Newcastle Earth Day kickoff is Thursday

April 13, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. April 13, 2015

All those planning to exhibit, volunteer or attend Newcastle’s Earth Day celebration are invited to a special kick-off event two days before the big festival.

This month’s Newcastle Chamber of Commerce after-hours networking event is dedicated to a social kickoff of the April 18 Earth Day event. Earth Day enthusiasts are encouraged to mingle with those that will be working the event on Saturday.

“Meet others that you normally don’t have time to meet while tending your booth,” Newcastle Earth Day Chairwoman Grace Stiller said in an email. “We’ll reminisce of the first Earth Day celebrations – hippie style!”

Light refreshments and a no-host bar will be available at the April 16 event held at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. It goes from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Learn more about the Newcastle Earth Day festival here.

Chamber hosts presentation about Shared Work program

April 7, 2015

NEW — 10:35 a.m. April 7, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Chad Pearson, of the state’s Employment Security Department, at its April 8 luncheon.

Pearson will present information about how the state’s Shared Work Program can prevent layoffs and keep skilled staff when business slows.

The Shared Work Program offers businesses an alternative to laying off workers. Instead, employers may reduce the work hours for permanent employees, and the workers can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.

This allows businesses to weather downturns without losing skilled employees. It also gives workers an opportunity to keep their jobs part time while collecting unemployment benefits for time they are not working.

The April luncheon begins at 11 a.m. April 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

Notes from Newcastle

April 2, 2015

A plea to #hashtag it

Newcastle is suffering from an identity crisis.

No, I’m not talking about anything that the city is or isn’t doing. This crisis, it so happens, is simply out of City Hall’s control.

The problem would best be described as a “social media identity crisis.” Go ahead; search ‘Newcastle’ on Twitter. What do you see?

You’ll likely see a lot of tweets about Newcastle United FC, a soccer team in the English Premier League. Though the majority of Newcastle tweets are about the Magpies, they, incidentally, have nothing to do with our Newcastle. Read more

Waste Management’s David Della to speak at chamber luncheon

March 10, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 10, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host Waste Management at its March luncheon.

David Della, Waste Management’s public sector manager for the region, will talk about the company’s public outreach efforts. Waste Management is responsible for collecting the Newcastle community’s waste every week.

The company is a regular sponsor of Newcastle Chamber and city of Newcastle events. Most recently, Della awarded the Newcastle Chamber Diamond Award trophy for Education to Margaret Strong.

The March luncheon begins at 11 a.m. March 11 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

Chamber Executive Director Imelda Dulcich to step down

March 5, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is losing a key administrative member.

Executive Director Imelda Dulcich announced publicly Feb. 11 that she is resigning from the chamber to focus more on the clients of her public relations firm.

Imelda Dulcich 2015

“I am privileged to have worked with so many wonderful members of the community in my work as executive director,” she said in a news release. “My joy has been working with the chamber board to help our members succeed by providing opportunities to build connections, increase visibility and learn through our educational events.” Read more

Editorial — Chamber director has big shoes to fill

March 5, 2015

We’re saddened to hear that Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Imelda Dulcich will step down from her post.

Dulcich has single-handedly raised the profile of the local chamber, providing valuable social media promotion for its businesses and serving as a friendly community connector.

Her position was only part-time, but it was clear that Dulcich dedicated more effort and energy than her duties required.

Dulcich’s ability to recruit top-notch speakers made the chamber luncheons must-attend events. Because of her, the Newcastle business community got to hear from the likes of U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, King County Sheriff John Urquhart and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Read more

Chamber Executive Director Imelda Dulcich to step down

February 11, 2015

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Feb. 11, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is losing a key administrative member.

Executive Director Imelda Dulcich announced publicly Feb. 11 that she is resigning from the chamber to focus more on the clients of her public relations firm.

Imelda Dulcich 2015

“I am privileged to have worked with so many wonderful members of the community in my work as executive director,” she said in a news release. “My joy has been working with the chamber board to help our members succeed by providing opportunities to build connections, increase visibility and learn through our educational events.” Read more

Mayor to give State of the City address Feb. 11

February 6, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 10, 2015

File Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

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Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

Mayor Steve Buri will give his update on all things Newcastle at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon Feb. 11. Read more

Chamber hosts PSE at Jan. 14 luncheon

January 12, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will kick off 2015 with its first luncheon of the year Jan. 14.

Puget Sound Energy representatives will be on hand talking about the company’s myPSE mobile app which gives customers the opportunity to report and track power outages.

Keri Pravitz, Puget Sound Energy community projects manager, and Andy Swayne, municipal liaison manager, will answer questions, as well.

The January luncheon begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

2014 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards

December 5, 2014

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