Chamber News
February + Schedule
RANU - Feb. 26 9:00 am - 10:30 am Kari Dasher, Consultant, "Recruiting and Engaging Board Members" - Updated location: Columbia Bank
Business Bullpen - Feb. 27 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Rob Watcher
" Three Biggest Reasons Entrepreneurs Aren't More Successful" @ Chamber
East King County Chambers Legislative Coalition Delegate Meeting -
Feb. 27 12p - 1:30p @ Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
(RSVP by Delegates Required)
PNW Economic Equity Summit - Feb. 28 7:30a - 11:30a @ Hyatt Regency
First-Time Home Buyers Seminar - Feb. 29 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Reba Haas,
Team Reba of Re/Max Metro Eastside @ Chamber
Providers Breakfast - Mar.1 8:30a - 10:00a @ Merrill Gardens -media room

(please contact Diane at
for more information on any of the above dates)
Do you have a desire to “get to the next level” in your business or career, but sense that something is holding you back?
You might be surprised to learn that better processes and negotiating techniques are not the primary reasons why most entrepreneurs aren’t more successful. Like many business leaders around the world—it’s how we think that limits our potential the most.
Come join us at Feb.'s Business Bullpen and meet our keynote speaker Rob Wachter, a Certified Performance Coach for Business, Leadership, & Life.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27TH 2020 11:00 PM — 12:30 PM
at the Renton Chamber of Commerce  
Topic for this month:
Kari Dasher, Consultant, will join us to present " Recruiting and Engaging Board Members" – Part Two. There will also be time for networking and program updates.
***NEW*** Meeting Location:  Columbia Bank,
(please do not park directly in front of the bank)
Wednesday,February 26, 2020
9 to 10:30 am
This Friday!
This collaborative event is being produced in partnership with the Renton Chamber and the Seattle Southside Chamber to gather regional business leaders, policymakers, and the community together to find real solutions to the challenges our community faces? Specifically the economic inequity prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.

Meet our guest speakers:
Emcee: Tony Ventrella - Bio link
Bookda Gheiser- Bio link
Dr. John Mosby- Bio link
Sam Kaplan - Bio link
Sharon Nyree Willams - Bio link
Dave Upthegrove - Bio link
February 28th, 7:00 - 11:00 am
Hyatt Regency
Lake Washington Southport
1053 Lake Washington Blvd
Our Best of Renton Awards Gala is coming up in May.
That means you can now nominate your favorite Chamber member.
Start now to garner the most votes.
Public Announcements
Come see what the Government can offer for your business.
Click on poster to go to their webpage
Good afternoon,  
I am writing to provide information about Sound Transit’s I-405 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project and let you know that we launched our  Winter 2020 Online Open House. This website includes recent project updates and provides an opportunity to provide feedback on station access and amenities.  
The I-405 BRT Project will deliver fast, frequent, accessible and reliable service along I-405, I-5 and SR-518 from Lynnwood to Bellevue, and Burien to Bellevue. The project includes a new transit center in South Renton and 11 BRT stations, three of which include added parking.   
The online open house will be available through February 14, and shares information on updated station designs, speed and reliability improvements, and the upcoming environmental review process. We are also requesting feedback on preferred station amenities and station access.  
Project information and resources are available on our project webpage: 
Please let us know if you have any questions. 
Thanks for your time. 
Ivonne Rivera-Martinez 
I-405 Bus Rapid Transit   
Sound Transit  
tel 206-553.3412  
Chamber Members, we have posters ( also in Spanish ) to be distributed for display. Feel free to pick one up for your business.
Member News
First-Time Home Buyer Class
with Team Reba
Your first step to home ownership starts with Team Reba of Re/Max class.
We'll discuss CREDIT, BUDGETING, FICO SCORING, FINANCING and more. The path to home ownership may be easier than you think, let us help get you there!
Renton Chamber of Commerce
625 S 4th St, Renton, WA 98057
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Take a Leap…Be Colorful…Have Some Fun!

29 Minute Dance Lesson, Dance Mixer, 29 minute Dance-A-Thon, Fill your Social Dance Card with 29 different Dance Partners for a chance to win a raffle prize, Leap Day Time Capsule and lots of dancing
Buffet Dinner Option 6:29pm-7:29pm
$29/person Pre-Orders Only by Mon. 2/24
See Flyer for Details OR CALL 425-255-9211
$18/person or bring a friend – Two for $29
Buffet Dinner Option
6:29pm-7:29pm $29/person
See Flyer for Details OR CALL 425-255-9211
The Kiwanis Club of Renton volunteers & raises monies to help alleviate the many needs of the Renton Community. The children of Renton are our main priority. Our focus is to “touch” those 
in need, not only financially but personally with interaction and caring assistance. Join us at a meeting or social – call Nancy at 253-261-6628 for more info.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
7 pm to 8:30 pm
River Valley Cheese
826 S. 3rd St.
Renton, WA 98057
Explore the magic of alcohol inking as you create a masterpiece of your own. Certified art therapist Ann Humes will take you on a journey through techniques that make this art medium work it’s magic for you. You’ll learn about the properties of alcohol ink and create several textures that will become a stunning one-of-a-kind collage.
To learn more about Ann Humes, her journey and her art, please visit
Brrrr …. It’s cold outside. No time like the present to book a
trip away! Meet Renton Chamber of Commerce New
Member, Molly Sumption of ‘Molly’s Caribbean’ who can
help you with that process 
Date/Time Information
Thursday, March 26, 2020
5 pm to 7 pm
Fees/Admission: Free
Vino at the Landing
800 N 10th Place E.
Renton, WA 98057
It is Back!!
Renton Schools and the King County Library System invite you to a FREE screening of the film
Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
Thursday, March 5th, 2020
from 4:00-6:00 pm
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
400 S 2nd St, Renton, WA 98057
This powerful film explores the impact of toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on individuals, including children, and how we can build communities of resilience so our children can thrive. This film is for interested community members, families, school staff, health providers, service providers, and all who want to help build resilience in our children and our community. There will be a panel discussion to follow.
• Staff RSVP: Clock hours are available for Renton Staff by signing up on ProDev #8623
• Community EventBrite RSVP
Please share this opportunity with your networks!
Our February's Urban Night Market with a Chile Cook Off was a busy exciting event; for March's Urban Night Market we highlight the ladies with their businesses.

