Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Important News for You
Administrative Professionals Day
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Don't forget to thank all the administrative professionals in your life this week! Need some local help to send something special?
Chamber News
Check out and like the
April Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 11:30 am
Chamber Gala Celebrates Local Business
Congratulations to the nominees, finalists and award winners at last week's 2022 Business Awards Gala. With more than 150 in attendance, the evening was a jubilant celebration of all things business for the Central Kitsap Area.

Natalie E. Bryson Pioneer Business of the Year

Business of the Year

Dr. Glen Gordon New Business of the Year

Hospitality Business of the Year

Nonprofit of the Year

Citizen of the Year
Rich Arper

Paul G. Linder Service Award for Chamber Member of the Year
Jennifer Strong
Thank you to our Award Sponsors:
Additional Sponsors:
Reserve Your Space Now in the
2022 Destination Guide
We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Lunar Cow Publishing, a firm specializing in destination marketing for the Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers Destination Guide. We are excited about the opportunities this new publication will offer you.

The Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers' Destination Guide is our 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 WADOT 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.
Local Businesses Invited to Participate:
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!
Member of the Month: Seaport Salon & Spa

9130 Washington Avenue
Old Town Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 698-0781

Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed on Sundays

Wicked Words Celebrates Indie Bookstore Day
April 30, 2022, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Live Well Kitsap: Online Transformation Event
Begins May 1, 2022

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
Kitsap Kids' Directory
The Kitsap Kids’ Directory is a magazine featuring goods, services and events related to children and families. We include resources for volunteer opportunities, youth groups, recreation and education. Thanks to our generous supporters, we regularly provide free promotion to local non-profits and community groups. The magazine is FREE and distributed monthly throughout Kitsap County. Support small and local business; pick up your copy today!
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. 
Creating a Quick Business Plan in Three Hours
Friday, April 29, 2022, 1:00 pm
Join us and other entrepreneurs in this hands-on workshop where you will write your “Unique Value Statement” for your new product or service. This is a concise description of your product or service and explain the unique value your product or service provides to your customers. As part of the workshop, participants will receive real-time feedback from a SCORE mentor to help them fine tune their Value Statement.

In the second part of the workshop, you will use the “Lean Canvas” to begin the process of turning your product/service into a business. In this interactive session, you use the canvas to help guide you in expanding the information in the Unique Value Statement by capturing key ideas, concepts and strategies about your business in the canvas. This creates a basic framework that you can use to complete YOUR full, detailed business plan.

Have paper, a pencil or a pen ready as the goal of this workshop is for all participants to leave with a draft of their “Unique Value Statement” and “Lean Canvas.”

Workshop Fee: $50
Business News & Resources
SBA's Ascent Program Provides Digital
Training for Women Entrepreneurs
This week, SBA launched two new educational modules for Ascent, a digital training platform that helps women entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. One module explores the value of business partnerships, why they matter, and how they drive business growth and has several components: the value of business partnerships, opportunities, and strategic growth.

The other module helps position small businesses for growth by building and refining leadership skills and has 11 components designed to build confidence and improve decision management and leadership style techniques.

Grow with Google:
Reach Customers Online with Google
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 2:00 pm
Learn how your business can be found online with Google. This workshop explains how Google Search works and how you can improve a website's visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session also introduces products like Google My Business, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads, and more.

In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:

  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
  • Creating a free Google My Business listing
  • Advertising your business on Google

This training is 60 minutes including Q&A session. 
Understanding Ransomware Attacks
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Businesses of all sizes are targets of ransomware attacks. Here is what they need to know to be protected.

Why it matters: “Businesses of every size are targets of ransomware attacks. It is no longer something that only large organizations have to worry about,” said Christopher Roberti, Chamber Senior Vice President for Cyber, Intelligence, and Supply Chain Security Policy.

What we’re doing: We’re focused on educating businesses on best practices and tactics they can use to protect themselves and their customers.

Quarterly Reports Due May 2nd
Courtesy of the WA Hospitality Association

Spring has sprung, taxes are due, and L&I premiums and quarterly reports are due May 2. These aren’t the only reporting deadlines hospitality operators need to remember this quarter. Familiarize yourself with these dates and check back when it’s time to file for helpful links and resources. 
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.” 
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
The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Silverdale location. Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun
Sheriff's Office in Silverdale Closes Front Desk; Patrol Operations Unchanged
Originally published in The Kitsap Sun, April 19, 2022

The front desk at the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Silverdale station temporarily closed to the public Tuesday, but patrol operations based out of the station at 3951 Randall Way NW will not be affected.

