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Announcing the 30th Annual Eastside Business Award Winners

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April 1, 2019
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Announcing the 30th Annual Eastside Business Award Winners – OfferUp, Dragonchain, Jubilee REACH, and FSorb

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Outstanding businesses on the Eastside that uphold a strong commitment to quality, community and innovation were recognized at the 30th Annual Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Awards reception and ceremony on March 28. Get your copy of the 2019 Eastside Business Awards Entrepreneur Magazine at to learn more about the Award winners and nominees.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and especially the well deserving winners for their contributions to the greater Eastside community,” said Bellevue Chamber Board Chair Josh Marti with Point Inside. “It’s remarkable what we’ve seen and celebrated over the years at this event. We continue to recognize the pioneering spirit of companies that make a difference in our community.”

OfferUp, headquartered in Bellevue, was selected as Eastside Business of the Year. The Eastside Business of the Year recognizes the sustained superior performance of an established Eastside business of over 100 employees. This award considers an organization's leadership in its industry and community, its success in identifying and acting upon market trends and opportunities, the strength of its leadership team, its commitment to workforce excellence, and the company's financial stability.

OfferUp was created eight years ago and is now the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers in the U.S. In his acceptance remarks, Shiraz Cupala, VP of UX and Incubation, said, “We started on the Eastside, we’ve always been on the Eastside. We love it here; we’re very grateful to the City of Bellevue and everyone here that makes it such an amazing climate for entrepreneurs to grow and thrive.”

The company offers iOS and Android apps that make selling an item as easy as snapping a picture from your mobile device. With more than 75 million downloads, it’s one of the top lifestyle shopping apps in the U.S. with 44 million people annual users.

Dragonchain, located in Bellevue, was selected Eastside Small Business of the Year. The Eastside Small Business of the Year Award recognizes the superior performance of an Eastside small business of 100 employees or fewer. Nominees in this category have an established presence in the community, a commitment to workforce excellence, and a demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit.

Dragonchain is a global leader in blockchain technology applications. “It’s truly our honor to be in Bellevue as a blockchain company. Our main goal is definitely to try to help all the businesses if they are trying to look into the new solution. We’re really excited to be in Bellevue to explore future opportunities,” Zara Huang, Global Public Relation Manager, told the audience.

Jubilee REACH, located in Bellevue, was chosen Eastside Nonprofit of the Year for their programs focused on empowering youth. The Nonprofit of the Year Award recognizes a nonprofit organization that demonstrates exceptional efforts improving and advancing the community.

Director of Business & Finance Lindsey Hoffman, shared her gratitude with the crowd, “What’s great about the City of Bellevue is they have a heart as well and that’s what we appreciate from all of you in this room is your support of the work we do. The partnership of working with the Bellevue School District, the City Council, the businesses, everybody together, I just have to say we’re so grateful to be able to serve our community, to serve you, and serve the youth.”

The Groundbreaker Award went to FSorb in Bellevue. FSorb is developing acoustic panels for walls and ceilings made from recycled material that is safe for human health. The Groundbreaker Award recognizes a business that is bringing a new idea to life to make an impact and change the way we do business.

Managing Partner Doug Bixel held up a plastic bottle and a piece of their environmentally friendly acoustic product made from recycled polyester plastics. “I’m humbled, but I want to thank every one of you because every one of you is contributing to [our product]. We’re really proud to be able to take something as simple as [a plastic bottle] and turn it into [our product].”

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have KeyBank and CliftonLarsonAllen as corporate sponsors and Bellevue College and City of Bellevue as associate sponsors. Bellevue Reporter is our media sponsor; Mike Nakamura Photography and Gamechanger Productions are our in-kind sponsors.

The Bellevue Chamber serves as the voice of business on the Eastside, representing thousands of jobs in our community. Businesses range in size from sole proprietors to large corporations. The Chamber's mission is to foster a healthy business environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy, tools, and resources for business success. 

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