2023 was an exciting year for the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and our local business community!
This past year we were thrilled to host sold out signature events where we strengthened relationships with friendly faces — many familiar and many new! The conferences we took part in gave local leaders chances to learn, grow, and be inspired with ambitious ideas for the South Sound. We were honored to play a role in leadership development programs for business owners and entrepreneurs on the rise in our region. Advocacy to protect business interests and ensure a thriving local economy was a top priority for us on a local, state, and national level. Throughout the year, we enjoyed many different opportunities to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of our vibrant business community.
Thank you to everyone who joined us this year to make an impact for business in the South Sound. We can't wait to have you alongside us for everything 2024 has in store!
Read our recap of the Chamber's Top 10 accomplishments, events, programs, and moments from 2023 below!
The Chamber welcomed five new staff members in 2023, all of whom possess great qualities and help the Chamber grow. One of those individuals is Mary Sedano, the Chamber's new Marketing & Communications Coordinator.
A new company was welcomed at 1201 Pacific here in Tacoma last week. WSP USA celebrated the grand opening for their new office space.
Located on the fifth floor, they have amazing views of the Port, and the Dome. Delicious appetizers, drinks, and even a hot cocoa bar was available for the 30 + attendees!
Mayor Woodards along with Deputy Mayor Walker were able to join in to share the special day for the engineers, scientists, biologists, project managers, technical and business advisors and more that make up WSP USA’s amazing team. See the gallery below for photos from the night.
On December 6, the Chamber held the Annual Public Officials Holiday Reception, an event where the public and local politicians can meet and network in a more casual environment.
The event was held at the Tacoma Art Museum, and was attended by 375+ elected officials, Chamber members, along with non-Chamber members. Several food stations were provided from Carr’s Restaurant and Catering, offering appetizers from crabcakes to crackers and a wide selection of cheeses. Music was played by Violinist Holly Eckert, and Accordion-Master Toby Hanson.
Halfway through the night, attendees shared a toast to the amazing work that our elected officials do; Andrea Reay, President/CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County, and Jon Rossman Owner of Chuckals Office Products, and Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Directors, did the honors. Overlooking a lit-up Downtown Tacoma, the Dome in the distance, and being under the twinkling fairy lights in the foyer of the museum, the night literally was glowing.
View event photos taken by Sage + Soul Photography: bit.ly/2023-POHR-Gallery.
In case you missed it, be sure to attend the Horizons Economic Forecast on January 31st. Learn more and register here.
A round table luncheon was held on November 30th at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber celebrating the THRIVE Tacoma Business Fund recipients.
THRIVE Tacoma embodies a collective commitment to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the local business community. Twenty Tacoma-based small businesses were selected as recipients of the 2023 THRIVE Tacoma Business Fund grants through the lottery system, each being awarded $5,000, made possible by the generous financial support and partnership with Comcast.
The recipients are:
Uncle Al’s Texas BBQ, a graduate of the Pierce-County Business Accelerator, served up a delectable Texas BBQ lunch for the delighted recipients.
Jamison Harris, Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast and Andrea Reay, President and CEO, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber spoke at the event. Both speakers underscored the significance of investing in our small business community, emphasizing that such investments are pivotal for creating the most equitable, inclusive, and thriving business environment in Washington State. Zshoni Nalls, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast was also present to support the recipients.
For more Information on Comcast’s Digital Equity work in the community: Comcast RISE – Elevating small businesses.
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