January 15, 2020
Contact: Joe Fain (425) 454-2464

Bellevue Chamber Endorses School Bond Measure
Business Community Supports Bellevue School Improvements

BELLEVUE, WA – The Bellevue Chamber today announced its support for the upcoming school bond measure on the February 11, 2020 ballot. The Chamber Policy Council, a group of business leaders from both sides of Lake Washington, made the recommendation following the decision by the Bellevue School Board, to seek approval from the voters to raise up to $675,000,000 in bond proceeds.

The Chamber does not take lightly the prospect of increased property taxes. However, business leaders understand the workforce of tomorrow, is receiving an education in local public schools today. After years of a declining student population, enrollment in Bellevue Public Schools is again on the rise. Recently, the District opened the new Wilburton Elementary to accommodate students from families living in the rapidly growing residential areas of Downtown Bellevue, Bel-Red and Wilburton.

However, other existing facilities are aging and require badly needed capital improvements. BSD Proposition One would make the following investments:

  • Rebuild Bellevue Big Picture School;
  • Rebuild the International School;
  • Rebuild Jing Mei Elementary School;
  • Expand Newport High School;
  • Expand Interlake High School;
  • Undertake district-wide safety/security improvements;
  • Expand the District’s transportation facilities;
  • Rebuild education service centers

If approved, the local property tax rate paid for local schools will increase by 3 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of less than 1 percent. According to the Bellevue School District, for the average home of $850,000, a Bellevue resident currently paying $2.43 per $1,000 of assessed property value, will see an increase by 3 cents a year, to $2.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $25.50 per year total.

Over a dozen years ago, voters amended the state constitution to eliminate the supermajority voting requirement for local school district excess operating levies. However, the requirement remains in place for bond measures, so every vote will count in this special election.

The Bellevue Chamber is the premier networking and business advocacy organization on the Eastside Representing hundreds of employers and tens of thousands of jobs in our community. 


See you Thursday!
Bellevue Chamber Lunch
Corporate Citizenship & Eastside Nonprofit Expo
November 21 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Westin Bellevue
Join us as we take a look at how companies and nonprofits are working together to solve community problems.
Learn about the corporate philanthropy and employee engagement programs championed by leading companies that make our region a better place.
Joe Quinlan, Bank of America’s popular global market strategist, shared his uncensored opinions on politics, markets, the environment, and media at Friday’s Economic Forecast Breakfast.
If you were among the 350+ attendees at this blockbuster event you heard Quinlan’s list of must-read books, and must-see TV.
Here are his recommendations and a link to one of the Bellevue Chamber’s Legacy Leaders, Amazon, to order his picks!
1. Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline
An award-winning journalist and leading international social researcher make the provocative argument that the global population will soon begin to decline, dramatically reshaping the social, political, and economic landscape.
2. Moment of Life
For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.
3. Call Sign Chaos
A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis–the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time–and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.
4. Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America
With stark photo essays and unforgettable true stories, Chris Arnade cuts through “expert” pontification on inequality, addiction, and poverty to allow those who have been left behind to define themselves on their own terms.
5. The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us
Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the privileged and leave everyone else behind? Or can a college education today provide real opportunity to young Americans seeking to improve their station in life?
6. Chernobyl
In April 1986, a huge explosion erupted at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in northern Ukraine. This series follows the stories of the men and women, who tried to contain the disaster, as well as those who gave their lives preventing a subsequent and worse one.
7. Ozark
A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.
8. The Spy
The Spy is based on the work of real-life Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who went undercover in Syria in the early 1960s. At a crucial time, Cohen got in deeper and was more successful than anyone ever expected, ultimately becoming Israel’s most famous spy.
9. A Tale of Two Cities
Ann Bishop, Wallace Properties Senior Vice President, shared a look at the differences between Bellevue and Seattle markets.
10. Economic & Community Metrics Guide
Bellevue is on the rise. With unprecedented growth comes unprecedented change.
See how, tech, education, trade, tourism, demographics, public investment, healthcare, and consumer habits are driving new opportunities on the Eastside.
Learn about our changing face, changing cityscape, and our changing response to community building in this year’s, “2019 Economic & Community Metrics” guide.
With hundreds of members representing tens of thousands of employees, the Bellevue Chamber is the relationship, policy, and business development hub for organizations throughout the Puget Sound region. Learn how Bellevue Chamber membership can enhance your business network and professional impact.



