Posts Tagged ‘Self-Promotion’

Gain An Investment Perspective

March 11, 2010

At the upcoming Fremont Chamber general meeting, held on St. Patty’s Day (March 17) at 8a, attendees can gain perspective on what is coming up for investors for 2010. 

Presented by Marko Tubic, of Edward Jones, this meeting can give answers to every kind of question on what to expect in the coming year.  Also, attendees get a delicious continental breakfast from Essential Baking Company.

Finally, this meeting will be held at the Institute for Systems Biology, a world-class research institute that integrates many sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, computation, mathematics and medicine.   Get a glimpse of the ground-breaking work being done right here in Fremont, and inside the newest (and last) building in the Adobe complex, at 837 North 35th St.

To RSVP for the March general meeting, contact the Chamber office at or 206/632-1500.


Fremont’s Community Fair

February 19, 2010
Have you ever seen a bigger pizza?

Marko Tubic, FCC Prez, speaks with Mark McBurney over pizza at The Ballroom

The February 17th Fremont Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting took place in a back room – where a wide spectrum of Fremonsters (artists, residents, business owners, landlords, media, a Mason, and a vaudevillian) were served beverages (adult and non-) and the huge (and delicious) pizza The Ballroom is known for.

The first public outreach meeting by the Fremont Chamber on the Fremont Fair had a good turnout, but feedback can still be given.  The following recap may spark ideas – and Chamber Executive Director Jessica Vets still wants to hear it all.  Or so she said, repeatedly, at the meeting…

Something Old, Something New…

Vets started with a presentation, assembled by Amanda Foley of Duo Public Relations, on the transition of the Fair from Solid Ground (the producer for the last 35+/- years) to the Chamber.  The Chamber agreed, in taking over the productions, to continue to fundraise for Solid Ground, an agency that supports low income and marginalized people to improve their lives.

The Chamber will donate any profit the Fair may make, but they are looking at additional methods including:

  • text message fundraising (very successful for Haiti Relief/Red Cross donations)
  • tip jars at the beer gardens

Monies raised beyond that amount agreed upon with Solid Ground will go to fund the grant program of the Fremont Chamber, which supports events and non-profits in Fremont.

The message of the Fair, for the Chamber, is “Bring people to Fremont to shop, spend, dine, drink and discover…and entice them to come back throughout the year!”  The Fair will celebrate Fremont, and forge stronger relationships with groups that participate in the Fair – the Fremont Arts Council and Seattle Art Cars, the vendors, and the organizations with booths like the Fremont Historical Society, Fremont Baptist Church, Fremont Neighborhood Council, etc.

For 2010, the event will still have many popular features – the Solstice Parade, booths, beer, bands, vendors, Art Cars, Kids Zone, etc.  Changes being considered, this first time out, concern:

  • Remove the Giving Boxes (to open up the entrances and find more cost-effective methods of fundraising)
  • Create a Sunday neighborhood meet-up
  • Display (some) Parade floats on Sunday
  • Build a connection between the Parade after-event at Gasworks and the Fairgrounds
  • Market the Fair year-round

As well as increasing community outreach by:

  • mailing awareness letters to neighbors
  • distributing information on street closures/traffic impacts
  • digital promotion bits
  • hosting an April 21st planning meeting for all Fremont events

Kelly Pflugrath, of Bold Hat Productions – the 2010 Fair event planners, reported that vendor sign-ups are on-track with an expected final number of around 300.  Vets finally ended her formal presentation with an unveiling of the 2010 Fair art work.

Come On Down!

From there Vets invited an open discussion, and many Fremonsters gave feedback on what they’ve liked, or didn’t like, about past Fairs – and what they want for the future.

Several people mentioned Al Parisi, who organized the Fair for over 20 years.  Vets has contacted Parisi, she said, and he has agreed to be a resource as the Chamber tries to restore the best of Fremont Fairs’ past.

Many comments concerned the caliber – and lack of diversity – of the entertainment in recent years.  Vets and Pflugrath requested anyone with contacts for quality entertainment (or vendors, food providers, etc.) send them to register for the Fair now!

Some comments came at cross purposes – some think vendors should be the focus of the Fair while others don’t.  Some want the Solstice Parade moved to Sunday, while others insisted it be kept as is – particularly as it remains the responsibility of the Fremont Arts Council and not part of the Fair.

Ultimately, Vets hammered home, we need to promote and build up Sunday at the Fair.  Right now, she welcomes ideas for making Sunday ‘a day for the neighbors.’  A day for those in the ‘hood to come on down, stroll the canal, gather and celebrate Fremont!


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Our Accomplishments for 2009

February 13, 2010

Who Are These Crazy People?

Would you want these people to improve your business district?Of course!

Before we bid a final farewell to a year gone by, take a moment to review this shameless self-promotion of these Fremont Chamber successes for the year past! 

  •  Our Executive Director answered phone calls, e-mails and postal dispatches from curious community folk
  • Gained 43 new members and retained 117 renewed members
  • Held 6th Annual Lenin Lighting with emcee Pat Cashman, a squadron of local elves and music by the Fremont Philharmonic
  • Held the Second Annual Holiday Shopping Spree & Pub Crawl to give procrastinators a reason to shop
  • Sponsored Trick-or-Treat in Fremont, and over 110 participating businesses
  • Our award-winning Oktoberfest saw more attendees than ever, including The Simpsons, plus the second annual volunteer drive which helped make the event operate smoothly and gained us at least one new member
  • Hosted the first-ever Vigil for the Great Pumpkin (Lighting), and people actually showed up!
  • Hosted Ducks & Dogs, a Holiday party (with the King of Oktoberfest in attendance), and had 12 candidates, but no incumbent, for a Seattle Mayoral Candidates forum at Picnic In The Park – which proves attendance is mandatory if you want to win!
  • Hosted one after hours events and two speed networking events, to wild acclaim
  • Hosted informative general membership meetings on topics such as taxes, Shameless Self-Promotion, summer events in Fremont, marketing tactics, an I-1033 debate, State of the Schools (with a School Board member), State of the City (with Council members), the Zoo, viral marketing techniques, communication skills and parking/pay stations
  • Held the first-ever ‘King of Oktoberfest’ membership drive and gained 12 new members plus one loud-mouthed monarch
  • At monthly Board Meetings we heard, among other business, about new businesses, Oktoberfest, security issues, web elevator speech options, the Aurora Bridge barrier plans, Hysterical Markers, our Artist-In-Residence at the Fremont Bridge, Viaduct replacement plans, ‘Penguins on the March’, the Northlake Wharf project, EOS energy audits, the ‘They Shall Walk’ project, Yelp!, garbage & recycling, road diets and parking issues
  • Marketing/Membership, Safety and Executive Oversight Committees met monthly, to improve our effectiveness
  • Distributed grants, twice this year, to Music In The Sculpture Garden, the Graffiti Sheriff, May Festival, Solstice Parade, Outdoor Cinema, Moisture Festival, First Friday Art Walk, Green Block energy audits, Washington News Council, Fremont Farmers Market, Center for Wooden Boats, Picnics at the Precinct and History House
  • Promoted plans to install a ‘Troll Cam’, and faced the reality of actually doing it
  • Published our monthly newsletter, on blue paper (instead of orange) due to economic factors, with its Matter of the Minutes, security tips, Frequently Foned Fremont Folk, Member News, reports on timely issues, community calendar, meeting/event notices and membership updates
  • Co-hosted (with a half dozen other community organizations) a Candidate’s Forum and Debate
  • Participated in a Tri-Chamber BBQ and a Tri-Chamber Social Media 101 workshop
  • Organized the first and fought bureaucracy to stage the first Fremont Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale
  • Weekly e-mail blasts of Chamber and community news went out to over 600 interested Fremonsters, including a business spotlight, tips on going green, links to city services, calendar listings and so much more it makes our head spin…
  • Distributed the fundraising 2009 Fremont Business Directory
  • Approximately 45,000 copies of the 2009 Walking Guide were distributed through Fremont and city-wide to nearly 60 hotels and visitor’s centers
  • Published 50,000 copies of the 2010 edition of the Walking Guide, with an increase in the business listings
  • Held elections in December for a 2010 slate of Board Members
  • Affiliated Associations of America offered our members access to benefits
  • Advocated and energized Fremont businesses about even non-FCC events including Seattle Fashion Week, Fremont Street Fair, Aura Light Installation, etc.

– by Kirby Lindsay, editor of The Bridge and columnist for 

2009 Awards Presented By Fremont Chamber

February 11, 2010

Steve Harris & Kimberly Scrivner accept their 2009 award for their work on the Troll's Knoll

On December 2, 2009 at the Fremont Studios, the Fremont Chamber presented their awards for outstanding achievements in making our neighborhood awesome!  These were distributed during the Annual Holiday Party by our King of Oktoberfest. 

Winners are:

Formal Awards

2009 Jim Daly, Press On Regardless, Award:  Nathan Marion, and Fremont Abbey Arts Center

for reviving the Fremont Village (a.k.a. Upper Fremont/Fremont Highlands/Up The Hill)

2009 Bertha K. Landes Award (The Big Bertha) for taking charge:  Virginia Swanson

for making possible Fremont Street Fair, Solstice Parade, Fun Run, Oktoberfest, Trolloween, Soapbox Derby, etc.

2009 Fremont Patches Pal Award:  John Hamer and the Washington News Council

for bringing Gridiron West to Fremont, all the fun and fabulousness that went with it, and even more Suzies…

2009 Hammering Man:  The 2009 Fremont Arts Council Interim Board – Leslie Zenz, David Ruggiero, Maque daVis, Barb Luecke, Jessica Randall, Eli Bowen, Jerry Smith, Michael Falcone, Rachel Sprague

for keeping the fun in Fremont art by stepping in when times got tough

2009 Local Hero Award:  DeeDee Footer

for striving to keep us safe from crime and disasters, and that’s not the only reason we’ll miss you!


Unique Awards:

The Mark Twain Award:  Jon Hegeman

for a visionary who creates the myths and that builds a foundation beneath our unique and colorful culture

The Golden Boomerang Award:  Ryan Thurston

Come back to us, please!

The Purple Heart Award:  Marko Tubic

for best use of a duck quack, and surviving your seventh term as President (we really will try to make eight easier…promise!)

The Rookie Award:  Pat Carr

for showing up enthusiastically, then asking for more!

The He-Won’t-Like-That Award:  Kimberly Scrivner, Steve Harris and the Friends of the Troll’s Knoll

for fearlessly cleaning and improving the area around the Fremont Troll (and giving us the Troll’s Knoll)

The Hostess-with-the-Most-est Award:  Victoria Odell

for hosting us (more than once!) and for the speediest of events!

The Gone But Not Forgotten Award:  Riq Molina

for taking us with you wherever you roam…

The Dead Center of the Universe Award:  Ryan Reiter, Jon Hegeman and the Outdoor Movie crew

for showing off viral marketing at its best, and choosing Fremont in which to do it

The Closer Award:  Jessica Vets, Executive Director Extraordinaire

for gaining us more members (in a recession), more premier members (in a recession), Speed Networking (’nuff said), making Fremont look energetic, active and the place to be (in a recession), saving our bacon (often), making us look tech-savvy (against all odds), being you, etc.

The Greaser Award:  Tim Durkan, Neighborhood Service Center Coordinator

for greasing the wheels (and sidewalks) of City Hall and government bureaucracy to make Fremont flourish

The Not-Just-Any-Port (Commissioner) Award:  Bill Bryant

for fighting to keep real estate taxes low, and thereby building more goodwill at the Port!

The It’s-Not-Over-‘Til-I-Say-So Award a.k.a. The Shackleton Award:  Suzie Burke

for constantly showing us that just because, well, everyone said we couldn’t fight City Hall didn’t mean we would just give up, ever!

 — by Kirby Lindsay, of