Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Important News for You
It's Not Too Late to Reserve Your Space!
2022 Destination Guide
There's still time for businesses to be included in the Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers' 2022 Destination Guide. Participation is easy with our partners at Lunar Cow Publishing creating artwork for businesses that don't have ads ready to publish at no extra cost.

This new guide will serve as the Chambers' premier promotional piece. The guide is the first resource that visitors will use when looking for attractions and planning trips to Silverdale and Bremerton.

Participation in the Destination Guide has great advantages. 10,000 printed copies of this publication will be 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.

Deadline to reserve your space is June 3, 2022.
Chamber News
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Chamber Honors Outgoing Chair
Outgoing Chairman of the Board, Rick Soper, of LPL Financial at Kitsap Credit Union, was among those honored at the 2022 Business Awards Gala. Soper served as Chairman of the Board for 2020 and 2021, working hard to keep the Chamber going during the most difficult months of the pandemic. Soper is one-half of the "Rick and Amanda" duo who brought a fresh breath to social media marketing for the Chamber. He remains on the Chamber Board as Past President and has been instrumental in the work towards merging the Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers of Commerce. Thank you for your dedication to the Chamber, Rick!
RECAP! April Membership Luncheon
The Silverdale Chamber was pleased to welcome Senator Christine Rolfes of the 23rd District to our luncheon last week. Senator Rolfes shared with us her insight on this year's legislative session where, among many other things, she helped pass $100 million in relief funding for the hard-hit hospitality industry. Chairman Dave Montoure presented Senator Rolfes with the Chamber's "Hospitality Hero" award for her work on behalf of small businesses. We also were happy to introduce five new members to the membership, after an incredibly busy month where the Chamber saw 13 new members join our association!
Become a Sponsor: Armed Forces Day Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Looking for a clever way to remind the community that your business is open? Think outside the traditional marketing box and enter the Armed Forces Day Parade as a business! Your "live commercial" entry will be seen by thousands. What better way to advertise to the community - join us now!

Parade registration is now open for the
75th Annual Armed Forces Day Festival
 
Armed Forces Day Parade
10:00 am, Saturday, May 21, 2022
 
Entry Deadline:
Friday, May 6, 2022
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
New Members & Renewals for April
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
Central Kitsap Food Bank Annual Gala
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 5:00 pm
KCAR Presents: Target Housing
Kitsap Housing Summit
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 9:00 am
Shop Chamber Members for Mother's Day
Rising Sun Detail
Williams Flower & Gift
Nothing Bundt Cakes
New Advertising Opportunity
to Reach Silverdale Residents

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
Jersey Mike's
At Jersey Mike's Subs, we're all about quality. What makes a Jersey Mike's Sub so good? It's the ingredients! High quality meats and cheese sliced in front of you, store baked bread, and the authentic taste – served Mike's Way, fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices! Of course, everything is served with a smile.

Have an event or party coming up? Jersey Mike's catering is sure to please, choose from our subs by the box, subs by the bag or personal boxed lunches and don't forget the dessert! Our cookie and brownie trays are the perfect finale to any type of gathering.
The Trails at Silverdale
11065 Pacific Crest Place NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 204-5181

Open 7 Days: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
Workplace LGBTQ+ Inclusivity
Training & Networking
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 3:30 pm
GSBA is proud to partner with several Kitsap County business organizations to facilitate a free LGBTQ+ workplace inclusivity training for small business owners at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, followed by a chance to mix-and-mingle with Kitsap leaders, small business owners, and community members. We will welcome local bites and sips, along with the opportunity to explore current exhibitions at the Museum. 
2022 Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program
May 17 & 18, 2022
Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a free, online, two-day program on May 17-18 to celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) innovation and entrepreneurship.
 
Learn more and register for the May 17 event, “Find pathways to breakthroughs." You have ideas, drive, and a vision of success, but what steps will you take to make that vision a reality? Learn how to map your way forward from successful innovators who will share hard-earned tips from their own journeys.
 
Special guests include:
 
  • Dr. Ritu Raman, d'Arbeloff Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Gurtej Sandhu, Senior Fellow and Vice President, Micron Technology
  • Jun Ye, Ph.D., Professor Adjoint, University of Colorado Department of Physics; JILA Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow, and National Academy of Sciences member
 
Learn more and register for the May 18 event, “Innovating for real-world solutions." Do you see a problem that you know you can fix? Do you want to improve the world with your creativity and drive? Learn from successful innovators how they approach, understand, and solve challenges, and how intellectual property protection has been key to their success.
 