The Bellevue Chamber is at the center of building community in our region. Here are just a few of the top programs, events, and engagement opportunities that we provide our members.
1. Fun & Networking
From after hours mixers to our quarterly “Bellevue Recess,” our networking events always deliver on fun while building meaningful new professional and social connections. Join us at our next event:
November 11 | 5:15 – 8:00 pm | Cépaé
Watch the Seahawks take on the 49ers at the next Bellevue Recess. Guests will enjoy wine, snacks, and the game on the big screen.
In honor of Veterans Day, active and retired military attend free.
2. Business Intelligence
Top political leaders, business CEOs, sports and media figures, and top market analysts and industry experts regularly share their insights with our membership. Join us for our next business intelligence event:
November 15 | 7:00 – 9:00 am | Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Renowned economist Joe Quinlan and local commercial real estate expert Ann Bishop share their insights on local markets and international trends.
3. Campaigns & Elections
The Chamber’s Eastside Business Alliance interviewed over three dozen candidates for local office this election cycle. Our trustees met individually with candidates, reviewed their background and professional accomplishments, and drafted our Eastside Voter’s Guide. Happy Election Day!
4. Lunch with Purpose
Our monthly Chamber Lunch is one of our fastest growing programs with over 150+ in monthly attendance. Network with business and community leaders, meet your next client or business opportunity, or showcase your organization as one of our pre-event pop-up vendors.
5. C-Suite Relationship Building
Executive Business Roundtable
is the premier networking group for owners, managers, and C-Suite.
Held each month at Overlake Golf & Country Club, this year’s line-up includes a close look at the healthcare industry, how the marijuana business is taking shape in the wave of legalization, the rise and fall of socialism in New Zealand, and other incredible speakers and topics.
6. Policy Formation & Access to Government
With a lobbyist at city hall and one at our state’s capitol in Olympia, the Bellevue Chamber is plugged in to all the major public policy issues facing our state and region. The Chamber’s new Policy Council is spearheading new efforts in homelessness, transportation, permitting and development, and much more.
The Bellevue Chamber also operates the East King Chamber’s Coalition, a group of 11 Chambers of Commerce that develop a unified legislative agenda in Olympia, host policy-centered events, and help grow the influence of Eastside businesses and communities. Your voice is all that’s missing.
7. New Growth & Service Opportunities
Chamber members and their employees get an individualized experience. Some want professional growth and networking, others are looking for sponsorship and visibility for their brand. Still others are looking for a place to plug in with purpose.
The Chamber Board has a growing list of committees focused on member priorities like diversity and inclusion; education and workforce development; foundation and community service; and events and programming.
The Chamber serves as a convener and organizer of these work groups and helps manage the logistics and follow-through so that committee participants can maximize their impact and benefits from participation.
8. Business Education for Young Innovators
Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)
is a program that 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. 
Interviews for the 2019-2020 program are underway!
9. Professional Growth for New Executives
New Executive’s Program
has helped hundreds of Eastside professionals with their business skills, community engagement, and professional network.
The year-long program begins soon. Learn more below or contact
for more information.
10. Morning Business Builder
MBB is a weekly networking, social, and skill development program that brings together professionals across an array of industries. Share you service, product, or brand with your fellow business leaders and learn from one another’s success and challenges. 
MBB happens every Wednesday morning at the Chamber headquarters. Muffins included!
With hundreds of members representing tens of thousands of employees, the Bellevue Chamber is the relationship, policy, and business development hub for organizations throughout the Puget Sound region. Learn how Bellevue Chamber membership can enhance your business network and professional impact.



