Chamber News
For those of you that received our Luncheon Reminder earlier this week, we would like to apologize for the confusion it created. This months Luncheon is on the 10th! We sent out a correction email, but the damage had already been done! Oops...

We would like to congratulate Cayla Meyers of The Trina Knoche Farmers Insurance Group, for being the first to bring the error to our attention.
And just for fun, Cayla's next Luncheon Registration is ON US!
Thanks Cayla!!
February's Luncheon is only ONE week away!!
Join us on February 10th to meet Kitsap County Sheriff John Gese

John Gese has been a part of the Kitsap County Sherriff's department for over 30 years and has held his current position as Sheriff since August of 2021. He comes to us with news and updates of the happenings in the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department.

Hosted and Catered by Whiskey Gulch
Boxed lunch options: Turkey Pesto Wrap, Steak Wrap , Cobb Salad, Ahi Salad
Please make your selection during registration.


Donated raffle items appreciated - Raffle earnings support the Chamber Scholarship Fund
SAVE THE DATE
March Luncheon
3/10/22

Join us for Port Orchard Mayor Rob Putaansuu's annual State of Port Orchard address.
 
Catered and Hosted by
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Buffet Meal
THANK YOU
January New and Returning Members
Kitsap Business Survey
The way we do business has changed over the last two years. What new systems have you implemented that you plan to keep after we say goodbye to the pandemic?
Choose all that apply...
Contactless payment options
Curbside pickup
Online stores
Self-checkout
Virtual/digital loyalty cards
Mobile apps
Ordering ahead online
QR Code menus
Results From the Last Survey

We asked: Business Owners: How is the omicron surge most affecting your business?
  • Difficulty hiring - 15.2%
  • Reduced foot traffic - 9.7%
  • Staff out sick - 28.3%
  • Supply chain issues - 20.7%
  • Uncertain business climate - 26.2%
  • Reduced foot traffic - 0%
2022 Legislative Update on Chamber Website!
The South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce believes in keeping our members informed on important legislative issues that face local businesses. Navigating the governmental landscape can be very complicated and time-consuming. The Chamber relies on many partners to help us keep our membership educated. 

Our goal is to provide our members with information and resources to make informed decisions that are happening on a Federal, State, and local level.

Page includes contact information for legislators, bill tracking information, and a 2021 legislative review with voting records on key business issues.
Check out our Governmental Affairs page on our website!
New Business Center in Town Square Mall
We are in desperate need of YOUR flyers and business cards to add to the new Business Center in the Town Square Mall on Mile Hill, and the original Business Center in the Port Orchard Pubic Market.
The Business Center has been very successful, but we are running low on media to stock them with.
All Chamber members are invited to drop off business cards and pamphlets at the office! If we are not here, please leave them in the mail slot.
February GreenDrinks
Business Updates
PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal
Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through SBA using their online portal. Follow the steps below.
  1. Find out if your lender is participating. 
  2. Watch a video about how to use the portal.
  3. Apply for forgiveness.

For additional information, visit the SBA website.
Grants Available for Minor Upgrades to Child Care Facilities
Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program will open a new funding round for eligible child care providers in early March. Grants are for minor renovations to existing buildings used by child care providers licensed or certified by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on or before January 1, 2020.
Grant details:
  • Family homes, child care centers, and K-12 school districts are all eligible to apply.
  • Grant funds may be used for minor renovations and small capital purchases.
  • All work must be performed by licensed and bonded contractors.
  • The grants are intended to support child care providers so that they can maintain or expand operations during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Specific allowable capital project costs will be listed in the Program Guidelines
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Important updates
  • Unlike previous ELF funding rounds, providers do not need to increase their number of spaces to apply.
  • Previous ELF awardees are eligible to apply in this funding round, as long as this scope of work is different from a previous ELF award.
Save the date! Informational webinar Feb. 28
Monday, Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Commerce will host an application webinar covering eligible grant costs, program requirements, eligible organizations and instructions on how to submit an application through ZoomGrants.
We will also reserve time for questions at the end of the presentation.
February Kitsap Business Forum
And More...
Celebrating CTE Month!

CTE (Career and Technical Education) should be an integral part of every student’s education allowing students to graduate from high school, globally competitive for work, prepared for post-secondary education, and ready for life as positive, contributing members of society. With CTE, students succeed.
Celebrating South Kitsap CTE
The SKSD CTE program is one of the largest in the State of Washington with over 120 courses available. Our students are learning skills in Automotive Technology, 3D Modeling and Animation, Early Childhood Education, Athletic Medicine, Accounting, Veterinary Science, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Video Production, Digital Photography, CAD Design, Naval Science and so much more.
Covid-19 Information
Quick links for answers to your most pressing questions:
Military Appreciation Dinner at the Eagles
WE WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS
Bring us your flyers, pamphlets and business cards for our office and business center!
South Kitsap Chamber Of Commerce
360.876.3505
1014 Bay St. #3 Port Orchard, WA 98366