Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Important News for You
Greater Businesses in Kitsap Grant Awardees
Chamber News
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Chamber Sponsors March GreenDrinks
Nonprofit Showcase
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Bremerton GreenDrinks
Thursday, March 9, 2023, 5:00 pm
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!

GreenDrinks is a monthly, social networking event for community leaders, concerned citizens, elected officials, business professionals and anyone who wants to make Bremerton a thriving, sustainable community. This event is for adults only (age 21 and older). $15 helps to offset the costs of food and drink.

Advance tickets are available at Eventbrite. Tickets at the door are $20.

Don’t forget to keep the green in GreenDrinks by bringing your own cup!
RECAP: February Membership Luncheon
RECAP: Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Dirty2Dreamy Kitsap
Travel with the Greater Kitsap Chamber
Rooms are selling fast - reserve yours now!
Looking for an escape in 2023? Join the Chamber as we resume Chamber travel opportunities with a 7-night Alaska Glacier Cruise.

Special rates have been reserved on this cruise for Chamber members and friends with a savings of nearly $2k on what you might normally book. For just $2745, you and a guest can enjoy this weeklong adventure aboard Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas.
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!
Missed a previous edition of the Chamber's Community Connections?
View all the past issues on our website HERE.
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
The Bridgeford Insurance Team
8745 Pacific Ave NW Ste. 201 | Silverdale, WA 98383 | (360) 998-3986
Leadership Kitsap Application Now Open
Deadline to Apply: April 3, 2023
Join the Class of 2024 during Leadership Kitsap's 30th year anniversary!

Leadership Kitsap Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by community leaders, the Kitsap County Chambers of Commerce, and the United Way of Kitsap County. The mission of Leadership Kitsap is to promote informed and committed civic volunteerism. The 10-month long curriculum is designed to help participants acquire both a fuller sense of the critical issues affecting Kitsap County, and the leadership skills necessary to motivate and engage others in collaborative efforts to resolve them.

Leadership Kitsap class participants are selected through a competitive screening/interview process conducted by the Leadership Kitsap Foundation’s Board of Directors. Individuals will be chosen based on the following criteria: (1) commitment to civic involvement in Kitsap County, (2) potential for community leadership, and (3) professional and personal achievement.
Free First Friday @ Vibe Coworks
Friday, March 3, 2023
On the first Friday of each month, Vibe Coworks opens its doors to anyone who'd like to experience the power of getting things done in an upbeat, inspirational and productive professional environment.

How does it work?
It's simple! Bring your laptop, charger and to-do list and we'll take care of the rest. We've got all-you-can-drink tea and french press coffee on tap, and you're welcome to bring food in. We also have a limited stash of monitors you can borrow for the day while you're working away. Stay for as long or short as you'd like, 9am - 4pm.

  • Have a client you've been needing to meet? Bring her/him here! No need to pre-book, beyond your RSVP on Eventbrite.
  • Need closed-door meeting room space? That's the one thing that you will need to book that in advance. Shoot us an email at hello@vibecoworks.com and we'll get you taken care of.
  • If you're new to Vibe and/or coworking, we'll be happy to give you a tour of the space, introduce you to some of our members and help you get a taste for what it's like to be part of the Vibe community.
  • Already a Vibe member? Free 1st Fridays are bonus days! They will not count against your monthly membership tally.
  • At 4pm, we'll close up shop and move elsewhere in the building for socializing and fun over a no-host happy hour.
Early Bird Registration Now Open
Thursday, March 30, 2023, 11:30 am
Member Spotlight
Kitsap Law Group
Kitsap Law Group is a full-service general practice law firm with an emphasis on personal injuryestate planning, municipal law, real estate, business and litigation. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in litigation, criminal defense, real estate, municipal lawland use, and environmental matters, public works construction, acquisitions, transactions and negotiation, regulatory agency and contract compliance, and risk management. We serve as counsel to municipal corporations, developers, business owners, public and private corporations, and individuals.