Special guests include:
 
  • Dilip Goswami, Founder and CEO, Molekule
  • Hoala Greevy, Founder, Paubox
  • Olin Kealoha Lagon, Founder and CTO, Shifted Energy
  • Rakesh Srivastava, President and CEO, Innovative Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Mylen Yamamoto Tansingco, Founder and Creator, Cropsticks
  • Dr. Hyunwoo Yuk, Co-Founder and CTO, SanaHeal
 
The Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Innovation and Entrepreneurship program is presented by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact InnovationOutreach@uspto.gov.
Financing Your Small Business
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 1:00 pm
This 2-hour workshop first help you determine how much financing you’ll need to get your business started. Having the proper amount of financing to start your business can be the difference between success and failure. Then the workshop focuses on the following types of debt and equity financing and provides you real examples of how other businesses have financed themselves. Here are some of the types of financing that will be discussed:

  • Loans from Friends and Family
  • Bank and Credit Union Loans
  • Various Non-bank Institutional Lenders
  • Crowdfunding
  • Equity investments from Friends, Family and Partners
  • Equity investments from Angel Investors

If you are seeking financing, don’t miss this really informative workshop!!

Workshop Fee: $35
Business News & Resources
National Small Business Week
May 1 - 7, 2022
The 2022 National Small Business Week Virtual Summit, “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” kicked off yesterday, May 2. During the Virtual Summit, business owners will also be able to join forums to get advice and connect with industry experts, be introduced to tools and federal resources, and get critical information needed to seize new opportunities, help strengthen our supply chains, and deliver the products and services Americans depend on. National Small Business Week events are made possible every year due in part to the support of cosponsors.
Washington Hospitality: CEO Podcast
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 10:00 am
Join CEO Anthony Anton as he sits down with representatives from local travel bureaus in Seattle, Tri-Cities and the Long Beach Peninsula to talk about setting up for a successful summer. Bring your questions!
WA Commerce Dept Launches
New Creatives Academy
The Washington Department of Commerce has launched its new Creatives Academy, the third in a series of self-directed educational academies for small business owners. Designed to teach the essential skills needed to turn a creative pursuit into a successful small business, the academy contains 11 tracks. Lessons range from developing a business mindset and accessing capital to finding customers, creating winning pitches and negotiating terms.

The Creatives Academy lessons are available at MyStartup365.com. It joins two other academies on the state’s small business resource site, the Entrepreneur Academy and Restart Academy. A smaller series covers Mastering Financials. All of the training materials are free of charge and do not require registration.

“The creative sector is an essential part of Washington’s economy, employing nearly 400,000 workers,” said Lisa Brown, Commerce Director. “As I travel around the state, I am continually impressed with the tremendous talent we have in Washington, from artisans and musicians at community festivals to those exploring their passion for craft brewing, dance, coding or 3D printing. There is so much untapped potential in the creative sector.”

Mother's Day Spending to Reach Record High
From the Washington Retail Association

There is good news for retailers as an NRF survey predicts Mother’s Day spending to be $31.7 billion this year, up $3.6 billion from 2021. Approximately 84% of U.S. adults are expected to celebrate the holiday, with the top gifts being greeting cards, flowers, or special outings.
 
Most shoppers will be seeking a unique gift to honor the ‘Mothers’ in their lives, which might include spouses, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, or friends. Retailers have an excellent opportunity to entice consumers with that perfect gift or keepsake and help provide a memorable and cherished moment to celebrate this important holiday. Subscriptions are another unique gift idea for Mom and a way to keep the gifts coming throughout the year.

Third-Party Alcohol Delivery:
Is Your Business Compliant?
From the Washington Hospitality Association

Properly licensed businesses in Washington can offer liquor to-go and alcohol delivery until July 1, 2023. You are responsible for deliveries made on your behalf by third-party services.

Digital Disaster Planning Course
May 9, 10 or 11, 2022
Are your passwords and important documents secure and unhackable? Do you have a plan to make sure they are never lost, destroyed, stolen, or forgotten about? If not, you should attend this FREE webinar by Digital Helpmates founder Laura Moynihan all about creating a Digital Disaster Plan. It’s fun, easy to follow, and crafted for “tech dummies.” 
Kitsap Business Forum: Conversation Cafe
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 8:00 am
Join us LIVE and IN-PERSON as the Kitsap Business Forum Steering Committee hosts a Conversation Cafe - and we want to hear from you! This month we are hosting a collaboration strategy event that will include small group discussions on set questions regarding the future of the Kitsap Business Forum. This event will be interactive and collaborative, and we need the best business minds in the room! There are also plenty of networking opportunities and connections to be made.

Networking 7:30 am
Program 8:00 - 9:30 am

Kitsap Business Forum will be held at:
newlife Training & Events Center
9923 Poplars Ave NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
Why One Million Women Are
Missing from the Workforce
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Companies of every size and industry and across every state are facing unprecedented challenges trying to find enough workers to fill open jobs. The latest data shows that we have 11.3 million job openings in the U.S., and six million unemployed workers.  

