SLU Review
April 1, 2015
In This Issue
Join the SLU Chamber
Get Involved.
My Future 401k
Our Sponsors
New Members
Seattle Sounders FC Lunch
Message from our ED
SLU Chamber is Hiring
Glazer's Photo Hunt
Decade of Discovery
SLU Art Walk
SLU Community Council
#2HoursinSLU - Premier Pilates
Move Seattle Survey
Event Recap
Looking Back
Member Tip
Retailer of the Month: Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
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 the My Future 401(k) Plan, 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. 


Thank you to our Sponsors


Vulcan Inc.



Welcome New Members!

SLU Chamber News and Events
Seattle Sounders FC - A Sneak Peak Behind the Team: 
How to create optimal team performance
Wednesday, April 15 
11:30-1:00 pm
SLU Discovery Center
101 Westlake Ave N

Business in South Lake Union are growing faster than ever. Learning how to recruit, retain and motivate teams is more critical than ever and who knows better about team environments than our very own  Sounders FC!

Join us for an afternoon of networking, delicious lunch from Homegrown and a very special "Behind the Team" presentation on sports science and player identification from Chris Henderson, Sounders FC Sporting Director! 

Get insights into things fans don't see in the news and learn about how they find talent and monitor players for optimal performance. This talk will motivate and inspire you with insights on how you can drive your team towards a "championship" year.


As Sporting Director, Henderson assists the team's general manager, Adrian Hanauer, in all areas of soccer operations, including scouting, player management, coaching decisions and the youth system. Under the leadership of Hanauer and Henderson, the Sounders FC achieved instant success from the start. Seattle became the first MLS club to win three-consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (2009, 2010, 2011) and advanced to a fourth straight final in 2012. Seattle also became the first MLS expansion team since the league began expanding in 2005 to reach the playoffs in each of its first five seasons, and is one of just three teams (LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake) to qualify for the postseason each of the past five years.

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Get Social!

Once you register, RSVP on Facebook to this event, share the event, and invite friends! 

A Message from Danah Abarr, our Interim Executive Director

I'm enjoying every opportunity to get to know  our members. I want to extend and invitation to all of you to come see our new office at WeWork - join me for coffee or happy hour beer. 


Shoot me an email, and we can get something on the calendar. I look forward to getting to know you better! 



Danah Abarr

Interim Executive Director

SLU Chamber

Thank you to WeWork - our new Platinum Sponsor!

WeWork houses over 80 companies and over 800 individuals on a daily basis. They offer opportunities to connect with these growing businesses through lunch and learns or sponsorship of Happy Hours and in-house events. Anyone interested in these opportunities should contact WeWork - and tell them the Chamber sent you!

Seeking: The New "Mayor" of SLU

You're a natural leader. You're a connector. You love change. You swoop in and take the SLU Chamber through the enormous growth taking place in our neighborhood. You help our members find the resources they need. You're committed to getting results. You are a go-getter. You are optimistic and a problem-solver.  You hit the ground running. You love a fast-pace.  You're involved in our community. You're passionate about Seattle.


Come work with us. Lead us. Be the face of South Lake Union. Be our Executive Director. Apply today!

Community Events  
South Lake Union Uncorked
Thursday, April 2
5:00-8:00 pm
Whole Foods - SLU
2210 Westlake

South Lake Union Uncorked on the Whole Foods patio, with signature sips, bites, and live music on the first Thursday of every month this summer!

Taste sips directly from the winemakers accompanied by expert advice from our wine buyer Terry and Chef Hayden's food pairings.

So, You Think You Know How to Use That Mic-- and other ways to get the room back and improve public speaking
Wednesday, April 22 
12:00-3:00 pm
Location TBD


Public speaking is a piece of cake, right? But we have all sat through painful presentations. Frankly, everyone can do it better. In this three hour class, we'll teach you how to use microphones correctly and how to recapture an audience whose attention might be drifting.


SLU CHAMBER MEMBERS RECEIVE 50% OFF with PROMO CODE:  FRIEND2015 if you sign up with a friend. More details here.

Glazer's Photo Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 18
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Start at Pronto, End at Glazer's

The hunt is on! Grab your camera and your bestie, and join us on our first ever Photo Scavenger Hunt! Spread the word #SolveSnapWin!

SLU Nonprofit Summit
Thursday, April 28
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Northeastern University
401 Terry 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!

