2016 WCCE Chair

steeleWCCE is fortunate to continue the strong leadership of the organization with the installation of Mike Steele, Executive Director of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, as the new board chair for 2016.  Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the organizations leadership role.  Mike would like to encourage all Washington state Chamber professionals to join him in working to build a strong Chamber network and professional development association through the WCCE!

AWB Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance

awbgaIs your Chamber a member of the AWB Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance?  Here is your opportunity to join with over 50 of your Chamber (colleagues) to work together to better the legislative business environment through this effort facilitated by the Association of Washington Business.  If you are interested in more information and how you and your Chamber can join the Alliance, contact Rich Hadley through the AWB offices.

2015 Conference SUCCESS!


The Tri-Cities hosted the Washington Chamber Executives for it's first annual statewide conference in three years.  For the last 3 years, WCCE and the Oregon Chamber Executives has hosted a joint conference in the Portland/Vancouver area.  The Three Rivers Convention Center and the SunnyHill Suites was Chamber central as Chamber professionals from around the state congregate to hear, share and experience the latest in the Chamber Leadership profession.

Cathi Hight is a Kaizen consultant and President of Hight Performance Group was a featured presenter at this year's WCCE Chamber Leaders' Conference. Considered as the Membership Guru and the developer of The Member Retention Kit and A New Approach to Tiered Membership, she provided realignment strategies that help chambers of all sizes manage constant change, deliver benefits that members value, leverage volunteer and staff resources efficiently, and effectively communicate the value of membership.

Other topics included "Economic Gardening", Innovative Chamber Social media strategies, Chamber 101 for the new CEO, Chamber Tourism, The Chamber Legislative game plan for 2016, "Ladder of Leadership Influence" and a number of breakout and workshop sessions. 

A special thank-you to Lori Mattson, President/CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber and Chair of this years conference for a job well done!

Your Chamber's Event

If your Chamber has an upcoming event that have statewide appeal, contact the WCCE Offices to see about listing it on the site.  Great  way to get the word out to Chamber professionals and the public alike!

Chamber Update

WCCE Career Bulletin

Position: President/CEO
Chamber: Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce
Salary Range: $50 - $60K
Deadline: Interviews will be conducted as resumes are recieved
Contact Info: AuburnCC@auburnareawa.org

Job Description

WCCE Webinars

webinarWCCE will be offering several upcoming webcasts in December.  Be sure and check the WCCE Calendar for subjects, dates and time!

New WCCE Board Members for 2016

WCCE would like to welcome Guy Occhiogrosso of the Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber, Lora Butterfield, Fife-Edgewood-Milton Chamber and Kristin Kemak, Lewis Clark Valley Chamber to the board of directors for 2016. 

Thank you to the 2015 Board of Directors

16boardOutgoing Chair, Lori Mattson, thanking her board for a job well done for 2015. 

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

Upcoming Events

US Chamber Winter Institute

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

January 3-7, 2016

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2016 WCCE Annual Conference

Campbell's Lake Chelan Waterfront Resort

Lake Chelan, WA

Nov. 9-11, 2016

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WACE 2016 Annual Conference

San Francisco Airport Marriott

Burlingame, CA

Feb. 3-5, 2016

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AWB Legislative & Lobby Day

Red Lion Hotel - Olympia

Jan. 19, 2016 7AM - 9PM

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