New chamber director is on a mission to help local business

August 19, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Kathy McCorry ran her own company in the 1980s and early 1990s while living in California. A clothing manufacturer, Kathy’s Klothes took up a huge portion of her time. She joined the local chamber of commerce but said she didn’t participate often and never really learned what the group had to offer.

Kathy McCorry

Kathy McCorry

McCorry sold Kathy’s Klothes in 1994 with the idea of retiring. She said she soon grew bored and took a temp position with a local chamber of commerce. As she learned more and more about the chamber and its workings, McCorry came to feel she had discovered a new career.

After working her way up to lead at least two other chambers and the Economic Development Council in Mariposa, California, McCorry became the new executive director of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce in June. Read more

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Growth and traffic are on the minds of city leaders

January 13, 2015

Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.

“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”

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Issaquah innovators honored at chamber luncheon

February 18, 2014

Nonprofit lending, flip-flops and composting are leading the way in innovation, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Local businesses received recognition Feb. 13 in the fourth annual Innovation in Issaquah Awards. From 19 nominees, collected through area suggestions, the chamber chose three winners who best represented business innovation in Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin (left), CEO of Combat Flip Flops; Karen Dawson, community relations director for Cedar Grove Composting; and Chris Walcott, president of Semble, hold their Innovation in Issaquah award plaques Feb. 13 at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

By Greg Farrar
Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin (left), CEO of Combat Flip Flops; Karen Dawson, community relations director for Cedar Grove Composting; and Chris Walcott, president of Semble, hold their Innovation in Issaquah award plaques Feb. 13 at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

In a large luncheon at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the nominees, Cedar Grove Composting, Semble and Combat Flip Flops received the top awards.

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