Decade of Discovery
Thursday, April 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
SLU Discovery Center
101 Westlake Ave N

The SLU Discovery Center turns 10 on April 30th! Stop by for treats and refreshments throughout the day. Check here for an updated list of activities. 

SLU Art Walk
Thursday, May 7
5:00-8:00 pm
Various SLU Locations

The next SLU Art Walk is right around the corner. It;s a great evening to stay open late and offer specials for attendees. Let's make South Lake Union active and vibrant on Thursday, May 7! Contact them today! 

Saturday, May 9
8:00-11:30 am
Denny Playfield / Denny Park
Corner of 9th & John

With your participation and help, the LUNG FORCE Walk will make a difference in lives that desperately need it. Register today, because now is the time to raise our voices against lung cancer-and for lung health.


The walk will start with a .3 mile Lung Heroes Lap around Denny Park. Those who wish to continue will walk to Lake Union Park, with music and fun then return to Denny Playfield for more music, kids' activities, lung health and advocacy information, a chance to visit sponsor and mission tents, and prize drawings!

SLU Community Council
First Tuesday of the Month
4:00-6:00 pm
860 Terry Ave N

Join the South Lake Union Community Council for their monthly meeting at MOHAI. The SLU Community Council stewards a livable, vibrant, urban neighborhood supporting a diversity of residents of all ages and incomes while driving an innovative local economy and providing rich, cultural community opportunities. 

Lake Union Courtyard Marriott-Game Changer
Break away from travel and meetings as usual at the NEW Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union hotel. We've reinvented our lobby, restaurant and meeting space with a sophisticated new design palette inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

Earn TRIPLE Marriott Rewards points plus one of the following if your event actualizes at least $5,000 in total meeting & group room revenue.
-5% off the total master account charges
-$250 American Express gift card
Actualize more than $10,000 in total meeting and group guest room revenue and you receive both rewards.

For more information:
phone:  (206) 213-0100
email: [email protected]
Valid: April 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 
#2HoursinSLU - Premier Pilates

Natalia Tikhonova from Premier Pilates balances great food and exercise when she spends #2HoursinSLU. Read all about it here. 
#TurquoiseSeattle - Share cool photos and get $100

Win $100, have your photo or artwork displayed in windows of the South Lake Union Discovery Center and support the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE campaign to raise awareness against lung cancer and lung health!


The national color of the LUNG FORCE is turquoise so simply snap a photo of the turquoise you see, post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and tag it with the hashtag #TurquoiseSeattle. It's that easy! 


Contest ends April 20. Go to for more information.

WorkSmart to the Traffic Rescue

King County Metro is partnering with the Seattle Department of Transportation and Commute Seattle to provide the free WorkSmart program, all to help businesses be more productive, recruit and retain employees, and improve productivity, not to mention lessen the traffic impact on the environment.

Learn more.

Help Shape Seattle's Transportation Future

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle was introduced by Mayor Ed Murray last month. The proposed nine-year, $900 million levy will take care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more transportation choices to move growing numbers of people efficiently and reliably through our city and between our neighborhoods.


Fill out this 5 minute survey to tell the City of Seattle about your transportation funding priorities.  The feedback we receive will help to inform the final Transportation Levy to Move Seattle developed by Mayor Ed Murray that will be submitted to City Council later this spring.

There's Action on Lake2Bay

Event Recap

Thank you to Marriott Courtyard Lake Union for hosting our March breakfast. We are looking forward to going back to see even more of the new renovations! 

We learned about great resources the Small Business Administration and Office of Economic Development's BREP program offer. We were also very happy to announce our move to WeWork and their platinum level partnership.
Looking Back: How We Got Here

Fairview Avenue North Street Lights Date: March 12, 1934  Photo: Seattle Municipal Archive
Member Tip: Hot Deals


Do you have a special you'd like to offer to other SLU Chamber members? Hot Deals are free for members to post, and we'll feature them in this newsletter, as well as on our social media channels. 

Retailer of the Month:  Shine
Shine is a unique specialty gift and oncology services store in South Lake Union.  A retail resource for all who are touched by cancer, Shine satisfies those seeking a unique and vibrant shopping experience. We offer an engaging assortment of oncology products and services, as well as specialty gift and household items.

Looking for greeting cards, or a gift for your niece's or nephew's next birthday? Look no further! Shine has a great selection of gifts for everyone. And they have one of the best hat selections around. Their business model is a great example of Social Entrepreneurship! Follow their Facebook page to stay up to date on current special offers.