1. In Memory of Don Davidson
Bellevue Chamber mourns the loss of past Chair, Dr. Don Davidson. Affectionately known as “Dr. Duck,” Don began his dental practice in Downtown Bellevue in the mid-1960s and was often sighted driving his bright red Porsche around town and playing his bagpipes at public events. Don was a committed civic leader, serving as Bellevue Chamber Board Chair in 1979, as well as numerous government affairs committees. Dr. Davidson served on the Bellevue City Council for 27 years, where he was selected by his colleagues to serve two terms as mayor and one as mayor pro tem. His leadership extended beyond Bellevue city limits, including stints as chair of Regional Water Quality Committee and Cascade Water Alliance. Don Davidson reminds us of a time when Bellevue was a place where everyone knew everyone else. He will be missed.
2. From the Governor's Office
On Monday, Governor Inslee signed a business relief package that curbs unemployment taxes and expands unemployment benefits. SB5061 pushes the unemployment insurance tax increases to 2025, rather than taking effect in 2021. The legislation will also increase weekly unemployment benefits for the state's lowest earners from 15% to 20% starting in July 2021.
The bill also includes changes that would hopefully better prepare Washington state for a future health emergency.
3. Heading to Town
I-405 Access Study
Through 5 pm on Friday, February 19, 2021
Traffic volumes are increasing, and the City of Bellevue wants your feedback on five design alternatives for a new I-405 interchange serving South Downtown. Participate in this online open house through February 19 and help keep traffic moving in out of Downtown and fast-growing Wilburton.
4. Let's Meet for Lunch
with Dwayne Clark, Aegis Living President & CEO
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
A wave of retirements, rising housing costs, and increasing longevity have combined to fuel explosive demand in concierge-class senior living. Aegis Living Founder and CEO, Dwayne Clark, tells his entrepreneurial path to success. But this isn't just about the senior housing industry. Dwayne is a recognized management guru, whose has spoken widely about managing diverse workforces and keeping employee satisfaction high.
Join us virtually every 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.
5. Maximize Your Facebook Presence
Boost with Facebook
February 22, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Facebook has launched the digital Boost with Facebook program, which services cities across the US in an effort to help US small businesses grow, and to equip more people with the digital skills they need to compete in the new economy.
As Facebook's presence in Bellevue continues to grow, the Bellevue Chamber is excited to have the opportunity to partner with them to bring resources and expertise to the Bellevue business community.
Join Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson, Bellevue Chamber President Joe Fain, JJ Caprices owner Jen Jedda, and Facebook expert Chloe for a virtual event that will bring together small business owners, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and community groups to enable them to learn how to use technology to grow their business to learn new skills.
+1 Wednesday Wake Up
Everything You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 8:30 - 9:00 am
Next Wednesday, we're kicking off the relaunched Morning Business Builder program with Arry Yu, Managing Director of Yellow Umbrella Venture, and the fundamentals of Bitcoin. Learn what Bitcoin is and how it works, gain an understanding of blockchain technology, and become familiar with key cryptocurrency concepts.
Join us every Wednesday morning to find ways to adapt your business skills to the new environment, grow your network, and develop yourself and your business.
Weekly Session Report
The Bellevue Chamber's lobbyist in Olympia, Lyset Cadena, provides a weekly report covering priority areas such as Covid recovery, transportation, and housing, as well as bill statuses.