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Stickles gives State of the Chamber

 

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce President Jessica Stickles delivers her State of the Chamber address on Jan. 27.

Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce President Jesica Stickles delivered the State of the Chamber address on Jan. 27.

Less than 50 percent of new businesses make it past five years, said Stickles, and the chamber's goal is to aid those businesses, as well as the successful businesses in the community.

One of the ways the chamber does that is through events and fundraising.

A newly formed events committee "for folks who like planning or organizing events" was created this year to help enhance those, said Stickles.

"How we can set our events apart from others like them and what will make them memorable," she said.

The second annual chamber carnival was held last summer, this time in Tulalip's Quil Ceda Village.

Stickles said it was a "successful fundraiser" and Butler Amusement is scheduled to return in the beginning of June to the same location.

This year more tribal vendors are planned to be at the event as well.

"We'll be adding some tribal vendors for barbecue, fry bread, jewelry and artwork," said Stickles.

The chamber is also planning a Brew and Cider Fest which will be new this year.

"It's going to be a great tourism event. Ciders have been so popular lately," said Stickles.

"I've taken the last year to go to as many Oktoberfest and brewfests as I can to do research," she joked.

"We want to make it unique but still offer the tastings and everything," she said.

The event is scheduled to be at the Marysville Opera House later in the year.

A second annual Christmas party fundraiser and auction also helped raise money for the chamber, said Stickles.

"We did better than the year before on fundraising," she said.

Local businesses also participated in Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday that is meant to support local businesses.

Seven local businesses provided deals during the day and Stickles hopes this year can be bigger.

"We're going to build on that. We're looking for a central spot for shoppers to pick up maps and information on all the businesses that are participating," she said.

The Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce will also continue to offer networking opportunities for its members, said Stickles.

"Emissaries are going to be taking the B2Bs [business-to-business events] to a whole new level," she said, with themes and networking games being added.

"We want to make sure the wallflowers talk to each other and get to know each other," she said.

The chambers events will continue to have time for "table networking" as well.

"That way you'll get to at least meet those who are right next to you, because it's always a shame when you leave an event and didn't get a chance to know those who are around you," said Stickles.

Attendance for the chamber's events saw growth last year as well, with about 50 percent increase for their Business Before Hours events, according to Stickles.

"Our programs cover everything from community updates to professional development," she said.More information about the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce is available at marysvilletulalipchamber.com.

 

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