Monday, October 11, 2021
The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce recognizes and honors the
Kitsap Peninsula as the home of sovereign Indian nations, namely
the Suquamish and Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribes.
Today especially, we celebrate and honor the contributions
and sacrifices of our Native American Communities.
Important News for You
Supply Chain Challenges at Puget Sound
Ports Hit Retailers Hard
Due to supply chain challenges caused by an uptick in consumer demand during the pandemic, retailers are in for a challenging holiday season. Many are urging their customers to start their holiday shopping early to ensure they get their desired items on time.
The local Seattle and Tacoma ports have a major backlog of container ships right now, as more than a dozen are waiting to dock and get unloaded. The global logistics chain itself is being stretched to its limits in both costs and timing. A shipping container traveling from Shanghai to Seattle would only cost $1,500 and arrive in about two weeks pre-pandemic. Now, those costs have risen to $20,000 per container, and the blockage at ports is causing a delay of several weeks to move goods into stores. Capacities are being stretched in the rail and freight trucking systems as well.
Many local retailers, especially those that sell imported, boutique, or custom items, are feeling this crunch in their inventory supply chains this Fall. Customers should be prepared to request items early and have some patience and flexibility if the specific item they want is out-of-stock. Retailers are scrambling to provide alternatives and meet demands as quickly as possible.

Chamber News
Check out and like the
Register Now for Our Member Luncheon
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 11:30 am
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 4:00 pm
Due to continued supply chain disruptions, the Ribbon Tying event for Nothing Bundt Cakes has been pushed back to November 18th. Come celebrate with us in November as we enjoy delicious cake and kick off the holiday shopping season! We'll see you there!
Have you answered our weekly
survey question yet?
How much does your business
use Google My Business?
Answer Below
Don't know what that is
Know what it is, but don't use it
Claimed my profile, but don't use it
Claimed my profile, but rarely check/update it
Claimed my profile and check/update it often
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
October Member of the Month:
United Moving & Storage
Silverdale Board Chair, Rick Soper and Membership Committee Chair, Amanda Smith, recently visited United Moving & Storage. Check out all the things our October Member of the Month can do for you or your business!
1770 NE Fuson Road
Bremerton, WA 98311
(360) 479-4800
Business Members of the Month are elected by the Silverdale Chamber Board of Directors, and are chosen for their commitment to and involvement with the Chamber, are active members of the business community and are engaged in issues impacting Kitsap County.
Pick up your copy of the latest Kitsap Kids' Directory now at the Silverdale Chamber & Visitor Center! Kitsap Kids’ Directory is a magazine featuring goods, services and events related to children and families. They include resources for volunteer opportunities, youth groups, recreation and education. Support small and local business; pick up your copy today!
Live Well Kitsap Launches
6-Week Community Challenge

Brain Health
The 6 Week Challenge will begin on October 15th
and run through November 30th
 Tell your friends. We're so excited to get healthy together!
Congratulations to Chamber member Lee Riley, of, on being selected as an Organizational Development Consultant and Leadership Trainer with the University of Washington!
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
St. Michael Medical Center
We have a deep commitment to support healthy living on the peninsula, attracting high-quality primary care providers and top-ranked specialists. We support our care team and community with leading-edge technology and care environments that enhance healing of body, mind and spirit. Our campus services conveniently include:

  • Medical Pavilion for expanded on-campus specialty care
  • Emergency services, with a Level III Trauma Center, 24-hour care and rooftop helipad
  • Family Birth Center with a Level II Special Care Nursery
  • Advanced imaging and radiology services, including 256-slice CT
  • All-private patient rooms with guest accommodations and views of the Olympics or Dyes Inlet
  • Comprehensive cancer care with leading Puget Sound cancer specialists
  • Heart care program nationally recognized for excellence in cardiac surgery
  • Designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission for stroke care
  • Exceptional orthopedics and sports medicine, including a renowned joint replacement program
  • Nationally accredited sleep disorders center
1800 NW Myhre Road
Silverdale, WA 98383
(564) 240-1000
Education Committee
Kitsap Business Forum
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7:30 am
This event is live, but will also be available via Facebook Live for our virtual audience.
We ask that all participants register in advance.
Member Education & Training Resources
25th Annual Washington State BizFair
October 12, 2021, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
One Day Virtual Event
Learn tools & strategies for starting or growing your business
Please join us October 12, 2021 for the 25th Annual BizFair to learn from experts on innovative and proven techniques for business. BizFair is the longest running all-government and non-profit run event for Small Businesses in the state of Washington.
And it is FREE!

