Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Important News for You
Thursday, April 21, 2022
The Chamber is now taking nominations for the 2022 Business Awards Gala, being held on April 21st at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club. Categories for consideration include:

Natalie E. Bryson Pioneer Business of the Year
Business of the Year
Dr. Glenn Gordon New Business of the Year
Hospitality Business of the Year
Employer of the Year
Nonprofit of the Year
Citizen of the Year

For more information on the award categories, to nominate online, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit our Gala page HERE or contact David at the Chamber.
Chamber News
Check out and like the
Return to In-Person
Register Now - March Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 11:30 am
Have you answered our weekly survey question yet?

The Chamber is interested in beginning a travel program - would you be interested in a group travel opportunity through the Chamber?
Answer Below:
Where would you most be interested in traveling?
Alaskan Cruise
Caribbean Cruise
Costa Rica
The Silverdale Chamber is committed to learning how best
to serve our business membership and community. Your participation
in poll questions like these help us to work better for you!
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
New Members & Renewals for February
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
Leading Through Change & Conflict
Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Celebrate Employee Appreciation
with Nothing Bundt Cakes

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
Port Madison Enterprises
The Suquamish people have lived along the shores of the Kitsap Peninsula for hundreds of years. Taking their name from the word for “clear salt water,” Suquamish ancestors thrived by harvesting salmon, clams and other natural foods. Their robust culture is rich with art, dance, song, ceremony, contest and ritual.
In 1987, the Suquamish Tribe established Port Madison Enterprises as an agency of the Suquamish tribal government. PME’s operations are aimed at developing community resources while promoting the economic and social welfare of the Suquamish Tribe through commercial activities. What began as a modest retail endeavor has grown exponentially over the last quarter century. PME now encompasses several businesses including Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, the historic Kiana Lodge, three retail outlets, White Horse Golf Course and a property management division. With more than 1000 employees in fields ranging from information technology to hospitality to construction, the Suquamish-owned company and its subsidiaries are now the second-largest private employer in the greater Kitsap area.
15347 Suquamish Way NE
Suquamish, WA 98392
(360) 598-8700
Education Committee
Ending the Absurdity of Pointless Meetings
Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 8:00 am
Member Education & Training Resources
Quickbooks Online Basics You Need to Know
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 9:00 am
Are you an aspiring or established business owner looking to get started with QuickBooks? Are you trying to figure out what you’re doing but keep getting lost? Do you like bagels? Well, then this is the workshop for you!

In this SCORE workshop, you will learn how to use QuickBooks Online to record your daily business transactions. (No QuickBooks signup required!) Subjects covered include:

  • Customer sales and payments
  • Supplier purchases and payments
  • Banking and Chart of Accounts
  • Reporting from QuickBooks Online
  • Best practices and common mistakes

Please note that this workshop is only training on QuickBooks Online and not the desktop version.

Fee: $55
Government Affairs Committee
The Washington State Senate is moving forward with a bill that could lead to future bans on natural gas. HB 1770 allows the unelected members of the State Building Code Council to take steps to ban natural gas in private homes, apartments and commercial buildings. This bill will result in a steep increase in energy costs for employers and consumers. 

If enacted, homeowners looking to renovate their houses or build a new one would be unable to use natural gas past 2030. The bill takes no direct action against natural gas but allows the governor-appointed State Building Code Council to create a code that effectively bans natural gas appliances in homes and businesses. 

Please take a moment to tell your state Senator to vote NO on HB 1770.

With more people moving to Washington and electricity becoming more expensive, natural gas is an important and affordable energy choice consumers can count on during inclement weather. 

Contact your Senator today and urge a NO vote on HB 1770. 
From the Washington Hospitality Association

HB 1837 would allow the Department of Labor and Industries to open rulemaking on ergonomics after a two-decade prohibition. As amended and passed out of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Feb. 24, this legislation now directly targets our industry.

HB 1837 now delays implementation for every other industry until after 2027 except for janitorial/custodial services like housekeeping and room attendant jobs in the hospitality industry. While we were already opposed to the bill, we certainly take even more issue with being targeted while we are still struggling for survival due to the pandemic.

Contact your lawmaker today and ask them to oppose HB 1837.
Get your Week 7 recap from Brad Boswell and team today, with all the latest from Olympia through February 25th, brought to you by your Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers of Commerce.
AWB Amplified: Tax Relief for Employers, Families Face Uphill Battle
Military Affairs Committee
Military Appreciation Day 2022
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Business Resources
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Work Session
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 9:00 am
Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium
March 2, 16, 30, 2022
Are you a current or aspiring inventor or entrepreneur? Would you like to learn from successful innovators and subject matter experts about keys to success and how to use your creativity to reach your full potential? If so, be sure to attend the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) free, online 2022 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium coming March 2, 16, and 30. Don’t miss these great opportunities to be inspired and informed.

