1. Upcoming Events
Unstoppable Me: Women's Leadership Conference
First Session Today, September 29 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Women leaders bring valuable and unique perspectives to businesses in all types of industries. Join the Women's Leadership Conference to learn from successful business leaders as they discuss issues women face in business today and how to prepare for a successful future.
MOD Pizza co-founder Ally Svenson will kick off the four-part series today by sharing her insights on leading with authenticity. The next sessions are scheduled for October 20, November 3, and November 10.
The Connector's Way
Thursday, October 15 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
How to build relationships Virtually- Today's Challenging Environment has made it impossible to establish in person professional relationships. Virtual meetings are the new norms, but how can we build that relationship that way?
That is where Patrick Galvin from the Galvanizing Group specialize: An effective program to help the business world build that necessary relationship one at time.
Economic Forecast Summit
Tuesday, November 17 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
The Bellevue Chamber Economic Forecast Summit, sponsored by Bank of America, is one of the most sought after events of the year. This year, we're going small - so small it will fit on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. But don't fret, we've got even more of powerhouse line-up for you and your team to virtually enjoy.
Keynote speaker and Chief Market Strategist for Bank of America, Joe Quinlan, returns to the Economic Forecast Summit to share his candid insights on the global and national economy. In addition to Joe's address, you may choose one of five breakout sessions on a topic of your choosing. Each breakout features regional experts on the top issues as selected by Bellevue Chamber members.
2. Sales Tax Proposal
Last week, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a new 0.1% sales tax to fund housing for chronically homeless people. The tax would fund $400 million in facilities, enough to house about 2,000 people. If approved by the state Legislature, distressed motels, hotels, nursing homes, and similar facilities would be converted to permanent housing.
3. Small Business Loans Available
Per the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses in King County who were financially impacted by civil unrest starting May 29, 2020 are now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). An Economic Injury Declaration opens low interest loans to businesses to cover financial obligations and operating expenses. Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage.
4. Amazon's Eastside Story
Over the last decade, Amazon has built a workforce of over 50,000 employees and nearly 12 million square feet of office space in Seattle. Now it is expanding to the Eastside with plans to bring up to 28,000 workers to Bellevue in the next few years.
Regarding Amazon's expansion, Bellevue Chamber President Joe Fain says, “what (Amazon) has seen is a city government and a community that’s excited about growth, that’s excited about the potential for new businesses to start and expand in their backyard — and a much more welcoming attitude toward trying to solve collaboratively the problems that naturally come from growth. Companies of any size are looking for a partner in solving community problems. The ethos in Bellevue, especially at City Hall, is ‘Let’s all get together.'"
5. Vision House's No Homeless Kids Benefit
October 17 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Join Vision House virtually to hear former Seahawks player Doug Baldwin speak about homelessness in the Seattle area, and learn how you can help break the cycle of homelessness for a family today.
As a social service agency in Renton and Shoreline, Washington, Vision House helps break the cycle of homelessness for families with children. Eighty-eight percent of Vision House families move from homelessness to permanent housing, and in this pandemic, more and more families are looking for an opportunity for transformation.
+1 For Young Innovators
Application Due October 5th
Virtual Classes October 19th - November 14th
This year we are happy to offer the all-virtual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The class will be an accelerated program that will take place for four weeks beginning October 19th. The YEA! program teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own real businesses and social movements. Students are guided through each step of starting an enterprise, from brainstorming the idea to pitching their business plan to investors.