The Chamber has spawned a number of successful programs over the past few years. It was instrumental in working with the local arts community to promote the successful monthly “Art Up” art walk in PhinneyWood. Venue participation grew 50% from 2011 to 2012. We’ve also worked with the City and local businesses to produce three annual Summer Streets celebrations on Greenwood Avenue. The Greenwood Seafair Parade continues to be a wonderful Seattle tradition each and every year that draws one of the neighborhoods largest crowds. Our neighborhood was included in a grant from the Office of Economic Development that generated a PhinneyWood feature on a site called www.OnlyInSeattle.org. And, just last summer, we launched a new website of our own in support of promoting our local businesses, DoPhinneywood.com.
Regardless of these efforts, it becomes increasingly challenging for small business owners to volunteer their time, as a result, Chamber Board membership has waned over the past couple of years. Fortunately, with some effort by a select few, the annual meeting Feb 3rd reversed that trend when 23 members raised their hand to get involved with the board! Starting immediately, this group accepted the responsibility of reshaping what the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce looks like. They are looking for opportunities to connect with the folks at the PNA (Phinney Neighborhood Association) in an effort to join forces with their business membership program.
Elected to executive positions were Mike Veitenhans (Home Inspection & Gumshoe Guy) as President, Jamie Clausen (Lawyer at Phinney Estate Law) as Vice-President, Jeff Cornejo (Phinney Starbucks Manager) as Treasurer and Liesl Mordhorst (Loan Officer at Legacy Group) was re-elected as Secretary.