Archives for January 2014

Special Events

The Bellevue Chamber offers special events for the entire Bellevue community, like the Annual Dinner, Runway Run, RiverFest, Veteran’s Parade, Golf tournaments and much more.

Events are coordinated by various committees of Bellevue Chamber members and are a terrific way for businesses to give back to the community and raise awareness of their services.

Legislative Reception-Lincoln NE

An annual event that allows the Bellevue/Offutt Business leaders to travel to Lincoln for a sold out reception. The purpose of the reception is to support our state legislators, staff, and department heads and to discuss the issues most important to our businesses and community.

BRES-Bellevue Real Estate Showcase

This program is meant for developers, real estate brokers, bankers, business owners and anyone else who is interested in learning more about Bellevue and our opportunities for business development.  If you haven’t done business in Bellevue lately, we want you to be aware of the tremendous growth that has occurred in the last 10 years.  We will highlight Bellevue’s demographics, the current business climate, recent business growth and current economic development opportunities.  We will have a fast-paced program and provide useful handouts to all who attend.

Olde Towne Christmas

Join the holiday festivities at this annual event held the first Saturday in December including a visit from Santa Claus, crafts, and refreshments annually in Olde Towne Bellevue and Washington Park.  Community lighting, animal displays, hay rack rides and more family fun available to enjoy.

Small Business Awards

The Small Business Awards of Excellence is a program developed to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and business successes of the Greater Bellevue area.  Recognizing final nominees and winners who are selected as leaders in the industry.

Partners in Excellence

The P.I.E. dinner is the culmination of our Leadership Bellevue Program.  Leadership Bellevue is a ten-month program designed to spring board class participants into community leadership involvement.  The dinner celebrates the graduation of a group of professionals and the commitment of our community leaders.

Spring Into Action – Networking Expo

The Networking Expo is open to all chamber and non-chamber members.  It is one of the most popular events on the Chamber’s calendar!  We anticipate more than 300 attendees that will be “wowed” by many different vendors, offering the best of what they’re known for – great business, great food and great service!  For the business vendor, it is a great way to showcase your business and network in a fun relaxing atmosphere.

Membership/New Member Orientation Luncheon

A quarterly event that educates new and existing members on the benefits of their membership.  Highlights upcoming events and is a great way for existing members to meet and to partner with other businesses in the greater Bellevue area.

WOW!  (Women of Worth) Luncheon

Our “Women of Worth” network group’s objectives are to serve as an opportunity for network channeling, foster supportive relationships and strategic alliances while recognizing a woman’s achievements within their companies and lives.  Also, to provide education and tools to help women grow their business while empowering them to follow their passions and find their bliss.

Bellevue-Offutt Runway Run

The Runway Run is a seven mile run through the base and yes – down a portion of the runway among a formation of Air Force planes.  Please join us in the “Runway Run” by investing your corporate dollars, marketing your company and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Military Relations Golf Classic

While the Chamber’s primary focus is to support local business, we are also fortunate enough to be the home of Nebraska’s third largest employer, Offutt AFB.  Each year we meet at Willow Lakes to celebrate and support our significant partnership

Women’s Wine and Nine

An opportunity for professional women to get out and enjoy the great game of golf. There is a whirlwind of networking, fun, and prizes.


Top notch regional festival involving Live Music, Beer Garden, Kid Zone, Fireworks, Car Show and BBQ Competition.  Held annually on the third weekend in July and offering a community festival/family fun filled weekend near the Missouri River at Haworth Park.

Bellevue Chamber Annual Dinner

Bellevue’s premier event for business.  This event is a celebration of the economic vitality of our region and annually sells out.  Over 350 businesses and community leaders attend this annual silent auction and dinner.

Bellevue Chamber Golf Classic & Tee Box Expo

Join the Bellevue Chamber for some golf, business adventures and even a little extra fun! A little extra competition on the course for the golfers, plus additional competition on the holes for business sponsors.

Nebraska’s Official Veteran’s Parade

Help us celebrate our veterans and show our community patriotism with a parade on Mission Avenue beginning at Jackson Street and ending at Washington Park on Franklin Avenue.  Held annually on the Saturday immediately prior to Veteran’s Day.

Avenue of Flags

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the Bellevue Economic Enhancement Foundation, and the City of Bellevue invite you to support the Avenue of Flags by making a donation toward a flag to be flown along the streets of Olde Towne Bellevue (Mission Avenue), Galvin Road, and along Highway 370.  Sponsor a flag in memory of a loved one, a friend, or to show patriotism and appreciation for our Veterans

Quarters 13- Offutt

Join the business community as we meet with the leadership of Offutt Air Force Base and tenant units.


We are pleased to have the USSTRATCOM leadership brief the greater Bellevue business community and defense industry.  Join the business community for a business lunch  and briefing with United States Strategic Command leadership.

Salute to Bellevue/Offutt Luncheon

The leadership of our largest employer, Offutt Air Force Base, along with leadership of the Bellevue community give a briefing on the status and activity of Offutt AFB and the City of Bellevue.

Operation Holiday Cheer

Through generous financial contributions from our greater Bellevue area business community, holiday bags filled with goodies for the young airmen and women living in the dorms on Offutt Air Force Base.  The enlisted living in the dorms often do not get to go home for the holidays and these gifts send a message of appreciation and bring holiday cheer.  All contributions are recognized on a holiday card included in each bag.


