Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chamber Divisions Host Candidates Forums

The South County and UP-Fircrest Chamber Divisions will be holding candidates forums during their regular monthly meetings, South County Connections and Wake UP, respectively.

South County
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Place: Pacific Lutheran University- Regency Room/University Center (S 122nd @ Park Ave, Tacoma)

*For more info or to register, click here

Wake UP
Date: Friday, October 29, 2010
Time: 7:30am-9:00am
Place: University Place Presbyterian Church (8101 27th St W, University Place)

*For more info or to register, click here

Look for more details in future Live Wire notices

Friday, September 24, 2010

New downtown Tacoma Link Station approved

The BIA Blog is reporting that yesterday the Sound Transit Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the construction of a new Tacoma Link station in downtown Tacoma. The new southbound and northbound light rail platforms for the stations are planned for Commerce St. between S. 11th and S. 12th.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, DaVita, the EDB and other members of the Tacoma Partnership have advocated for a Link stop at this location, which will provide better Link access for businesses and residents in the north end of downtown.

The City of Tacoma has been an active supporter of the project and will fund the $350,000 cost of construction.

Read more about the plans here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Alaska: Tacoma's North Star

A great success was accomplished by the Chamber's delegation at the 51st annual Alaska State Chamber Conference and Trade Show held earlier this week (Sept. 20-22) in Juneau.

The local delegation, accompanied by Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma Councilmember Spiro Manthou and Port of Tacoma Commissioner Don Meyer, provided a Tacoma Breakfast event, sharing with all conference attendees the now traditional Tacoma coffee mug featuring a select Alaska city on one side and the branded Chamber's Alaska Committee image on the other.

Click here to view photos from the trip at the Chamber's Facebook page.

A special thanks to all our sponsors:  Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Carlile Transportation Systems, Horizon Lines, Port of Tacoma, VersaCold Logistics and Gross & Assoc.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Congress Passes Small Business Legislation

Economic relief legislation for small business was a hot topic at yesterday's meeting of the Pacific Avenue Business District. Mike Weinman, the Chamber's Government Affairs Manager and Gary Brackett, Business & Trade Manager had been invited to discuss this impending legislation.

News broke that morning that the Senate overcame its deadlock and would be passing relief legislation this week.

In a 61 to 38 vote, the Senate joined the House in passing a bill today which would create a $30-billion small business lending fund. In addition, the bill will provide over $12 billion in tax breaks for small businesses that invest and hire employees.

Sen. Cantwell (in tan) and colleagues count the votes.

The bill would allow local community banks to access the $30-billion lending fund for small business loans. Many small businesses have complained about the inability to obtain loans from traditional big banks.

The bill also includes tax breaks for businesses on the purchase of equipment or shop improvements. Self-employed owners will be able to deduct healthcare costs from the self-employment tax.

The legislation is expected to create 500,000 jobs.

For further information, please see the New York Times article.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What Do You Need?

What do you need from the Chamber?  We want to hear from you.  Complete our online membership survey today!

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is placing an even greater emphasis on listening to its members during these challenging times.

You have the opportunity to tell the Chamber of your preferences about advocacy, membership value and desired programming.

Your participation in this survey will help assure the Chamber's volunteer leaders and professional staff receive your respected input as they plan for the coming year.

The Chamber recently offered you the opportunity to participate in a survey focused on small business success and you will hear more about the results of that survey soon.

Your participation in this membership survey is invaluable and you are encouraged to complete this survey. Responses will be anonymous. The survey should take about 10 minutes.

Please note that if you are interrupted, use the "Exit this survey" link at the top right of every page - this will allow for you to return to the survey when it is more convenient.

Contracting Procurement Workshop

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last Chance to Participate in Survey

Friday (Sept. 3) is the last chance for small businesses to participate in the Small Business Success Index survey.

Businesses have until midnight on Friday, Sept. 3 to participate in an online survey to measure their individual success against a standard of nationwide businesses. Respondents will be anonymous.

Businesses will get their own individual rating for a Small Business Success Index and through their participation will determine the Small Business Success Index for the community.

The survey also focuses on the local business climate to determine how supportive the area is for business success.

Chambers of commerce and business associations around Pierce County are collaborating with the survey, supported by Network Solutions and Rockbridge Associates. The Chamber will use the survey’s results to improve small business support services.

This will be an online survey only. Businesses may participate by following this link.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Field of Candidates Narrowed in Primary

The election in August narrowed the field of candidates running for office this November.

Senator Patty Murray (D) will take on challenger Dino Rossi (R) for the U.S. Senate. In the House, Norm Dicks (D) will once again take on Doug Cloud (R) for the four time and Adam Smith (D) will have a new challenger in Pierce County Councilmember Dick Muri (R).

In some of the races, members of the same party will face off against one another in the general election, which will be held on November 2, 2010.

Two Republicans will face each other in the general election in two of the legislative districts. In the 2nd legislative district, J.T. Wilcox will face incumbent Tom Campbell. In the 31st legislative district, Republicans Shawn Bunney and Kathy Dalquist will meet in the November election.

A similar fate awaits Democrats Jake Fey and Laurie Jinkins, who are running to replace retiring State Representative Dennis Flannigan in the 27th LD. It appears former Tacoma City Councilmember Connie Ladenburg will soon be in the state House of Representatives after a strong showing against three opponents.

In the county, Rick Talbert easily outmatched his opponents for the District 5 seat (incumbent Barbara Gelman was term-limited) by garnering 55% of the total vote. Democrat Betty Ringlee will square up against Republican Stan Flemming after a six candidate primary battle to represent District 7 (Gig Harbor/University Place). Democrat Pat McElligott will face Republican Dan Roach in the race to replace term-limited Shawn Bunney.