Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Important News for You
Chamber Project Results in Tourism Video
Share with Your Non-Kitsap Networks
Do you ever look around you and are in awe of where you live? That's how it feels every time we step outside our doors, meet community members, patron a local business, celebrate our community's history, and explore the beautiful nature that surrounds the Greater Kitsap area.

We are so proud of this video that Mountain & Maker Films produced for us. This was a year in the making, capturing all that Kitsap has to offer.

We hope you'll share this with your friends, neighbors, and loved ones, and invite those outside of Kitsap to visit.

Relax, explore, discover, and have fun in Greater Kitsap. We're ready for your visit.
Chamber News
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Chamber Holiday Office Hours
The Chamber and Visitor Center offices will remain open for regular business offices through next week, closing at noon on Friday, December 23rd.

In celebration of the holidays, we will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. The Visitor Centers will be open Tuesday, December 27th through Friday, December 30th for regular business hours. We will resume full regular hours in both locations beginning
Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Wishing our community a safe and joyous holiday season!
Where Will You Find Kitsap Kelly This Week?
Chamber Seeking Nominations
The Chamber Board of Directors is seeking member input for our monthly selections of Member of the Month. Do you know a business that deserves recognition? Are they involved in the community and active with the Chamber? Nominate a business - it could be your own - and let us know why they should be recognized as a Member of the Month!
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
Member of the Month: Historic Roxy Theatre
This month at the Roxy!
There's something for everyone at the Historic Roxy Theatre,
from independent movies to live performances.
Enjoy a variety of entertainment choices in this historic space
located in the heart of downtown Bremerton at the
future site of Quincy Square.

The newly renovated theatre is operated by the Roxy Bremerton
foundation as a movie theatre, live event and music venue
and community event space. The foundation is $30,000 away from purchasing the building and hope to close in January of 2023.
270 Fourth Street | Bremerton WA 98337 | (360) 627-7409
Bremerton Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade
December 16-17, 2022
The Bremerton Yacht Club's annual Lighted Boat Parade is this weekend! Don your favorite warm clothes and head outside to view beautifully decorated boats making their way through the Washington Narrows to Sinclair Inlet, as well as Phinney Bay to Dyes Inlet.
1st Security Bank & Live Well Kitsap Fundraise for Bremerton's Georgia's House
Annual Holiday Food Drive Also Supports Local Food Banks
Live Well Kitsap is partnering with 1st Security Bank in Silverdale to raise money for Georgia’s House in Bremerton, a safe haven for homeless women and children.
Bring your unwrapped Christmas presents to 1st Security Bank in Silverdale from 1-4p and we will wrap them for you. All we ask is that you make a donation for the gift-wrapping service our volunteers will provide!  You get your presents wrapped, reduce your stress, and we all help Georgia’s House have a better Christmas!
Member Spotlight
Uptown Auto Body Rebuild, Inc.
For over 40 years, we've been making our customers’ damaged cars look like new again. When you’ve been in an accident and need expert auto body service, you will find the most qualified technicians at Uptown Auto Body in Bremerton, WA.

Experience the difference from your collision repair experts:
  • The highest quality painting touch-ups
  • Refinishing services
  • All makes and models
  • Small scratches and restorations
  • Fast availability, competitive pricing
  • FREE estimates
  • Shuttle service available
  • Car rental assistance
  • Contact us for details
  • A direct repair facility
For Expert Collision Repairs and Perfect Color-Match Repainting:

(360) 377-9797
5150 Auto Center Boulevard | Bremerton WA 98312 | (360) 377-9797
Advocacy Committee
Last Call: AWB Institute Seeks Input on
Industry-Recognized Credentials
The AWB Institute and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) are partnering to help ensure high school students are prepared to join the workforce—and they need your help.
Please complete a survey about the non-degree credentials that are helpful — or required — in your workplace. The AWB Institute and OSPI will use this information to develop a state-approved resource of industry-vetted non-degree credentials validated by experts representing education, business and labor. Survey results will guide program development and improved, equitable outcomes for students who are our state’s future employees. 
Education Committee
December Member Luncheon at The Admiral
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Don't forget to bring a raffle prize to donate! All proceeds to benefit the Coffee Oasis Christmas Program.
Member Education & Training Resources
Fearless Foundry: 5 Steps to Set Up
Your 2023 Marketing Strategy
Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:00 am
Join Fearless Foundry’s Founder and CEO, Madeline Reeves, on December 15th from 11am to 12:15pm PST as she demonstrates the 5 steps needed to create an impactful marketing strategy. 

