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 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Mukilteo Kiwanis names 2022 board | Guest View

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo has been serving this community for decades, having been initially sponsored by South Whidbey Kiwanis Club. With a rough nearly two years, we... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Kim Voetberg    News

Community collaboration feeds local families

After over 20 months of COVID protocols, the community continues to reel from food shortages, rises in the cost of living, modified work schedules, or worse, job loss. The economic... — Updated 11/17/2021

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

The future looks promising I Chamber Corner

In a society that sometimes squelches creativity because by its very nature, it’s an out-of-the-box concept, those of us who embrace ingenuity may challenges finding an outlet for sharing in a dialogue of change. Back in the mid... — Updated 11/1/2017

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Attending candidate forums both a privilege, responsibility | Chamber Corner

An article by Pew Research Center recently noted that, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures, less than 56 percent of voting age citizens actually voted in the 2016 presidential election. The Bureau estimates that of the 245.5... — Updated 9/27/2017

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Join us for a drink in the garden | Chamber Corner

I just returned from a trip through the Bavarian region of Germany, so my Beer Garden expertise has increased substantially. Not being a beer drinker myself, the whole process and,... — Updated 8/30/2017

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Join your neighbors for outdoor movie nights | Chamber Corner

As business professionals, we sometimes find ourselves living far too close to the corner of Rock and Hard Place. Although the economy remains strong and our businesses are doing well, we seem compelled to keep up a heated pace,... — Updated 8/2/2017

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Amazing Race Mukilteo hits its stride in second year | Chamber Corner

Have you heard the phrase, “Power up and rise to the challenge?” Athletes know that one way to develop and heighten their performance is to compete against someone with greater... — Updated 6/28/2017 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Competitive car lovers find camaraderie at annual car show | Chamber Corner

Car shows are interesting events when you consider the competitive world. Those who enter their cars have spent countless hours researching where to purchase parts, how to get the... — Updated 5/31/2017 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Being prepared is best way to manage bad press | Chamber Corner

In recent weeks, one airline company took several hits when three separate negative news stories hit the headlines. While we will not restate those issues now, businesses can take what happened to this beleaguered company and lever... — Updated 4/26/2017 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Raise a glass of local libations at 2nd-annual tasting event | Chamber Corner

On April 13, 5-8 p.m., the Chamber will hold their second-annual Cheers! Mukilteo at the Future of Flight, on the Strato Deck at Paine Field. Join us, and enjoy live music at this extravaganza featuring wine/distillery/craft beer... — Updated 3/29/2017

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Businesses fair better under Chamber’s umbrella | Chamber Corner

Each year, we evaluate our mission statement, which says, “The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce is an organization dedicated to promoting business development and economic growth in the greater Mukilteo area.” That, along with our... — Updated 2/22/2017

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

4 ways to go with economy’s ebb and flow | Chamber

It was 1944 and we were in the middle of WWII. Japan had dropped off a young intelligence officer behind enemy lines on an island in the Philippines. His mission was to wreak as much havoc as possible. He was to take out an... — Updated 2/1/2017 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Strong leadership bodes will for business community

This year the Chamber focused on continuing the momentum of relationship building between our office and our members, but also business-to-business. We have been fostering a philosophy of collaboration and partnership, rather than... — Updated 12/7/2016

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Everyone communicates, few connect... | Chamber Corner

Are you a leader? If you answer, “Yes, I am a leader,” the next important question is this: Do others think you are a leader? An important quote on leadership comes not from a company boardroom, but an industrial kitchen. TV pe... — Updated 10/27/2016

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

A look at small business in 2016 | Chamber Corner

At the start of 2016, experts were telling us that the small business landscape would see some remarkable changes (both positive and challenging), and to prepare for both.... — Updated 9/28/2016

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Life is ‘brew’-tiful in the garden | Chamber Corner

Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Might we add the Chamber of Commerce’s annual beer garden at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival? With... — Updated 8/31/2016

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

That’s right – it’s movie night! | Chamber Corner

These days, going to the movies is all about CGI effects, 3D glasses and large recliners. It’s plush, to be sure, but somewhere along the way, going to a movie has morphed into something completely different. Do you remember the... — Updated 7/27/2016 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Mukilteo-style Amazing Race is set for July 16 | Chamber Corner

It’s always interesting to ponder why people sign up for events that will challenge them, be it physical, mental or otherwise. What is it that motivates some to run marathons, while others are comfortable sitting on the couch? Ch... — Updated 6/29/2016

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Register now for 7th annual car show | Chamber Corner

If you’re a car enthusiast, you understand how amazing it is to belong to a car club. There is a common love of all things metal, leather and chrome. As a community, you share interests just the same way a book club or cooking... — Updated 5/25/2016 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

A privileged membership | Chamber Corner

Remember when American Express’s slogan was “membership has its privileges?” That was true back in the ‘80s, and holds true today for the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. What is the value of being a member of a chamber of... — Updated 4/27/2016

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Age is just a number, right? | Chamber Corner

Age may be just a number, but if you’re talking about wine, craft brew or distilled spirit, then age does indeed matter. The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce will host the first Cheers! Mukilteo event from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday,... — Updated 3/30/2016 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Next Generation: Mukilteo | Chamber Corner

As a workforce, we house a variety of businesses and start-ups both large and small that are managed and lead by divergent age groups. Before we go much further, I’ll preface this column with the disclaimer that stereotypes aside... — Updated 2/24/2016 Full story

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Does your resolution need a reboot? | Chamber Corner

Another year, another you? What New Year’s resolution did you make? Are you still hanging in there, or are you losing momentum? While losing weight and engaging in a healthier lifestyle benefits our physical, spiritual, emotional... — Updated 1/27/2016

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Economic forecast strong in New Year | Chamber Corner

Next year will likely bode well for our businesses, with a predicted slow but steady improvement of the U.S. economy. It certainly is a far cry from the Great Recession that lasted longer than any of us would have liked. According... — Updated 12/30/2015

 
 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Small business is a big deal | Chamber Corner

Yes, Black Friday shoppers are willing to get up at 3:30 a.m., and stand in line with other harried customers hoping to snag one of 10 highly popular items, but there is a better way to shop! One big business is starting a trend... — Updated 11/25/2015 Full story

 

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