April 13, 2021


Seattle businesses and politicians are at odds. The new Chamber CEO is calling a truce.

After years of escalating hostilities between Seattle’s business community and its political establishment, at least one business leader says she’s ready to call a truce.

Rachel Smith, the new president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, says she’ll avoid the hardball campaign tactics that the chamber has sometimes used in previous elections.

“I think we have to really put down our dukes,” says Smith, who has run the chamber since Jan. 4, after more than 15 years in nonprofit and government roles, including the No. 2 spot in King County.

Smith’s chamber won’t endorse candidates in Seattle’s

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Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business

The feud between Republicans and major corporations over voting laws is creating an opportunity for Democrats and President BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell ‘helpless’ to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send ‘warmest greetings’ to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE to build new political ties.

GOP ties with big business frayed during the Trump era, when corporations sometimes found themselves at the end of then-President Trump’s barbs, and were often uncomfortable with his rhetoric about women, minorities and immigrants. 

Now the tensions are rising again as companies speak out against Georgia’s voting law,

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Business Intel: Chipotle, Tropical Smoothie to add Roanoke locations | Business Local

A Chipotle Mexican Grill and Tropical Smoothie Cafe, both to be free-standing restaurants, will be built beside the Shoppes at Blue Hills Village in Roanoke.

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Tropical Smoothie Cafe are adding locations in Roanoke, adjacent to the Blue Hills Village shopping center.

The two national restaurant chains will be built on a 1.5-acre pad site recently purchased by Rocky Mount Realty LLC for $525,000, according to commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer.

Jessica Johnson, first vice president with Thalhimer, said the two free-standing buildings that will house Chipotle and

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Nebraska makes big bet on marketing rights

Nebraska has had a long history of athletic innovations, from weight-room training to the walk-on program, to the jumbo video boards in Memorial Stadium.

Now it’s embarking on another ambitious test as the only major athletic program that fully operates its broadcasting and multimedia marketing in-house instead of partnering with outside specialists.

This spring, Nebraska made a surprising and highly unusual decision to end its 13-year broadcasting and marketing partnership with Learfield/IMG College, which handled broadcasting rights, advertising sponsorships, stadium signage, program ads, sponsorships of coaches’ programs, and more.

Related: Nebraska nearing a deal to take broadcasting rights in-house

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5 ironclad truths about the new Georgia voting law and business

After watching the fallout from the new Georgia voting law passed two weeks ago, I’ve come to five conclusions.

-The right to vote shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but sadly has become one.

-The new law isn’t about election integrity, it’s meant to suppress voting.

-The law has set off a chain reaction that continues to this day.

-The consequences here are changing the relationship between politics (mostly the GOP) and business.

-And in all this there is nuance and a good many twists to the story.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs a baseball after a ceremony to announce that

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Local restaurants see business rush on Riverfront opening day

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Hundreds of people came to the Delano District on Saturday, eager to watch the first ball game at Riverfront Stadium.

Before the first pitch, many of them also stopped into local restaurants down the street to grab a bite. Picasso’s Pizza on Douglas was packed by noon.

“As soon as 11:00 p.m. hit we were completely busy, like nonstop orders,” said Picasso’s manager, James Spradlin.

To prepare, Picasso’s brought in extra staff and had a limited game day menu.

“We’re just doing slices and a few apps. We had people coming in early just to help

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