This publication is produced by:
The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce & Regional Visitor Center.
It’s an unlikely partnership that has grown and flourished over the past decade, a story about two communities coming together in the face of generations of mistrust to garner the national spotlight. Thirty miles north of Seattle in Snohomish County, the Tulalip Tribes and City of Marysville are making history.
The bridge that brought the two together was created by The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.
Organized in 1908, the Chamber made national history in 1996 when Chamber leadership expanded its name from the Greater Marysville Chamber of Commerce to The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. While the Tulalip Tribes, a federally recognized sovereign Indian nation, was already one of its members, the Chamber wanted to formally recognize and support Tulalip’s growing role in the region’s economy, plus it wanted to demonstrate the strength that comes from working together in partnership. It is the first and only U.S. Chamber to partner with a sovereign nation, and this unique partnership, serving as an economic and social bridge between the two communities, has been made a national role model for ethnic diversity by the US Chamber of Commerce. A new logo was developed, representing that from land to sea the two business communities are working together for their combined community success.
The Chamber serves as a pro-business advocate representing members on all governmental fronts. Recognized statewide and nationally as a leader in legislative affairs, the Chamber’s President / CEO and Board members collectively hold seats on some of the most influential Boards of Directors throughout the state. This allows it to expand its voice and lobbying efforts by thousands and thousands and keeps us at the forefront of emerging issues that impact your ability to do business. Through the use of “call to action” legislative alerts, the Chamber educates and informs its members on specific legislative bills that will help or hinder the business climate, and empower members to add their voices to Chamber lobbying efforts through direct links to legislators.
Each year the Chamber produces professional, televised candidate forums that allow for in-depth, impartial looks at where candidates stand on business issues, as well as which initiatives will benefit or hurt the business communities served.
In 2002, the Chamber moved into a strategically located 2,000-sq.-ft. facility at the entrance of Quil Ceda Village adjacent to I-5. At this time the Chamber expanded to include a Regional Visitor Center open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., staffed by community volunteers. This facility also houses the Chamber offices and an Entrepreneurial Business Development Center—staffed by Small Business Administration and NW Women’s Business Center professionals. The Chamber’s Executive Conference Room is used by residents, businesses, civic leaders and community organizations from throughout Snohomish, King and Skagit counties. Unique “Business Card Walls” featuring Chamber members by service category is an invaluable tool for referring the thousands of visitors coming through our doors each month to find just what they need.
The Regional Visitor Center (VIC) has many resources for information that aid individuals looking for answers. The VIC has developed resource databases covering hundreds of topics such as: halls to rent, RV and camping sites, schools, restaurants, wireless Internet hotspots, clubs and organizations and much more. Ever striving to improve its capacity to serve, the Chamber now offers a free WiFi hotspot for visitors to use. This is a great resource for visitors to access their email and conduct personal business on their laptops.
Annually, this Chamber / VIC assists over 43,000 walk-in visitors a year while its website at www.marysvilletulalipchamber.com receives an average of 25,000 hits every month. WIFI will increase these numbers by 30%. Staff members strive to answer all questions and concerns and take pride in a job well done. The Chamber also offers job skills training for interns through Service Alternatives, Volunteers of America, and Marysville School District’s School-to-Work Partnership Team and Goodwill.
More volunteers are always needed at this bustling facility. Please call (360) 659-7700 if you wish to volunteer as Receptionist or Travel Counselor. Shifts are only four hours and on-the-job training is provided.