Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Important News for You
Celebrate Local Business at
2022 Business Awards Gala
Thursday, April 21, 2022
There is only one week left to nominate the business, organization or person you want recognized at this year's Business Awards Gala. Join us for our annual Gala fundraiser and awards celebration at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club. Nominations are being sought for the following awards:
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
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Register Now - March Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 11:30 am
Join us this month as we return to an in-person Membership Luncheon with time for networking, professional development and more!

Our guest speaker this month is Micki Peak, Executive Director for BNI Pacific Northwest, who will share her insights on networking leverage.

Register online at SilverdaleChamber.com to reserve your spot now!
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
Member of the Month: Port Madison Enterprises
Port Madison Enterprises Construction Corporation
A corporate subsidiary of Port Madison Enterprises, the PME Construction Corporation (PMECC) was created in 2008 with the purchase of the company Liberty Bay Excavating. PMECC’s stated purposes include generating revenue for the Tribal government, facilitating the development of Suquamish community resources, and increasing economic opportunities for Suquamish Tribal Members. The company, located at Agate Pass Business Park, includes a commercial gravel yard and has recently completed several construction projects for the Suquamish Tribe, Bremerton Housing Authority and the Navy. Net proceeds go to the Suquamish Tribal government, where they help to fund essential governmental services such as health care, childcare, elder services, education, continued economic development, and more.
15775 George Lane, Suite 210
P.O. Box 96
Suquamish, WA 98392
(360) 598-1326
KEDA Wins $500,000 Innovation Grant to Incubate Autonomous Vehicle Cluster
Washington Department of Commerce announced today the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) was awarded a two-year $500,000 grant to launch the Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster, or WAV-C
Innovation cluster accelerator models bring key players together – business, entrepreneurs, academia, investors and government – to solve industry challenges that limit growth and innovation. Washington State piloted this approach in 2017 with its Maritime Blue initiative. Under the Washington Department of Commerce’s Innovation Cluster Accelerator, nine innovation clusters are being funded in diverse industries, including advanced computing, 5G, renewable energy, bioscience and others. KEDA’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work Group developed the WAV-C proposal with a focus on accelerating the industry of unmanned and autonomous vehicles, forecast as a $2 trillion global market by 2030. 

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
...because it's not just a job, it's a way of life.

The Fleet & Family Readiness team provides services and sheltering that enhance quality of life at home and work. We serve as a catalyst for maximizing partnerships for the mental, physical, and social development of Department of Defense personnel, retirees and family members.

  • We believe in customer first philosophy in all decision making.
  • We shall provide an environment that builds collaborative relationships and promotes personal and professional growth.
  • We shall deliver service in a manner defined by the customer.
  • We shall meet customer needs in the most effective manner.
  • We shall encourage openness in thought, discussion, and action.
  • We shall foster innovative partnerships to design the new while building on the old.
  • We shall be an organization that generates synergy to maximize quality service.
  • We shall foster open communication throughout the organization.
Education Committee
Ending the Absurdity of Pointless Meetings
Today, March 8, 2022, 8:00 am
Member Education & Training Resources
Pay Per Click Advertising - Or How Not to
Lose Your Shirt on Google
Thursday, March 10, 2022, 1:00 pm
This workshop will cover the following key aspects of advertising on Google:

  1. Introduction to Google advertising 
  2. Different types of ads 
  3. Keyword and targeting strategies.
  4. Measuring success

This workshop is presented by Matt Cail. Matt started out in the world of message boards and web design. During five years as a Washington, D.C., consultant, he became knowledgeable about emergency communications and competition in the online video industry. He has worked in social media, search engine marketing, web design, and online advertising. Matt leads Super Charge Marketing, which is your one-stop social media firm for all of your social media marketing needs!

