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 February 9,  2015 

Chamber Events
State of the Hill 2015
Get Your Tickets!

Thursday, February 19
5:30  - 8:30 PM
Melrose Market Studios
1501-1535 Melrose Ave.

Our annual State of the Hill member event is happening February 19. It's our largest and most popular member event of the year, so get your tickets now! We'll be at Melrose Market Studios. Food and drinks included. If you'd like to sponsor this event please contact Michael. Members: $25 Non-members: $35. REGISTER NOW!

Our annual State of the Hill address is the Chamber's opportunity to celebrate the successes of the previous year and to communicate to Chamber members and friends - including public officials and City of Seattle agencies - the work plan and goals for the coming year. It's an excellent party.We are pleased to host Mayor Ed Murray at this year's event and justly proud to be able to welcome a City of Seattle Mayor from Capitol Hill. We expect Council members and other City Department heads to be in attendance as well. This year's event features entertainment by performers from the Moisture Festival and delicious bites from Capitol Hill favorite Skillet Street Food Diner. 

Spirit Award 2015 Winner:
Justin Carder, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog


The State of the Hill event is where the Chamber presents the annual Spirit Award, given to a Capitol Hill community member who has provided exemplary service to the neighborhood. This year's recipient is Justin Carder, writer and publisher of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, an invaluable source of information for the entirety

 of the Hill. Justin's work provides all of us with detailed,  professional reporting and his in depth coverage of development and infrastructure projects in Capitol Hill is the best in the City. His news and feature reporting have created a sense of community that is unparalleled in this neighborhood. Justin Carder can truly be said to represent the best of he Spirit of the Hill. 


As this is the fifth year of presenting the Spirit Award, we will be acknowledging previous award winners during the evening. These include Catherine Hillenbrand (for her work with the Champion on Sound Transit TOD site), Kay Rood (as an advocate for Cal Anderson Park and creator for the Cal Anderson Park Alliance), Michael Malone (historic preservation and advocacy around Pike and Pine) and Chip Ragen and Michael Wells (for their work as founding members of the Capitol Hill Chamber for Commerce).

Capitol Hill Art Walk!

Tuesday, February 10
5:00  - 8:00 PM
Various Venues

Get this month's listing of participating venues here!
We also heard Sugarpill is throwing a 4th Anniversary party for themselves this month. Stop by and wish them well!

March Coffee Chat

Tuesday, March 3
9:00  - 10:00 AM
12th Ave. Arts Building
1620 12th Ave.
2nd Floor, Pike/Pine Room

Join Michael for our popular monthly coffee chat held every first Tuesday at 9:00 AM. Find out the latest news and meet fellow members  at our new building. RSVP here for next month.

SAVE THE DATES....Other Upcoming Chamber Events

April 7 Chamber Coffee Chat 9 - 10 AM
May 5 Chamber Coffee Chat 9 - 10 AM

Member News
seattle weekly

Capitol Hill Arts & Design Community in Response to Neighborhood Issues: #CapHillPSA 


The Seattle Weekly recently posted an article on the artistic response to the changes Capitol Hill is undergoing: a guerrilla street project  entitled Capitol Hill "Public Safety Art."


Read the full article here


Boosting Main Street Lending

by Guest Columnist Calvin Goings

Regional Administrator, 

Small Business Administration


Did you know two out of every three new private sector jobs are created by small businesses? Small businesses are the unique cornerstones of America and the backbone of our economy. And that's why it's so important for small businesses to have access to capital to start and grow their businesses. 


To help bridge credit gaps for small business owners, we at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are partnering with credit unions. Credit unions are incredibly important as they are community-based and mission focused. They've helped their members finance cars, homes, education, and of course, small businesses. The economic influence of this partnership is vast, as there are nearly 6,600 federally-insured credit unions with over 100 million members and around $1 trillion in assets. 


Across the country, SBA is engaging 250 credit unions to approve at least 10 loans of $50,000 or less, which would inject over $125 million into the small business economy. This partnership is one of the many ways SBA is dedicated to creating jobs and tapping into America's full entrepreneurial potential. We know that those who dream big and work hard can achieve the American Dream with the SBA. 


SBA is committed to moving America forward by making it easier for entrepreneurs to access tools and resources to start and grow new businesses. SBA has taken additional steps to boost small dollar lending which will bolster our credit union partnership. We've streamlined credit evaluations by revising credit criteria for SBA 7(a) small dollar loans and we've zeroed out fees on small dollar loans ($150,000 or less) making it easier for entrepreneurs to access capital by cutting costs and time. 


If you need a small business loan, contact your local credit union. Also check out your local SBA office to learn more about how you can gain access to capital to jumpstart your business at 

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