1. A Template for Healthcare Success
The Bellevue Chamber hosted healthcare executives, benefit managers, and local business leaders at Overlake Golf and Country Club last week for its Eastside Healthcare Summit.
425 Business Magazine
was on site to cover the discussion.
Among other presenters, Microsoft shared its recent
efforts to control costs and improve results for its massive Eastside employee base through direct engagement with the
Eastside Health Network
. Learn how Microsoft’s experience can be a template for other employer’s in our region.
2. Up, Up, and at the Westin
Bellevue Chamber Lunch
December 19 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Westin Bellevue
Get a look at Sea-Tac International Airport’s master plan and discover how the Port of Seattle intends to handle the airport’s fast-paced growth.
If you would like the opportunity to be featured in our pre-event showcase, please email
3. Making Spirits Bright
Chamber Holiday Party
December 12 | 5:00 – 7:30 pm | Xfinity Showroom
Ring in the holidays with the Bellevue Chamber as we toast the contributions of our elected officials, network with fellow business leaders, and enjoy Bellevue’s iconic Snowflake Lane celebration. Space is limited so register ASAP!
4. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
The annual Snowflake Lane kicks off on November 29 on Bellevue Way. Bring the whole family and embrace the holiday spirit during the 7pm nightly parade. Garden d’Lights and the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink open this weekend as well.
5. The Most Important Meal of the Day
East King Chambers Legislative Breakfast
January 8 | 7:00 – 9:00 am | Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Representatives of the East King County business community gather to hear what Eastside legislators will prioritize in the coming Regular Session – and to share a few ideas of their own.
New Members
Renewing Members
44 Years: Hotel 116
37 Years: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
29 Years: Lexus of Bellevue
26 Years: Rowley Properties, Inc.
26 Years: Kohtoku Enterprise, Inc.
18 Years: King County
17 Years: Langton Spieth, LLC
16 Years: Professional Small Business Management, Inc
15 Years: YMCAs on the Eastside
5 Years: Pacific Regent Bellevue
4 Years: Minuteman Press
3 Years: Puget Sound Express
2 Years: Sparc Homes LLC
2 Years: T-Mobile
2 Years: The Bravern
1 Year: Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.
1 Year: Icon Sky LLC
1 Year: The Inn at Belle Harbour
1 Year: Youth Eastside Services


1. Calling All 12s
Bellevue Recess
November 11 | 5:15 – 8:00 pm | Cépaé
Watch the Seahawks take on the 49ers at the next Bellevue Recess. Guests will enjoy wine, snacks, and the game on the big screen.
In honor of Veterans Day, active and retired military attend free.
2. Micro to Macro
Economic Forecast Breakfast
November 15 | 7:00 – 9:00 am | Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Joe Quinlan, Chief Market Strategist with Bank of America, returns to the Economic Forecast to share his candid insights on the forces shaping the national and global economy.
3. One Week to Be Counted
Seven short days to election day! The Seattle Times has recently run profiles on Bellevue races:
Position 3 and 5
Position 1 and 7
. The Eastside Business Alliance, sponsored by the Chamber, has backed a full slate of pro-business candidates for local office. 
4. A Pivotal Moment
Pivotal Commware
, a metamaterials startup backed by Bill Gates, has secured financing to help roll out antennas for 5G wireless data services. One line of antenna is due to be shipped out beginning in December and should start appearing next year.
5. Bow Down to Marketing
The NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously to “permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.” 
While light on specifics, this news possibly preempts a law suit on the matter while opening the doors for student-athletes to personally profit from the highly-lucrative industry of college sports.
New Member
Renewing Members



1. Sea! Hawks!
Bellevue Recess
November 11 | 5:15 – 8:00 pm | Cépaé
Watch the Seahawks take on the 49ers at the next Bellevue Recess. Guests will enjoy wine, snacks, and the game on the big screen.
In honor of Veterans Day, active and retired military attend free.
2. Bulls and Bears
Economic Forecast Breakfast
November 15 | 7:00 – 9:00 am | Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Joe Quinlan, Chief Market Strategist with Bank of America, returns to the Economic Forecast to share his candid insights on the forces shaping the national and global economy.
3. The Good, the Bad, the Expensive
Bellevue’s 98004 ZIP code ranks the most expensive in the Pacific Northwest two years in a row based on a study done by
Issaquah, Mercer Island, and Redmond were all listed in the top 50 priciest places to live as well.
4. But First, We Eat
Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off October 27th and over a
dozen Bellevue restaurants are participating.
Lunch includes an appetizer and entree, and runs from Sunday through Thursday; dinner includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.
5. (We All) Just Want to Have Fun
Grab your neon colors, high waisted jeans, and leg warmers and join the fun at
Central Bar’s
80’s themed Halloween party on Saturday, October 26! The DJ takes the stage at 9pm.
or reservations call 425-578-7878 or visit
centralbar.com >
Renewing Members


