SLU Chamber

South Lake Union
Chamber of Commerce
May SLU Review

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Join the SLU Chamber
Get Involved.
My Future 401k
New Members
May SLU Chamber Lunch
Lake Union Sweep
Lake Union Sweep
Lake Union Sweep
Farewell, John Savo!
April Events
Member Tip: Hot Deals
Looking Back
Retailer of the Month: Umpqua Bank
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My Future 401k
The SLU Chamber offers an exciting membership benefit  - The MyFuture 401(k) plan.  
The My Future 401(k) Plan is a Multiple Employer Plan that enables unaffiliated employers (and members) to adopt and offer a retirement plan, built on a model of aggregated shared services. 


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SLU Chamber Lunch
Business Best Practice "Potluck" 
Wednesday, May 21
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
101 Westlake Ave N 

Join us for a unique opportunity to share best practices on a variety of topics designed to help improve personal productivity and business performance. Just like any potluck, we need you to bring your best practices to share, but also be prepared to take away the best practices of other businesses in South Lake Union.


A tasty sack lunch will be provided, so no need to bring food to this potluck. Just bring your ideas and share with others in the community.


We will have a round robin format that will allow you to spend 10 minutes per topic for at least three rounds. During each round we are going to ask you to share a best practice.  


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May 12: PEMCO, UW Medicine, Westin Hotel, Seattle Center Arches, Century Link Field and the Great Wheel will all turn turquoise.  


May 13: The SLU neighborhood is invited to attend a giant turquoise "Whoosh of Breath" art unveiling on the SLU Discovery Center followed by a celebratory public lunch at Umpqua Bank.  


May 15: Free outdoor yoga at the basketball courts on Denny and 9th, courtesy of Be Luminous Yoga. Wear turquoise! 


May 12-18: LUNG FORCE Dine Out - Yellow DotCafe, Nollie's Cafe, Top Pot Doughnuts, Seastar and Serious Pie & Biscuit are joining other restaurants across the city in offering turquoise treats and dining specials.


Learn more about why Seattle will be the first city in the nation to use our LUNGS to shout out about lung health!

Lake Union Sweep
Saturday, May 17
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N

Join us as we clean up South Lake Union with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. After the cleanup, all volunteers are invited back to Lake Union Park for a delicious lunch. Register today. 
Bike Share Community Planning Workshop
Monday, May 19
12:00 p.m.
SLU Discovery Center
101 Westlake Ave N

This workshop with Puget Sound Bike Share will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the program's launch timeline, functionality, installation, ongoing operations, membership, etc. and most importantly, to weigh in on station locations based on an extensive menu of qualified sites.  Give Pronto Cycle Share a like on Facebook and learn more. 
Tuesday, June 3
7:00 pm

Discover & dine at three different South Lake Union eateries all in one night.  3 master chefs will dazzle you with a sampling of 9 of their finest dishes! Come hungry and go home enlightened. Additional details and tickets here. 
SLU Non-Profit Summit
Wednesday, May 28
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Seattle BioMed
307 Westlake Ave N

South Lake Union is home to a variety of non-profits. Some are large; some are small. Some are local; some are part of larger, international organizations. Some have been in the neighborhood for decades; others are new to calling South Lake Union home. They range from health and life sciences to maritime; human services to advocacy for clean air and water - and more.


This will be an amazing opportunity to connect with representatives from area non-profits and other stakeholders to build relationships and leverage existing resources to strengthen the community and increase organizational impact.  Please RSVP to secure your spot, space is limited and lunch will be provided!

Farewell, John!

We want to thank John Savo for his service on our SLU Chamber Board of Directors. John is a Principal at NBBJ where he has been a leader in their commercial and corporate practice for close to 30 years. After serving as Principal-in-Charge of the design team for the Alley 24 Project and NBBJ's subsequent move to the Cascade Neighborhood in 2006, John joined the Board of Directors of the South Lake Union Community Council. He joined the SLU Chamber Board in 2011 and served as our Board President in 2012. We wish him well in all of his future endeavors!    

With seaplanes landing literally overhead, and dozens of wooden boats of all kinds bobbing on the sparkling blue waters outside her office window, we chatted with Kristin Pederson, Adult & family Sailing Coordinator at The Center for Wooden Boats.

An avid sailor, Kristin joined the crew there this past November and is excited to experience her first summer. She's excited about their summer hours which began on April 26th (10am-8pm seven days a week). She spends most of her time hands-on at the docks, coordinating the 100% volunteer-taught sailing lessons and public sails. This volunteer crew is so passionate I might add, that they've been known to all show up for work hours early on busy days without even communicating about it in advance.   


A rare historical gem and impressive showcase of maritime history and small craft heritage, The Center for Wooden Boats is extremely accessible. Along with it's next door neighbor, the Museum of History and Industry, it offers a refreshing sense of balance and deep connection to history amidst the high tech that makes up so much of SLU. Visit the center and you may leave with direct experience sailing classic boats, building classic boats,  or one of countless other maritime heritage skills �-- from splicing a line to caulking a seam.


When Kristin has a few hours to spare, you'll likely find her in a sailboat on the lake. She also enjoys grabbing lunch from Veggie Grill and taking it back to the Center for Wooden Boats public dock. A leisurely walk around the boat pond or parks nearby also ranks high on her list. 

Event Recaps

Thank you to everyone who attended April's after hours event at Umpqua Bank.

Chamber members mingling at Umpqua Bank

We also met jointly with the South Lake Union Community Council. Thank you to those of you who joined us at MOHAI. We heard about the overwhelming success of the inaugural SLU Art Walk. We saw presentations on the Lake2Bay Loop, Urban Forestry, and the Alaksan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. So many interesting things are happening around us!
Member Tip: Hot Deals

Posting a Hot Deal and promoting your business is easy and quick! Members of the SLU Chamber can post a special deal, discount, or sale. Simply follow this link to log in, select "Hot Deals" in the left-hand column, and add content to create a post. Generate some buzz for your business or organization by taking advantage of this exclusive member feature.  

Looking Back: How We Got Here
Broad and Mercer. Road and Pipeline Construction at Aurora Avenue N 
Jan 3, 1957, from the Seattle Municipal Archives
Retailer of the Month:  Umpqua Bank 

Umpqua Bank integrates technology and design to create a compelling and inviting space for customers and the community.  The store features include an interactive digital wall showcasing products and services, open spaces for browsing, reading and recharging digital devices, and private conference rooms available to the community and businesses.


Passersby can text conversation topics they care about on the Conversation Wall and Umpqua will curate a series of events in response to community interest. The Conversation Wall will be up through May 31st.