Signs, designs, and wine

Signs, designs, and wine

Last week we attended the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Toast of Seattle event. We arrived at the Top of the Hilton at 7:30am, and if the view of the water from our meeting room wasn’t enough, we were lucky enough to watch the sun rise, a rainbow appear, and the city awaken.

The toast had 91 attendees and was led by Jacqueline Ashwell of the Seattle Area National Park Sites—pretty cool for some of us who had never seen a ranger in uniform before, let alone one who had worked in Bush Alaska with grizzly bears.

After we feasted on cinnamon rolls and parfaits, but unfortunately no bacon, we were tasked to network. The speed-dating style networking the Chamber had planned for us was extremely fruitful—we met people from all across the Pacific Northwest:  banks, hotels, property management, photography, as well as signs, designs, and wine!

Attendees were rewarded for putting themselves out there—the first person to give a business card to the “mystery guest,” received a gift card to a local winery. The mystery guest was Jenn Banday from the Puget Sound Business Journal, who graciously offered more wine gift cards with a new subscription to PBSJ.

If your organization is not a member of the Chamber, look into it. They provide resources and tools for businesses small and large, and they are largest and most diverse business association in the Puget Sound region. We’re looking forward to their next event on February 10: Restaurant After Hours.

Photo courtesy Seattle Hilton

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