Edmonds Chamber of Commerce News
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

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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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Edmonds 4th of July 5K Renamed the “Beat Brackett 5K”
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 21:17

Edmonds 4th of July 5K Renamed the “Beat Brackett 5K”

5KEDMONDS, WA, May 27, 2015: The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the 9th Annual 4th of July 5K Fun Run/Walk has been renamed in honor of Edmonds founder, George Brackett.  The race will have a theme and now called the “Beat Brackett 5K”.

In addition to the name change we have added a bunch of new features.  The race will be electronically timed using RFID chips on each runner to provide accurate and quick results.  Runners who opt in will receive a performance (tech) running shirt to wear in the race.  Nothing compliments a running shirt like a ‘fake’ beard, George Brackett inspired ‘fake’ beards will be available for runner’s to don during the race.

In addition to trying to win your age and gender bracket, runners will attempt to “Beat Brackett”.  One special runner in the 5K is designated as George Brackett and your goal is to beat him to the finish line, Beat Brackett this year for a chance to ‘be’ Brackett in next year’s race.

Attracting over 500 participants, the “Beat Brackett 5K” is the perfect kick-off to a full day of 4th of July festivities taking place in the heart of historic downtown Edmonds.  For those with a competitive streak, an awards ceremony with metals will be held immediately following the race.

The “Beat Brackett 5K” will take place on Saturday, July 4 and starts in Edmonds City Park at 3rd Ave. S & Pine St.  Registration opens at 8:30 am and the race starts at 10 am.  All participants are asked to arrive before 9:30 am to pick up their race bib and materials. There is a $30 registration fee, which includes a race shirt or $25 without a shirt. Day of event registration is available for $30 but shirts are not guaranteed.  Participants are encouraged to pre-register by going to www.edmondswa.com in the Upcoming Events section or contact the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce office.

About George Brackett (1842-1927)
George Brackett is customarily regarded as the founder of Edmonds as well as an early logger in Bothell.  Born and raised in eastern Canada, he logged there and in parts of the U.S. before coming to Seattle about 1870.  Searching out new stands of timber, he rowed along the eastern shore of Puget Sound in 1870 and was attracted by the site that became Edmonds.  In 1876, he purchased acreage and moved there.  In 1884, he platted a town, which he named Edmonds; after its incorporation in 1890, he became the first mayor.  He operated a mill and a wharf and maintained several businesses in Edmonds and was the first postmaster.  He donated property for a school after classes were originally held in his barn.  He served several terms on the city council, the last one a few years before he died in Edmonds on December 27, 1927.

Event info at www.edmondswa.com or contact the Edmonds Chamber office at 425-670-1496

Michael Reagan Named Grand Marshal of Edmonds 4th of July Parade
Friday, 01 May 2015 18:03

Michael Reagan

EDMONDS, WA, May 1, 2015:  The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Michael Reagan as the 2015 Grand Marshals of the “An Edmonds Kind of Fourth” Parade.  Mr. Reagan is an Edmonds resident whom the Congressional Medal of Honor Society recognized this year with the “Citizens Service Before Self Honors” award.  This award is given to everyday citizens for courage, sacrifice, selflessness and patriotism.

Mr. Reagan, a Vietnam veteran, has spent the last 11 years drawing over 4,200 portraits of service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The portraits are given to the families of the fallen soldiers at no cost and “sadly, some of the pictures I drew were the only things that came home” said Reagan.  In addition to the portraits, Mr. Reagan is very involved in raising money for charities and to date has helped raise over $10 million.


This 4th of July celebration coincides with the 125th Anniversary of the City of Edmonds, the oldest city in Snohomish County.  For 108 years the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, with support from the business community, has produced the 4th of July festivities for the citizens of Edmonds.  We hope that you participate in the celebrations this year by attending the events, running in the 5K or even marching in the parade.


“An Edmonds Kind of Fourth” Schedule

10:00 am - 5K Fun Run/Walk

11:30 am - Children’s Parade

12:00 pm - Main Parade

2:30 pm - Firefighters Waterball Competition

7:30 pm - Evening Entertainment & Vendors

10:00 pm - Fireworks


Event info & registration at www.edmondswa.com or Edmonds Chamber office at 425-670-1496

2015 Citizen of the Year, Nominations Open
Friday, 20 March 2015 18:16

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Nominations are being accepted for the 22nd Annual Edmonds Citizen of the Year award, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Edmonds to recognize a person (or persons) for their community service.

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 8, 2015.

