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Why the Chamber?

Members speak out…

Why the Chamber

Patricia ThroopTo Be the “Go-To” Person

“Not only do I expand awareness of my services throughout the West Seattle community but I also build helpful relationships with other businesses that my clients can depend on. I’m a better businesswoman thanks to the Chamber.”

Patricia Throop
Eldercare Consulting


Betsy BellTo Belong

“I love the West Seattle chamber for friendships, for business networking, for up-to-date area news like transportation, city council initiatives and neighborhood news. The Chamber helps me belong.”

Betsy Bell
Betsy Bell’s Health4U

Clay EalsTo Socialize Face to Face

“The Chamber is the best place for in-person conversations with the heart of the West Seattle community. Everyone is welcomed and feels welcome.”

Clay Eals
Southwest Seattle Historical Society

nancy woodlandTo Know “Who You’re Gonna Call”

“When WesSide Baby arrived to flood damage, our first call was to fellow Chamber Member ServPro! We had just enough time to move donations before their professional team was here to hlep. It was great to know who to call just from meeting people through the Chamber!”

Nancy Woodland
Executive Director, WesSide Baby

Sara CecilTo Be in the “Who’s Who” of Local Business

“I love business. I love business people. And this is where the business people hang out.”

Sarah Cecil
Financial Advisor,
Edward Jones Investments

To Encourage Economic Growth
“The chamber creates opportunities for us to get to know fellow businesses and non-profits in West Seattle, as well as serves as a valuable resource for information on local legislative affairs. It is essential to maintaining and growing our diverse economy in West Seattle and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Pat Jablonski
P.E., Environmental Manager, Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.

Mary Jean StephensTo Create Partnerships

“The Port of Seattle and the West Seattle Chamber; a key business and community leader; have had a long lasting partnership and the mutual goal of strengthening the business environment and support for economic development within the West Seattle Community.”

Mary Jean Stephens
Port of Seattle

don bazemoreTo Market Your Business

“I joined the Chamber to build business relationships. As an insurance broker and financial advisor, I am always marketing my business through networking.”

Don Bazemore
Independent Agent,
Cornerstone FInancial Group

Wendy SlonekerFor Networking Opportunities

“I moved to West Seattle in November 2013. As a new business owner and neighbor, I needed frequent opportunities to meet and develop relationships of all kinds. The Chamber connects me professionally and personally to my neighbors.”

Wendy Sloneker
xow media, LLC

Linda CoxTo Host an After Hours

“The Chamber After Hours is a great way for members to visit with other professionals in a relaxed setting. Since it is held every month, the frequency of getting together helps cement relationships and allows the formation fo friendships among Chamber members.”

Linda Cox
Realtor, Re/Max Junction

tamara gillestA Thriving Local Community

“I joined the Chamber at the Gold Level because of how being a member impacts my exposure to the community that we serve. Engaging with other business owners on real community issues and helping grow a stronger West Seattle community is very important to me.”

Tamara Gillest
Owner & Teacher, BendnMove

leslie thomsonFor Programs with Hot Topics
“I love the Chamber lunch events. They facilitate connections with other West Seattle businesses, develop new relationships, and strengthen my ability to run and grow my business. I always leave the Chamber lunch understanding my business community a little better.”

Leslie Thomson
M.S., Registered Dietitian,
Owner Dream Dinners

dick shermanFor Access to Professionals

“I joined to meet business members of the community where I live. In turn, to help us all promote the atributes of those businesses.”

Dick Sherman
Print and Web Advertising
West Seattle Herald & Westside Weekly

Elizabeth A. PluhtaTo Shape the Community

“I joined the Chamber because I realized that I could have a role in shaping the community in which I live an dwork. It has also been a great, and enjoyable, way to connect with others in the community!”

Elizabeth A. Pluhta
CFRE, Associate Vice President for
College Relations and Advancement,
South Seattle College