Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Important News for You
Last Call for 2022 Destination Guide
We've got some great local businesses showcased in our 2022 Destination Guide - act now to join them in our signature publication piece for those traveling to the Kitsap Peninsula. The Admiral Theatre, Ahoy Kitsap, Axe & Arrow Gastropub, Bremerton WestSound Symphony, Centering Massage, Kitsap RV, Sea Discovery Center, Silverdale Whaling Days, The Point Casino & Hotel and University of Massachusetts Global are just some of the businesses taking advantage of this great opportunity.

Now is the time to reserve space - it's fast and easy, with our partners at Lunar Cow designing your ads if needed at no extra cost! Enjoy great bang for your buck with 10,000 printed copies of this publication distributed in the best locations (including 7,500 on WSDOT ferries) to help drive traffic to our advertisers, and our digital GoGuide® will allow you to reach thousands more. Your advertisement in the digital GoGuide® will be linked to your website, giving readers one-click access to your business.
Chamber News
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Silverdale & Bremerton Facebook pages!
Bremerton GreenDrinks @ Kitsap Credit Union
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 5:00 pm
Looking for a way to jumpstart your summer? Check out this month's Bremerton GreenDrinks event, hosted on the rooftop of one of our cherished downtown businesses.

Don't miss out. Get your tickets now.

Kitsap Credit Union is proud to host July’s Bremerton GreenDrinks on the rooftop deck of the Bremerton Harborside Headquarters and Branch. 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). A $10 donation is requested to offset the costs of food from the new downtown restaurant AXE & ARROW GASTROPUB. $20 at the door.

Advance tickets are recommended at Don’t forget to keep the green in GreenDrinks by bringing your own cup!
July Membership Luncheon: Education Carnival
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 11:30 am
Sponsorship information coming soon!
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!
 Individuals who complete KCR's BE$T Program are gifted a one-year
membership to their local Chamber of Commerce.
Kitsap Community Resources’ Business Education Support &
Training (BE$T) Program is committed to providing the business training
and network of supportive community services to enterprising individuals
to gain self- sufficiency through small business ownership.
New Members & Renewals for June
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!

Do you have news you'd like to share about your business or organization?
We'd love to share! Please send information to Irene at the Chamber!

Member Spotlight
The Greater Kitsap Chamber is thrilled to officially welcome White Barn Home & Garden as our first new member of the newly merged Chamber! Located off Highway 3 in Belfair, White Barn is a premier home decor, garden, custom metal and lifestyle shop.

23611 NE State Route 3
Belfair, WA
(360) 277-4598
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
WHA CEO Podcast: Public Safety
Today, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:00 am
Join Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton at 10 a.m., July 6 when he sits down to talk about public safety and what you can do to keep your employees and property safe. Anthony's guests will be:

  • Eva Glosson, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  • Sgt. Chris Marino, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

Brought to you by My Hospitality Insurance.
SBA Webinar: Made in America
Today, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 11:00 am
Save-the-Date: July 12, 2022, 8:00 am
"Keys to Success: Making Your First Million"
Join us from 7:30am to 8:00am for registration, business to business networking with coffee and baked goods.

Program will start at 8:00am to 9:30am with our three panelists.

Key take-aways:
  • How each panelist made it to their first million
  • The skills and habits to develop to succeed
  • Tactics you can use to begin your path
E-Mail Marketing Essentials for Business
Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 am
Research says that for every $1 spent on email marketing, there is an average $44 return on investment. To generate such positive outcomes, businesses have to reach the right customers with targeted campaigns. If you feel your email efforts don't pay off, this workshop will show you the basic and advanced techniques to propel your email efforts.

Workshop Fee: $35
Buying or Selling an Existing Business
Friday, July 8, 2022, 9:00 am
You want to buy a business and become a small business owner. Great! But how do you find one to buy? How do you avoid paying too much for the business? Where can you get financing? How do you finalize the deal? If these questions are those that are on your mind, then you need to take this workshop which has the answers to all of them!

Workshop Fee: $55
Advocacy Committee
Eggs & Issues:
Kitsap County Commissioner Candidates
Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 8:00 am
Individuals who wish to view Eggs and Issues via Zoom will not be able to submit questions
to the candidates as we will not be monitoring the chat during the event.
League of Women Voters - Kitsap
Hosts Primary Candidate Forums
The League of Women Voters operates at the local, state, and national level, with over 1,000 local leagues. The League of Women Voters of Kitsap has been active since 1962. They are members of the League of Women Voters of Washington and the League of Women Voters of the US. The League invites people of all genders who are 16 years or older.

The League of Women Voters of Kitsap is a nonpartisan political organization which does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. These free candidate forums are hosted on Zoom. Submit a question for the forums up to two days in advance of each event.
Business News & Resources
Could a Slowdown in the Economy
Actually Help Kitsap Right Now?
2022 is half over. Behind us sits a robust economy. In front, one that might be more tepid. 

