Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Important News for You
Welcome to the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce's new e-newsletter: Community Connections. The same great content you've come to depend on, moved to a new day! You'll also still receive the Thursday Business Brief with your weekly "5 Things You Need to Know" delivered straight to your inbox. Please enjoy our curated content and here's to a successful 2022 to all of our Chamber members and local business owners!
Chamber News
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Gnome on the Roam Celebrates Local Winners
Thank you to all of the community members and businesses who participated in our inaugural year of Gnome on the Roam! With nearly 100 businesses participating and over 100 posts to #gnomeontheroam, we are excited that our community welcomed Dale with such open arms this holiday season. Stay tuned for future opportunities when Dale the Gnome might return to Central Kitsap for more holiday fun in support of our local businesses!
Member News
New Chamber Members - Welcome!
New Members & Renewals for December
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
Leadership Kitsap Honors 20 Under 40
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30 pm
Sound Publishing's Best of the Best
Countywide Honorees for 2021

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
Terry and J'Nene McCann of SERVPRO of Kitsap County will be celebrating their 10-year milestone with the Silverdale Chamber this February, and 14 years as owners of one of Kitsap County's leading remediation, rebuilding and reconstruction businesses.

Services range from water loss, fire loss, mold remediation, general cleaning, COVID cleaning, crime scene cleaning, vandalism pack-out, reconstruction, and rebuilding. SERVPRO's motto of "Like it never happened" offers customers that peace of mind when disaster strikes.

In addition to the important work they do throughout Kitsap, SERVPRO of Kitsap County is an active member in organizations throughout the County, including the Chambers of Commerce, Stand Up for Kids, Fishline, 4-H, South Kitsap Eastern Little League, the Kitsap Builders Association and more.
3439 State Highway 3 West
Bremerton, WA 98312
(360) 373-1290
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
2022's Hottest Businesses, Markets & Trends
Thursday, January 6, 2022, 10:00 am
Will 2022 be a year of recovery or discovery? Or perhaps a bit of both? The start of a new year is the perfect time for small business owners and startups to learn the newest business trends and startup ideas.

And while we’re still facing a lot of unknowns in 2022, there are some things we do know. Join this timely webinar, presented by small business expert and best-selling author Rieva Lesonsky, where you’ll learn about the breakthrough small business ideas and industries that excite consumers.

You’ll find out about America’s changing demographics, attitudes, and consumer behaviors, and how your small business can best adapt and address them, such as:

  • The industries that are booming right now and how small business owners and retailers can take advantage
  • Which consumer behaviors have shifted, and how you can reach those customers
  • How to pivot your small business to address those changing consumer demands
  • America’s changing demographics and what that means to small businesses
  • The changes small retailers must make to survive

Whether you’re a startup entrepreneur or have owned your business for years, you’ll want to learn how you can start your journey to recovery—and discovery in 2022. 
Save-the-Date: Kitsap Digital Hour
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 11:00 am
Government Affairs Committee
Washington Hospitality CEO Podcast
2022 Legislative Session Preview
Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 10:00 am
NEW! Chamber Legislative Updates
Friday, January 7, 2022, 11:30 am
Join us for the first in a series of twice monthly legislative updates during the 2022 Washington State Legislative session with Brad Boswell from Boswell Consulting, Inc. Find out what is on the legislative agenda for our local lawmakers and what actions might impact your business. Weekly updates will be provided in the Thursday Business Brief e-newsletter, with Zoom updates brought to you twice each month.
Washington Cares Fund Announcements
Create Confusion Around LTC
Recent announcements by Governor Inslee, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, and Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins have created uncertainty about employers’ obligation to collect the 0.58% payroll tax that went into effect on January 1, 2022.

Read on for clarification from the Washington Retail Association here.

For the latest, visit the Washington Cares Fund website here.
Military Affairs Committee
Business Resources
Kitsap Business Journal:
Predictions for the Coming Year
Last year around this time, I published five words to predict 2021’s economy: Growth, K-Shape, Relief, Equity and Vaccination. Looking back, I’d grade myself with a “B” on the combined prediction. Certainly there was plenty of growth last year, fueled significantly by the federal government’s unprecedented economic relief, $5.7 trillion of COVID-related legislation. 