David HortonDavid WeibelBill Broughton, and their associates have over one hundred combined years serving the west sound municipal and business communities. With their commitment to community preservation, service and development. The firm’s attorneys have been recognized by clients for their ability to work with civic and government leaders to accomplish projects with tangible social, economic and aesthetic benefits to all involved.
3212 NW Byron St Ste. 104 | Silverdale, WA 98383 | (360) 692-6415
Advocacy Committee
Weekly Legislative Updates
2023 Session: Week 7 Report
As an exclusive benefit to our paid membership, the Greater Kitsap Chamber has again enlisted the services of Brad Boswell and team from Boswell Consulting to provide weekly legislative updates during the 2023 legislative session. Brad will also host a monthly Q&A on the last Friday of each month via Zoom to answer your questions directly.
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
"Leading Through Argument Culture"
Thursday, March 16, 2023
Join Leadership Kitsap and Greg Abell, Principal at Sound Options Group, for a full day of communication training. Participants will learn how to design, implement, and facilitate conversations of shared learning in our community.

While participants will learn what Argument Culture is, they will also be able to apply this design, implementation, and facilitation technique to any conversation they wish.

The idea behind this workshop is using public discourse (where individuals can come together to freely discuss and identify societal problems, and through that discussion influence political action), to our advantage, learning how to guide those discussions into productive and successful actions.

Seating is limited!
Elevate Your LIFE & Productivity Mastery Course
Online Opportunity with Beth Wolfe
Certified Food Protection Manager
Requirement is March 1st
The deadline to have a Certified Food Protection Manager on your staff is March 1. Certified Food Protection Managers must be certified through an American National Standards Institute accredited program. Washington Hospitality Association members can sign up for training and certification (nonmember training is available as well).   
GSBA's newest programs in the GSBA Business Academy are a mix of in-person and virtual course and class offerings, where business owners and professionals can enroll in free education programs designed to provide necessary skills and needs to run a business.
 
The Business Accelerator program is a structured 8-week course for existing small businesses or entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business. Business Accelerator is offered as one class per week, every Thursday with the same cohort plus one introduction/orientation session beginning April 6.
 
Session Options:
8AM – 9:30AM
10:30AM – 12PM
1:30PM – 3PM
 
Weekly Schedule:
Orientation 
Module 1: Is Owning a Business A Good Fit For You
Module 2: Feed the Animal That’s Feeding You – The 50/30/20 Rule
Module 3: How to Prepare for Grants – Do’s and Don’t of Grant Applications
Module 4: Five Key Areas of Risk You Should Know About Your Business
Module 5: What to Know and Say When Approaching Your Banker About an Account or Loan
Module 6: How to Effectively Identify Your Market – Know Your Most Profitable Customer
Module 7: How to Make More Money in Your Business – Managing Cash Flow
Module 8: The Seven Components of a Business Plan
Military Relations Committee
Reserve Your Sponsorship & Booth Space Now
Deadline Extended: February 28, 2023
Business News & Resources
7 Digital Marketing Trends to Pursue in 2023
Published by the U.S. Chamber, from Katarina Betterton
Photo: Getty Images/RichLegg

The growth in demand and use of the metaverse, Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and tumultuous world events made for a dynamic end of 2022. In 2023, business owners have their work cut out for them when it comes to staying on the cutting edge of digital marketing.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
What's Happening with Interest Rates
From Curtis Dubay, Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber

The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate again earlier this month. That was the eighth time it has done so in the last year, and a few more small hikes are likely coming with inflation still high and consumer spending and the job market still hot.

Why it matters: The Fed’s actions have translated into higher interest rates for consumers and businesses, but the increases in rates have tailed off.

  • For example, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage peaked at over 7% in November. It has since stabilized at around 6.3%.

  • On the business side, the average rate for a AAA-rated corporate bond peaked at around 5.4% in October and has since settled at around 4.6%.

