Building Your Best Chamber Team

Join with Chamber Leadership around the state to a one-day intensive and interactive Chamber Leadership Training event presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.  This year, there are two workshops with one being held in Spokane and the other in Tacoma.

Dave Kilby, President/CEO of W.A.C.E will bring his talents to Washington to provide strategies on building an effective and dynamic leadership team at your Chamber!  Current trends, how to avoid trouble and extinction, understanding roles and responsibilities are just a few of the topics Dave will cover.  The time is well worth you and your leadership's investment, but don't take my word for, Nancy Wyatt, President & CEO of the Auburn Area Chamber said "It's AWESOME"!  Space is limited so register today!

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WCCE Chair for 2015

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Lori Mattson is the President and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. Lori joined the Chamber 10 years ago as the Membership Director. In 2008 the Chamber underwent a major leadership change and Lori was promoted to President and CEO by the Board of Directors. Under Lori’s leadership the Chamber has experienced significant growth and is now the 5th largest Chamber in the State of Washington. During the past seven years, the Chamber has added numerous small business and entrepreneurial programs such as Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Meet the Buyer, Business Development University, Tri-Cities Business Builder, and the most recently announced Economic Gardening program.

Lori is a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute of Organization Management. She is the current Chair of the Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives, a statewide professional development association for Chamber professionals. Lori is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Washington Business in Olympia, serves on the local boards of Visit Tri-Cities and the Benton Franklin Workforce Development Council.

“From creating professional relationships, to learning from experts in the Chamber world, to having access to information that helps me be better Chamber leader – I’ve benefited a great deal from my involvement with WCCE and I’m honored to give back and serve as Board Chair”.

Walla Walla Business Summit

Join the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce for the “Walla Walla Business Summit” as industry leaders come together for a day of innovations, trends and connections on April 10th. Seminars topics include: you are the brand, business strategies for the digital world, the human resource jungle, technology trends for business, power PR, the business page, exceeding the customer’s expectations and last but not lease, “how to make a small fortune in the wine business”!

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber has extended their member rate to Washington Chambers and their members for this event. For more information, click on the "More +" link below for a copy of the summit flyer.

FYI: The next day April 11th is Feast Walla Walla, a great wine and food festival on Main St in Walla Walla.   Summit attendees get a 20% discount using the Summit code at They also have special rates at hotels and Summit details on the website


Chamber Update

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The TVW Board of Directors today announced that Renee Radcliff Sinclair, a former Washington state legislator and Apple Inc. executive, has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the statewide public affairs cable television network, following an extensive nationwide search. Sinclair, who will begin work on March 2nd, served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1995-2001, representing Snohomish County.  Most recently, Sinclair directed education policy through the western United States for Apple Inc.

Sinclair said, "I'm really excited about the future of TVW.  The organization has a rich history of providing access to state government, and I believe expanding media options provide us with great new opportunities to build on that history.  I am passionate about TVW's mission and look forward to working with a dedicated board and skilled staff to carry it forward."


US Chamber Enhanced Graduate Program

US Chamber is excited to unveil a new program that is specifically targeted toward the association/chamber professional who has graduated from our US Chamber Institute Program and has attained the status of IOM.  The “Graduate Elective Program”  (GEP)  is designed to build upon what we learned and the relationships that we each created to further the career of the Chamber or Association Professional.  This new course offering will supply participants with many opportunities to learn and forge new relationships with professionals who are living in the business of non-profit management.  Also, this is an opportunity to bring former classmates back together to build upon your career knowledge together.

The first year of our new GEP will be held at the Southeast Institute.  Each year the program will rotate between all of our Institute sites.  For more information, click on the following links:

2015 Enhanced Graduate Elective Program (GEP)

2015 GEP Talking Points



The WCCE "Leading the Way Award"


Presented to Betty Nokes Capestany,
President & CEO, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

November 6, 2014
I believe one of our greatest challenges is to retain leaders; and I think part of that effort needs to include recognition, encouragement, and acknowledgement along the way– not just words spoken at the time of retirement.  So at this time, I’d like to recognize someone who has helped so many of us in our professional development over the years; she is well known locally, regionally, and nationally.

Betty Nokes Capestany - President & CEO of the Bellevue Chamber

Your representative to the WTA & Grassroots Alliance

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Shiloh Schauer, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has taken on several assignments focused on providing both representation for and assistance to Chambers in the areas of tourism and government affairs.  Shiloh will be representing the Chambers as a board member on the Washington Tourism Alliance and the Association of Washington Business, as their Chamber representative.

You can contact Shiloh by accessing her information on the WCCE membership directory under "Members Area".  She'll be available to provide information and feedback in these two important areas affecting your Chamber and its membership.

Upcoming Events

Building your best Chamber Team

Greater Spokane Inc. Board Room, Spokane

April 1 - 10:30AM - 3:30PM

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Building your best Chamber Team

Pacific Grill Events Center, Tacoma

April 2 - 10:30AM - 3:30PM

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Walla Walla Business Summit

Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla

April 10 - 8:00AM - 6:00PM

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US Chamber Western Institute

Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California

July 12-16, 2015

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W.A.C.E. Academy

Hyatt Regency, Sacramento

Aug. 9 - Aug. 12, 2015

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US Chamber Regional Government Affairs Conference

Las Vegas, NV

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2015

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2015 WCCE Annual Conference

Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick

Oct. 21 - 23, 2015

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