March 2018

Chamber News & Events

State of the Hill

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the neighborhood and support the work of the chamber at State of the Hill this year.  We had a blast!  You can view photos from the evening here:

Congratulations to Spirit Award winner, Tracy Taylor, GM at Elliott Bay Book Co and small business advocate!  Tracy Taylor has tirelessly worked to support small  business on Capitol Hill.  Through her role as General Manager of Elliott Bay Book Company she has advocated for the vital role that small and local businesses play to the vital ity and health of our neighborhood.  She champions policies which keep these businesses strong and local and has served on the board of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce for many years.  Recently, Tracy  was selected to serve on Mayor Durkan's Small Business Advisory Council and will help advocate for the health of small businesses on Capitol Hill.  

We want to t hank all of this year's  Spirit Award nominees ( Alex Brennan , Louise Chernin ,  and Brie Gyncild ) for your outstanding commitment to the Capitol Hill community.  

Thanks to  Mayor Jenny Durkan for kicking off our State of the Hill address.

We'd also like to thank our hosting sponsor  Queer/Bar, staff and cast of MX for bringing the fun; Big Mario's Cafe Pettirosso Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge Nuflours Poquitos , and  Rhein Haus  for providing the delicious small bites; and  Aluel Cellars  and  Redhook Brewery  for keeping us hydrated.

Special thanks to this year's auction donors and our generous event sponsors  Board & VellumGuild Seattle Kaiser Permanente, and  Melrose Market!


Membership SALE!

We're discounting standard business level memberships* for new members until March 31st, 2018.   JOIN TODAY 
*Sm/Lg Business, Non-profit, & Indie levels

Attend a Clean & Safe Committee Meeting!

This committee of business owners, representatives, and residents, convenes monthly with city staff and services providers to to promote a safer, cleaner neighborhood.  Meets third Wednesdays of the month at 4pm.  We are currently recruiting members from the commercial corridors on Broadway, Pike/Pine, 12th, 15th, 19th, Melrose, and Olive/Denny to join the monthly discussion.

Chamber members interested in attending a meeting should contact the  Chamber office .

Business News

Seattle OLS Begins Rule Revisions for Paid Sick & Safe Time Ord.

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announces the beginning of a rule revision process for Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) ordinance. OLS will gather stakeholder input on key issues in March; issue proposed rules for notice and comment in April; and issue final rules in late May.

The PSST ordinance requires employers operating in Seattle to provide all employees with paid leave to care for themselves or a family member with a physical or mental health condition, medical appointment, or a critical safety issue.

Seattle recently amended the PSST ordinance to reflect the more generous provisions of voter-passed, Washington Initiative 1433, which established statewide paid sick leave for hourly employees working in Washington state. One key difference - Seattle's PSST ordinance applies to both hourly employees and overtime-exempt employees working in Seattle. The amendments took effect January 14, 2018.

The PSST rule revisions will modify existing rules, originally issued in 2012, to reflect these ordinance amendments. For consistency and clear messaging, OLS will develop rules that largely reflect state regulations. When appropriate, OLS may propose requirements that are more favorable for employees than the state regulations to align with existing PSST rules or policy goals.
Throughout the rule revision process, OLS encourages public input, from employers, employee representatives, and employees. A public stakeholder meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 1650 (500 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle) to discuss key issues, such as:
  • Payment due to employees when using PSST
  • Threshold for coverage of employees who occasionally work in Seattle
  • Frontloading
  • Increments of use
  • Incentive programs
To register for the stakeholder meeting, click here.

For more information on the PSST ordinance and recent amendments please visit

For more information on the rules revision process, and to be placed on a stakeholder list, contact Karina Bull, Policy Manager, at

Member News & Events
Upcoming Events, Classes, and Workshops in October

Visit our  events calendar and  facebook event page for a full schedule of Chamber and member-hosted events in Capitol Hill!

Mar 6: Transit Talks: What is Transportation Equity?, Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Mar 7: March Castalia, Hugo House
Mar 8: Capitol Hill Artwalk, various locations
Mar 8: Women Lead Happy Hour, DEI Creative
Mar 8: Art Walk + Music, Chophouse Row
Mar 10: 2nd Saturday Work Party, Volunteer Park
Mar 15: Spring into Action for SCLC, the Arctic Club
Mar 17: Green Your Space, Capitol Hill Tool Library
Mar 17: St Patrick's Day Market, Melrose Market
Mar 25: Spring Celebration, Community Lunch
Mar 29 -31: Libertease Caberet, Broadway Performance Hall
Apr 2: Entrepreneurial Marketing, Seattle Central College
Apr 2: Entrepreneurial Finance: Seattle Central College
Apr 11: Business After Hours, Collections Cafe

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

Women Lead Happy Hour

5:30 - 7pm March 8
DEI Creative (1205 E Pike Street)

Ladies, this one is for you! AIGA Seattle's Women Lead Initiative has crafted quarterly networking events for 2018 to help you support and learn from your fellow female creatives! This casual event will kick off on International Women's Day, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at DEI Creative on Capitol Hill. 

To help break the ice, each Women Lead Happy Hour will feature a theme - the first being GRIT.  Join us with a story to share about courage or strength of character!  MORE INFO

Spring into Action

5:30-8pm March 15
The Arctic Club, Dome Rm South (700 3rd Ave)

Seattle Community Law Center is pleased to announce our 2nd annual Spring Into Action for SCLC on March 15, 2018! Join us for a fun-filled evening to support legal advocacy for people with disabilities who are homeless or low-income and to celebrate their right to economic stability.

King County Councilmember, Rod Dembowski, will speak about the importance of social justice in the region. Dembowski was appointed in 2013 to represents District 1. MORE INFO

Green Your Space

9am-12pm March 17
Capitol Hill Tool Library (1552 Crawford Pl

On Saturday, March 17, the  Capitol Hill Community Council, in collaboration with  Sustainable Capitol Hill will host its 2nd annual "Green Your Space" event!

It is fitting that the date falls on St. Patrick's Day weekend, so hopefully your green thumb has extra powers that day!

This event will feature an opportunity to learn more about the tool library (a hidden gem on the Hill), learn how to plant and "green your space" - whether your home on 22nd or your studio apartment on Pine St - with a planting tutorial/workshop, and meet and get to know your neighbors. MORE INFO

Community Lunch Spring Celebration & Fundraiser

5-8pm March 25
The Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N)

Guests will be treated to great appetizers from Beecher's Handmade Cheese and a wonderful dinner featuring Champagne Chicken or Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers. Enjoy amazing cakes in our dessert dash and spend time talking with your community.  The evening will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Libertease Caberet

March 29 - 31
Broadway Performance Hall
(1625 Broadway)

Moisture Festival presents The Libertease Cabaret, a sexy, fun evening of adult performance at the beautiful Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill. 

Featuring a tantalizing mix of burlesque stars, live music, circus and ribald comedy/varietè acts, The Libertease Cabaret is always seductive and delightful.  MORE INFO

Sponsored by our Community Leaders

Community Leader Level Members:


Community Partner Level Members:

1st Security Bank of WA, Amazon, Capitol Cider, Capitol Hill Housing,, Capitol Hill Times, Guild Seattle (Big Mario's, Comet, Grim's, LostLake), International Montessori Academy,  Kaiser Permanente, Modera Capitol Hill, Queer/Bar, 
Ragen and Associates, Redhook Brewlab, Seattle Academy, Seattle Central College, 
Seattle University NCS, Starbucks Coffee Company, Substantial, Swedish Medical Center, 
The Derschang Group (Oddfellows, Linda's SMITH, Tallulah's), The Lyric

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