This program is presented by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact WES@USPTO.GOV

The USPTO offers many informative presentations, panels, and chats throughout the year. For more information, visit www.uspto.gov/events.
Update on Washington State Post-Consumer Recycled Content Requirements
From the Washington Retail Association

Washington’s new plastics law, Chapter 70A.245 RCW calls for certain plastic packaging products to include a minimum amount of recycled plastic.
Covered products include:
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Plastic beverage bottles
  • Plastic bottles for household cleaning and personal care products
Producers registration is open
Producers of covered products that are sold, offered for sale, or distributed in or into Washington must register with Ecology on or before April 1, 2022.
The Plastic Producer Registration database within the Waste Reduction Portal can be accessed through SecureAccess Washington (SAW)
For more detailed information on the registration process, visit the Plastic producer registration and reporting webpage or register for a presentation.
Online Registration Presentations
Ecology is planning four informational online public presentations about the new law. Content will include producer obligations, registration, and the rulemaking process. Each session will be the same, and there will be opportunities for questions.
Register in advance:
Silverdale GreenDrinks
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 5:24 pm
Please contact Jennifer Strong at 1st Security Bank to sign up your
nonprofit organization for this event!
Kitsap Small Business Development Center
Offers Free Business Advising
Kitsap County News
Photo Credit: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun
Kitsap County Reaches Settlement
Agreement with Waste Management
A settlement agreement between Kitsap County and Waste Management calls for the company to pay an $83,150 fine for missed yard waste and recycling pickups in the summer and fall of 2021, when the company said it was hampered by a shortage of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Central Kitsap Winter Newsletter
Welcome to 2022! We're only a month away from the start of spring but with freezing temperatures this week and snow in some areas, winter is not backing down early. With COVID-19 case counts dropping, there is much to look forward to in the year ahead. This newsletter is a quarterly resource for updates on projects and other happenings in Central Kitsap. Contact the Commissioners' Office at KitsapCommissioners@co.kitsap.wa.us with your questions or concerns – remember, the Board works for you!

Kitsap Public Health District Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 10:30 am
Central Kitsap Community Council
Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 5:00 pm
Topics for March:

Affordable Housing and Funding, Including 1/10 of 1%
Kirsten Jewell, Housing & Homelessness Division Manager, Kitsap County, Department of Human Services
Kitsap Mental Health Services Affordable Housing
Monica Bernhard, Chief Operating Officer, Kitsap Mental Health Services
Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan Update
Eric Baker, Kitsap County Policy Manager
There will be an opportunity for questions and public comments.

Click here for the detailed meeting agenda.
Click here for February meeting minutes.
Join Zoom Meeting
Join by phone: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 851 4039 0072
Kitsap Transit Quarterly Community Meetings
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Kitsap Transit will hold its first-quarter community meetings online to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Three sessions are scheduled:

Executive Director John Clauson will review future Capital Projects and will open the floor for questions and answers. Please join us for these virtual community meetings! 

Register today to submit questions ahead of the meeting and participate in the live Q&A portion of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

For assistance in attending the meeting virtually, call 1.800.501.7433.
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on February 25, 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:

  • Navy Yard City - A, B, and C Streets (MO-FR)
  • Stavis Bay Road NW entire length (MO-FR)

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 February 28th.

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
Governor Inslee Moves Up End of Indoor Mask Mandates to March 12th
Governor Inslee announced today that the in-door mask mandate will end on March 12. Following CDC guidance, Washington will join with California and Oregon in lifting the mandate at the end of next week.
This new date does not change any other aspect of the updated mask requirements Inslee announced last week. Masks will still be required in certain settings, including health care, corrections facilities, and long-term care facilities. The Washington State Department of Health will be issuing new guidance for K-12 schools next week so schools can prepare to implement updated safety protocols.
State policies do not change federal requirements, which continue to include wearing masks on public transit.
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
Bremerton First Friday Art Walks
Friday, March 4, 2022, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Friday Art Walk is a Bremerton-wide event that hosts art/live music and great events from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm ever first Friday, rain or shine.

This week includes events and activities at:

Day Trip from Silverdale:
Port Gamble Theater presents Sarah Plain and Tall
March 18 - April 3, 2022
Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife during childbirth several years before, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He writes an ad in the newspaper for a Mail-order bride. Sarah Wheaton, from Maine, answers his ad and travels out to become his wife. Little does he know Sarah is an unconventional woman of her time, and very different from his former wife.
Contact Us
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events for Tuesday's Community Connections!
David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Marisa Acuna
Finance Manager