One contributing factor to the ongoing worker shortage crisis is that many women have not returned to the workforce in the wake of the pandemic. In fact, there are an estimated one million women missing from the labor force compared to February 2020.  

To help make sense of the impact of women leaving the labor force our Data Deep Dive: A Decline of Women in the Workforce explores the latest data on women in the workforce and the impact of childcare breakdowns.

WSHRMA Hosts: Springing Forward!
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 9:00 am
Join WSHRMA and the South Puget Sound Chapter for this virtual workshop exploring many issues facing employers today. This is not just for HR professionals, but those who serve as managers, supervisors and company leaders. Gain insight on what's happening on the human resources legal front, share ideas on recruitment and retention, company culture and more.
Kitsap County News
Central Kitsap School Support Levy Passing
Originally published in the Kitsap Sun, April 27, 2022

Central Kitsap School District's two-year school support levy, which was failing by a small margin on election night, was passing following the latest vote totals released Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon by the Kitsap County Auditor's Office.

Kitsap Transit Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 8:30 am
The Kitsap Transit Board will hold a virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 8:30 AM. The meeting is being held virtually in accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation 20-28 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

The meeting packet will be posted to the Kitsap Transit Board page no later than 4:00 PM on the Friday prior to the meeting. You can access the meeting packet by visiting the Kitsap Transit Board page – CLICK HERE.

The public is invited to listen and/or view the Board meeting using the following electronic and/or telephone options:
  • Join by phone (audio only): 1-253-215-8782
  • Webinar ID: 886 9489 6380 / Passcode: 745683
  • LIVE Stream via Bremerton Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) by clicking HERE or copy and paste the URL below into your web browser: https://bremerton.vod.castus.tv/vod/?live=ch1&nav=live
  • On Demand: Bremerton Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) will host the video on their website along with past Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioner’s Meetings. Please allow 24-48 hours for posting. 

Public comments must be submitted in writing or by phone no later than 4 PM on Monday, May 2, to be included as part of the meeting record.
Fast Ferry Summer Sailing Begins June 4th
Starting Saturday, June 4, Kitsap Transit will transition to its summer sailing schedules on the Bremerton, Kingston and Southworth fast ferry routes. The summer schedules include Saturday service, while winter schedules operate only on weekdays. 

We are starting summer sailing schedules a month later than usual due to a national labor shortage of qualified mariners. 

Kitsap Transit is working with Washington State Ferries and King County to finalize Saturday schedules for all three routes. We will publish the schedules once they are finalized. 

Saturday sailing schedules will run through Sept. 24, after which Kitsap Transit will switch to its normal schedule.
Kitsap Public Health District Meeting
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 12:30 pm
Central Kitsap Community Council
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 5:00 pm
The Central Kitsap Community Council meets virtually at this link:

To join by phone, call 253-215-8782. Webinar ID: 871 6985 8276

Everyone is welcome to join the virtual meeting and there will be time for the public to ask questions.
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on April 29, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project. 

WSDOT Project Alert: Construction crews are working on the SR3 Chico Creek fish barrier removal project. Drivers traveling southbound who exit onto Chico Way NW near Bremerton will not be able to turn left toward Silverdale. All travelers will turn right towards Bremerton. This traffic change will be in place through fall 2023. For details and to sign up for WSDOT electronic updates, visit the WSDOT Project Page.
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
Kitsap Takes a Hike!
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Peninsula Home & Garden Expo
May 13 - 15, 2022
Silverdale Visitor Center
The Admiral Theatre Presents:
Comedian Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7:30 pm
Joe Dombrowski (aka Mr.D) took the world by storm in 2017 with a viral April Fools’ Day spelling test prank that landed him multiple appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Since then Joe has been traveling the world with his stand-up comedy tour titled “Indoor Recess” which highlights his crazy life as an elementary school teacher. When he’s not getting creative on screens and stages, Joe spends his time in Seattle, Washington producing his podcast “Social Studies” where he humorously studies being social by being social with guests of all walks of life. See more of Joe on any form of social media using the handle @mrdtimes3 or catch him live at one of his shows!
The Modern Gentlemen
Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:00 pm
Individually, Landon Beard, Todd Fournier and brothers Brian Brigham and Brandon Brigham were originally brought together as The Four Seasons by the legendary Frankie Valli. For well over a decade, they’ve wowed audiences worldwide as the four voices alongside the rock & roll icon! During their time as the groups longest tenured singers, they developed their own identity. Valli saw something in them that he never found in any of the configurations of singers he’s worked with. Together in the studio, they finely tuned their “signature sound” to iconic Frank Sinatra hits, blending the classic sounds of yesterday with their modern style. This discovery led to a cool new take on the popular hits of Pop, Rock, Jazz and Doo Wop!
CSTOCK Presents: Little Women
Opens May 6, 2022
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