Read Joe Morrison's full column in the Kitsap Business Journal here.
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Four Trends That Will Shape Retail in 2022
For many in the retail industry, 2021 has been a harder year than 2020. With major shifts in consumer spending on a regular basis, and a growing fatigue with managing the impact of the pandemic, this is another year most will be happy to put in their rear-view mirror.

Looking ahead to 2022, much remains uncertain. 2021 is ending with the spectre of a rapidly spreading variant causing disruption once again.

Regardless of the uncertainty, the pandemic has continued to accelerate trends seen across the retail industry, several of which will continue to have a profound impact in 2022.

Holiday Retail Sales Surged Despite
Omicron and Supply-Chain Issues
From the Washington Retail Association.

Although the new COVID-19 variant is causing havoc for millions of travelers, nothing, including supply-chain delays, seems to have affected shoppers over the holiday season.
 
A report published earlier this week confirms retail sales were up 8.5% over last year’s holiday season, the biggest gain in 17 years, and 11% over 2019. Brick and mortar sales were up 8.1% over last year, and e-commerce sales were up 11%. E-commerce sales took a 61% leap over 2019’s numbers, thanks to the pandemic. Department stores experienced a 21% increase over last year’s sales.
 
To date in 2021, online sales have accounted for 20.9% of all retail sales, whereas e-commerce sales only accounted for 14.9% of the sales in 2019.
 
The biggest gains in consumer spending were in clothing and jewelry, with gains of 47% and 32%, respectively.
Kitsap County News
Kitsap Public Health District
Tuesday, January 5, 2022, 10:30 am
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on December 31, 2021.
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
What To Do if You Test Positive for COVID-19
Current Guidelines from CDC, Subject to Change
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is offering a detailed reminder about what people should do if they test positive for COVID-19. Cases are rising sharply, driven by the omicron variant, which is believed to be more contagious than previous variants, including delta. Tracking cases and preventing further spread of disease starts with testing; anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposures should get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.

What to do if you test positive:
  • Follow the latest CDC and DOH guidance and isolate at home, away from others
  • People who test positive should isolate.
  • All close contacts should quarantine.
  • Wear a mask while inside and ask others in your home to do the same (preferably a KN95, KF-94, or a 3-ply surgical mask, if possible).
  • There are often gaps when masks are ill-fitting. Knot ear loops where they join the face to improve the mask fit.
  • You may also double mask to tamp down gaps.
  • Watch a short video demonstration about how to adjust masks to fit better.
  • Ventilate your space as much as you can.
  • Set the fan of your heating system to “on” or “high” instead of “auto”.
  • If your home has an HVAC system, make sure it has a fresh filter and change it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Open the windows briefly to allow fresh air in, when possible.
  • Use WA Notify to report your positive home test, if applicable.
  • Reach out to your close contacts and let them know they’ve been exposed and that they should quarantine.
  • Stay hydrated, use over the counter medications such as acetaminophen to stay comfortable and manage symptoms.
  • Seek medical care if you display the following symptoms:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion, Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds (or an abnormally low reading on a pulse oximeter, if you have one).
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
January GreenDrinks Cancelled
Due to rising COVID numbers in Kitsap County, the Silverdale GreenDrinks event for January 2022 has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for announcements on future events!
Start the New Year Off Right
with Holiday Recyling
Kingston Hosts Community Conversations
Community Conversations is an opportunity for North Kitsap residents to engage in discussions on issues which are important to the health and resilience of our community. In the past, the topics were generated by the participants at the Community Conversation. However, in order to conduct these events virtually, the topics will be pre-selected. Participants will be able to choose from three or four topics for each event. The first event will be Saturday, January 22nd at 9 AM.

Topics under consideration have been drawn from those which have come up in previous Conversations, including: Transportation; Growth/Growing Pains; Social Services/Food Insecurity; Affordable Housing; Business Vitality; Parks/Trails; Emergency Preparedness; Traffic/Ferries; Youth Services; Welcoming Community (Diversity/Equity/Inclusion); Cleaner/Greener/More Sustainable Community. There will also be opportunities to discuss the impact of the pandemic.
 
If you are interested in participating, please contact Kingston Cares by email at kingstonconvo@gmail.com.
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360-692-6800
David Emmons
President/CEO
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Marisa Acuna
Finance Manager