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Chamber News | February 9 - 15, 2020

Take a look at what the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is up to this week. Tune in next Monday, February 17, to see what else the Chamber has planned.

Annual Awards Night - March 12, 2020 | 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.  | Hotel Windrow Ballroom

If you want to get dressed up and watch the Annual Business Awards winners announced live, tickets are available for this year’s Annual Awards Gala.

The Gala is on March 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in one of the newest additions to Ellensburg’s Main Street, Hotel Windrow. Get your tickets today! Be sure to check out the new hotel or grab a bite at their restaurant, Basalt

During the Gala, there will be an auction featuring a variety of items from the community and a few from other parts of the state. All proceeds from this event are going to the Valley Musical Theatre to help them continue making their productions a success. The Valley Musical Theatre offers many productions for the whole family to enjoy. Make sure you look at their website for any upcoming events.

We are currently accepting items for the silent and live auction. If your business is interested in donating an item for the night, please contact our Membership Director Gemma, today!

Disney Institute - April 14, 2020 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Central Washington University Ballroom

Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development course, Disney's Approach to Employee Engagement, to Ellensburg on April 14th, 2020 at Central Washington University. Members get a discount of only $300!

The one-day event will allow area professionals to explore ways in which they can shape their organization's culture based on desired employee behaviors, and select people who are a right-fit for the organization’s culture. This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide.

The course is beneficial to professionals, and specifically those with direct reports, looking to improve how they select, train, and engage employees. Individuals interested in shaping a confident, highly productive, and dedicated workforce will find this course valuable.

Sponsorship spots are available for this event. Contact our Membership Director Gemma today to find out the opportunities and benefits for becoming a Chamber sponsor.

Enterprise Challenge Winners

We are excited to announce Kittitas Cafe, Clean Cut The Men’s Shop, Cascade Custom Apparel and The Early Bird Eatery, along with businesses from Yakima, have made it past the first round of the Enterprise Challenge. After a month of workshops and help from business professionals to create a business pitch, the businesses will go onto present their pitch to a panel of judges. Winners will be announced on February 21 and will head off to the next round of judging.

The Enterprise Challenge is an annual business plan contest for new and emerging companies in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. It is a great way for Yakima County Development Association and the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate small business and support promising ventures in Central Washington. Over 185 entrepreneurs have competed in the contest since its inception and many of them have gone on to start businesses in our communities.

Stay tuned to hear the winners announced!

Become a Member - Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is the largest business support and development organization in Kittitas County, and one of the largest in Central Washington. With just over 500 members representing every business sector, the Chamber and its committees oversee county-wide tourism promotion and economic development initiatives and a range of business support tools including publications, web services, seminars and even leadership development for a new generation.

As a membership based organization, the Chamber is dedicated to providing the best possible resources to the entire county. Some of the benefits to becoming a Chamber member include: network event hosting, directory listing in the Business Directory publication and Chamber website, visitor center referrals, event promotion, business plan guidance, professional grant writing assistance, access to professional development opportunities, access to member mailing lists, health plans and more.

If you would like to sign up to become a member or have any additional questions, please contact our Membership Director Gemma.