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Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020 on Jan. 15

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for this breakfast event with the 2020 annual forecast of the area’s economic well-being. These insights on the local, regional and national aspects of the economy make this an invaluable event for local businesses who want assistance in determining their business outlook.

  • Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020
  • Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 7 – 9 a.m.
  • Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center
  • Address: 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Cost: $100 pre-paid ($110 walk-in) for members; $120 pre-paid ($140 walk-in) for non-members; $1,000 corporate table sponsor; $1,200 premier table sponsor
  • Questions: Contact Alison Bryan

The Tacoma Chamber is an association partner of the Business Health Trust.

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Event: Toast of Seattle at Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle – Broadway on Jan. 17

Bring in the new year with new connections that are guaranteed to broaden your professional network! Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Silver Cloud Broadway to kick off the first Toast of Seattle of the year. With three rounds of structured networking, you’re guaranteed to meet new professional contacts, and have a great time!

About the Host

The Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle – Broadway has a lovely design and energy to offer in this trendy neighborhood of Capitol Hill. This downtown Seattle hotel welcomes travelers for both business and leisure. Located just nine blocks away from the downtown area Silver Cloud offers fine restaurants, shopping and theaters. They are also proud to present their very own restaurant Jimmy’s on Broadway which offers the same energetic atmosphere and culinary experience as other popular Jimmy’s locations.

About Toast of Seattle

The Toast of Seattle is one of the Chamber’s most successful networking programs. We take the stress out of networking with three structured rounds — in the style of speed dating! Each person at a table has two minutes to introduce themselves and speak about their business. At the end of each round, everyone changes tables and starts again. You’re guaranteed to meet over 20 people in 2 hours, and will, without a doubt, have a great time!

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

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Access HR Support at a Discount as a Business Health Trust Member

As a Business Health Trust member, you already have free access to valuable HR resources through your complimentary Archbright Online Membership.

For Business Health Trust members who want additional HR support, Business Health Trust and Archbright have also partnered to provide an exclusive Bronze membership just for you.

2019 Bronze Membership, exclusive to Business Health Trust Online Members

Bronze membership provides access to key resources to help support your company’s HR function, including:

  • HR Hotline — HR compliance guidance at your fingertips. Simply email or call our HR Advisors with your HR concerns and questions.
  • HR Toolkit — Online access to hundreds of vetted policies, forms and keynotes.
  • Publications & eAlerts — Our monthly newsletter Insights and email bulletins on important compliance news.
  • HR Snapshot — A quick online assessment of the health of your HR function.
  • Archbright Surveys — Survey Reports included for first year of membership. Then, participate in a survey and receive the report for free.
  • HR Recertification Credits — Employees of member companies can earn up to 12 HRCI credits due to Archbright membership.
  • 10% Discount on List Price for Services (some exceptions apply).
  • 20% discount off your first 12 months’ dues.

Current 2019 Bronze dues: $149/month (reg. price)

Business Health Trust’s 2019 Bronze Dues: $119.20/month (20% off)

Dues are subject to change for 2020, but your 20% discount terms apply!

To find out more about Bronze membership, visit Archbright.com, or contact info@archbright.com, 206.329.1120 or 509.381.1635.

Event: Executive Speaker Series on Life Sciences

Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to learn more the fast-growing life sciences industry, currently represented by more than 1,100 life science organizations located in 110 cities spanning Washington, with the sector adding new life science firms at the rate of about 80 per year.

  • Event: Executive Speaker Serires on Life Sciences
  • Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber, 1301 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 11/27) for members; $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 11/27) for non-members
  • Questions: Contact Hannah Holman at 206-389-7216

Did you know?

  • Life science employment jumped around 15 percent in Seattle from 2014-2017, and life sciences employment statewide has grown to more than 90,000 jobs.
  • The life sciences industry represented $22.7 billion in total economic activity and contributed $11.5 billion in value-added activity to the state’s gross domestic product in 2017.
  • In 2017, the Seattle area took in $577 million in venture capital for life sciences endeavors.

A panel of experts will discuss the opportunities for our region to capitalize on in this flourishing sector, as well as the challenges that lie ahead, including workforce shortages and state funding.

About the Executive Speaker Series
The monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector.

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

 

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Event: Architecture and Design in a Growing City

The city of Seattle has had a decade of record-breaking growth. How is our architecture industry evolving to keep up?

Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the next Executive Speaker Series lunch event on Architecture and Design in a Growing City. You’ll hear from a panel of experts about trends in the industry, how businesses and employees benefit from intentional design, and why architecture matters as our city takes its place on the global stage.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101
  • Cost: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 10/26) for members; $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 10/26) for nonmembers
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

The discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Bahe, an architect and senior associate with NBBJ. NBBJ was named among the most innovative architecture firms by Fast Company three times in the past five years. Panelists include:

  • Brendan Connolly, Partner at Mithun
  • Matt Hutchins, Principal at CAST Architecture
  • Grace Kim, Founding Principal at Schemata Workshop

About the Executive Speaker Series
Our monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector.

