President/CEO of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Jesica Stickles gave updates on how the organization is doing during her annual ‘State of the Chamber.’
Stickles delivered her address on Jan. 31.
The chamber will be supporting local businesses and holding local events again this coming year, such as their summer carnival.
“Our fifth annual carnival will still be on the large lot in Tulalip next to Cabela’s,” said Stickles.
The event has brought in carnival rides and games for the past couple of years to the Tulalip area just off of I-5.
The carnival is currently scheduled for the second weekend of June. “So it is just right before the Strawberry Festival begins,” said Stickles.
The Marysville Brew & Cider Fest returns for another year on April 18. The festival is organized by the chamber and held at the Marysville Opera House at 1225 Third St.
Tickets are now on sale for $25 throughout February, said Stickles.
The chamber also hopes to hold the Home for the Holidays auction again this year.
“We just had it last month and it was hugely successful,” said Stickles, who said last year’s event raised $52,000.
Committees will again be working throughout the year on behalf of the chamber, including the legislative committee which works to develop government priorities for the organization.
New this year is the chamber’s Military Committee, which is meant to support the military members who live in the community.
“Our chamber is currently the sponsor of two of the ships,” at the Everett Naval Station, said Stickles. “But there are other ships that Everett has at their home base so there are a lot more to serve."
The chamber also runs the Membership Directory, which is scheduled to go to print in March this year.
“It will have maps with our members for every person that comes to our Visitor’s Center asking for directions,” said Stickles.
Stickles said the organization recently completed a membership survey.
“We like to do that every couple of years to make sure that we’re keeping our finger on the pulse,” she said.
“The result that stood out was the reason that members were renewing their membership, which was the connections they made,” said Stickles. “The largest issues affecting business right now is finding and hiring qualified workers.”
The chamber had 232 business members in 2019, which matched their total from 2018 and would be a 7 percent increase from 2017.
“About 30 percent of our members are outside the Marysville Tulalip area,” said Stickles.
The types of business also vary, she said.
“We have a wide variety of different types of businesses that we serve, however our largest industries are healthcare, finance and insurance, government, and education and that’s followed closely by nonprofits,” said Stickles.
More information about the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce and their events is available at marysvilletulalipchamber.com.