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    Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce

    September 2017 Newsletter


    Come attend the 2017 Washington State Legislative Wrap Up which will feature all East King County Legislators discussing their progress in a closely divided state capitol and a look at what's ahead in 2018.

    Location:  The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge
    Date:        September 14th
    Time:        4:00 pm until 7:00 pm


    September 27th, 11:30-1:30
    The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge
    King County Council Candidate Forum
    Join us for our first Fall Chamber Luncheon and hear the current King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert and her opponent John Murphy discuss pertinent issues to our County and Community. This will be a moderated forum with preselected questions taken from the community. New Chamber members to be introduced and a great time to network, meet new folks, strengthen old ties and enjoy lunch together! 
    Register here!


    From Board President, Carolyn Simpson

    Public policy decisions can impact your business in a big way.   Elected officials at the local, state, and national level make decisions and set policy related to taxes, labor laws, economic growth, small business assistance, education, and work force training, among others. 

    Your Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in the Valley that provides Candidate Forums so that our members and the public can hear from the candidates themselves on the important issues and compare and contrast candidates. 

    All of our Candidate Forums are planned in collaboration with the Snoqualmie Valley Record.  They will all feature a moderator leading the candidates with questions obtained from the public, by the Chamber and the Record.  Please send in your questions to monica@snovalley.org

    Upcoming Candidate Forums are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Snoqualmie Valley Record.
    Snoqualmie City Council - October 5th -  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Snoqualmie Valley School Board - October 12th - 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    North Bend City Council - October 18th - 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
    Snoqualmie Mayor (Luncheon) - October 25th - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Save the Date!
    November 17th - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm 

    Register here!


    "Building Value into Your Business"
    Wednesday, September 6
    Umpqua Community Room
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Peter Busacca is the principal of Washington BBI, business brokerage helping business owners in buying and selling their businesses.

    Whether you own or manage a business or nonprofit organization, you probably spend some time contemplating how to add value. Every entrepreneur or organizational leader has different end goals in mind, but charting that course five, even ten years out, is something most will not do. Peter will share his insight on why this is important and how doing so can positively impact the value of your business.

    The Business Workshop is a collaborative endeavor of Umpqua Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce. This workshop is open to everyone in the community. Guest presenters represent their own opinions without an endorsement. Our hope is it will assist participants further on matters specific to their circumstances.


    Heirloom Cookshop Ribbon Cutting

    JOIN the Chamber in celebrating Heirloom Cookshop with a Ribbon Cutting and Reception on September 5th at 10:00 am. Kristen Schumacher has worked hard to bring an amazing kitchen space to our community where both adults and kids will be able to learn to cook seasonal and healthy foods in a hip, historical and charming atmosphere. Heirloom will run a multitude of workshops  taught by Chef Schumacher, as well as bring in other chefs and artisans that are masters of their craft.

    Heirloom Cookshop will offer seasonal grab and go foods such as soup, sandwiches, salads, coffee and treats Tuesday - Saturday. This space will also host special chef dinners as well as offer a space for private catered events and parties. 

    DoggieStock is Back!

    We have a great day planned filled with Pet Adoptions, Live Music, Doggie Olympics, Pet Costume Contests, Beer Garden, Food Vendors and Exhibitors.  ~Free to the public~
    The event is Saturday, Sept 9th - 12:00 pm -6:00 pm
    Tollgate Farm Park
    1300 West North Bend Way
    North Bend, WA 98045
    DoggieStock is a music festival benefitting Valley Animal Partners, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the Snoqualmie Valley which provide services for pets of low income families, seniors and veterans. Live music all day! Dog and cat adoptions! Activities throughout the day include Doggie Olympics, Pet Costume Contest and photos, and agility and obedience demonstrations. There will be a beer garden and food vendors. Bring your family (including your leashed dog!) blankets and lawn chairs. Donations of pet food will also be accepted for the Mt. Si Food Bank. Admission to DoggieStock is free but donations are accepted.

    YMCA Cultural Potluck

    Celebrate Diversity!

    The YMCA leads us in welcoming and celebrating all cultures with a delicious way to tantalize your taste buds from foods all over the world. Bring a dish from your family tradition or culture and share with the community on September 21st from 12:15 pm - 2:15pm.

    Torguson Park Ribbon Cutting

    Join us in a celebration of the new and improved Torguson Park on September 21st at 5:00 pm!


    Martin Volken is both a business man and mountain guide. He does both with seemingly effortless capabilities, a relaxed yet focused demeanor and great passion for North Bend and the direction it is taking. He and his beautiful wife, Gina Volken opened Pro Ski & Mountain Services in 1991 in Seattle and the North Bend store in 1999.

    The recent facelift that Downtown North Bend is receiving has caused a bit of stress for business owners as they have lost most of their street side parking and experienced a speedbump of a 5-day cement workers strike that slowed progress temporarily. Yet Pro Ski seems to be running smoothly and Martin is happy to report that their August sales numbers are almost on par with past years. He anticipates a bit of an impact going into winter if customers have to lug their skis and boots a block, but there is alternative parking in various areas around the downtown. http://northbendwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6081

    He has a great attitude that we have to put up with the short term strain to get the long term gain of a beautified downtown with much improved curb appeal that will attract more people wanting to spend time in all the shops that North Bend has to offer. He is hopeful that the plaza like feel will also attract high caliber businesses and tourists. The City of North Bend passed up a $350K grant a few years ago that would have been matched by the City but at $700K some smart decision makers at the City knew that would not be enough to do what North Bend needed. Gina Estep worked hard to apply for a higher grant with King County and was rewarded by landing a $1.4 million grant that has now allowed the City to contribute another $400K and end up with a wonderful end result we can all look forward to experiencing by November. An artistic stamped concrete effect of the Middle Fork/North Fork/South Fork River will be illustrated within the Plaza. http://northbendwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6082

    Make sure to visit Martin and Gina at Pro Ski & Mountain Services and all the stores that our quaint downtown North Bend offers! Supporting them through this next 2 months will be crucial to their success and a great way to feel good about contributing back to our community in a meaningful way.





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