The award will be presented at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce luncheon May 28th.


Membership & Events Manager Named
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:35

Membership & Events Manager Named


Sandra WilliamsI know that the past 2 months have been especially difficult for our Chamber, the members and our Board of Directors.  When I was offered this position in May, I knew how many challenges and obstacles we would have to overcome as we strive to better our organization.  I say ‘our organization’ because it belongs to those who choose to be an active member and support our mission and the community.  We all must protect and nurture the Chamber to ensure the next 100 years of our history can be written.

We received over 23 applications for the position and after an extensive interview process were able to identify the best fit for this position.  I would like to thank the 3 Board members, Log Cabin volunteer and staff members who participated in the process.  The backgrounds of these interviewers and the variety of questions asked allowed for a more comprehensive picture to emerge of the candidates.  The process was very collaborative and all opinions and views were heard.

I am pleased to announce our new Membership and Events Manager, Sandra Williams.  Sandra comes to us with many years of service and leadership in non-profits around the globe, including Mexico, Greece and locally in Bellevue.  Her proven track record managing staff, planning events and working with volunteers make her an asset to this organization and the greater community.

In addition to non-profit experience, Sandra has also been an entrepreneur.  While getting her BA in Business Management she started a dog walking-pet sitting business in Kirkland and in only four years was successful enough to sell the company in August of this year.

Sandra has volunteered for many events with the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and is very passionate about community.  She speaks Spanish and conversational Greek and most recently completed the “Camino de Santiago” solo, a 500-mile trek across Spain.

We look forward to Sandra Williams beginning her new journey with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce this January.  Her experiences, attention to detail and warm demeanor will surely endear her to our greater Edmonds community and Chamber members.  Sandra stated, “I’m so excited to join the Chamber and become a part of the Edmonds community!”

Thank you all for your patience and support this year, we are looking forward to a wonderful 2015.


Greg Urban

President & CEO

Job Posting for Membership & Events Manager
Sunday, 02 November 2014 21:44

Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
Job Posting


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 450 businesses. The Edmonds Chamber exists to promote the economic vitality of the greater Edmonds business community, through advocacy, leadership and education. 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. Salary range is $40,000 to $50,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits included.



  1. Plan, organize and directs the Chamber’s events and activities for members and the community, responds to the needs of members. Implement programs, services and activities to ensure program objectives are delivered to the membership, sponsors and community at large.

  2. Develop and maintain a collaborative working relationship between the Chamber and other businesses, government departments, volunteers and community organizations.

  3. Execute all responsibilities consistent with sound operations and authorized policies and procedures, as directed by the President & CEO and the Board.

  4. Oversee and manage the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center volunteer activities. Ensure proper staffing, training and documentation of the Log Cabin activities in accordance with best business practices and City/County requirements.

  5. Compile information on membership and event activities for the President & CEO and the Board, in both written and verbal reports when requested.

  6. Events and volunteer committees working with this position:

  7. o Board of Directors
    o Log Cabin Visitor Center
    o Committees: A Taste of Edmonds, An Edmonds Kind of 4th , Edmonds Classic Car Show, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Halloween Trick-or-Treat, Annual Banquet, Economic Development Committee, David Stern Memorial Golf Classic, Membership, Ambassador, Arts & Culture, Edmonds Home, Garden & Design Show, Executive Committee.

  8. Maintain accurate records, communicate with co-workers and utilize both physical and digital record keeping systems to ensure information accuracy and redundancies. Use of an internal server for digital file storage, physical files and our online resources to share Chamber information.

  9. Work within guidelines established by the Chamber bylaws and the President & CEO.

  10. Ensure that all events and membership activities stay on budget, work with the office and committees to reduce costs and increase sponsorships.

  11. Secure in-kind services with members, in order to reduce operating cost for the office and events. All in-kind services must be well documented with the value of the exchange, signed by both parties and approved by the office.

  12. Work to identify past, present and potential sponsors.

  13. Ability to handle and prioritize conflicting complex demands.

  14. Serve as a liaison with members, sponsors, volunteers and community organizations who work with the Chamber and be flexible to meet the other demands of the office.

  15. Be professional, diplomatic, flexible and committed to accuracy and customer service.

  16. Ability to exercise independent judgment; work under pressure with constant deadlines and multiple priorities; and to coordinate projects in a complex organizational structure while performing optimally and maintaining both quality and quantity of work.

  17. Promote teamwork and professionalism with the ability to manage in some areas while serving as an assistant in others. Ability to be supportive, patient and teach when someone needs assistance.

