Thursday, March 9, 2023

Chamber Weekly Survey
Your Kitsap County Chambers want to know:
How often do you shop at local stores
(not including grocery stores)?
Please select one.
1 to 2 times/month
2 to 5 times/month
6 to 10 times/month
11 to 15 times/month
16 to 20 times/month
21 or more times/month
*Survey questions are run for at least 2 weeks to capture all of our readers.
The Greater Kitsap Chamber is committed to learning how best
to serve our business membership and community. Your participation
in poll questions like these help us to work better for you!
Bremerton GreenDrinks Tonight, March 9, 2023
Join us for Bremerton Greendrinks at the Kitsap Conference Center where they're teaming up with Peninsula Dance Theatre to share a bit about one of our community nonprofits!

Peninsula Dance Theatre is committed to developing young artists and enhancing our community by producing and providing frequent access to high-quality live dance performances.

So get ready to MIX, ENGAGE, REPEAT. But don't forget to bring those business cards and don't forget your glass (we want to be green). This is a 21-and-over event, where we welcome everyone to meet new people and make new connections in Bremerton.

Get your tickets now. Space is limited!
Chamber Partnerships: Help Your Business Grow
If you’re a small- to medium-sized business that is trying to carve out a place for itself in a competitive market, you want to differentiate yourself from the competition. One way to do that is to offer something no one else is doing. You can create a new product or service or go after an untapped market. But if you’ve already tried all of those and you’re looking for something else, it’s time to find the peanut butter to your chocolate or the peas to your carrots.
Partnering with another business can help you both offer something to your markets that neither has seen. Here are three ways to find your perfect complementary business so you both can profit.

Signs Your Staff is
on the Brink of Burnout
Published on, March 1, 2023
Photo: Forbes

Since “burnout” was recognized as an occupational phenomenon by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019, it has become a buzzword in business. There is now the expectation of leaders to prioritize workplace well-being in order to tackle rising burnout levels, and in turn reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and cultivate a psychologically safe culture of happier and healthier staff.

Leaders not only need to recognize the behavioral signs of employees approaching burnout, but they also need to identify and address organizational behaviors that contribute to burnout.

Is Your Office Prepared for an Emergency Response?
Published in the Kitsap Sun, February 27, 2023

So many emergency situations aren’t on the world stage, and are instead happening in front of our eyes, in person. Of the 10,000 heart attacks that happen in the workplace each year (American Heart Association), being able to recognize signs of trouble early is key to survival.

Workplace safety isn’t just about these catastrophic events. It is also about the powder exposure to the skin, causing irritation. The misstep on the stairs, where the stumble led to a sprained knee; or the colleague who is ashen in color and feels faint because suddenly their blood sugar went low. It could be the unfortunate placement of a thumb when using the table saw, where the importance of quick action was needed to stop the bleeding and to seek medical attention.

Monica Blackwood is CEO of West Sound Workforce, a staffing agency with offices in Gig Harbor and Poulsbo. She writes a regular column for the Kitsap Sun on human resource issues in the workplace.
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