Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Important News for You
Inslee Signs Bills to Delay Long-Term Care Act
On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bills 1732 and 1733 to delay the WA Cares payroll tax. These bills passed the House last week. The payroll tax is now delayed until July 2023.

"By pausing and improving this important program, we can make sure the state gets it right. We have to get it right, because the need for the full range of long-term care services and supports continues to grow, and so do the expenses associated with that care. 7 in 10 Washingtonians over the age of 65 will need long-term services and supports in their lifetimes," said Inslee.

Chamber News
Check out and like the
REPLAY! January Luncheon
Chad Melton, St. Michael Medical Center
If you missed last week's January virtual luncheon, you can still watch the replay here! President of St. Michael Medical Center, Chad Melton, joined us for an informative look back on the history of the medical center and the state of our medical community at the Silverdale campus.
One final opportunity to answer our countywide Chamber question of the week!
The way we do business has changed over the last two years. What new systems have you implemented that you plan to keep after we say goodbye to the pandemic?
Answer Below
Contactless payment options
Curbside pickup
Online stores
Virtual/digital loyalty cards
Mobile apps
Ordering ahead online
QR code menus
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!
New Members & Renewals for January
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
Local Leaders Honored at
Leadership Kitsap's 20 Under 40
Reactive Heart Tray Class
Friday, February 11, 2022, 6:00 pm
Our most popular 8x8 trays just got more interesting! We will be combining our Amber frit with two layers of cut glass to create LOVELY heart trays. This makes an incredible gift, or activity for anyone you love. This class will surely be packed, so sign up SOON!

Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio
9536 Silverdale Way NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
Lift: Kitsap Women's Leadership Network
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 11:45 am
Are we really surprised by "The Great Resignation?" After two years of COVID, women are reassessing what's important in their lives and careers. In our next gathering, we will take a deeper look into authenticity and letting go of who you’re supposed to be and engage with who you are!
"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do." - Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

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
A truly local community bank.

Headquartered in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, 1st Security Bank of Washington has been serving Washington State as a financial institution since 1936. We are a local community bank, dedicated to serving our customers’ financial needs and delivering a 'WOW' level of service with every transaction and interaction. Your local branch on Silverdale Way delivers this 'WOW' every day.

Our focus has always been and remains the same: to provide excellent customer service, to offer competitive products and services, and to provide superior financial support to the individuals and businesses of the communities that make the Pacific Northwest such a great place to live.
10574 Silverdale Way NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 516-5600
Education Committee
KBF: What's New in Social Media?
Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 7:30 am
The Kitsap Business Forum exists to engage business leaders and stimulate
thinking so that collectively, we grow a healthy Kitsap economy.
Member Education & Training Resources
SharedWork Employee Retention Program
Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 11:50 am
Top Automation Tools and Technology
for Small Business
Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 10:00 am
The objective of this workshop is to provide you, the small business owner, with a comparison of the top technologies and automation tools available and help you determine which of these is best for your business. The workshop focuses on the following tools and systems:

  • Accounting
  • Payroll Processing
  • Employee Timesheet
  • Point of Sale
  • Customer Invoicing
  • Accounts Payable
  • eCommerce
  • Project Management
  • Email Communication
  • Web Hosting

By the end of this workshop, you’ll have a short-list of the technologies and systems that you’ll want to implement for your business. Don’t miss this opportunity!

This workshop is presented by Kristine Nguyen. Kristine is founder and owner of Pretty Books, a Seattle-based accounting firm that thrives on helping its clients set up, manage, and oversee financial data, processes, and systems. Its modern accounting services include bookkeeping, payroll, financial consulting, business tax preparation, and more. Kristine has more than 15 years of experience working with small businesses to manage and streamline their accounting.

She and her team combine accounting, finance, and business analytics to help clients develop clarity in their work and action plans. Kristine really enjoys implementing tools and technologies to streamline busy-work for small businesses.

Workshop Fee: $55
Government Affairs Committee
NEW REPORT DAY: Tuesdays thru March
Get your Week 3 recap from Brad Boswell and team with all the latest from Olympia, brought to you by your Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers of Commerce.
REPLAY! Silverdale Legislative Pulse
Central Kitsap School Levies

Learn more about the Central Kitsap School District levy HERE.
Learn what's happening in the 23rd District from State Representative Tarra Simmons. Find out what the legislative priorities of our local elected officials are and how their work in Olympia this session will impact local businesses.
AWB Amplified - Employers: Washington
Needs More Housing Options
ACTION ALERT: Lodging Relief
Support the Hospitality Industry Relief Package
As we enter the third year of a global pandemic, the hospitality industry continues to be the hardest hit by far and businesses are fighting for survival. In the first six months of the pandemic, nearly 2,500 hospitality businesses across the state closed their doors permanently. 

Your voice is critical to securing relief for the hospitality industry.

Contact your lawmakers today and ask them to support the Hospitality Industry Relief Package, which includes:

  • $15 million from the State Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund to provide grants to hotels that have experienced actual losses as a result of the Governor’s Eviction Moratorium.
  • $200 million in bridge funding to help restaurants awaiting federal relief.
  • $14 million to support hardest hit restaurant segment from the pandemic by cutting liquor license fees by 50% through 2023 (HB 1359).
Military Affairs Committee
Sign Up Now for Military Appreciation Day
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Registration is open until February 18th!
Business Resources
Leadership Kitsap Class of 2023
Applications Now Available
10 Trends in 2022:
Global Perspectives for Business
Understanding the global environment is imperative for the U.S. business community. For that reason, the U.S. Chamber team carefully tracks the biggest global trends. Here are some of the major ones on our dashboard as 2022 begins.

Liquor & Cannabis Board Provides Online Newsletter for Licensees
For several years the LCB has published Topics and Trends, an online newsletter with updates and information for alcohol, tobacco, vapor and cannabis licensees. Published each quarter, the newsletter focuses on topics the LCB felt would be of importance or interest to licensees.
Kitsap County News
Kitsap Public Health District Meeting
Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 12:30 pm
Central Kitsap Community Council
Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 5:00 pm
The Central Kitsap Community Council February meeting will provide information on the schools, new library and planning and road improvement projects. The meeting takes place virtually from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 2. The public is welcome to join and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

The council will hear multiple presentations and updates from: 

  • Central Kitsap School District Superintendent Dr. Erin Price and Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Support Doug Newell on the school replacement support levy
  • Kitsap Regional Library Silverdale Branch Manager, Ashley Oaksmith, and Kari Driskell, assistant director of the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation, on the new Silverdale library
  • Kitsap County staff from the Department of Community Development on the Zoning Table Update and from Public Works on road improvements at the Anderson Hill/Old Provost intersection and Central Valley Road.

Regular monthly meetings are held as Zoom webinars at the link here:
By phone, call 253-215-8782
Webinar ID: 837 9151 6468

Everyone is welcome to join 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 January 28, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project. 

Expect moderate delays on Blackbird Drive NE from the intersection of NE Fairgrounds Road for PSE utility work. Traffic control is in place between hours of 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and the work is expected to be completed by Feb. 11, 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
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.
Silverdale Visitor Center
Kitsap Wedding Expo
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Kitsap Wedding Expo is still accepting vendor applications. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Sunny Jack Events HERE.
Bremerton Community Theatre:
Death of a Salesman
February 4 through 27, 2022
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David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Marisa Acuna
Finance Manager