Networking Events

Networking Events

The Chamber offers a variety of networking events to allow members to connect with other business owners, promote their own businesses, and strengthen their ties to the Bellevue community – all in a relaxed and fun setting.

Programs like Ribbon Cuttings, Wake Up Wednesdays, Business After Hours, and other regular events foster connections among Chamber members. This, in turn, benefits Bellevue as a whole, as great ideas come out of collaboration between local businesses who are committed to the community.

View our calendar to see upcoming network events. Please contact the Chamber for more information on scheduling a Ribbon Cutting or hosting one of our other events.

Power Partners

Make the most of your investment in the Bellevue Chamber with Power Partners.  This referral group is an opportunity to generate sales and business leads from other Bellevue Chamber members.  Power Partners requires a commitment by those attending the group.  By attending on a consistent basis, you will establish and develop personal and professional relationships, resulting in positive networking opportunities.

We currently have 2 Power Partner Groups:


Wednesday 8am-9am

Location: National American University

3604 Summit Plaza Drive


Thursday 8am-9am

Location: B&B Dogs

1020 Lincoln Rd.

Leadership Bellevue

Leadership Bellevue…Partners in Excellence
Presented by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Identify Educate Inspire Sense

Leadership’s mission is to identify, educate and inspire leaders to serve our community. Leadership programs are carried out through the efforts of more than 450 alumni volunteers, and a small staff.

Though Leadership Bellevue is patterned after similar community leadership programs throughout the U.S., our program is unique to the challenges and issues facing the Bellevue-Offutt community.

The Purpose

A dynamic, progressive community requires leadership of the highest order. Leadership Bellevue identifies people who are emerging leaders within the Bellevue area and offers them a broad range of exposure to issues vital to the community. Through contact with a variety of experts, participants expand their leadership skills, knowledge, and influence on their community. LB is an educational forum, which includes interaction with other members of the class, guest speakers and the area’s top decision-makers—people who are shaping the Bellevue of tomorrow. It is an opportunity to develop an understanding of how Bellevue works and to build a network that encompasses the many aspects of our community’s affairs.

To achieve its purposes, LB:

• identifies and develops potential business and community leaders;
• acquaints participants with community issues;
• offers various processes for dealing with Bellevue’s needs and opportunities;
• challenges Bellevue’s future leaders to more effective community involvement, and
• offers opportunities and processes to enhance personal leadership skill levels.


The Program

Leadership Bellevue is designed to sharpen leadership skills by helping participants sense what Bellevue needs. The program exposes future leaders to the past, present and future of the community, by combining presentations by current leaders, tours, panel discussions and dialogue between participants and community decision-makers.

The goal is to bring participants face to face with the challenges Bellevue is meeting and to inspire them to accept responsibility for providing necessary leadership.

Each Session is a full day. Social opportunities encourage participants to become better acquainted and foster mutual interests in working together to address challenges facing this progressive, growing community. Leadership Bellevue is a springboard into community awareness and leadership.

The Benefits

Leadership Bellevue graduates benefit in many areas. Participants refine skills and realize potentials, review Bellevue’s history and become a part of its future.

They examine connections between various community systems. Students gain direct experience in new areas and establish valuable relationships – both personal and professional – that endure long after graduation.

Employers or sponsoring organizations benefit from the invaluable insights and experience gained, as well as, from participants’ improved leadership skills and involvement in the community.

And, Bellevue benefits because it has gained additional responsible, civic-minded leaders who know how to work toward the good of the community.


The ItineraryThe class itinerary consists of many opportunities for business and professional development. Prior class schedules have included: one-on-one with the Governor and Nebraska State Senators, lunch with local Congressman and Senators, Offutt Civic Leader Tour, Leadership Training, tour and briefings at Offutt Air Force Base, community economic development and business tours, City and County briefings, parochial and public school briefings and tours, quality of life issue briefings, along with community information and history.


The Tuition

The tuition forLB is $625.00 for Bellevue Chamber Investors/$725.00 for non-investors.Tuition covers the costof meals, activities and materials. Business firms and organizations usually pay tuition for their candidates. However, individuals may pay their own fees. A limited number of scholarships are available to assist those who otherwise might be unable to participate.


The Selection                                                                                                                       Leadership Bellevue is held each month from January through November. Candidates for the ten month plus program should: possess a desire to develop strong leadership skills and interpersonal relationships; have a genuine interest in Bellevue and in learning to work effectively with the community; and be committed to attending and participating in each and every class session.Applications will be accepted starting in October thru the first week of December. Please Contact Doris Urwin at 402.898.3000 or with any questions.

The Participants

LB selects approximately 10-15 representative participants from among the area’s business, professional, government, social and service organizations who have demonstrated interest in the community and who have displayed potential as emerging leaders in their careers or private lives. While each participant will contribute his or her special background, knowledge and interests to the program, all candidates share certain characteristics. Among these are:

• demonstrated interest and talent in community service;
• the aspiration to serve in leadership roles;
• a strong likelihood of remaining in the Bellevue area;
• the full endorsement and support of their employer;
• a high level of responsibility in their chosen field, and
• a desire to become part of a network of personal and professional contacts active
in community affairs.

Prior community involvement is an important consideration in the selection process.