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Business Health Trust Now Offered Through Yakima and Thurston Chambers

Business Health Trust partners with regional chambers and business associations throughout Washington state to help their member companies offer quality, affordable employee benefits like health insurance.

In an effort to continue to expand access to our robust program offerings, we’re excited to announce the addition of two more regional Chambers of Commerce:

The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce join a diverse list of Business Health Trust partner associations that includes:

You can join any of these partner associations, regardless of where your business is located, which will automatically qualify you for one of our 13 Industry group memberships (at no additional cost), and all the advocacy, resources and savings that go along with it.

Business Health Trust makes joining your chosen partner association easy and part of your enrollment, just choose your association when you sign up. If your business is outside one of these regions, you can still be covered by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about Business Health Trust and its partners via the Who We Are page.

Event: Toast of Seattle at the Space Needle

Take in Seattle’s most iconic view at September’s Toast of Seattle. Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on the SkyLine level located at the 100’ elevation of the Space Needle for a morning of networking, speed-dating style! We’ll guide you through three structured rounds, where you’ll have the chance to connect with other local business professionals. It’s a great way to start your morning and broaden your professional network!

  • Event: Toast of Seattle at Space Needle
  • Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Skyline Level at the Space Needle
  • Address: 400 Broad Street, Seattle, WA, 98109 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 9/17) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 9/17) for non-members
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

About the Host
The Space Needle is treasured in Seattle and one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The 605-foot tower has been a symbol of the Age of Space and what’s possible since it opened for the 1962 World’s Fair. The SkyLine Level event space offers spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of Seattle, the Olympics, Cascades, Mount Rainier and everything in between.

About Toast of Seattle 
The Toast of Seattle is one of the Chamber’s most successful networking programs. We take the stress out of networking with three structured rounds — in the style of speed dating! Each person at a table has two minutes to introduce themselves and speak about their business. At the end of each round, everyone changes tables and starts again. You’re guaranteed to meet over 20 people in 2 hours, and will, without a doubt, have a great time.

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Event: Executive Speaker Series on Machine Learning and AI

Is artificial intelligence coming for your job – or does this technology open up more creative pursuits for humans? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to hear from a panel of experts for a nuanced discussion on how AI is changing the way we live and work, potential applications for your industry, and how to address the risks inherent in this technology. Panelists will also share their insights on how the Seattle metropolitan region can stay at the forefront of this growing sector.

  • Event: Executive Speaker Series on Machine Learning and AI
  • Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 8/15) for members; $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 8/15) for non-members
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

Panelists include:

  • Sridhar Chandrashekar, Co-Founder and CEO, Optio3
  • Ben Wilson, Director, IV Lab Intelligent, Devices Group, Intellectual Ventures

About the Executive Speaker Series: Our monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector. The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Event: Seattle Chamber’s Business After Hours Board Summer Social

Wild about networking? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Business After Hours Board Summer Social hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo! You can mix and mingle with other local business professionals as well as members of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees, and maybe even meet an animal or two.

  • Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 6/20) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 6/20) for non-members
  • Additional Information: Check out the Chamber’s Summer Networking Pass and save! This is a 21 and over event.
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at (206) 389-7345

For more information, including the list of attending board members, please see the event listing on the Seattle Chamber’s website. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust; learn more about Business Health Trust’s partner associations on the Who We Are page.

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Event: What’s New for the PNW’s Iconic Maritime Industry?

Washington state flourishes in large part due to our thriving and powerful maritime industry. Statewide, our maritime sector contributes more than $21.4 billion in gross business income — and directly employs nearly 69,500 people.

Our regional maritime workforce, technology and priorities are evolving. Have you kept up?

On June 5, join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to learn what has changed and what is coming next for this iconic sector of the Pacific Northwest economy during the Executive Speaker Series panel on What’s New for the PNW’s Iconic Maritime Industry.

  • Date: June 5, 2019
  • Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Cost (includes lunch): $45 for members by May 28 ($55 as of May 29); $70 for non-members by May 28 ($110 as of May 29)
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at (206) 389-7345

Leaders from the Port of Seattle, Vigor and Seattle Central College’s Maritime Academy will discuss the industry and answer your questions, including:

  • Stephanie Jones Stebbins, Managing Director, Maritime Division at the Port of Seattle
  • Art Parker, Business Development Manager at Vigor
  • Sarah Scherer, Director/Dean at the Seattle Maritime Academy at Seattle Central College

Moderated by: Molly Henry, Shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt

The Seattle Chamber, the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust, offers the monthly Executive Speaker Series events to focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector.