Edmonds Chamber of Commerce News
2017 Board Nominations
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:39


2017 Board Nominations Open for Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

EDMONDS, WA, October 18, 2016:

Since 1907, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has been a fixture in the Edmonds community joining business owners so their collective voice can be heard.  The Chamber helps to facilitate connections and collaborations within our business community, non-profits, service clubs and with government entities.  In addition, we have established a number of community-building events to promote tourism and bring our citizenry together in celebration.

Our membership stands at over 390 businesses and we are proud to work with so many of our community partners on a wide range of projects and initiatives.  Only 3 people staff the Chamber office, which means that we rely heavily on volunteers in order to accomplish so many things.  Our Board members are among those fantastic volunteers, serving on committees and dedicating their time for our events.  We rely greatly upon the collective knowledge and influence of our Board members, in order to identify opportunities and serve as a bridge between the Chamber and larger businesses community.

The Board of Directors meets from 7:30 to 9:00 am the third Thursday every month.  As a policy board, we look to our Board members to guide the Chamber into the future, set long-term strategic goals and help identify issues our membership should support or oppose.  The Edmonds Chamber is a non-political organization, meaning we do not endorse specific political candidates.  The Chamber does however use our collective voice to speak for or against issues that will adversely affect our community and a favorable business climate.

Board members serve 3-year terms, with a maximum service of 3 terms.  Our bylaws allow as many as 30 Board members but we typically keep the number under 25 at any given point.  It is our desire to strengthen the representation on the Board to include a diverse cross section of the business community.

We are now accepting nominations for 2017 Board member service.  The nomination process is a simple online form available on the Edmonds Chamber website at www.edmondswa.com or Click Here.  Self-nominations are open until Friday, November 11th.  The only requirements for Board service are that you or your business is an active member of the Chamber and your account is in good standing.

Should you have any questions about the Edmonds Chamber, membership or the application process please call the Chamber office at 425-670-1496 or email

Sarah Zabel

Board Member & Nominating Committee Chair

About the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
Our mission is to promote the economic vitality of Edmonds through advocacy, leadership, education and community-building events. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907 and is a voluntary organization serving over 390+ business and professional leaders in several neighborhoods including the Downtown, Waterfront, PerrinvilleFirdale, Westgate and Highway 99 districts. The organization also serves to encourage unified public support and initiate action for the sustainability of a rich quality of life in the community, country and state. To learn more about the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events and programs, visit www.edmondswa.com.


UPDATE: Edmonds Sign Code
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 21:41

As you know, the City Council recently adopted amendments to the City’s sign code.  The most significant changes related to “pedestrian signs” (A-frames and such) in the downtown/waterfront area.  Since then a question has come up regarding the new requirement for the square footage of pedestrian signs to be counted in the businesses’ total square footage for permitted signage.

The particular question is:

For downtown/waterfront businesses that obtained a permit for their wall signs in conformance with the existing sign code AND have a pedestrian sign that now meets the current code, does the pedestrian sign have to be counted in the total square footage allowed for wall signs?  In other words, can up to an additional 6 square feet for the pedestrian sign be “grandfathered” in to the total size allowed?

The answer is “yes” under certain conditions, per the attached interpretation.



Shane Hope, AICP

Development Services Director

City of Edmonds

425.771.0220 x-1216


Membership Manager Named
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 18:16


Membership Manager for the Edmonds Chamber Named


janEDMONDS, WA, August 31, 2016: The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that a new Membership Manager has been selected.  After an extensive interview process we have made our selection.  I am pleased to announce Jan Nicholas as our new Membership Manager.


Jan comes to us with a diverse background of skill and experience in Event Management, Sales, Leadership, Client Management and Fundraising.  She has a unique combination of strong interpersonal communication skills and organizational ability we are sure will be an asset to the Chamber team and prove to be a great benefit to our members and constituents.


Jan is originally from Corvallis, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University.  She played college basketball at OSU and as a professional in Europe for two (2) years.  Following her eight  (8) years of playing basketball, Jan was Division 1 collegiate basketball coach with stops at SW Louisiana, San Diego State, Colorado State and Cal State Northridge.


Jan is married with two children and moved to the area in 1992, she has called the Puget Sound home ever since.


Through the years, she has been involved with many organizations and projects from General Manager at High Five Sportswear, VP of Operations for the Emerald City Basketball Club, the Fundraising Chair for Little League International, the Northshore School District Auction Chair and a Catering Director for Rainin Ribs BBQ.


We look forward to Jan Nicholas beginning with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce this September.  Her work experiences, warm demeanor and ability to build winning teams will surely make her to an asset to the greater Edmonds community and our Chamber membership.


Thank you all for your support, we are looking forward to a wonderful end of 2016 and an even better 2017.



Greg Urban - President & CEO

Job Opening at Edmonds Chamber
Thursday, 14 July 2016 18:43

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

Job Position Description


Title: Membership & Events Manager

Reports To: President & CEO



The Membership & Events manager is responsible for managing the events and membership of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization of over 400 businesses. The Edmonds Chamber exists to promote the economic vitality of Edmonds through advocacy, leadership, education and community-building events. Membership & Events manager reports to and works in partnership with the President & CEO and is responsible for developing and managing the organization's events for members and the community; also for developing new members and member retention.


For full job posting description, qualifications and application requirements, click here

Urban named to Paine Field Community Council
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 20:06


The President & CEO of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Greg Urban, has been appointed to serve on the Paine Field Community Council (PFCC).

The ten-member council is comprised of four (4) community members, two (2) pilots, two (2) on-airport businesses and two (2) off-airport businesses.  The PFCC meets 3-4 times per year and is appointed to review airport related business, future projects and make recommendations.

The Snohomish County Council appointed Greg Urban to the council as an “off-airport business” representative on June 8.  Urban said, “I look forward to serving on the Paine Field Community Council and representing the Edmonds business community over the next few years.”  Urban’s appointment to the council expires in 2019.


About Paine Field Community Council:
The Paine Field Community Council was formed in 1980 as a result of the Airport's Mediated Role Determination.  A primary purpose of the Community Council is to review, assess, and make recommendations to the Airport Director and/or affected governmental entities with regard to the Airport, especially items impacting the spirit and letter of the mediated agreement.  In addition, the Community Council promotes mutual cooperation and understanding between the Airport, residential communities and airport users.

Our Future Leaders
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:39

Our Future Leaders


May 17, 2016

leadershipleaderI was invited to attend Seaview Elementary for their first "Leadership Day" on Thursday, May 12th.  As a community leader, I felt it was important to support one of our wonderful Edmonds schools and provide our future leaders with encouragement and an understanding of the roles they will take in the future.


The students showcased the leadership skills they have gained based on the Stephen Covey "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "The Leader in Me" programs they have gone through in recent months.  It was great to see the children, kindergarten through sixth, sharing what they learned and how these skills are being applied in school and at home. Guests were treated to singing, musical performances, tours and presentations.


The seven (7) habits are: Be Proactive, Begin with the end in mind, Put first things first, Think win-win, Seek first to understand then to be understood, Synergize, Sharpen the saw.


I encourage you all, as leaders in our community, to think about passing on your knowledge by mentoring and engaging with the next generation of business leaders.


Greg Urban, President & CEOleader

Kiwanis Citizen of the Year
Thursday, 10 March 2016 22:00

kiwanisNominations are being accepted for the 23rd Annual Edmonds Citizen of the Year award, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Edmonds to recognize a person (or persons) for their community service. The deadline to submit is Friday, May 6.

Nominees may be a civic-minded citizen active in civic affairs, community activities and/or business pursuits. It is open to individuals as volunteers or professionals in the line of duty.

Guidelines for selection are:
• To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of life.
• To encourage the daily living of the golden rule in all human relationships.
• To promote the adoption and application of higher social, business and professional standards.
• To develop by precept and example a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
• To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, render altruistic service and build better communities.
• To cooperate in creating and maintaining the sound public opinion and idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.

The Kiwanis Club of Edmonds will select a winner from the nominations submitted by citizens at large. Nominations are requested from individuals or groups in Edmonds, who complete the nomination form provided. You can find the form online here, the Edmonds branch of Sno-Isle Libraries or the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Office. Nominations should be sent to: Kiwanis, P.O. Box 221, Edmonds, WA 98020, and must be postmarked on or before May 6, 2016.


--article from My Edmonds News (http://myedmondsnews.com/2016/03/nominations-open-for-23rd-annual-edmonds-citizen-of-year)

Photo Contest Winner Announced
Saturday, 12 December 2015 00:19


Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Photo Contest Winner

EDMONDS, WA, December 11, 2015: The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winning photo from our annual Photo Contest.  The winning photo will be featured on the Edmonds Chamber 2016 Membership Plaque and the 2016 Preferred Business Directory.


Over 30 photos were received and judged by a panel of 11 volunteers from the Log Cabin Visitor’s Information Center.  The selection was not easy for the group but in the end they were able to select a clear winner.


The winning photograph was submitted by Janine Harles and is a collage of 4 photographs taken in Edmonds.  The photo includes: an eagle in flight carrying a fish, an Edmonds sunset, the Edmonds ferry and the Edmonds Museum plaza.




Congratulations to Janine Harles and thank you to everyone who submitted photos into the contest, we hope you keep taking great pictures and try again next year.


For more information contact the Chamber office at 425-670-1496 or by email at membership@edmondswa.com

Halloween 2015
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:18

Halloween Costume Contest Winners

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone for making this Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night one of the best yet!!
Here are the winners of the annual Costume Contest.

Best Pet and Owner:  Kona


Best Pet:  Kona


Best 0-6 yrs old:  Ariana Estrada


Best 7-12 yrs old:  Kathryn Colston & Taylor O'Brien

7-12 7-12

Best 13-17 yrs old:  Julia Causbie


Best Adult:  Scott Causbie


Best Family/Group:  Sindora Family


Congratulations to all those who participated and to the winners.  Start planning your costume for next year!!!

4th of July Thank You
Friday, 17 July 2015 22:18

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