Chamber Rebranded to Benefit the Community It Serves

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce has rebranded to include their next door and often airborne neighbor, Kenmore. The chamber office and Visitor Center has moved to 10120 Main Street, Suite 201, Bothell, WA 98011. The Greater Bothell chamber has represented Kenmore since 2012 but they are eager to accurately represent Kenmore with this new development.
Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brittany Caldwell said, “Changing our name has greatly increased the community’s awareness that there is an organization officially representing Kenmore businesses.  This heightened awareness has resulted in increased Chamber memberships from Kenmore and surrounding area businesses (ie. Kirkland and Lynnwood) strengthening the “voice of business” and economic prosperity in our Bothell and Kenmore area. By investing in the Chamber, members are contributing to the vitality our community.”
Though this new cooperative development is Kenmore’s first official chamber, it is largely due to the businesspeople of that city whom progressed things forward, Caldwell said, “In 2012, due in large part to the leadership of Kenmore City Manager Rob Karlinsey and business leaders such as Carl Michelman and Annie Harkess, we established a strategic partnership with the City of Kenmore to represent Kenmore businesses - the Kenmore Committee which soon grew into the Kenmore Business Alliance, thus officially expanding the Chamber’s influence beyond the borders of Bothell.” The new combined Chamber unveiled their logo brandishing the regions everlasting colors. Blue representing the stability and continuity of the Bothell while green showcases Kenmore’s ideas of growth and vitality for their more interconnected community.
The Chamber of Commerce is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of up to 20 members of the business community which comprises of the surrounding Bothell and Kenmore regions. Currently, there are business leaders who serve on the Board of Directors from Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Monroe, Lynwood, and Seattle. In addition, the Chamber offers Ex Officio positions without voting rights to the City of Bothell, City of Kenmore and the area’s education institutions like the Northshore School District, University of Washington Bothell, Cascadia College, and Bastyr University.
Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce Marketing Manager Elizabeth Tackett illustrated the benefits for businesses on both sides of the spectrum and beyond. Tackett said, “Our branding change benefits businesses because the heightened awareness of our representation has resulted in increased Chamber memberships from Kenmore and surrounding area businesses growing the opportunities for all members to build their professional connections, develop strategic collaborative partnerships, and strengthen the “voice of businesses” in our Bothell and Kenmore area which ultimately benefits all businesses.”
The Chamber offers networking and exposure opportunities, allows businesses the ability to express their voices and strategies on a larger scale, provides connection to education institutions from K-12 and on up to higher
education, while acting as a way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility.
The Bothell Kenmore Chamber has two exciting events coming up on July 26. The first will be the Chamber General Meeting from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. hosted at the Northshore Senior Center (10201 E Riverside Dr, Bothell, WA 98011).
The second, which does occur the same day, will be the Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Sunrise Senior Living community of Bothell (10605 NE 185th St, Bothell, WA 98011) from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The new website is coming soon at 

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