Contact: contact@eastsidebusinessalliance.com
Tel: 425-213-1200

Bellevue Chamber launches online Eastside Voter’s Guide

Bellevue, WA – The Eastside Business Alliance (EBA), sponsored by the Bellevue Chamber, has completed its rigorous election endorsement processes and released a list of 19 pro-growth candidates for local, non-partisan office on the Eastside. EBA trustees spent three months researching and interviewing 38 candidates for office. You can read all our endorsements at www.bellevuechamber.org/advocate/eba

Kirkland City Council Position 4

Toby Nixon: Endorsed Highly Qualified

When considering which candidates to interview this  year, we could have given Toby Nixon a free pass, based upon his consistent support of the business community over his long tenure as an elected official.  Despite our past endorsements, Toby took nothing for granted and was pleased to make made his case for re-election based upon core principles such as limiting taxes and the regulatory burden on small and medium-sized businesses, compassion for those most in need, and open and transparent government at all levels.

Toby Nixon is a true citizen politician with a broad civic and political resume including two terms in the Legislature, a stint as a King County Fire District Commissioner, and community service assignments with Attain Housing, Lake Washington Schools Foundation and Youth Eastside Services, to name a few. We enthusiastically support Toby Nixon for another term.

Redmond City Council Position 3

Hank Margeson: Endorsed Highly Qualified

Hank Margeson has held a variety of leadership positions since his first election in 2007. He’s been chosen by his colleagues to serve as Council President and Vice-President, as well as chair of the Finance, Administration, and Planning and Public Works Committees. At the regional level, Hank has represented his community well on the Sound Cities Association (SCA) Board of Directors, the PSRC Growth Management Policy Board and the King County Open Space Advisory Committee. Each of these assignments require tact, diplomacy and a grasp of complex policy .

Most important, Hank’s business background and his solid record of community service with Hopelink, Redmond Derby Days and as a youth soccer and baseball coach, all point to his skills as a consensus builder. Hank is the type of leader our region needs now more than ever. We’ve endorsed Hank in each of his previous campaigns and recommend him for a fourth term.

Redmond City Council Position 5

Vanessa Kritzer: Endorsed

Redmond, like many other Eastside cities, is on the rise. It faces challenges with growth and infrastructure that demand connected and energetic elected leaders. Vanessa Kritzer has the potential to be one of these leaders. A former student Regent at the University of Washington and Redmond Planning Commission member, Vanessa has experience locally and nationally in making government work. For Redmond voters, her experience in harnessing technology and innovation in the public sector comes at the right time and in the right place.

Renton City Council Position 4

Ryan McIrvin: Endorsed

It’s one thing to celebrate young leaders for winning an election, but it is entirely more appropriate to raise up those who have been effective once placed in that position of power and trust. Ryan McIrvin deserves re-election for his accomplishments, his collaborative character, and his deep community connections. He is well-versed with issues facing the business community from his years serving the Association of REALTORS.

As Chair of the City of Renton Transportation Committee he is charged with the delicate job of balancing the mobility needs of neighborhood commuters and 737 wing assemblies. He has shown his capacity to help lead Renton’s promising future

Renton City Council Position #3

Valerie O’Halloran: Endorsed

In the race for vacant Council Position #3, Valerie O’Halloran is a strong candidate. With a long civic resume and a list of endorsements from business, labor, and community groups citywide, O’Halloran will be able to hit the ground running. With the retirement of current Mayor Dennis Law and Council President Don Persson, the Renton City Council will need someone who has a finger on the pulse of the community to fill this position.  In a community where neighborhood politics matter, Valerie is a candidate with deep roots.

We like her opponent, Renton Chamber Board Chair James Alberson and hope he will continue to deepen his resume and seek appointment to a City board or commission. For this election, however, Valerie O’Halloran is our choice.

