Last week I received a call from a reporter at 425 Magazine. She asked me what I thought about the National Small Business optimism report that was just released. My response was an easy one. While it may be raining in our area, it is raining with great companies, great ideas, great talent and people that are investing capital. So, our optimism is more bullish that in many parts of the country. We are also fortunate to have diverse economic clusters (Aerospace, Technology, Tourism, Retail, and Telecommunication) that are all continuing to innovate and spin off great ideas. These new sectors are multi-billion dollar economic drivers. Sectors like Cloud, Auto-telematics, Space, Interactive Gaming, Virtual and Augmented Reality, IOT (Internet of Things which includes wearables), personalized medicine and the list goes on and on.
So, you might ask - how do I know this?
- First, our 2016 Eastside Business Leader Survey released in November shows over 90% of those surveyed believing the Puget Sound economy will continue to expand in the next year.
- Unemployment rates show our region below 4%.
- We have featured these emerging sectors annually at the Eastside Leadership Conference and the headlines have shown evidence of the growth in these sectors as well as capital investments growing these ideas.
- SEEING THE IMPRESSIVE LIST OF EASTSIDE BUSINESS AWARD APPLICANTS! The companies are very impressive and the cool things they are doing are even more impressive. I can hardly wait until the envelopes are opened to reveal who the judges have selected for this year’s winners of the Entrepreneurial Spirit - Startup of the Year, Innovative Product or Service of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Eastside Business of the Year.
The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce has been highlighting Entrepreneurial Companies for the last 27 years! One of this year’s judges remarked “the Bellevue Chamber is the only one, I’m aware of that really champions entrepreneurship and innovation across a range of sectors.”
So, come celebrate with the leaders of these great companies on March 31st – space is limited click here to reserve now as we celebrate the Eastside Entrepreneurial Spirit, meet the impressive people behind these companies, and keep innovation, talent and investments pouring into our community!