Chamber wins award for new ‘buy local’ campaign

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce is working on a new “buy local” campaign thanks to the Office of Economic Development. The Chamber and four other business organizations throughout the city were awarded the opportunity to work with a professional marketing firm to create the neighborhood-specific shopping campaign.

This campaign will be different than the “Tuesdays in Ballard” marketing campaign that the In Ballard Merchants Association is launching for the second year in a row. “In many respects this will actually complement very well with the work that In Ballard is doing reaching out to other communities,” Michelle Rosenthal the President of the Chamber told the Ballard District Council at a recent meeting. “The idea is to really build on the efforts that we’ve been doing lately in terms of reaching out to our local businesses, finding out what they need so we can figure out how best to help them.” Stay tuned for more information on this campaign.


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D.E.
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D.E.

Screw the Chamber.

Tell to stop lawsuits against bike trails then maybe we’ll give a sh** about what Ms. Rosenthal has to say.

And boycott Seafoodfest, too.

The Chamber is doing far more harm to Ballard than good.

Most local businesses aren’t even part of it. It’s mostly a front for the oil and gravel companies.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

Maybe they should call it “Sue Local”

Nora
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Nora

Yeah I am pretty sick of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce pretending they care about the neighborhood.

They are a lobby group for Ballard Oil and Salmon Bay Gravel. They should just say so.

I’ll still go to Seafoodfest though. Just won’t spend any money ;)

Edog
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Edog

But when will they build the missing cycle track down market? If they don’t finish it soon, all of our small business will leave for the Netherlands!

Ballardite
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Ballardite

Edog that track down Market St. requires more environmental review.

I’d like to see one — just one! — local business owner come and say something nice about the Chamber of Commerce. The fact is, all the small businesses in Ballard think the Chamber is worthless.

In Ballard did a great job with their campaign though. I wonder how they feel about the Chamber ripping them off.

Are we going to see anti-Burke Gilman banners all over Ballard now?

wal
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wal

I am kind of curious as to why they are getting money from the city. I thought that investments and profits funded marketing, not tax dollars.

dmcmanus
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dmcmanus

Congratulations Chamber on another way to promote business’s, jobs, safety and family’s in Ballard. Ballard Oil, Salmon Bay and Gravel and the 300+ other Chamber members including small and retail business’s thank you and your volunteers for your tireless support. Just another way to help bring business in Ballard.

third grader
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third grader

The only comment in support of the Chamber is from somebody who can’t even spell.

Ballard would be a safer and more livable neighborhood if the Ballard Chamber of Commerce would stop obstructing the bike trail.

I won’t be spending any money at Seafoodfest this year either.

Penny
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Penny

wal,

First the Chamber wastes tax money suing to stop the bike trail.

Then they take even more tax money to promote the businesses that are suing to stop the bike trail.

What a racket!!

PoopOnEm
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PoopOnEm

A lot of whiners on here. “I want my bike trail because I’m too stupid or uncoordinated enough to ride over a single rail track.” The fewer of you losers at downtown businesses the better. I expect the largest turnout for seafood fest ever. Take your $12 hr wage and spend it elsewhere. I ride over 3000 miles a year on bikes and think that a Chamber of COMMERCE should be focused on BUSINESSES not recreational issues. Who can they sue to get the bums moved out of the area. I’ll Donate $1k to that cause…

hat
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hat

Well guess what…we need those parking spots on Shilshole to PARK!!! The bike trail should go on LEARY (a nice wide street that is READY for all forms of transportation!) For those of us that live on Ballard Avenue and patronize all our local businesses near by, (Chamber members or not) the bike trail is not a deal breaker….. Seafood Festival is another event for ALL, so enjoy it. LIFE IS SHORT, LIVE IN THE MOMENT!! Ride your bike, drive your carf or walk over and have fun and spend your money.

hat
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hat

carf is like barf…

ironical
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ironical

i love how those complaining about the chamber and promoting this boycott come across so whiny, kinda reminds me of my two year old who threw a fit because she didn’t get to watch Dora this morning.

is it me or do they just discredit themselves right from the beginning?

oh, and Ballardite, it would also be good to hear one – just one! – local business owner come and say something negative about the Chamber of Commerce.