Lt. Ken Dickinson said the sheriff's office is currently short on support staff, requiring public access to the station be shut down, but he said the office has received applications for the positions and is conducting interviews. The front desk could reopen in the coming months. 

Dickinson said 90 percent of the foot traffic at the front desk was people seeking concealed pistol licenses. For new licenses, applicants will have to go to the main sheriff’s office in Port Orchard. For those who have licenses that are about to expire, residents can renew them online.
Masks No Longer Required on Kitsap Transit
Last Monday evening the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a statement rescinding its face-mask requirement on public transportation, after a federal judge struck down the national mask mandate on airplanes and mass transit. As a result, face masks are now optional on Kitsap Transit services and in our facilities.

While masks are no longer required, Kitsap Transit continues to support safety on its services by:
  • Providing masks for free on buses and ferries to riders who want to use them
  • Purifying the air on our buses and ferries with ultraviolet (UV) light air cleaners
  • Disinfecting our buses and ferries daily
  • Encouraging customers to pay with an ORCA card instead of cash

Kitsap Transit will no longer accept applications for mask exemptions. We are working to remove “masks required” signage throughout our system as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
County Names 2022 Earth Day Award Recipients
To celebrate Earth Day 2022, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners presented five Earth Day Awards during a ceremony on Monday, April 25. The public was welcome to attend via Zoom to celebrate outstanding environmental stewardship in Kitsap County.

Since 1993, the Board of County Commissioners and Kitsap County Public Works have recognized individuals and groups for their dedication to habitat protection, litter removal, public engagement, environmental restoration, and more. 

Congratulations to this year's recipients!

The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on April 22, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project. 

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:

  • Country Ln NW, Ridgeway Dr NW, Ridgeway Pl, Woodland Dr., NW Lakeview Dr. between Chico Way NW and end of County maintained (MO-FR)
  • Olympic View Rd NW between NW Anderson Hill Rd and end of County maintained (MO-FR)

Blaine Avenue NW will be closed between the entrance at Ridgetop Blvd. NW to NW Bucklin Hill Rd. for private development project. (TU)

Nighttime road closure on NE John Carlson Road between SR303 and Lazy S Ln. NE for private development project. Closure will be in place from 6pm Monday to 3am Tuesday. Detour routes will be in place.

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
Suquamish Tribe Hosts
Tsunami Preparedness Webinar
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 5:00 pm
Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance
Veterans Grab & Go
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Silverdale Visitor Center
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort:
The Filharmonic
Friday, April 29, 2022, 8:00 pm
The Filharmonic is an LA-based a cappella group of Filipino-American Youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, The Sing-Off. The 5-piece vocal group made the semi-finals, joined The Sing-Off national tour, were featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, Pitch Perfect 2 and set off a viral sensation after their appearance on The Late Late Show.

The Filharmonic, consisting of vocalists Vj Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Vocal Bass – Jules Cruz, and Beat Boxer – Niko Del Rey, bring their unique blend of hip hop, pop and 90’s nostalgia to more than 150 college stages nationwide and was named the #1 college booked entertainment group of the year.
Admiral Theatre Presents:
Swan Lake Suite and New Works 2022
April 30 & May 1, 2022
Peninsula Dance Theatre presents a suite of one of the most famous ballets, Swan Lake. We’ll start the evening off filled with romance, sorcery, and betrayal. This ballet suite is sure to captivate you from beginning to end, as we perform sections from this famously known ballet by dancers and audience members. Our evening will conclude with New Works (Emerging Choreography), PDT will present original works choreographed by Guest Choreographer Lara Littlefield, Resident Choreographers Nicole and Jason Cisler, and Emerging works by student choreographers. This evening will surely have everything that you are looking for in a performance.
Divas of the Northwest
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6:00 pm
Join Shay Fox, Starla D’Ville and more as we take over the Historic Roxy Theater in the heart of Bremerton, WA!

Be prepared to see some of the best entertainment that Washington has to offer from the glitz and glamour of the Haus of St James to the high energy of Starla D’Ville and the others! Rest assured that The Roxy will take you on the ride of your life as it introduces you to the DIVAS OF THE NORTHWEST! You are sure to be amazed!

*Show is All Ages

**Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol
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Irene Moyer
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Kate Cofer
Membership Coordinator
Brenda Kelley
Tourism Coordinator