Edmonds Chamber of Commerce News
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.


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.

Download the Job Posting

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.

Changes coming to Edmonds Art Walk
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:05


Changes coming to Edmonds Art Walk
The Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association or ‘DEMA’ (a committee of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce) is announcing that Edmonds Art Walk, which occurs every third Thursday, will be placed on hold effective in March.  This event, which is owned by DEMA has been a very popular event, however, recent developments have led to a decision to retool the event.   For the next few months there will not be a formal Art Walk, although some business may continue to sponsor artists.  During this transition DEMA welcomes community input on Edmonds Art Walk and requests that any comments or ideas be sent to demaedmonds@gmail.com.
DEMA wishes to thank Jeff Stilwell and Manya Schilperoort of MaJe Gallery for their contributions to Edmonds Art Walk over the years.  DEMA looks forward to more great third Thursday events in the future and more information regarding next steps will be provided in the coming weeks.
The Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association (DEMA) is an independent unincorporated association of merchants in downtown Edmonds and its operations are supported by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce through a committee structure providing assistance for DEMA activities.​
DEMA meetings are held the first Friday of the month at 8:30am at The Savvy Traveler.
Affordable Care Act
Friday, 08 November 2013 17:06

Last month at the Chamber Luncheon David Preston, David Jones and Scott Hacker presented on the Affordable Care Act: Past Present and Future, what does it mean to me?  At this presentation there was a flood of information and resources, we have provided a PDF copy of those slides and resource links.  Download them here.

Chamber Arts Awards, Call for Nominations
Friday, 08 November 2013 16:57

Save the Date for the 2014 Chamber Arts Awards


The first Chamber Arts Awards were presented in March 2013 by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Committee.  Committee Chair, Jack Loos, recently announced the date for the 2014 Awards.  Mark your calendars to attend the Arts Awards event at the Edmonds Conference Center on March 20, 2014 at 8 PM, following the Third Thursday Art Walk, to celebrate the awardees.


The 2013 recipients were Barbara Kindness for Individual Volunteer, MaJe Gallery for Business Leadership, and Mike Popke of Lynnwood Honda for Individual Leadership and Rick Steves and Europe through the Back Door, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, KCTS, and Edmonds Center for the Arts for the Creative Collaboration Award.


Call for Nominations (deadline 2/18/2014)

The Committee has set the date and it is now time for the community to start thinking about who they want to nominate for the four awards.  Is there a volunteer you can think of who has played a vital role in supporting and sustaining arts and culture in Edmonds?  Does a creative collaboration come to mind that combined resources and organizations in a successful program or event?  Many individuals from local businesses or organizations have provided leadership in fostering partnerships between arts and business and there may be one exceptional individual you want to nominate.  The support of arts and culture by area businesses and cultural organizations is key to the vibrant arts community in Edmonds – which business or organization will you nominate?


Nomination forms are available on the Chamber website www.edmondswa.com/awards for online submission, and at the Chamber office, 121 5th Ave N.  For more information contact events@edmondswa.com


A little bit of Elvis on every stage, and a whole lot of rock, blues, jazz and more!
Saturday, 03 August 2013 18:14

Join us Friday through Saturday, August 9 to 11 for 3 stages of entertainment at A Taste of Edmonds. There is something in every musical flavor and all the bands plan a tribute song to the King of rock and roll.

Taste Beer StageThe Atomic Punks, Motley Inc., the Spazmatics, the Afrodisiacs, Cherry Cherry, Shambala, The Beatniks, Gimme Shelter — the list goes on when it comes to tribute bands bringing back your favorites. You will shake, rattle and roll to the sounds of Bobby Sox & the Juke Box as they take fans back to the 50s and 60s.

Local favorites Heart By Heart will be closing out the festival Sunday evening. Two of their members recently were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as original members of Heart. Also, becoming a local legend, Spike & the Impalers will turn up the volume on Friday at the Beer Garden. If you don’t know the band, you might know two of its members — Bob Rivers and Spike O’Neil from the Bob Rivers Show that airs in the morning on 95.7 KJR.

Blues fans won’t want to miss Michelle Taylor & The Blues Junkies. Bluegrass fans will want to catch the Oly Mountain Boys. For hot Zydeco and Cajun be sure to hear Richard Allen & the Louisiana Experience.

The band schedules on the website list all the times, including four tributes to Elvis. Although you will want to tap your feet be cautious if you have a plate of delicious food on your lap!

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce produces the Taste of Edmonds annually.

What you need to know:

  • For general event information, visit www.atasteofedmonds.com or call the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (425) 776-6711.
  • Festival location: Civic Playfield at 310 6th Ave. N in Edmonds, 98020.
  • Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: $4 Daily (12 and under free).
  • Free Shuttle from Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th
So much food, so little time!
Saturday, 03 August 2013 17:42

Join us Friday through Saturday, August 9 to 11 and choose from 35 food vendors at A Taste of Edmonds. The variety is better than ever and it is all prepared fresh at the festival.


Fresh roasted corn on the cob
is just one of the many yummy
offerings at A Taste of Edmonds.

This year the Taste welcomes Celtic Cowboy BBQ who will be serving “Love Me Tender Baby Back Ribs.” Known for their original BBQ sauce, Celtic has really embraced the Elvis theme of this year’s Taste. So has Rusty Pelican with their “Hunka Hunka Key Lime Pie.” Visitors will also be able to buy tasty treats from Family Time Restaurant, Lopez Island Ice Cream, Moe’s Falafel, and Panda Dim Sum for the first time at the festival. Truly Med is taking a second booth this year and is introducing fish on their menu.

You can wash it all down with some “Blue Suede Lemonade,” or head over to the beer garden with your feast, where you can also catch a great act on the beer garden stage. Wine enthusiasts will find that this year’s Taste fare has been paired with the wines being offered in the Wine Garden.

As always, festival organizers will have the Taste-Off competition, Friday, August 9 at noon to determine the best main dish, side dish and desert at the event. This year’s judges will consist of the Friends of the Wine Garden. Look for the banners at the winner’s tents.

It is rumored that Elvis loved a good peanut butter and banana sandwich. We would venture a guess that he would get all shook up over many of the great eats at A Taste.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce produces the Taste of Edmonds annually.

What you need to know:

  • For general event information, visit www.atasteofedmonds.com or call the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (425) 776-6711.
  • Festival location: Civic Playfield at 310 6th Ave. N in Edmonds, 98020.
  • Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: $4 Daily (12 and under free).
  • Free Shuttle from Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th
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