Mercer Island City Council Position #1

David Rosenbaum: Endorsed

There is growing pressure on Mercer Island to reject initiatives that would keep the island community on pace with our growing cosmopolitan region.  David Rosenbaum sees another path forward. Instead, David wants to help Mercer Island grow with the region while maintaining its high quality of life. David thinks the city can do more to help small businesses prosper and seek to return the city to a responsible fiscal footing.

We approve of David’s pragmatic approach to government. Should he achieve election, we hope he will sharpen his position in opposition to rent control and right-of-way acquisitions by utilities, two issues of importance to the Eastside business community.

Mercer Island City Council Position #5                                                                                                                             

Craig Reynold: Endorsed

As with many smaller communities on the Eastside, Mercer Island is experiencing some significant budgetary issues that will need forward thinking and tough decisions. Craig’s professional background and passion will bring a thoughtful and levelheaded approach to those vexing issues. He understands the difference between one-time cuts and ongoing, sustainable efficiencies in municipal government. These are tough conversations, but ones that need to take place.

We believe he will help chart a needed balance between growth in the downtown core, island mobility, growth, quality of life, and environmental stewardship. In addition, as the current vice-chair of the Planning Commission, we’re confident he’ll advocate for an inclusive approach to implementing the adopted Town Center Vision, one which is needed to preserve existing small merchants while attracting new businesses.

The Eastside Business Alliance, sponsored by the Bellevue Chamber, is led by a diverse group of trustees representing industries and firms of all sizes throughout the Eastside. Candidates in open races or where the incumbent has not been previously endorsed complete a written questionnaire and participate in an extended interview process with the Board as part of the endorsement process.


For additional information regarding the Eastside Business Alliance or its endorsement process please reach out to contact@eastsidebusinessalliance.com


1. Get Off the Bench
Annual Dinner
October 15 | 5:15 – 9:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Join us for a look into the region’s future as a hockey town from NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke. Seattle Thunderbird’s head coach Matt O’Dette will give a Hockey 101 and get you game (watching) ready by the end of the evening.
Jump in the game during the
silent auction
, check your opponents in the
live auction
, and try to avoid a tripping call during the
dessert dash
. View the list of auction items and get more event information
on our website
Deadline extended! Register by October 10 for a chance to win two round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines
2. Bellevue Chamber Lunch: Corporate Citizenship
November 21 | 11:30am – 1:30pm
Westin Bellevue
Learn about the corporate philanthropy and employee engagement programs championed by leading companies to make our region a better place. Emceed by King 5’s Joyce Taylor, our speaker panel will discuss the needs in our community and how local companies are attacking those issues head-on.
Discover how your organization can gain by building your own partnerships that build goodwill with your customers and employees while making an impact in the community.
3. Eastside Gives
The Eastside is known for its philanthropy to those in need. In November, the Bellevue Reporter will be adding a special section, Eastside Gives, to spotlight the giving spirit in our area. The section will spotlight local non-profit foundation and include a social calendar of fundraising events and galas.  Contact
Shawn Peake
for more information about how you can be highlighted or advertise in this special section.
Chamber members who book ad space before October 18th will receive 25% off;
contact Shawn Peake for more details >
4. Get Your Vote On
The leaves are falling and election day is just around the corner. Ballots will soon arrive in the mail and we have launched our first-ever

Eastside Voter’s Guide
. The Eastside Business Alliance, sponsored by the Chamber, has backed a full slate of pro-business candidates for local office.

5. Highway to the Innovation Partnership Zone
A partnership between 5G Open Innovation Lab, T-Mobile, the University of Washington, and the City of Bellevue is aiming to encourage the growth of 5G in the region. To do so, they will connect 5G
startups with investors and technology labs to test their products as well as create a pipeline for jobs for students interested in working with 5G.
New Members
Renewing Members


RUI Holdings, the Seattle-based parent of Restaurants Unlimited, was acquired by Landry’s in a bankruptcy sale, and five restaurants were sold to Bellevue-based Ascend Hospitality Group.

These five restaurants will be renovated and revitalized under the direction of Ascend’s president Elaina Herber.

Read more >

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