Chamber News
Chamber Luncheon
Tax and Wage Webinar- TODAY
June 16, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SharedWork & Tax and Wage
Fee: No Fee
Online Event
Learn the latest developments of two important programs businesses need to know about for their operational effectiveness and to thrive.

The webinar features the SharedWork program and Tax & Wage.
What you’ll learn about Unemployment insurance tax and wage:
  • The key components of tax and wage.
  • Overview of UI tax experience rates.
  • Benefit and relief of charges.
  • Audit and investigation program.
  • Refunds and much more.
What you’ll learn about the SharedWork program:
  • Steps to enroll in SharedWork program.
  • Business eligibility and program benefits.
  • How a workplace can improve with the SharedWork program.
  • Answers to the most common SharedWork questions.
June Port Orchard GreenDrinks
Join Us In Welcoming a New Member to the Chamber
The Manchester library will reopen with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 25th at 10 am

8067 E Main St, Manchester

We are happy to have them aboard!!
2022 Chamber Directory and Community Guide
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For 2022 we are changing things up a little bit... By creating two publications.
The first publication will be a Community Guide, which will be undated and generic. It will contain information on the area, events, neighborhoods and other useful community information. We will be able to use this same publication for multiple years.

The second publication will be the Business Directory containing all of our members and services in it. This publication will be updated yearly.
Make sure that your business is represented!

Call Matt at the Chamber Office
Kitsap County Cornhole Classic is BACK!!
Contact the Chamber to host a KCC Preliminary Tournament
Finals on August 7th, 2022
Kitsap Business Survey
Q: Would a foot ferry between Bremerton and Bainbridge Island help your business?
Yes, to attract more staff
Yes, to attract more customers
Yes, to attract both staff and customers
Only a little
No, it would not
Not as much as more ferries to Seattle
WE WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS
Bring us your flyers, pamphlets and business cards for our office and business center!
Business Updates
New on our Website
Check out the latest article or feature on skchamber.org
Google on-site SEO
One of the most important aspects of Search Engine Optimization is on-site SEO. Check out this article and learn more about how it all works!

How to Hire Minors
Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed June "Youth Employment Safety Month." We all play a role in youth safety at work, employers, teens, and parents.
To hire anyone under the age of 18 in Washington, there are specific laws and rules employers must follow.
Port Orchard City Hall Commemorative Bricks and Tiles
Give a lasting gift by purchasing a Port Orchard City Hall Commemorative tile or brick for a friend, loved one, or for yourself! We will be accepting applications with payment until July 29, 2022. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Commemorative Tiles are 6”x6” and are located in front of the main entrance off Prospect Street.
Photo Credit: https://www.cityofportorchard.us/
Tiles will boldly display a three-line message of no more than 15 characters or spaces each. Each tile is $100.
 
Commemorative Bricks are 3.5”x7” and are located in front of the Police Department on Bay Street. Bricks will boldly display a two-line message of no more than 18 characters or spaces each. Each Commemorative brick is $75.
 
The application is located at https://www.cityofportorchard.us/commemorative-bricks-and-tiles/ or at the City Clerk’s office located in City Hall, 216 Prospect Street.
 
Please call (360) 876-4407 if you have any questions.
AWB Townhall Series
The Association of Washington Businesses is launching a series of Town hall meetings around the State beginning on June 21, 2022 in Spokane then they are hitting the road this summer to meet with employers across the state.
They will be in Bremerton on June 27th at the Kitsap Conference Center.

Staff and policy experts are coming to Kitsap County to hear about the challenges businesses are facing and collecting suggestions for improved policy that they can represent in Olympia and Washington DC.

There is no cost to attend the townhalls, but you will need to register. Please try and take time to attend this important meeting as everybody in the state ramps up for the 2022 elections and the 2023 legislative session.
Kitsap County to Accept Reclassification Requests for 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update
Kitsap County kicks off its 2024 Comprehensive Plan update this summer. The plan establishes the direction for Kitsap in addressing land use, environmental protections, employment, housing, transportation, and other facility and service priorities over the next 20 years. The Board of County Commissioners uses this document to guide decisions on policy, County Code and development review. 
In an effort to expand public participation and receive specific requests for amendments as early in the process as possible, the Board is soliciting proposals for changes to the Comprehensive Plan including urban growth area sizing, property zoning, goals and polices as well as County Code. Examples could include:
  • Zoning changes that increase the amount of housing or development allowed on a property.
  • Zoning changes that allow commercial or industrial uses on a property.
  • Code changes that impact the development of certain uses in a specific area.
This will be just one of many opportunities for the public to participate in the 2024 update.
The period for submitting proposals begins June 6 and runs through August 18, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed for potential inclusion in land use alternatives or draft documents to be approved by December 31, 2024.
Land use change forms and a link to schedule a virtual appointment with staff to answer submittal and process questions, as well as other information, can be found here.  
To learn more, please visit the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update website and the Comprehensive Plan storyboard.   
For more information, contact Colin Poff at compplan@kitsap.gov or 360-337-7181.
PSE Launches Non Profit Grant Program
PSE Foundation is Empowering Community Resiliency and is proud to announce the launch of their 2022 competitive grants program, which intends to distribute $600,000 across the communities served by Puget Sound Energy.
Local 501(C)3 nonprofit organizations and tribal governments who charitably serve the public within PSE’s 10-county service area are eligible.
 
Grant requests must demonstrate how funds will help rebuild, strengthen or establish efforts, contributing towards the resiliency of their program, organization and overall communities. Applicants may request grant awards ranging $5,000 - $15,000 for the giving priorities in the link below.
 
Deadline to apply: June 30, 2022
Key4Women Pitch Contest
Apply Now: Deadline July 31, 22
AWB 2022 Legislative Session Voting Record
The AWB has recently released its 2022 Legislative Session Voting Record. This report outlines some key legislation during the last two legislative sessions. The list is not exhaustive on the policy votes, but it is a great representation of how our legislators and those around the state voted.
South Kitsap is represented by both the 26th and 35th Legislative Districts.
Vendor Opportunity
Olalla Americana Music Festival is seeking vendors for August 20th
Are you a food vendor whose magical street tacos and other foods leave the people wanting more?
Is your Pacific Northwest handmade craft or artwork a thing of eternal beauty and the stuff of artistic legend?
If the answer either of these questions is "Yes!", then you're wanted... to be a vendor for the 2022 Olalla Americana Music Festival on August 20th!
Go to www.OlallaAmericana.com and fill out a vendor application to show your wares at the Best Small-Town Festival this side of the Cascades celebrating "Americana Music"
Have Questions? Email info@OlallaAmericana.com or Call Marty at 253-857-5650
Host a GreenDrinks!
Are you interested in hosting a
Port Orchard GreenDrinks?

Anyone can host a GreenDrinks event!

Find out what it takes to get involved!

Currently booking for October 2022
Community Updates and Upcoming Events
Concerts on the Bay, Every Thursday!
Stars and Cars
Go Skate Day
Unity Skate Shop | Skateboards & Roller Skates

June 18th 12p-4p
Join us this year for Go Skate Day 2022 at the Port Orchard Skatepark!

It’ll be a fun filled day with a free BBQ, games, contests and live music! Come skate with us and celebrate the day!

Flier created by @miapalau 🤩
FoF Grand Parade
South Kitsap Chamber Of Commerce
360.876.3505
1014 Bay St. #3 Port Orchard, WA 98366