May Day Baskets Downtown
May Day Basket Contest April 29-May 8 in downtown Port Orchard! Plan to come down and vote for your favorite on Saturday, April 30, 2022 during Derby Day!
Chamber News
Resources for Washington Businesses
Gain insights about SharedWork and WorkSource programs and services for a competitive workforce advantage. 

Presenting:
Hildo Rodriguez and Marcus Lane, South Kitsap WorkSource
Stephen Brediger, SharedWork

What you'll learn about WorkSource:
  • The role of WorkSource in your state and local community.
  • How businesses can get assistance from their local WorkSource and workforce business service teams.
  • What employers can gain by contacting WorkSource and rapid response before making workforce changes such as layoffs.
  • Using the statewide WorkSource locator to access business services.

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
KCC is BACK!!
KCC Tournament
August 13th, 2022
Kitsap County Cornhole Classics
IS BACK!
We are actively planning for the August 13th return of the Kitsap County Cornhole Classic.

Preliminary tournaments will be played May-July and
we are seeking preliminary tournament locations.

If you're interested in hosting a tournament, contact Matt at the chamber office and SHARE the news!
Kitsap Business Survey
Q: What do you think is the best way to announce a new business to our community?
DATE CHANGE: Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Last week we announced a ribbon cutting for Alchemy Wellness, the date has changed.

Join the Chamber and Mayor Putaansuu for an official Ribbon Cutting for Alchemy Wellness on May 12th from 5:00pm

Then join Alchemy Wellness again on May 13th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm -or- May 14th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm for their Grand Opening/Open House.

Alchemy Wellness & PNW Yoga
118 Bay Street, Port Orchard
Welcome New Member
Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Chamber!
We're happy to have you aboard!
WE WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS
Bring us your flyers, pamphlets and business cards for our office and business center!
New Website Feature
The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance has a great tool to assist business and prospective business owners to locate properties in Kitsap County. 
Not only do the help you locate available properties, but they can provide you with a wide array of demographics surrounding the location. 
Information includes:
  • Occupation data
  • Demographics
  • Labor force
  • Consumer expenditures
  • Wages
  • Business
  • Talent
  • City profile
  • County profile
 
All this information is available by visiting KEDA here
Business Updates
National Small Business Week 4-Day Virtual Summit
Attend this free, virtual summit May 2nd–May 5th.

Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE. This free, annual online summit is offered to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and those aspiring to start their own businesses. Access critical federal resources, learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts! 

 What's Included:
 
·   Educational webinars on popular small business topics
·   One-on-one mentoring sessions
·   Networking opportunities
·   Exhibitor booths
·   Free business resources
Paid Search and Facebook Ads- a winning combination!

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Kitsap Mental Health Expands in Port Orchard
On April 25th, Kitsap Mental Health Services had their official ribbon cutting on their new location in Port Orchard.

Kitsap Mental Health Services is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and residential behavioral health services for children and their families, adults and older adults.
The new Port Orchard location is located in Westbay Center on Bay Street.
Creating a Quick Business Plan in Three Hours
Join us and other entrepreneurs in this hands-on workshop where you will write your “Unique Value Statement” for your new product or service. This is a concise description of your product or service and explain the unique value your product or service provides to your customers.
Friday, April 29 1:00 pm
$50 workshop fee
As part of the workshop, participants will receive real-time feedback from a SCORE mentor to help them fine tune their Value Statement.
In the second part of the workshop you will use the “Lean Canvas” to begin the process of turning your product/service into a business. In this interactive session, you use the canvas to help guide you in expanding the information in the Unique Value Statement by capturing key ideas, concepts and strategies about your business in the canvas. This creates a basic framework that you can use to complete YOUR full, detailed business plan.

Have paper, a pencil or a pen ready as the goal of this workshop is for all participants to leave with a draft of their “Unique Value Statement” and “Lean Canvas.”
Fathoms Parade is BACK!!
Fathoms is taking applications for their 53rd annual Grand Parade!

Entry applications are due by June 1st, 2022.

Parade is scheduled for June 25th at 6:00 pm.

Fill out the application HERE
Local Sponsorship Opportunity
Olalla Americana Music Festival
Saturday, August 20, 2022, will be the return of the best small-town, country-side festival, this side of the Cascades!

Celebrating with 9 bands of “Americana Music”, art & craft vendors, down-home country food, demonstrations...and much more.
Festival coordinators are actively seeking local businesses and community members to sponsor this very popular and well attended event. There are several sponsorship opportunities available to fit every budget.
For more information please contact Marty Kellogg at (253) 857-5650 Or Jaclyn Williams at (253) 217-7971
Upcoming Events
Save The Date for These Upcoming Events!!
Derby Day in Downtown

Saturday April 30th from 9:00am - 9:00pm. Discounts at various businesses, fashion show, raffle, pet parade, cookie decorating class, cocktails with Carla... and SO MUCH MORE! Join us for a lot of FUN!

For details go to www.pobsa.com
Anniversary Pancake Breakfast at McLendon's

Pancakes Are Back! Scott McLendon's Anniversary & Pancake Breakfast. Breakfast sponsored by Milwaukee Tool and served by friends from the South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce Community.
Come for the pancakes and stay for incredible storewide savings and drawings throughout the day!

We'll see you April 30th - breakfast served from 7:30am to 10:00am.
Fathoms is back with all the Fun
With life returning to normal Fathoms O' Fun is bringing back all of their much-loved events...
  • Pirates Rendezvous May 29th-30th
  • Concerts on the Bay begins June 2nd (Every Thursday at 6:30pm)
  • Grand Parade June 25th 6:00pm
  • Fireworks over Sinclair Inlet July 4th
  • Hot Rods at the High School July 17th 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Battle of the Bands August 14th
  • Festival by the Bay Craft and Vendor Show (in conjunction with Saints Car Club Cruz) August 14th 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Seagull Splat Run September 4th 9:00am
South Kitsap Chamber Of Commerce
360.876.3505
1014 Bay St. #3 Port Orchard, WA 98366