SLU Chamber

South Lake Union
Chamber of Commerce
September SLU Review

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In This Issue
We're moving (again!)
Join the SLU Chamber
Get Involved.
My Future 401k
New Members
Sample SLU
All Chamber After Hours
#2HoursInSLU - Cascade Women's Program
August Event Recaps
Looking Back
Retailer of the Month: Kakao
The SLU Chamber Office has a new home (again!)

Our new location is on the corner of Aurora & Republican at

500 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA 98109.  


Our mailing address, PO Box 9411, remains the same.    

Join the SLU Chamber:
Get Involved.
Give back. Learn new skills. Get to know fellow Chamber members better. Gain experience for a future board role. Build your resume. Participate!
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. 


Welcome New Members!
SLU Chamber Events
Thursday, September 18 
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
415 Westlake Ave N 

Sample SLU 2014 is just around the corner! The Chamber is thrilled to announce that our signature event, the annual SLU Trade Show has been revamped and re-branded!  


Rather than a typical business-networking event this will be an interactive community expo and celebration, marking the 5th year of our biggest annual gathering. Sample SLU will be the most lively community event in Chamber history. Everyone is invited to this fun and free celebration!  


Sample SLU will offer guests complimentary food from local restaurants, live music, prizes, performers, a photo booth, shopping, automobile displays, giveaways, games and fun contests!


If you would like to be placed on the exhibitor space waiting list please email [email protected].  We will contact you if we have cancellations. 

Presenting Sample SLU Sponsor:

Sample SLU is also brought to you by:
Blitz Takes Sample SLU

You heard it right! Blitz will be making a guest appearance at this year's Sample SLU! Stop by the Chamber event, located at 415 Westlake, between 12:00-1:00 on September 18th to meet the local celebrity! Blitz will be signing autographs, taking pictures with guests and spreading the Spirit of 12! Come support our SLU community and the best team in the NFL! GO HAWKS!



All-Chamber After Hours
Wednesday, September 24 
5:30-7:30 pm
The Foundry by Herban Feast
4130 1st Ave. S, Seattle 98134

Don't miss the Seattle Chamber's 10th Annual All-Chamber Business After Hours! This is your once-a-year opportunity to connect with members of multiple business organizations and chambers of commerce from throughout the Puget Sound region. Join hundreds of local business people at this event. 
Community Events  
Westlake & Mercer Public Art Unveiling Celebration
Thursday, September 25 
11:00 a.m.
Plaza Level
515 Westlake Ave N

Join Vulcan Real Estate at their latest development in South Lake Union for an art unveiling. The celebration will feature artist Spencer Finch, as he unveils
his latest public art installation in this new pedestrian plaza. Refreshments will be provided following a brief program at 11:15 a.m. Please RSVP to Pearl Leung. For parking, enter garage from Republican St alley.
#2HoursinSLU - Cascade Women's Program

No one day is ever the same at the Cascade Women's Program, a service of Compass Housing Alliance that has called South Lake Union home for 16 years.
"Every day at Cascade looks a little different," says Program Manager Mary Guiberson, "because we work with the women here on an individual level."

Among the women of Cascade are people with limited education to those with graduate degrees. Teachers. Professionals. Regardless of their background, all have a skill that they can contribute to their community. But for many, those skills are locked away. Trauma is a common experience for many of the women at Cascade. Learning to overcome that trauma to unlock the person within is one of the most valuable outcomes that the program can offer. It starts with the compassion and care of a talented group of case managers.

"The women we serve are a mirror of who we are," says Emily Jones, the program's leasing specialist. "They're no different than any of us."

For the women in the program, there are two goals: The first, and universal, is to find permanent, affordable housing, says Community Engagement Specialist Liz Osteen. But the second depends on the individual.

"It might be finding a job, or going back to school, or improving their health. Each woman sets her own goal," Liz says.

While the program helps women look inward for personal development, the women of Cascade also hope to build bridges within the SLU community. From preparing a community meal to volunteering to hosting an exercise, art or nutrition class, there are a number of ways to get involved. One of the most valuable contributions comes in the one-on-one interactions between volunteers and residents of Cascade, for whom a warm smile and friendly conversation can be therapeutic. And, just maybe, a learning experience for the visitor, as well.

"The person you see on the streets is just like you - they've just experienced a crisis that has led them to this," Emily says.

To learn more about the Cascade Women's Program or to get involved, contact Liz Osteen at [email protected] or 206-474-1831.
Liz Osteen, Mary Guiberson and Emily Jones are part of the team at the Cascade Women's Program, a transitional housing program in South Lake Union.
Event Recaps

Thank you to Holland Partners for hosting our lunch at True North in August. What a beautiful building!

Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the South Lake Union Block Party. It was a smashing success.  Thank you to all the volunteers who manned the SLU Chamber booth. More than 1,000 member businesses, neighborhood visitors, SLU residents and employees paid a visit to our booth. More than $16,000 in proceeds from this year's Block Party went to Cornish College of the Arts.

Looking Back: How We Got Here

From the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection,
April 7, 1954, Cut at Terry and John
Retailer of the Month:  kakao    
Kakao is airy and spacious, with an eclectic mix of furniture. Their space invites you to slip away from your daily routine, relax with friends or hold an off-site meeting in a thought-provoking third place. They offer free wifi and a wide-array of chocolates from around the world. See the space that shares 415 Westlake when you come to Sample SLU