You’ll learn about:
  • Shifts and changes in the digital marketing landscape over the course of 2022 
  • Trends you should take into consideration for 2023  
  • The 5 core areas to consider when building a modern marketing strategy (target market, channels, content types, brand collaborations, content cadence)
  • The strategy + planning process we use to create comprehensive digital marketing strategies for our clients  

You’ll walk away with:
  • Step-by-step guidance on how to build your marketing plan for the first 90 days of 2023
  • A sense of the platforms + content approaches that make the most sense for your brand 
  • Templates to DIY a clear + strategic approach to your marketing for 2023
  • An idea of where & when you should be investing in your marketing
  • A chance to get live feedback and answers from Madeline

Getting ahead of the game and set your business up for success in the new year—join now!
Military Relations Committee
Mark your calendars now for the Chamber's annual Military Appreciation Day, brought to you by Gesa Credit Union - Saturday, March 4, 2023 - at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Booth reservations and sponsorships will open in January. Don't miss out on this opportunity to engage with and thank the Military Community of Kitsap County!
Business News & Resources
US Labor Force Continues to Shrink
Courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The economy added 263,00 jobs in November. Expectations were for 200,000, so we exceeded them. But the labor force dropped another 186,000. That is bad, considering we have 4.3 million more job openings than workers to fill them.

Why it matters: We are now 102,000 workers below the pre-pandemic participation level. The labor force has shrunk for three straight months.

  • If we had the same participation rate now as pre-pandemic, there would be 3.3 million more workers in the labor force.

Be smart: Further complicating the strong topline jobs numbers is that the household survey showed the number of workers employed dropped by 138,000. Usually, the surveys of businesses (the 263,000 figure) and households are similar. No one is sure what to make of the surveys pointing in different directions. It is something to keep an eye on.

  • Also, wages rose 0.55% from October and 5.1% annually from November 2021. That is very strong.

Bottom line: The continuing strength of the labor market and wages is a Catch-22 for the Fed. Large wage gains as we are seeing are a sign that inflation remains high. It could mean continued interest rate hikes, which is why the financial markets reacted badly to what was mostly an encouraging jobs report.
BLS Fees Decreasing on January 1, 2023
Businesses filing a business license application, as well as existing businesses that have any active renewable license endorsements, will see the business license application and annual renewal handling fees decrease.

  • Initial Application Fee will go from $90 to $50
  • Any Other Purpose Fee will go from $19 to $10
  • Renewal Fee for BLS issued license endorsements will go from $10 to $5
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.
Photo: Getty Images by Morsa Images
Building Genuine Relationships
to Raise More Money
Courtesy of NonprofitPro.com

Have you ever wondered why some nonprofits seem to raise money again and again while others struggle? There’s a lot of talk in the space about relationships and donor-centric philanthropy. However, it's a lot of, well, talk. The reality is that creating genuine and meaningful relationships takes a lot of effort. Unfortunately, it seems to be something considered from another era.

Greater Kitsap News
MultiCare has purchased a property on Highway 303 next to Lowe's for a new emergency room, the health system announced on Thursday. Kitsap Sun
MultiCare Announces Plans for
New ER on Highway 303
Published in the Kitsap Sun, Dec. 8, 2022

MultiCare has announced plans to open a new "neighborhood" emergency room just outside Bremerton city limits on Highway 303.

According to a news release from the health care group, the new MultiCare ER will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be staffed by board-certified emergency physicians. The 10,500-square-foot facility will have 10 patient rooms, four observation rooms and have X-ray, ultrasound and CT scan capabilities, the announcement said. The facility will operate under Tacoma General Hospital's license, MultiCare said, noting that a groundbreaking will occur in spring 2023. A spokesperson for MultiCare said the group was looking at summer of 2024 for an opening date.

“There’s a critical need for more emergency medical services in Kitsap County,” said Mark Robinson, president of MultiCare Tacoma General and MultiCare Allenmore hospitals, in a statement. “Emergency departments across the Puget Sound are often at or near capacity. This new ED will give Kitsap County residents another option for emergency medical care.”

COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Health Officials Recommend Indoor Masking
as Respiratory Illnesses Surge
Published in the Kitsap Sun, Dec. 10, 2022

Health officials across Western Washington are recommending all individuals wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask when around others in indoor spaces as an “unprecedented” surge in viral respiratory illnesses like RSV, the flu and COVID-19 hits across the state and country, they said in a statement on Friday.

Among the swath of health officers and leaders in medical groups around Puget Sound signing on to a statement urging masking and other protective measures: Dr. Gib Morrow, the health officer for the Kitsap Public Health District.

"We can all take simple steps to protect ourselves now and enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season,” Morrow said in a statement released by the health district. “By staying up to date on vaccination and being diligent about everyday prevention habits like handwashing, you can help our community weather this wave of illness.”

Omicron-Targeted COVID-19 Boosters Now Authorized for Children 6 Months and Older
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and other healthcare providers will soon begin offering omicron variant-targeted bivalent booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 6 months and older. This follows guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Children 6 months through 5 years of age who received the original (monovalent) two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series are now eligible to receive a booster of the updated (bivalent) Moderna COVID-19 vaccine two months after their last dose.
  • Children 6 months through 4 years of age who have not started or completed their three-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series will now receive the updated (bivalent) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as the third dose following two doses of the original (monovalent) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Children 6 months through 4 years of age who have already completed their three-dose primary series with the original (monovalent) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible for an updated (bivalent) booster dose at this time. 

DOH urges all parents and guardians of children ages 6 months and older to prioritize vaccinating their children with the updated booster if eligible, or starting the COVID-19 vaccine primary series if they are yet to begin. Washington state is currently seeing record pediatric hospitalizations from respiratory viruses and vaccines add an extra level of protection from severe illness. Additionally, flu vaccines are available to everyone 6 months and older at provider offices and pharmacies across the state. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be safely given at the same time.

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.

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.
Community Information
Silverdale GreenDrinks
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 5:24 pm
Tourism Information
Kitsap Mall Photos with Santa
Now thru December 24, 2022
Santa Claus has arrived in Kitsap! Get your pictures in the Center Court between the Chamber and Barnes & Noble.

Pet Days every Monday.

Monday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, BREAK: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, BREAK: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, BREAK: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, BREAK: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, BREAK: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, BREAK: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Friday (12/23):11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, BREAK: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday (12/24): 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, BREAK: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Reservations are highly recommended for pictures with Santa 2022.
"I'd Rather Be Naughty Than Nice"
Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:00 pm
Fresh off her sold-out, international tour, Witch Perfect, Tina Burner returns in a new, one-woman show I'd Rather Be Naughty Than Nice. 

After years of being the Stepford Christmas Wife, Ms. Claus takes a hard candy look at her relationship with the infamous Kristopher Kringle. We finally get the back story of the North Pole’s first lady, how she met her husband, and how things aren’t always a Winter Wonderland. As the Christmas cookie starts to crumble, Ms. Claus is left with the question: would she rather be naughty than nice?

Featuring an all-new song, “I’d Rather Be Naughty Than Nice,” the show also alternates between Burner’s signature mixes and live arrangements of pop and holiday standards orchestrated by Blake Allen.
Bremerton WestSound Symphony
"Songs of the Season"
Sunday, December 18, 2022, 3:00 pm
Admiral Theatre Presents:
New Year's Eve with Hit Explosion
December 31, 2022, 9:00 pm
We’re celebrating the Admiral Theatre’s 80th anniversary with our biggest New Year's Eve Party ever - dancing, balloon drop, confetti cannons, lasers, countdown at midnight, free party favors at the door - and every seat in the house gets dance floor access! There will be three sets between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. with two 30-minute breaks for the band. Hosted by Alex Zerbe | The Zaniac - The Northwest’s Best Prop Comic & Juggler!
The Roxy Theatre Presents:
A Nite at the Roxy - Heart by Heart NYE 2023
December 31, 2022, 7:00 pm
Please join us in ringing in the new year at the Historic Roxy Theatre in Quincy Square. With live music by Heart by Heart, featuring original Heart members Steve Fossen & Michael Derosier. The band performs the legendary music of Heart. The party starts in Quincy Square with DJ Joe Frank 7- 9 PM. Doors of the Roxy Theatre open at 8 PM Joey James Dean and Bootlegs live on stage 9- 10 PM. Heart by Heart takes the stage 10:30- Midnight. Enjoy Food and Beverage 7 - Midnight. Get your tickets now, they are going fast!
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