Big picture: The slight drop in rates from late 2022 and their stabilization since indicates that the markets originally overestimated how much the Fed would raise rates. The markets now believe the Fed won’t raise rates much more than it has.

  • This is good news for the housing market because, if it holds, it means the damage of higher mortgage rates is already in the rearview mirror.

For businesses, it means borrowing costs are likely to remain where they are. That will allow for better planning and an increase in long-term investing.
Dept of Commerce Hospitality & Lodging Grant Portal Opening in March 2023
This grant program will provide assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program will also provide assistance to “lodging establishments” taxable by the state under chapter 82.08 RCW with 40 or more lodging units affected by the Governors’ moratorium.
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.
Giving Day Strategy & Tips
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 12:00 pm
Is your nonprofit registered for the 2023 Kitsap Great Give and now you are wondering what's next? Please register for our free webinar with Mightycause when we go over Giving Day Strategy & Tips!
5 Nonprofit Digital Content Ideas
to Build Your Community
Published on NonProfitPro.com, February 27, 2023
Photo: Getty Images by Kudryavtsev Pavel

In this modern world, so many connections and interactions take place online. With just several clicks of a mouse or a few taps on a phone screen, people can share news, hold conversations and even donate money across the world. 

Greater Kitsap News
Central Kitsap Community Council
Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 5:00 pm
Kitsap County Deputy Administrator Eric Baker joins the Central Kitsap Community Council's meeting March 1 to provide an overview and information about the county's ongoing Comprehensive Plan update and Silverdale land-use map alternatives under consideration.

The Central Kitsap Community Council meets at 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month (except August) in the Rainier Room of the Silverdale Library at Central Kitsap School District's Silverdale Center, 3650 NW Anderson Hill Road. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Race & Equity Summit 2023
Friday, March 24, 2023
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.

Community Information
Bremerton School District Meet the Superintendent Finalist Community Forums
Three finalists will be visiting the District on February 28, March 1 and March 2 (one finalist per day.) After a full day of touring the district and meeting students and staff, we will host a community forum (in-person and online) each evening from 5-5:45 p.m. to provide an opportunity for everyone to meet and provide feedback on each of the three finalists. 

In-Person & Online Forum Options
Each forum will be held in the Board Room at the Bremerton School District Administrative Office located at:

134 Marion Avenue North
Bremerton, WA, 98310
 
Watch for signs directing you to the north entrance of the Board Room.

The Zoom link for all three forums is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81991317922.
Light Up the Night Daddy Daughter Glow Dance
Saturday, March 4, 2023, 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Live Well Kitsap! Networking Group
Monday, March 13, 2023, 6:00 pm
Tourism Information
Bremerton Symphony's 80th Anniversary
Sunday, March 5, 2023, 3:00 pm
Come and celebrate the Symphony's 80th anniversary at the Admiral Theatre in downtown Bremerton. The orchestra will begin with Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture, which was the very first piece performed at the inaugural concert in 1942. Next, guitarist Mark Hilliard Wilson, founder of the Seattle Guitar Orchestra, will solo with the symphony in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, the work that inspired recordings by both Miles Davis and Chick Corea. The concert concludes with highlights from Carmen, perhaps the world's most famous opera, featuring the Bremerton Symphony Chorale, with costumes provided by the Kitsap Opera.
Downtown Bremerton Association
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Pub Crawl
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Port Gamble Theater: Buz Whitely's Big Band
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 7:00 pm
Get your glad rags on and get ready to dance at this fundraiser in support of the historic Port Gamble Theater!

Tickets: $25.00 - available only at the Box Office
Box Office opens at 5:00 pm for tickets.
Bainbridge Community Theatre
March 16-26, 2023
Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens. See the world through Christopher’s eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey where he challenges assumed truths and discovers life-changing secrets. A thrilling, heartwarming, and uplifting adventure story for every one of us.
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