John Watt
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John Watt

I would be much more inclined to shop in Ballard if it wasn’t for the “Pay To Park” nonsense everywhere there. There are lots of other places where I can shop without really high parking fees, which simply amount to a surcharge on what I might spend in Ballard. No thanks.

motorrad
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motorrad

Lots of free parking along the RR tracks. Except for in front of Salmon Bay & Gravel. They value those parking spots over public safety. I wish I had public land available for my business use.

crimsonfloyd
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crimsonfloyd

motorrad, I drive by SBSG daily what public land are they using? Is it the angle parking that is in front of the retail shop or the drive way sections in front of the cement plant?

great idea
Member
great idea

ironical,
I am a local business owner who can say some negative things about the BCC if you’d like.

By blocking constuction of the trail, they’ve made it much more difficult for me to do business here. Instead of bike commuting, I’m adding to the already lousy vehicular traffic around here. Shouldn’t their job be to facilitate my business?

crimsonfloyd
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crimsonfloyd

yep, do you believe a bike trail will reduce traffic?

If (or when) the bike trail is built and assuming there is reduced traffic, will that lead to additional customers?

I would think less parking would have a greater impact on your customer base than reduced congestion.

What business do you own?

Ironical
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Ironical

Yep, please verify the business you own.

Mrs. Murphey
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Mrs. Murphey

Hi Yep,

Just because you can’t bike to work – how does that impact your business?

I neither bike nor drive when I hit the business district. From my perspective, it is a flourishing area. It will be interesting to see what form of outreach the chamber does with this $$$. I am kind of set in my ways, and doubt that a marketing campaign will change my chosen behavior. The Tuesdays in Ballard campaign was interesting, but – nothing was really that much better on Tuesday than any other day.

hat
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hat

“Can’t we all just get along? “Perspective people… Focus on the gulf and how you can really help the environment immediately. Be nice today.

Sunset9
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Sunset9

Hooray for Ballard Chamber! They aren’t wasting my tax dollars with the lawsuit, I’m all for the environmental review of the biketrail. Let’s review the mission of a Chamber of Commerce : to promote business (retail and non retail) within a neighborhood. If there is something threatening business (and business is anything from selling sand and gravel, to working on boats to selling shoes) it is a Chamber’s mission to fight it. As for Seafood fest, I was in a store on Ballard Ave Friday the woman working at the counter told me that they do as much business the weekend of Seafood Fest as they do THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. Do you know how many retailers would love to have two Decembers a year?? The Chamber makes that happen. While some may feel that a bike trail would enhance business, I see it more as a throughfare for riders going out to Shilshoal rather than something that would drive (no pun) more people to Ballard who would spend money at Ballard businesses. The Chamber is all about assisting and ensuring the financial success of member businesses. that what any Chamber of Commerce does. I hope this award will help… Read more »

ballard bitty
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ballard bitty

Anyone have a list of local ballard companies including restaurants, shops, stores, banks, salons, etc that are OWNED and OPERATED by local Seattle folks? If so, can you please post or send me a link? I’d like to have it handy….

This isn’t about a bike trail, this is about supporting our local business. Please take that POV offline or elsewhere, I’m just looking for ways to support folks who actually give folks jobs, pay local taxes, donate to teams, schools, etc. in our community, etc.

And I agree, Go Ballard Chamber. Thanks for putting in so much time, effort, money and energy to make our community better. For those of us who have lived here all our lives, we know the work you have done, so thank you.

Tangent
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Tangent

Crybaby bike losers out in force. Surprise surprise. Nothing like cutting one’s own nose off to spite one’s face you guys. Most of you will no doubt be complaining when all the local businesses shut down and get replaced by more Subways and national chain restaurants.

The rest of us will be having a great time at Seafoodfest without you.

Sunset9
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Sunset9

It’d almost easier to list those that AREN’T locally owned. Going through a mental map of downtown Ballard – Chase and Sterling Banks, JoAnnes Fabrics, Radio Shack, T Mobil and the check cashing place (although those might be franchises owned by locals) Fred Myer, Trader Joes and Office Max all seem to be companies headquartered outside of Seattle. And even those employ locals.

Most of the others up and down Market, Leary and Ballard Aves are owned by locals.

Matador and Habitude and hamburger Harrys are owned by locals, The Majestic Bay and Hi Life are too. Ballard has a good solid base of home grown retailers.

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