Today, Saturday August 12th at Meydenbauer Center, the Bellevue Entrepreneur Center, BEC, held their First Annual Fundraising Luncheon and Silent Auction.

The keynote speaker was Tom O’Keefe, Chairman and Founder of Tully’s Coffee, who was a very entertaining speaker with great insights on what it takes to be an Entrepreneur in today’s business climate.

The MC for the Event was George Northcroft, Chairman of the Board for BEC and the Director of the King County Office of Business Relations & Economic Development.

Other speakers included John Valaas, President and CEO of First Mutual Bank, Victoria Van-Nguyen, the Executive Director and CEO of BEC and Corey Hansen a Certified Business Counselor for the Washington Small Business Development Center.

I would like to personally thank Carl Bortolami of
who volunteered his time to take photos of the event. Please look for Carl’s photos in the September edition of Eastside Business.

The Bellevue Entrepreneur Center is a great organzation, and I encourage all those involved in Business on the Eastside to become involved and support their find work.

By Zen Chi

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