advertising Special
New and returning advertisers, sign up for one year of
advertising for $125 per month -- 50% off our standard rates.
Offer expires 1/31/2018
A few folks on the hill are using a new staff messaging tool that replaces texting & email called
Ada's Technical Books,
restaurant NUE, and
Nuflours are all using it on a daily basis and have found that it reduces the back and forth of email and keeps the entire team accountable.
is built by
, the free business community that a lot of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce members are using. Townsquared is offering it to the Capitol Hill Chamber members for FREE in the hope to learn ways to make the product even more valuable for you. Downloaded the app here:
Constant Contact Chamber Member Discount
Here's a resource to give you a head start on your marketing planning for 2018. Chamber members receive special subscription pricing! Connect with your customers and receive up to 25% off with Constant Contact's Chamber Member discount.
2018 Labor Standards Updates
Changes to Minimum Wage & Paid Sick and Safe Time took effect January 1, 2018
The increase to minimum wage reflects inflation adjustments and annual increases required by the Minimum Wage ordinance. The expanded Paid Sick and Safe Time requirements reflect changes required by voter-passed, Washington Initiative 1433 (I-1433). Under I-1433, all hourly employees working in Seattle and throughout Washington automatically have a right to paid sick leave.
Under legislation proposed by OLS, the I-1433 requirements will also apply equally to hourly and overtime exempt employees (with a few limited exceptions).
Upcoming Webinar training offered by OLS:
Webinar - 2018 Seattle Labor Standards Updates
Wednesday, January 17, 2017, 10:00 am to 11:00 am PST
Click here to register
by 5:00 pm PST, January 16)
Webinar - 2018 Seattle Labor Standards Updates
Monday, January 22, 2017, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST
Click here to register
by 5:00 pm PST, January 21)
Seattle's Sweetened Beverage Tax
The City of Seattle's sweetened beverage tax (SBT) on the distribution of sweetened beverages within Seattle city limits took effect on January 1, 2018.
Seattle's SBT was passed by the City Council (
) and signed into law in June 2017. It is a tax on the distribution of sweetened beverage products. For sweetened beverages, the tax rate is 1.75 cents per fluid ounce.
Distributors of sweetened beverages are responsible for paying the tax.
Upcoming Events, Classes, and Workshops in October
Members: Get your event listed here!
to your Chamber account and Add an Event from your dashboard. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sound Mental Health Launches a New Brand
Sound Mental Health
, a provider of comprehensive quality mental health and addiction services for more than 50 years, serving over 20,000 clients in King County, launched a new corporate brand identity, name and tagline. The organization will now be known as
. The branding embodies an organization that is reinventing itself, but is still very committed to its community behavioral health roots. The new identity builds upon its history of innovation and quality care, but also opens doors to the future. Learn more at
Ghost Gallery Celebratory Group Show
5-9pm January 11
504 E Denny Way
January marks the last month in our current brick & mortar location - In Spring 2018 we are relocating to a new space (with some pop-ups in between)!
Let's celebrate the almost 8 years at Denny & Olive with a gorgeous group exhibit featuring some incredibly talented local artists that we've worked with over the years.
Optimism is the Big Two
12-9pm January 20
Optimism Brewing Company
We're celebrating our second birthday with a with a new beer release, brewery tours, bands and free swag. The first 200 guests get a free Optimism glass. A charity raffle with amazing prizes, including a day with the Optimism brewers and free beer for a year, will benefit The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy, which supports local children, families and seniors. Optimism will also be donating a portion of all proceeds for the day to the Fund.
Learn at Central
Professional Development Courses
Expand your business skills and expertise!
Seattle Central College offers courses and certificates in finance & accounting, human resources, management, and marketing & communications.
Sponsored by our Community Leaders
Community Leader Level Members:
Community Partner Level Members:
1st Security Bank of WA, 11th Avenue Capitol Hill Development LLC, Amazon, Capitol Cider, Capitol Hill Housing, Kaiser Permanente, Guild Seattle (Big Mario's, Comet, Grim's, LostLake), Ragen and Associates, Redhook Brewlab, Seattle Academy, Seattle Central College,
Seattle University, Starbucks Coffee Company, Substantial, Swedish Medical Center,
The Derschang Group (Oddfellows, Linda's SMITH, Tallulah's), The Lyric
Featured Community Partners:
If you would like to connect with the Chamber or have questions or comments, please contact us at