Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Important News for You
Virtual Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 11:30 am
Chamber News
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Have you answered our weekly
survey question yet?
What is the biggest challenge your business
is facing as you start 2022?
Answer Below
Continued Supply-Chain Issues
Labor Shortage
Maintaining Customer Base
Evolving Customer Expectations
The 6 Chambers of Commerce in Kitsap County are asking the same question of our members to provide both local and countywide insight into what our business community is experiencing. If you are a member of multiple Chambers, please complete only one Chamber's survey for your business each week.
Member News
New Chamber Members - Welcome!
Warm Chamber congratulations to our newest member, Andrew McKenzie, on his promotion to partner at Beresford Booth. We're proud to have you here in Silverdale and serving the Kitsap Peninsula!

Member of the Month:
SERVPRO of Kitsap County
Leadership Kitsap Honors 20 Under 40
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30 pm

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
Members of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce for almost 31 years, Land Title Company of Kitsap County is one of Kitsap's most valued title and escrow companies.

Land Title Company first opened its doors near downtown Bremerton in 1968. Their mission has been to provide Kitsap and Mason Counties with consistent, courteous, and dependable service.

Today, the three-story Land Title Professional Building in Silverdale houses Kitsap County title services, escrow services and corporate headquarters. Title services in Mason County are located in the heart of Shelton. Additional escrow offices are located in Port Orchard, Shelton and Belfair.
Title & Escrow Dept Silverdale
9657 Levin Road NW #100
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 692-2233
Susan Larsen, Business Development Specialist
Education Committee
Business Brief: What to Be Aware of in 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 3:00 pm
Regulations change on the regular, join this UpLift Kitsap where Frank Warner will share the changes coming in 2022 and how we can be prepared.

Topics will include:

  • What financial regulations will be changing in 2022 and 2023
  • What we can do to best financially prepare ourselves and our businesses for these changes
PRESENTER: Frank Warner

Frank Warner has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. In addition to being an expert in college and retirement financial planning, he is the owner of his own CPA firm located in Silverdale, WA where he has been since 1981.
Created by the Kitsap Business Forum, UpLift Kitsap is a free interactive online
series fostering strong and resilient business leaders.
Member Education & Training Resources
Government Contracting Webinar
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 11:00 am
Are you interested in government contracting? Join the U.S. General Services Administration for a free webinar on January 20 at 11:00 p.m. PT about suspension and debarment in federal contracting. During this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why businesses and individuals are suspended and debarred
  • The impact of suspension and debarment on small businesses
  • How small businesses can avoid suspension and debarment 
Locally, every first Wednesday of the month from 8:00 - 10:00 am, the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance hosts a coffee hour to answer questions about the complex
world of government contracting. Learn more HERE.
Kitsap Digital Hour: Business Credibility & Credit
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 11:00 am
FREE! Building a Hybrid Cloud for
Your Growing Business
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 10:00 am
In today’s business environment, entrepreneurs have more choices than ever in how to deploy technology. These decisions can be difficult to navigate with everyone promising IT nirvana.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to make a decision that leads to limited options and significant technology ‘lock-in’ for your business. This can lead to high, unsustainable, unforeseen costs as you grow and scale your business.

Hybrid Cloud environments provide endless flexibility allowing you to build the technology foundation that’s right for your business.

Please join this informative session and ‘Fireside chat’ where we will explore options, approaches and limitations to the various types of technologies available in the market as you scale from a single server or cloud application to many.
FREE! Business Bookkeeping Basics
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:00 am
Bookkeeping is a critical element of your business’s success.

In this educational webinar Phyllis Johnson, owner & CEO of PKJ Consulting, will break down the bookkeeping process into simple terms so that you can begin keeping track of your numbers and move your business forward.

  • Understanding what bookkeeping is
  • Understanding the importance of bookkeeping for your business
  • Review of bookkeeping software to use
  • Making the decision to hire or manage your books yourself
Government Affairs Committee
Overview of Employment Law Legislation
for the 2022 Legislative Session
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 11:45 am
Bob Battles, Director of Government Affairs, AWB
Bob will give an overview of important HR bills currently being proposed or considered in Washington (Bob typically covers 15 or so bills currently being considered); what those bills mean to employers, employees and HR; Take away would focus on what to be prepared for and/or how advocacy can help sway any of these bills.

TICKETS: $20 member or $30/non-member
ACTION ALERT: Defending the Tourism & Hospitality Industry with a CON Vote on SB 5513
The legislative session started Monday, but WHA already has a need for your urgent attention and quick action to help defend our industry.

SB 5513, will allow counties to raid 33% of the lodging tax, which is required to be spent on local tourism promotion, and divert it toward affordable housing. As currently written, the bill applies to Chelan County, but we believe there will likely be a request to expand the bill to more counties.

Year after year, we ask for your help to protect the lodging tax – a tax only on our industry – that benefits local tourism efforts. Our industry is still in recovery, and we must protect these funds to continue to support local hospitality businesses.

Action needed:
  • Please sign in CON to oppose this bill before its hearing at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12
The Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in two cases challenging the Biden administration's vaccine mandates. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on
Vaccine Mandates, Businesses Urged to
Be Prepared to Comply This Week
The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments on federal vaccine mandates last week, but the Washington Retail Association urges businesses with over 100 employees to be prepared to comply beginning this week.
WR does not recommend waiting until after the court hands down its decision to avoid potential OSHA fines.
A decision tree to help guide large businesses through the compliance process is available free of charge to all employers and can be downloaded here:

Additional OSHA deadline and compliance information and compliance templates are available at: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2#litigation.

