Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Important News for You
Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors!
Chamber News
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Chamber Seeking Nominations
The Chamber Board of Directors is seeking member input for our monthly selections of Member of the Month. Do you know a business that deserves recognition? Are they involved in the community and active with the Chamber? Nominate a business - it could be your own - and let us know why they should be recognized as a Member of the Month!
Renew your membership today to ensure your place as a Charter Member of the Greater Kitsap Chamber! Questions about when to renew or how to upgrade your membership? Contact Irene now!
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
November Member of the Month:
Bouchard Hauling & Removal
1-800-JUNKOPS | info@bouchardhauling.com
Serving Mason, Kitsap & Pierce County
Last Call for Nominations
Leadership Kitsap 20 Under 40
Leadership Kitsap’s 20 Under 40 Awards Program seeks to identify and celebrate exceptional business leaders under the age of 40 who are dynamic trailblazers in the Kitsap community.

Identify and nominate business leaders under the age of 40 who are making an impact in business, philanthropy and in their communities. Nominees should be top leaders in their organization and industry and demonstrate their commitment to the Kitsap community. Nominees must be 39 years or younger through January 31, 2023.

Nominations are due Friday, November 18, 2022.
Toys for Tots Volunteer Opportunities
If you would like a donation box at your business, contact
Marine Toys for Tots now to sign up.
Silverdale Wellness Center
Fall Promotion to Benefit Central Kitsap Food Bank
Member Spotlight
Sound West Group
'Developing Community with Vision & Integrity'
Sound West Group (SWG) is a fully diversified real estate company in the Puget Sound region of Washington. Encompassing all aspects of the development process, Sound West Group is a leading developer of multi-family, single family, and commercial real estate in the Western Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest.

423 Pacific Ave, Suite 402 | Bremerton, WA 98337 | (360) 813-3813
Education Committee
November Member Luncheon
"Bring Your Voice for the Vision of Greater Kitsap"
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11:00 am
Join us as we welcome Kitsap County Special Projects Manager, Eric Baker, and City of Bremerton Planning Manager, Garrett Jackson, as we learn about the City and County's comprehensive plans and what the updates now will mean for us as we live and work in the Greater Kitsap region. Bring your questions and comments to add your voice to the planning process for what the future of Kitsap will be. Moderated by Education Committee Chair, Beth Wolfe.

Please note our schedule has changed this month!

11:00 - 11:30 am
Check-In & Networking
11:30 am
Lunch Opens
11:50 am
Chamber Business
12:00 pm
Program Begins
12:45 pm
Chamber Wrap-Up, Announcements & Raffle

Don't forget to bring an item for the raffle! All proceeds of the raffle go to the Chamber Scholarship Fund on behalf of the students of Greater Kitsap.
Thank you to our November sponsor:
Member Education & Training Resources
Holiday Marketing Tips
Real advice from local marketing experts
For many businesses, this time of year is the time of year to earn some extra income and give back to customers. Learn from local marketing experts at Fearless Foundry what you and your business can do this holiday shopping season to stand out.
RECAP: How Small Businesses Can
Navigate Economic Uncertainty

Amid an uncertain economy, the proliferation of organized retail crime, and an ongoing workforce shortage, small businesses in the U.S. are facing a multitude of challenges impacting their operations.

Did you know: The most recent MetLife U.S. Chamber Small Business Index found that 70% of small businesses have raised their prices due to inflation, while 40% have taken out loans to bridge the cash flow gap.

In case you missed it: Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, discussed the current state of small business, as well as how entrepreneurs can best position their companies to thrive. Watch now.
Transgender & Non-Binary
Affirming Employer Toolkit
Courtesy of the GSBA

GSBA is proud to have partnered with the Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition (TEEC), a group of local nonprofit organizations who teamed together to increase economic opportunity and access for the trans community in King County, to create the Transgender & Non-Binary Affirming Employer Toolkit. This document provides employers and business leaders with training, policies, recommendations, and tips to create a workplace environment that is empowering and supportive of the needs of trans employees and clients.

While this handbook was created for King County, as allies and partners of the GSBA, the Greater Kitsap Chamber hopes that this information will be found useful for all businesses in our region.
Business News & Resources
Prep for Holiday Shopping & Shop Local Season
Marketing Questions Answered by the Experts
Book a free marketing consulting session with a Kitsap-based marketing professional!

