December 1, 2022
Short-Term Expansion of Fast Ferry Service Approved
It was announced on Tuesday that Governor Inslee has approved adding additional temporary fast-ferry service to the Bremerton-Seattle route in response to requests from local leaders and businesses. In a statement released Tuesday, Bremerton City Mayor Greg Wheeler shared:

“I am thrilled to announce that my request to expand Kitsap Transit fast ferry service to fill in the gap in Washington State Ferry (WSF) service on the Bremerton-Seattle ferry route is moving forward! It was announced today that the state will be supporting short-term fast ferry service to make up for the reduction from two-boat to one-boat service by WSF. We will continue working on this effort until service is fully restored. On Dec. 1, Kitsap Transit will begin extra Bremerton-Seattle passenger-only sailings.

This was an outstanding effort and I appreciated working with the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, Port of Bremerton, Teamsters Local 589, Bremerton Metal Trades Council, International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 12, and Greater Kitsap Chamber who sent letters to Governor Inslee in support of my request for state support for expanded fast ferry service back in September. (See all their letters here and my letter to Governor Inslee here

I also appreciated the opportunity to work with Senator Christine Rolfes, Senator Emily Randall, Representatives Tarra Simmons and Drew Hansen, Mayors Becky Erickson, Rob Putaansuu, and Joe Deets, Kitsap County Commissioners Ed Wolfe, Robert Gelder and Charlotte Garrido, and Bainbridge Island Councilmember Leslie Schneider who signed on to my initial letter to Governor Inslee in mid-September. In addition, I want to recognize and thank Kitsap Transit for supporting expansion of its passenger only service and for pulling out the stops to put together a proposal for the Governor. (Read Kitsap Transit’s letter to the Governor here

While there have been challenges due to staffing and other issues on the WSF Bremerton-Seattle route, I appreciate that our concerns about the hardships our residents were facing were heard at the highest levels of state government. More Kitsap Transit ferry trips will provide consistent and reliable service for residents who depend on Bremerton ferry service for their livelihoods, medical care, and businesses.

I’m proud that this effort is moving forward and will be serving the citizens of Bremerton and surrounding communities in the weeks and months to come.”

Chamber Holiday Luncheon December 14th @
The Admiral Theatre
Easy, Last-Minute Bonuses to Drive More Sales During Small Business Season
Bonus offers are a great way to drive sales without discounting your products or services. It makes people feel like they are getting extra value—and these days, with inflation—that can make a reticent customer buy quicker. But what if you haven’t thought out an entire marketing strategy around bonuses? Is it too late to offer one? Not at all. Below we have some ideas on how you can make the last few weeks of Small Business Season some of your best.

Columbia Sportswear Hosts Chamber Night on Dec. 6th
New Chamber Members, Columbia Sportswear, invite all Greater Kitsap Chamber members to a special shopping event on December 6th. Shop great holiday gifts for the whole family at your local Silverdale Columbia Factory Store and enjoy light bites and beverages. The store is open to the public, but Chamber-member specials and goodies (free tote bag included!) are reserved for Greater Kitsap Chamber attendees.

Chamber Shop Night at Columbia
Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
9990 Mickleberry Road NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
Gnome on the Roam
Where Will You Find Kitsap Kelly?
Kitsap Kelly is field tripping to Poulsbo on Friday for Vibe Cowork's Free First Friday! Learn more about this amazing space that was just named the Greater Kitsap Chamber's Business of the Year! Take your selfie with Kitsap Kelly and check out Vibe - it's a win all around!
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. There's a reason why Vibe is the workplace of choice for people from all industries and walks of life here in Kitsap.

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. At 4pm, we close up shop and move across the hall to Crabtree Kitchen + Bar for a fun-filled no-host Happy Hour.

Happy Hour is a 21+ event, with great alcoholic AND non-alcoholic options to choose from. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve spent the day coworking with us or not (bring a friend!).

Contact Us
Bremerton Office (360) 479-3579 | 4th & Pacific Downtown Bremerton
Silverdale Office (360) 692-6800 | Kitsap Mall next to Macy's
PO Box 1218 Silverdale WA 98383
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