Jen Cohen

1. Chamber Lunch Kick Off

Beyond the Gridiron: The Future of D1 Sports
with Jennifer Cohen, University of Washington Director of Athletics
January 21, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

The Chamber's lunch program kicks off January 21 with UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen. In three years under her watch, Cohen has led Husky Athletics to unprecedented success in the classroom, in competition, and in the community, including a total of 11 Pac-12 championships. Additionally, Cohen secured a 10-year, $119 million apparel partnership with Adidas that launched July 1, 2019.

Join us virtually each month through August as regional leaders share insights on a variety of critical topics. Each program will provide an opportunity to engage and collaborate with business leaders during the breakout sessions.

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2. Vaccine Distribution Underway

The COVID-19 vaccine is here. Two vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Both vaccines have also passed independent review by medical experts in the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, as part of the Western States Pact.

The Washington State Department of Health developed an interim framework using a review of existing evidence and research and extensive feedback from disproportionately impacted communities, groups, and partners. This framework is a step to facilitate a smooth, safe, equitable, and effective vaccine distribution process across Washington state.

Washington state is currently in phase 1A of vaccine distribution.

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3. Back in Session

Virtual Chamber Day
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The East King Chambers Legislative Kick-off last week was a great success with 18 legislators in the house and over 300 participants. Now the Legislature has convened for a 105-Day Session; look for action on COVID-19, economic recovery, carbon reduction, and possible new tax sources. 

Join us Thursday, January 28 for our first-ever virtual Chamber Day. You'll have the opportunity to hear from dozens of legislators and other state officials about what is really happening during the unprecedented virtual legislative session.

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4. Colliers Names New Executive Managing Director

Industry veteran Beth Halvorsen is one of the new leaders of 2020. In September, she was named executive managing director of Colliers International, responsible for the day-to-day management of brokerage operations in the Seattle and Bellevue offices, including tenant representation, agency leasing, and capital markets.

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PPP Forgiveness

5. Paycheck Protection Program Resumes

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal on Monday, January 11, 2021. First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs are being accepted first. PPP Second Draw Loans wil open on January 13, 2021 for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. 

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Annual Gala

+1 It's No Joke

Bellevue Chamber Annual Gala
April 1, 2021

The Bellevue Chamber Annual Gala has been rescheduled for April 1, 2021. Details and registration will be available in the coming weeks for this virtual extravaganza - so SAVE THE DATE!

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