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Dec 23
2020

Erica Dial

The Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce would like to wish you a Happy Holidays! We know for many of you it has been a challenging year in both business and personal life. We look forward to supporting your business in 2021 and know that things will get better......PS: The Chamber also participated in the City of Maple Valley's Drive Through Light Display last weekend with a Shop Local theme! A huge THANK YOU to Heidi from the Chamber office for designing, building and basically put her heart and soul into this display! We hope it inspired those who saw it to Shop Local and support our area businesses. See you all in 2021! read more

Dec 15
2020

Erica Dial

Please join us for December's UGLY SWEATER Virtual Luncheon on December 16th, from 11:30am - 1:00pm. Our luncheon is sponsored by Edward Jones. Zoom on in wearing your favorite UGLY holiday sweater! We are fortunate to have him back....Pastor Steve Murray from Real Life Church will be our guest speaker. Pastor Steve is a Chamber favorite so make sure to block off your calendar and join us You will be inspired by his thoughtful words during this holiday season - here's a sneak peak at his message: "With Covid on the uptick, many of our business are taking a hit. Most of us have experienced a zoom gloom end and it seems like more challenges are ahead. A weary feeling has set in for so many and some have gone on a downward spiral that has been detrimental. Others are taking it day by day." Pastor Steve is going to walk us through a few steps to be able to tap into a "Thrill of Hope" so that we can rejoice in the midst of being weary. These steps will help us keep hope alive in our businesses, organizations, and families. He promises it won't be gloomy. Our sponsor this month is Edward Jones. read more

Dec 14
2020

Erica Dial

The East King Chambers Coalition Legislative Kickoff (Virtual) is one of the biggest political events of the year. Join us on Wednesday, January 6th from 7:30am to 9:00am and get the latest news on the upcoming Legislative Session. This year will be important as our business community will need to recover from the economic fallout caused by the pandemic. This year, we are proud to welcome Washington's recently re-elected Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, as our keynote speaker. Following Kim's address we'll be joined by leaders from each of the four corners for an interactive session moderated by award-winning journalist from Q13, Brandi Kruse. Then choose your own adventure between three panels of legislators focusing on Economic Revitalization, moderated by Former Governor Gary Locke; Transportation, moderated by Renton City Councilmember Ed Prince; and Affordable housing, moderated by Microsoft's Jane Broom. Cost is $20/person. Register at https://bellevuechamber.org/chambers-coalition/events/legislative-kickoff/ read more

Dec 14
2020

Erica Dial

The Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for the 2020 Business of the Year award, 2020 New Business of the Year award, 2020 Chamber Member of the Year award and 2020 Non-Profit of the Year award. Click here to be directed to our survey. Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, December 22nd. We will be honoring the achievements, the dedication, and the innovative spirit of our local businesses over the past year. We want to tell our stories, proclaim achievements, celebrate milestone anniversaries, and brag a little. Not only is this an opportunity to more formally recognize and applaud businesses, it is an opportunity to share the most successful business practices and set a benchmark for excellence. Read article for more information and link to nomination survey. read more

Dec 09
2020

Erica Dial

Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a 3 week extension on COVID business restrictions. He was also joined by Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown, who announced an additional 50 Million which will double the number of Washington small businesses that will receive aid. Industries recently shut down, such as restaurants and fitness centers, as well as businesses that have been devastatingly impacted throughout the pandemic, like music and event venues, have been prioritized. Applications are open but the deadline is the FRIDAY - don't wait until then to apply. read more


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