Welcome to Tumwater

Tumwater is known as the first community west of the Cascades. Rich in history and the home of excellent schools, restaurants and businesses, this thriving community maintains its small-town feel.

Tumwater was recently voted as the fourth most popular city in Washington to raise a family by NerdWallet.com

Historical Tumwater is located between Seattle and Portland on the I-5 corridor, serving travelers with a central location for exploring Puget Sound and its beauty, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, the Pacific Ocean beaches, and the Olympic Rain Forest.

The Tumwater Chamber celebrates being part of the community for over twenty years.

The Chamber has new and exciting plans for the 2014 year – read more HERE!


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March 2014 President's Message

The Tumwater Chamber continues to focus on coordinating programs and presentations that support our membership by delivering topics of interest relevant to business sustainability and community growth.  A core principal of the Chamber is to be a source of information and a platform for education, communication, and an facilitator for interaction with those who have expertise – some of who are your co-members! 

At the February Forum we were proud to have presenters from the Washington Center for Women in Business, and from the Economic Development Council Business Resource Center, both of whom addressed pertinent and useful information. 

 As we approach the tax season, the March Tumwater Chamber Forum featured tax experts sharing information and expertise.  Many of us are reacting to tax season this year with a feeling of unease, given the continually changes in laws, and how new laws are often written in a way that creates confusion rather than clarity and practical direction.  We anticipate that more than a few of us have questions and concerns in this phase of still uncertain economic recovery.  While technology has created greater pressure on all of us to be responsible for ‘knowing’ and understanding what is readily available in our fingertips, a taste of that reality tells us that we still need experts to help us navigate through the information overload.

Next month look for a great program featuring Thurston County Public Works, the green program at Red Wind, and sustainability information for your business.  We hope to see you in April and that you use your Chamber membership for connecting and gaining information for your business.

In the words of Alexander Graham Bell:  Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”


Clarita Mattox, President


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February 2014 President's Message

Congratulations to recipients of the 2013 Annual Tumwater Chamber Business Recognition Awards for excellence in service, commitment to this community, and impact in the region!  At the Tumwater Chamber we believe it is the dedication and passion living in people and their work in our community that creates a powerful force for change.  The very fabric of our nation is spun and made strong by communities working together, and that community work all begins with people like the 2013 Chamber Award winners.  For having individual vision, the willingness to make the sacrifices required carrying out that vision, and the conviction to make a difference through involvement in our community, a well-deserved recognition goes out to:

Business Award:         River’s Edge Restaurant

President’s Award:     Tumwater Club - Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County

Volunteer Award:       Helen Shaw, Office Volunteer


The Chamber is excited to also be involved in community activities and be the leader that connects people and places to Tumwater – the mission and vision of our organization.  We are your platform for connecting to Tumwater and beyond, and we invite you to take advantage of your membership and encourage you to create your own opportunities for showing off who you are.

At the March 18th Forum, we will offer a sign-up sheet for business members to sign up for an opportunity to provide a 3 minute presentation about your business.  The first 10 businesses to sign-up will have the chance to pick a month to present to our monthly forum audience and share their values and investment in our region.  At the Tumwater Chamber we look forward to continuing to offer additional opportunities for our members to share how they are the very fiber of our community and the leaders in creating success.

“It is character that gets us out of bed, commitment that moves us into action, and discipline that enables us to follow through.”  Zig Ziglar


Clarita Mattox, President



Thank You to the Community of Tumwater!

The Tumwater Chamber extends a BIG THANK YOU to the Tumwater Community for passing the Bond Initiative, and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the Tumwater School District for the hard work and vision they put forward in support of the children who are the heroes and leaders of tomorrow.

February Lunch Forum

The Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly forum the third Tuesday of every month at River’s Edge restaurant at the Tumwater Valley.

February's Exciting Program Includes

  • Strategies for Your Business - Daryl Murrow, Business Resource Center Manager for the Thurston Economic Development Council will share an overview of BRC services and provide tips and strategies for business owners they can implement immediately!
  • Victoria Wortberg will introduce the new Washington Center for Women in Business program, outlining services and opportunities.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: River’s Edge, 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE, Tumwater
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Nonmembers (Cost does not include lunch)

January Lunch Forum

Tumwater Chamber Lunch Forum - January 21

The Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly forum the third Tuesday of every month at River’s Edge restaurant at the Tumwater Valley.  The program for January includes:

  • State of the City Address – Mayor Kmet
  • School Bond Update – Mike Kirby, Superintendent of Tumwater School District
  • Presentation of Annual Chamber Awards for Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and President’s Award – Clarita Mattox, Tumwater Chamber President

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: River’s Edge, 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE, Tumwater
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Nonmembers (Cost does not include lunch)

For more chamber information, or to join the chamber email list, visit www.TumwaterChamber.com

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