Marketing open office hours are still running - book your time today! https://buykitsap.org/local-marketing

For local restaurants seeking food photography, local blogger and marketer, Nicole Johnson, is offering complimentary photos for 1 restaurant per month. Click here to apply for a free photo session.
Nonprofit News & Resources
The Greater Kitsap Chamber is proud to be one of only five Chambers statewide selected to partner with the Nonprofit Association of Washington (NAWA) to bring education and resources to nonprofits in Western Washington. Stay tuned to this section of our weekly newsletter for education, resources and more for our nonprofit community. To learn more about NAWA, please visit their website here.
Meta to Match Recurring Donations
through Facebook for Giving Tuesday
Courtesy of NonProfit Pro

Meta announced a new promotion that will encourage users to donate monthly to nonprofits after unveiling new Facebook tools for recurring gifts. 

Meta will match 100% of the donations after the second gift is made via Facebook’s charitable donation features. The match is up to $100 per donation, $100,000 per nonprofit, and $7 million in total between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31. Donations made on Instagram and outside of the Facebook fundraising tools are not eligible. 


Photo credit: Meta
Photo: Getty Images by zf L
Nonprofit IT Security: 5 Inexpensive Ways
to Secure Your Organization
Courtesy of NonProfit Pro

If you're not concerned about data security as a nonprofit, you should be. Hackers tend not to deliberately target nonprofits the way they do manufacturers and financial institutions, for example. But a lot of hacking is actually automated and based on exploiting targets of opportunity, and a lot of nonprofit IT security is underfunded and unprepared.

Kitsap County News
Thanksgiving & Day After, NOV. 24-25 

No Service on Thursday, Nov. 24
  • Kitsap Transit will NOT operate service on Thursday, Nov. 24.
  • Ride ACCESS? Call Customer Service at 1.800.422.2877 to find out details on their service.
  • Our Customer Service Office, Call Center, ORCA Call Center and Administrative Office will be closed. Call 1.800.501.7433 with any questions prior to the holiday.

Holiday Service on Friday, Nov. 25
  • Routed buses will operate reduced service schedules or may not operate on Friday, Nov. 25. Please see your route's holiday schedule for availability and times of service or use our route lookup online at: kitsaptransit.com/holiday-schedule.
  • Port Orchard Ferry will operate a Holiday schedule from 7:00 AM to 5:45 PM.
  • Kitsap Fast Ferries will operate normal weekday service.
  • For On-Demand Services (BI Ride, SK Ride, Kingston Ride, etc.) please see your holiday schedule online or call for details.
  • Ride ACCESS? Call Customer Service at 1.800.422.2877 to find out details on their service.
  • There will be no Worker/Driver service. Some Vanpools may not operate; call your vanpool driver for information.

Our Customer Service phone lines, Customer Service Office at the Bremerton Transportation Center and the Administrative Office will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The ORCA call center will be closed. Call 1.800.501.7433 with any questions prior to the holiday.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Masks & COVID Testing Kits Available
Free at the Greater Kitsap Chamber & Visitor Center
The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management provides local businesses with free KN95 masks and COVID testing kits. Pick up your supply at both Greater Kitsap Chamber locations today.
COVID-19 Support & Resources
Kitsap County Health District is now posting a regularly updated list of COVID-19 vaccine providers in Kitsap County. This list can be found here.

Tourism Information
Admiral Theatre Presents:
Nite Wave performs The Wedding Singer Soundtrack
Friday, November 18, 2022, 7:30 pm
Mark your calendar for this popular 80s tribute concert and dance party with a dance floor. All reserved seats include dance floor access. Kitsap's biggest 80s dance party returns with a balloon drop, confetti cannons, drink specials, and free party favors at the door. Attire including 80s, 80s wedding, pilgrims, and furries (had to) are encouraged but not required.
Holiday Gift & Food Fair
November 18-20, 2022
An Afternoon with Mozart
Sunday, November 20, 2022, 3:00 pm
The Bremerton WestSound Symphony presents "An Afternoon with Mozart" featuring their 2022 Young Artist Competition winner, Alec Rodriguez.

Tickets for this live concert, held at Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Dr NW, Silverdale, WA 98383, can be purchased online, at the door, or by calling 360-373-1722.

Ticket pricing for this concert is $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under or students with a valid college ID.

The Bremerton WestSound Symphony's 80th season is sponsored by The A.Y. Petter Family Donor Advised Fund at Kitsap Community Foundation and The Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter.
Silverdale Rotary Hosts Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 24, 2022
68th Annual Silverdale Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Dance Arts Theatre:
34th Annual Nutcracker
Saturday & Sunday, November 26-27, 2022
Day Trip from Central Kitsap:
Cinderella @ Port Gamble Theater
December 2-18, 2022
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers and Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Join us this December as Cinderella’s dream comes true.
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Bremerton Office (360) 479-3579 | 4th & Pacific Downtown Bremerton
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PO Box 1218 Silverdale WA 98383
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