Saturday, March 7th (3p - 9p)
Sunday, March 8th (11a - 4p) *INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY"
Renton Chamber of Commerce - 625 S.4th St. Renton, WA 98057
We are looking for 50-100 volunteers from our local community and businesses/ corporations.

There will be 600 students who will be participating in our 2nd annual Mock Interview event.
Given the amount of students participating, we will need mock interviewers who can volunteer the ENTIRE DAY.
Additional information regarding orientation will be emailed closer to the event.
Deadline to RSVP: March 1, 2020
Questions? Contact Ivery Rhodes, College & Career Specialist, at 425-204-3225 or
Our Renton Firefighters are climbing for a cause and they need your help.
( Click image to go to the website)
Dear Renton Rotarians, Friends and CAPER fans,

The Rotary Club of Renton CAPER Dinner and Auction is Saturday, March, 14, 2020!
Our theme for the evening will be “A Fanciful Baroque Style Celebration” to toast the many endeavors of your Rotary Club of Renton.

CAPER (Community Auction Promoting the Endeavors of Rotary) supports Dictionaries for 3 rd Graders, Operation Warm (Coats for Kids), Student Scholarships, Teacher and Student of the Month awards, Community Service Grants to many non-profit organizations, Rotary Harvest Against Hunger, RotaCare (free medical care for low income and uninsured) and many, many other programs that benefit our entire community and the world beyond. The Rotary Club of Renton is also a sponsor of the new Family First Community Center that will ground break near Renton’s Campbell Hill Elementary School this Spring. 
Dinner will be plated featuring choice of salmon, chicken or vegetarian. Special dietary requests can be accommodated as well.  
You can make your reservation today:
We have the pleasure of celebrity host, Brad Goode, as our auctioneer and Kirby Unti as Master of Ceremonies.
Here are the details:
Theme: Fanciful Baroque Style Celebration
Where: The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington Ballroom at Southport (Coulon).
When: Saturday, March 14th, 2020.
Time: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
How: On-line reservations at the link above. 

Please spread the word and invite friends, colleagues and family to join you for an evening of fun and fellowship.

We are also looking for item donations to make the auction fun and exciting. If you have an “experience” such as a dinner, boat trip, golf outing or wine tasting that brings Rotarians and friends together, these always do well. Wine donations as well as dinner certificates are also very welcome!
See you at CAPER!
Linda Foley, Kim-Khanh Van and Mark St. Peter
Rotary Club of Renton CAPER Co-Chairs
The annual RTC Foundation breakfast is a special time to hear how scholarships change lives for RTC students. Last year we awarded more scholarships and emergency grants than ever before. With your support, this year we hope to help even more students achieve their dreams.
We are also pleased to announce that Emily Parkhurst, Publisher of the  Puget Sound Business Journal  is our main speaker. Ms. Parkhurst is a strong advocate for workforce training and for the vital partnerships between business, industry, and technical colleges. She is also a former community college faculty member, and knows firsthand how community colleges create open access for all students to achieve great things.
Attendance is complimentary and an opportunity to support student scholarships and grants will be presented.
Reservations fill up fast, so we encourage you to make your reservations today.
Good afternoon!
We are pleased to announce an upcoming Money Mechanics class—spread the word and reserve your spot today before it fills up!
Are you or your clients frustrated by their financial situation or stressed out by their debt? Have you tried to set a budget but then your spending patterns don’t change? Do you want to support your clients in meeting their goals but have trouble helping them get there? 
Refer them to the YWCA’s financial education classes, Money Mechanics!  This February we are offering the FREE classes in White Center ! This series offers financial workshops for anyone who feels like their finances could use a “tune-up,” especially anyone who is low-income, unemployed, currently or recently homeless, or tired of getting paid and just days later wondering, “just where did that money go?”  These classes are open to anyone 18 and over.

Classes will be four sessions: February 20 th and 27 th , and March 5 th and 12 th on Thursdays, from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Food and child care provided free on site!
Transportation assistance is available.  
Participants may be eligible to receive up to $50 for completing the class!
Participants will get support while learning more about:
  • Unmasking the mysteries of credit
  • Debt management
  • Making your dollar stretch each month (budgeting!)
  • How to make banking work for you
  • Goal setting and your personal values
  • Saving and investing
  • And much more!
For more information or to register, participants can contact Constance   at 206-336-6977 or .  
Please let us know if you are interested and have questions—we have staff available and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
I have attached the flyer for you to share.  Please feel free to forward this email along to anyone else who may be interested. Thanks and have a great day!  

Hannah Haag
Program Manager, Economic Resilience Initiative
YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish
Pronouns: she/her/ella