  18. Must have strong time management skills with the ability to set your schedule that may require long workdays and the need adjust your days off work.

  19. Serve as the Committee Chair for all Chamber events, when a volunteer Committee Chair is not available. Function as the liaison between the Chamber and committees to ensure proper planning and timely execution of all event details, to ensure a successful event for the Chamber.

  20. Ability to take on new responsibilities, as directed by the President & CEO.


Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics:

  1. Minimum of three (3) years' experience working in a nonprofit or event management position, including overseeing staff, volunteers, fundraising and events.

  2. Academic degree and/or experience in small business, marketing or community development.

  3. Working knowledge of nonprofit organizations or membership based associations.

  4. Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and interpersonal relations.

  5. Supervisory skills with the ability to plan, organize and delegate.

  6. Experience in sales, fundraising, budgeting and membership development.

  7. Business and leadership savvy and high level of energy.

  8. Technical ability with event management software, Microsoft products, PC & Mac, social media etc...

  9. Significant lifting and carrying (event functions) must be able to lift approximately 40 lbs.

  10. Valid drivers license with a licensed and operable vehicle.

  11. Working knowledge of the Edmonds business community and lifestyle is preferred but not required.


Application Requirements:

Email a cover letter, one page resume and answers to the following questions:

1. Describe a function/event you were involved with from concept through execution. Provide details on challenges, attendance, size of staff/volunteers you coordinated, budget, fundraising/sponsorships and other insights into your management style and experience.

2. Describe your handling of a tense situation involving multiple, interested parties. How did you approach this situation to ensure all parties were heard and ultimately satisfied with the outcome?

3. What is your experience with Edmonds, Washington? Describe any involvement in the community as a resident, business owner/employee or a visitor and how that will help you in your new role as the Membership & Events Manager. If you have no direct experiences in Edmonds, please describe what you do know about the Edmonds community.


Send your full application (in Word or PDF format) with references to: greg@edmondswa.com subject line: “Membership & Events Manager” by 5pm on November 15th.

Initial interviews are conducted by phone and secondary interviews in person. Email only, no phone calls, mail or drop-ins will be accepted.


“This description is intended to provide an overview of the responsibilities and duties of the position. It is not all-inclusive. The incumbent may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this position description commensurate with the needs of the organization. Responsibilities may change over time. This position description is provided for information purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Thank You to Valerie Claypool
Monday, 27 October 2014 18:10


Thank You to Valerie Claypool

On behalf of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors and the entire Edmonds Chamber of Commerce membership, we would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to Valerie Claypool for her many years of service as the Membership & Events Director of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.


Valerie Claypool joined the Edmonds Chamber as a business member and ambassador in 2008 and was hired as the full-time Membership & Events Director in early 2012, overseeing the many events our Chamber produces for the Edmonds businesses and the community.


The Edmonds Chamber appreciates the endless hours of service Valerie has dedicated to the members, community and the organization.  Under her watchful eye membership grew from around 350 members to over 500 members, before settling at the current membership of around 470 businesses.


The President & CEO of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will announce a new Membership & Events Manager before the end of the year.  During this transition period you can direct all requests to the Chamber office at 425-670-1496 or by email to business@edmondswa.com or greg@edmondswa.com


We wish Valerie Claypool all success in her future endeavors.


With gratitude,

Greg Urban

President & CEO

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce




Edmonds Chamber Announces Greg Urban, New President and CEO
Monday, 05 May 2014 16:23


Greg UrbanThe Board of Directors for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Greg Urban as its new President and CEO as of Monday, May 5th.


Urban has served on the Board of Directors since 2012 and is an active business member in the Chamber.  He brings an in-depth understanding and knowledge of Edmonds and the Chamber community.


He has an extensive entrepreneurial background and has had the pleasure to work with the last three mayors of Edmonds and various community organizations through his company, Ideas Unfold.  Maintaining these relationships and building new   partnerships as the Chamber President is a natural transition.


“Edmonds has been a large part of my life for the past nine years,” Urban said.  “I look forward to the opportunity to grow and nurture an organization that I care deeply about.”


Urban has inserted himself into the Edmonds community, connecting with people from all walks of life, including a variety of industries and businesses.  He finds himself creating connections between individuals; providing thoughtful introductions and sharing dynamic partnership opportunities.


The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907 and serves more than 500 businesses and professional leaders in Edmonds’ neighborhoods, including Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Westgate and Highway 99 districts.

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