Attend a free webinar where legal experts dissect what a ruling might mean for your day-to-day operations. To reserve your spot for the January 13th webinar (11:00 am PST), click HERE.
REPLAY! Chamber Legislative Updates
from Friday, January 7, 2022
If you missed last week's first Chamber Legislative Update from Brad Boswell, you can watch the video now. Brad and colleagues will be providing a weekly update that will be published in Thursday's Business Brief e-newsletter. We will also tune in twice each month for live updates between now and March 10, 2022 as the Washington State Legislature convenes this year's short session.
Military Affairs Committee
Military Appreciation Day 2022
Sign Your Business Up to Participate Now
ASPIRE Military Spouse Program
Demystifying Entrepreneurship for Spouses Wanting to Start/Grow a Business
Business Resources
The Economic Impact of the Pandemic
on Washington Women
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 5:00 pm
As part of our year-long series, The Next Normal – Building a Just and Equal Future for All Women in Washington State, the Center for Women & Democracy is very pleased to partner with the Washington State Women’s Commission for a special two-hour virtual event on Thursday, January 20th from 5 to 7 pm.

Join us as we listen to leaders and experts in policy, law, public service, and education as they explore the statewide economic impact of the pandemic on women in Washington State. They will discuss policies and actions needed to build a more woman-centered infrastructure that improves equity for working women.
Image source: Malte Mueller/GETTY.
Leaders, Your Employees are Burning Out
Try These Four Strategies to Help Them
American workers were less engaged in 2021, according to a new Gallup study. This is the first time the statistic has dipped in a decade, in the midst of the Great Resignation and the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare workers in particular felt disconnected from their work, feeling unsupported, unheard, and unprepared.

Gallup researchers, however, do offer up some strategies that leaders can implement to help employees feel excited and involved in the workplace

Kitsap County News
County Commissioner Rob Gelder
Hosts Virtual Town Hall
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 6:30 pm
Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder is hosting a Virtual Town Hall during the next meeting of the Kingston Community Advisory Council on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

The public will have the opportunity to learn more about local projects, priorities and other efforts underway in North Kitsap, as well as ask questions on topics or issues of concern. 
Health Advisories Issued for Dyes Inlet and
Port Washington Narrows
Affected area: Dyes Inlet and Port Washington Narrows

Warning signs will be posted at public access points.

No-Contact Advisory: A no-contact advisory is in effect through Jan. 14.

During a no-contact advisory, the public is advised to avoid contact with water in the affected area. The Health District recommends against swimming, wading, or types of water recreation that could cause water to be swallowed or get into the mouth, nose or eyes. People should also avoid direct skin contact if possible and immediately wash with soap and clean water if they have exposure to the water. 

Be aware that because of extreme high tides, pooled water near shorelines could also be contaminated.

Shellfish Harvesting Closure: A shellfish harvesting advisory is in effect until further notice. 

The public is advised to not harvest shellfish in the affected area during this closure period. All existing shellfish advisories remain in effect. Go to https://doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety for details.

A similar advisory was also issued through Jan. 14 for the Wing Point area on Bainbridge Island (east shoreline of Bainbridge Island from Hawley Cove to Yaquina Avenue).

For more information, visit kitsappublichealth.org/beaches.
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on January 7, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project.

Expect moderate delays on Towne Rd. NE at the intersection with Foster Rd. NE for PSE utility work. One lane alternating with flagger in place during work hours. Project is scheduled to be completed by Jan 29, 2022. 

WSDOT Project Alert: Construction crews working on the SR3 Chico Creek fish barrier removal project. Temporary speed limit reduction to 45mph in both directions on SR3 along one-mile section for the duration of the project. For details and to sign up for WSDOT electronic updates, visit the WSDOT Project Page.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Drive-Through COVID Testing Now Available
6 Days a Week in Kitsap
In response to increased demand for COVID-19 testing, the Kitsap Public Health District and the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center have expanded the days of operation for the drive-through site at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Beginning Jan. 7, the fairgrounds site will be open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, per a KPHD news release. Testing at drive-through sites is now available Mondays through Saturdays. Locations and schedules are as follows:

  • Mondays: Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge Island, 11042 Sunrise Drive NE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This site will also open on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19. The site will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Tuesdays: Bremerton Harborside Parking Garage, 100 Washington Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, East Bremerton, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
  • Thursdays: Poulsbo City Hall Parking Garage; 200 Moe St., Poulsbo, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From the Kitsap Daily News.
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.

With the new wave of cases due to the Omicron variant, testing availability and resources are being strained both locally and nationally. Testing appointments or at-home tests may be difficult to find. Please be patient as you seek a test and plan well in advance if you need a test to participate in activities such as travel. KPHD has updated our list of organizations providing COVID-19 testing in Kitsap County here.
Community Information
Olympic College Asks for Local Employers
to Complete Needs-Assessment Survey
Olympic College is asking for your participation in a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessments (CLNA) – a requirement of any educational facility that receives federal funding through the Perkins V Act.
The objective of the CLNA is to ensure that high schools and colleges are offering the right Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to fill the workforce needs in the area, as well as, to identify gaps and barriers to students in special populations and determine strategies and resources to close the gaps. 
January is National Blood Donors Month
As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, the American Red Cross is reporting that its nationwide blood supply is the lowest it's been in 10 years. At a time when hospitalizations are skyrocketing across the country, many locations are at record lows. Donations have slowed during the pandemic, many people are ill, and the Red Cross, like many businesses, are facing staffing shortages; coupled with winter weather across the nation, blood stores are rapidly in need of an infusion.

Silverdale's Bloodworks Northwest location has blood donation hours every day of the week except for Sunday and are encouraging those who are able to make a donation. For more information, or to schedule a donation, visit their website today.
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