According to a recent Washington Post article, consumer spending makes up more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy. Recent analyses in the piece by both Barclays and Charles Schwab find that restaurant, travel-related and services spending is starting to weaken. 

So at a recent economic development event I asked some Kitsap CEOs this related question: With a potentially slowing economy, what opportunity or challenge do you see in front of your business? 

Combating Inflation: What's Behind High
Energy Prices and What to Do About It
A special report from the U.S. Chamber

In March, year-over-year consumer price increases topped 8.5%, causing the highest inflationary rise in 40 years. One of the biggest drivers has been skyrocketing energy costs, which impact virtually every sector of the economy.
While the war in Ukraine and supply chain impacts from Russian sanctions have exacerbated price pressures, energy prices were already escalating well before the conflict did. Gasoline prices have more than doubled since their pandemic lows and now average $4.21 per gallon nationwide. In the year preceding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, prices had increased by about 40% (over one dollar per gallon). Natural gas and electricity prices are important contributors as well. This can be clearly seen in the Global Energy Institute’s 2021 electricity price map, which registered a record 5.6% increase in electricity prices last year alone — a number that has only gone up in 2022. 
What’s behind high energy prices and what can we do about it?
Kitsap County News
Transfer of Command:
CKFD Welcomes New Fire Chief
On Tuesday, June 28, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue bid farewell to Fire Chief John Oliver and welcomed new Fire Chief, Jay Christian, to his new post. Christian is a 22-year CKFD firefighter and EMT and officially took over on July 1, 2022. He previously served as the Assistant Chief to Chief Oliver.

Special Road Closure: NW Bucklin Hill
Single Lane Closures July 6th - 15th
Single lane closures scheduled on NW Bucklin Hill Road for a county road improvement project. Expect traffic delays July 6-15.

  • The inside westbound and eastbound lanes of NW Bucklin Hill Road will be closed from Silverdale Way NW to approximately 50 yards east of Bay Shore Drive NW
  • The inside left-turn lane from Silverdale Way NW to NW Bucklin Hill Road will be closed
  • Closures are weather dependent

For project information visit
An aerial view of the Warren Avenue Bridge on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. NATHAN PILLING/KITSAP SUN
WSDOT: Big Traffic Delays Expected
with Warren Avenue Bridge Work
Published in the Kitsap Sun, June 23, 2022

Upcoming work on the Warren Avenue Bridge will likely bring lengthy traffic backups and nighttime construction noise to the areas surrounding the bridge.

Resurfacing work on the span is scheduled for three weekends in July, according to the state’s Department of Transportation:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 11
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 18
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 25

During the work, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in both directions, and WSDOT is projecting long backups in the area, agency spokesperson Doug Adamson said. Drivers are being asked to travel only if necessary and to avoid discretionary trips or to travel earlier in the day or later in the evening when there are fewer vehicles on the road.

County Seeks Individuals for
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
Are you interested in helping distribute funds to organizations and events that promote tourism in Kitsap County? Members are needed to serve on the Kitsap County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to assist in reviewing applications and interviewing non-profit organizations who apply to receive 2023 funding.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to make recommendations for the distribution of funds to organizations who promote Kitsap County tourism through visitor centers and special events. 

Individuals who may apply to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee include:

  • Owners, management or staff of businesses in Kitsap County required to collect lodging tax, such as hotels, motels and vacation rentals; OR
  • Representatives of local tourism agencies and other non-profit organizations in Kitsap County that coordinate activities and events to promote tourism and which are eligible to be awarded lodging tax revenue but who are not applying for funds in 2022 for 2023 distribution.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members must be available Tuesday, August 30 when interviews with lodging tax applicants are held virtually via Zoom, and preferably from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 for committee training and orientation.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Learn more about previous lodging tax funding recipients and the 2022 timeline for 2023 lodging tax request for proposals here.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing 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
WinCo Foods Hiring Event
July 12 - 15, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
40th Annual Whale of a Run
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Tourism Information
NW Food Truck Fest
July 8 & 9, 2022
Day trip from Central Kitsap:
Hansville Garden Tour
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kingston Concerts on the Cove
Saturdays, July 23 through August 20, 2022
Silverdale @ Sunset Concert Series
Wednesdays, July 27 through August 24, 2022
Day trip from Central Kitsap:
Kingston Wine & Brew Fest
July 29 & 30, 2022
Stay in the know with what's happening for events in Central
Kitsap by checking out and liking Silverdale Visitor Center
and Visit Bremerton on Facebook!
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Director of Member Relations
Joe Barboza
Operations Manager
Kate Cofer
Membership Coordinator
Brenda Kelley
Tourism Coordinator