5 Things: March 23, 2021
1. Celebrate & Inspire Bellevue
Bellevue Chamber's Annual Gala
Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Event Experiences Begin at 3:30 pm
The past year has been filled with challenges and hardships for many businesses and individuals, but it has also exposed the strength and heart of the Eastside community. At this year’s Virtual Annual Gala, we will be taking a look back at the last year and get ready for the year ahead as we Celebrate and Inspire Bellevue.
Our KeyBank Community Spotlight will highlight nine individuals and organizations that made an outstanding impact on our community through the challenges of Covid-19. Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment, joins us for a conversation about Amazon’s response to the pandemic and their growth plans for Bellevue.
Join us early for a culinary and cocktail experience, stay tuned for information regarding the Annual Gala Auction, and get ready to be competitive in the trivia breakout.
3. A Foot in the Door
7 Steps to Creating an Internship Program in Your Business
March 23 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The key to successfully setting up an internship is simple: Have a plan. The staff from Bellevue College will provide you a step-by-step guide on how you can successfully set up an internship program and recruit interns from Bellevue College in your business. Internship is a great way to create a diverse pipeline of talent for your business.
3. Shuttered Venue Operations Grant
SVOG Application Informational Webinar
Tuesday, March 30 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries.
The SBA's informational webinar will highlight the opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application which is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021. Join us as we cover what documentation eligible entities will need to apply for an SVOG, insight on what the SVOG application process will look like, and more.
The SVOG application is slated to open on April 8, 2021.
4. Heading Back to the Office
Microsoft announced on Monday it will allow its Seattle-area workforce back into the office, becoming the first major local employer to do so. Microsoft's Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene said the company has been closely tracking local health data and feels confident the campus can safely accommodate an increased number of on-site employees.
Bellevue Chamber President Joe Fain says, “we’re not out of the woods yet" but "businesses have learned a lot in the past year” about how to keep their employees safe at work.
5. Both Sides of the Lake
As vaccine rollout progresses, America is looking forward to a return to something resembling "normal". The number of remote employees may remain higher than before 2020, but many companies, especially those in "Superstar Cities," are expecting a gradual return of their workforce to the office.
While it was considered a "Superstar" of the past decade, Seattle is facing a number of issues that may change its trajectory, including continued vandalism and a spike in homelessness.
Meanwhile, Bellevue is poised to continue growing. Bellevue's city leadership seeks to work with businesses, the homeless population is small, and more than 50 major commercial and residential projects are underway in the city.
+1 Legislative Update
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.