December 9, 2021
Countywide Chambers of Commerce Survey
How has the holiday shopping season been
for your business so far?
Answer Below
The same (as pre-COVID holiday shopping seasons)
Better than ever before
Sales are slightly above the norm
Sales are slightly below the norm
Sales are well below what they should be
We'd love to know if your business is trying out some new
ways to capture customers this year! If you'd like to share what
you've been doing, please email us at the Chamber and we
might feature you in a business spotlight!
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county data reported by
The Silverdale Chamber Gnome is on the Roam
The Silverdale Gnome is on the Roam this holiday shopping season, and we hope consumers are having as much fun finding him while out shopping as the Chamber had in hiding him! To further incentivize shopping local and getting customers into our local businesses, the Chamber will be having weekly drawings for cool Silverdale merch and a grand prize drawing for a 2-night stay for 2 at the beautiful Alderbrook Resort and Spa. Encourage your customers to participate by taking a selfie with Dale at your business and post it to their social media using #gnomeontheroam. Each successful post will be entered into our random prize drawings (one photo per person, per location permitted).

Huge Chamber thanks to Amy Zinkhon of Suitcases on Standby
Travel for putting together this amazing prize package.
Keys to Reducing Stress this Holiday Season
Holiday stress already got you frazzled? Live Well Kitsap founder, Lesli Dullum-Tutterow shares 5 ways to ensure reduced stress and a satisfying holiday season!

1.   Pause before you agree to…anything!  By employing what I refer to as the “60 Second Rule” and not saying yes to every request, you can more thoughtfully respond to any request. You may need 60 seconds, 10 minutes or 24 hours to consider your willingness to do what is asked of you before you reply back. Pause to consider whether this is really something you want to do and realistically have time to do. “I’ll get back with you” is a reasonable and wise response that can save you grief later. Be sure to follow up when you say you will. 

2.   Scale down and Simplify - While traditions are great, and many are worth keeping, there is also freedom in the simplicity of saying no more to the traditions or activities that really no longer serve a purpose or are too expensive or time consuming to add joy. 

3.   Get Organized with a strategic schedule - Your list of to-do’s are already longer than the hours in your day so get strategic with priorities this time of year. What can you postpone or offload? What is truly important in your personal life and work life? Which minutes and days can you reasonably add holiday preparation activities? Schedule them and be sure to include your self-care time in that schedule as well. 

4.   Talk with the people who mean the most.  Instead of taking for granted that your niece still loves that chocolate cake that is so time consuming to make, check in this year about what is really important. Communicate so you can know what other’s priorities are (in addition to your own) and then decide from there what to say yes to and what to say no to. 

5.   Lay down your superman/woman cape.  And while you are at it, remove that “S” from your chest. You are one person. You can’t do everything. Lean into and ask for help where you need it. Sure, the table may not be set perfectly if your 6 year-old sets it, but won’t that be part of the charm and memories? Let go of perfection and pace yourself.  
Mark Your Calendar:
Kitsap Business Forum

Don't Miss the December Holiday Luncheon
Join us as we celebrate the end of 2021 with our friends from the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce with great food, lots of networking, an ugly sweater
contest, carols and more! Be sure to bring cash for our raffle benefitting
The Coffee Oasis' Family Christmas Project.
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