Workshop Fee: $35
Legal Basics that Small Business
Owners Need to Know
Friday, March 11, 2022, 9:00 am
This half-day interactive workshop focuses on the following topics that are key in the life of a small business owner:

  • Selecting and forming a legal entity for your business
  • How to bring in co-owners
  • Creating an LLC Operating Agreement or Corporate Shareholder’s Agreement
  • Employee vs. independent contractor issues
  • Leasing property – pitfalls to avoid
  • Doing business in other states
  • Operating your business over the internet
  • Intellectual property including trademarks, and trade names
  • Contracts small businesses may encounter

Workshop Fee: $55
Government Affairs Committee
Get your Week 8 recap from Brad Boswell and team today, with all the latest from Olympia through March 4th, brought to you by your Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers of Commerce.
LIVE: Final Week Update w/Brad Boswell
Friday, March 11, 2022, 8:30 am
This week marks the close of this legislative session with work wrapping up on Thursday, March 10th. Join us for our live Q & A with Brad Boswell and team and hear how this final week of legislative work wrapped. Find out the final fate of legislation you've been following and more.
Military Affairs Committee
Military Appreciation Day 2022
Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants!
Business Resources
SBA Celebrates Women's History Month
Did you know that in 2021, 1.1 million of all businesses were owned by women? In celebration of Women's History Month, learn about counseling, training, contracting assistance, and other services and programs available to help women start, grow, expand, and recover their businesses.
Silverdale GreenDrinks
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 5:24 pm
Nonprofit Showcase

Showcase your nonprofit organization with business leaders from around Central Kitsap.
$10 cash at the door, 21+ only
For nonprofits who are already registered to attend, you may
arrive and begin set-up at 4:30 pm. If you have questions,
please contact Jennifer Strong.
U.S. Chamber Presents: Navigating Tax Season
Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 9:00 am
As a wave of changing tax rules take effect, small businesses could face a complicated filing season this year. To be successful, business owners need to be more attuned than ever to the programs and provisions that apply to their businesses. CO—is here to help break down the details and make sense of this complex and changing tax landscape.

In this session, you will find the following takeaways: 
  • Hear the changes to pandemic-era tax programs which could impact the way you file. 
  • Learn best practices for ensuring a smooth filing process for your business. 
  • Build strategies for managing data that will help with taxes for years to come.
Free Women's Business Summit
March 29-30, 2022
In celebration of Women’s History Month, join the SBA's Office of Women’s Business Ownership and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center for the virtual Women’s Business Summit on March 29-30, 2022. The free event will include power-packed panels, inspirational fireside chats, and 'Ask an Expert' workshops to help you build, scale, and grow your business. Panels and discussion topics include:

  • Innovation and Investment
  • Building an Equitable Recovery Framework for Women Entrepreneurs
  • From Essential Worker to Essential Entrepreneur: CARE Economy Entrepreneurship Opportunities
  • The $100B Marketplace: Contracting Opportunities for Women-led Firms
  • Exporting & E-Commerce
  • The Changing Landscape for Entertainment and Hospitality Industries
Kitsap County News
Earth Day Nominations Still Open
Deadline to Submit: March 27, 2022
Make your nomination today! Do you know an individual, group, or business that deserves to be celebrated for their environmental efforts? Kitsap County Public Works and the Board of County Commissioners celebrate environmentalism in our community annually with Earth Day Awards. We need your help!  

Any business, group/organization, school, teacher, educational program/project, or individual is eligible. The nominee does not have to live in Kitsap County, but the efforts on which the nomination is based must occur in Kitsap County. If selected, your nominee will be recognized at the Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting on April 25, 2022 at 5:30pm, virtual attendance optional.

Submit an award nomination by March 27, 2022.  
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on March 4, 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:

  • Baird Ct NW from Silver St to end of County maintained (TU)
  • Kari Ln NW from Silver St to end of County maintained (TU)
  • Clipper Pl NW from Spinnaker Blvd NW to end of County maintained (WE)
  • Nels Nelson Rd NW from NW Fairgrounds Rd to NW Silver St (TH)
  • Foster Rd NE between Old Military Rd NW & Towne Rd NE (MO-FR)
  • Stavis Bay Rd NW entire length (MO-FR)
  • W A St from W A St to W C St (MO-FR)

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.
Community Information
Whaling Days Opens 2022 Scholarship
Silverdale Visitor Center
Silverdale & Bremerton Visitor's Centers
Connect at Military Appreciation Day
New Silverdale Visitor's Center volunteer, Ellen Swears, joins Tourism Coordinator, Brenda Kelley, at the March 5, 2022, event at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion. Military Appreciation Day is the largest event of its kind in Kitsap County and is hosted by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce.
A History of African-American Composers
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 3:00 pm
Day Trip from Silverdale:
Port Gamble Paranormal Investigations
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 7:00 pm
Contact Us
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events for Tuesday's Community Connections!
David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Brenda Kelley
Tourism Coordinator