About the Chamber


Our History 

Established in 1923 as the Rainier Businessmen’s Club, the Rainier Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit and serves on several local advisory boards. We changed our name in the 1970’s, in part to reflect the increasing size and diversity of the community it serves. Rainier Valley is now one of the most diverse communities in the United States, with over 60 languages spoken among our neighborhoods.

Our Mission 

Our mission is to represent businesses and neighborhoods in Southeast Seattle through networking, promoting, support, and advocacy.

Our Foundation

We keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in southeast neighborhoods within the City of Seattle. We believe that giving back to the community leads to stronger neighborhoods/ With that conviction, we started the Rainier Chamber Foundation in 1980. The foundation supports the southeast Seattle community through direct action with community projects, recognition, celebrations, and youth education.

Our Activities

  • Produce a Benefit Auction every Spring
  • Promote the Bridge-to-Beach All Valley Earth Day Clean up every April
  • Present Annual Susi Burdick Memorial Scholarship awards for local high school students every June
  • Honor Southeast Seattle Business and Community leaders with Awards every June
  • Host the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival every August
  • Recognize notable actions by a Seattle Police Officer every quarter

 

The Chamber offers many ways for members to networkconnect, and engage with the community. We continually develop new opportunities for businesses and organizations to market their products and services, residents to thrive in our community, and visitors to learn and appreciate all that southeast Seattle offers.

Rainier Chamber works with several partners and sponsors to expand possibilities for commerce and residents of southeast Seattle. Special projects including Rainier Valley Opportunity Tour, Bridge2Beach Earth Day Clean up, and Rainier Chamber University are some of the unique and interesting ways we stay involved with southeast neighborhoods.

When all the project work is done, the Chamber continues to serve members and neighborhoods by hosting community celebrations, such as the Seafair Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival.

We also welcome our visitors. Your guests, public officials, and private investors can visit our Information Resource Center and pick up a copy of the Southeast Seattle Map and Guide. They can search the online directory of services and products from the Rainier Chamber businesses, and they can even arrange a customized Southeast Seattle opportunity Tour!

 

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