Event Highlights:
·    Digital Marketplace - Products and Services for Your Business
·    Resource Center - Information from government agencies and non-profits
·    Sessions & Workshops - 45 of them throughout the day

Even if you cannot attend, sign up! The material and recordings will be available to all who sign up for months afterwards! Free material for you will be at your disposal. 
Shopify Commerce + Virtual Conference
October 13, 2021, 9:00 am
Join Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Butler, and other thought leaders and icons for unfiltered discussions on the future of commerce.
Learn best practices from brands setting the standards and gain insight into yet-to-be-announced new Shopify products.
SBA Public Private Strategies Institute
October 13, 2021, 11:00 am PST
KEDA Presents: Kitsap Digital Hour
October 14, 2021, 11:00 am
Government Affairs Committee
Kitsap Legislative Pulse
Special Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 3:00 pm
Washington's Minimum Wage
to Increase by 5.8% in 2022
Courtesy of the Washington Retail Association

Last week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced last week that the state minimum wage will increase 5.8% on January 1, from $13.69 to $14.49 per hour in 2022 .
Indexed to the inflation rate, the 2022 increase in the minimum wage will be the largest increase since a 5.9% increase in 2009.
Under 2019 overtime rules , executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees are exempt from overtime pay requirements if their salary meets a threshold of $52,743.60 a year (1.75x minimum wage) for all employment sectors in 2022.
Although several Washington cities have higher minimum wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that Washington has the highest minimum wage rate in the country. The state will likely hold onto that distinction in 2022. 
Business Resources
Shop.Eat.Spend.Kitsap is celebrating Indigenous-Owned businesses this week! Be sure to share businesses you like on Facebook and Instagram.

The Shop.Eat.Spend campaign has also created some useful digital images for businesses to use on their business pages and social media to help spread the word on different services offered this holiday shopping season. Click on the images below to save for your use!
Is Your Business Prepared?
First Aid Kits in the Workplace
Courtesy of the Washington Retail Association

“Where did all the band-aids go?!” First aid kits often go unnoticed but are always expected to be there when needed. Bandages seem to get used up first, but there might be other supplies disappearing quicker than you think. It’s helpful to put a regular reminder in your calendar to make sure that your first aid kit is adequately filled and ready when you most need it.  

Make sure first-aid supplies at your workplace are appropriate for:

  • Your occupational setting. Some of you would be OK with an off-the-shelf kit, while the auto group should look at something a bit more robust with items that better fit what might happen at their shop.
  • The response time of your emergency medical services. I suggest a larger kit if it would take more than 10 minutes for EMT/EMS to arrive.
  • That you have at least one kit per every 15 employees.

Make sure that first-aid supplies are:

  • Easily accessible to all your employees.
  • Stored in containers that protect them from damage, deterioration, or contamination. Containers must be clearly marked, unlocked, and can be sealed.
  • Able to be moved to the location of an injured or acutely ill worker.

Also, remember that if you are over five minutes from EMT/EMS service to your store, you need to have first aid trained personnel on-site when employees are present. 
Kitsap County News
The Washington State Ferry Sealth passes a small tugboat as it heads for the Bremerton Ferry Terminal in May. Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun
Federal Relief Funds Awarded to
Washington State Ferries, Kitsap Transit
Local elected officials have signed off on distributions of around $900 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to transit agencies around Puget Sound, including chunks of money that will flow to Washington State Ferries and Kitsap Transit.

Funds routed through the Puget Sound Regional Council come by way of the American Rescue Plan Act, the COVID-19 relief bill signed into law by President Joe Biden in March.

Washington State Ferries estimates that it’ll receive about $86 million for operating costs and $2.9 million for capital projects through ARPA. Money will go to funding pots like labor costs, vessel engine rebuilds, work at the state’s Eagle Harbor ferry maintenance facility and maintaining ferry terminals, Washington State Ferries Director of Finance and Administration Rick Singer said.

“It is critical,” he said. “We would not be able to maintain the level of service we have today if we were not getting this federal funding.”

Sheriff's Office Announces Change in Hours,
Staffing Shortages Cited for New Closures
Due to current staffing shortages, KCSO is announcing the following changes to their office hours, effective Monday, October 18, 2021:

The Port Orchard (Main) Office will open at 9:00 am and remain open until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. This office will be closed daily from 12:00-1:00 pm.

The Silverdale Precinct will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and then from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. This precinct will be closed to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

If you want to file a non-emergency police report with KCSO, and are unable to come to one of the precinct offices, you may complete a report online by visiting the following link: or by calling our office at 360-337-7101.

Please visit the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office web page for information on additional services available at KCSO. These changes are temporary and may be adjusted as staffing levels increase in the future.
Kitsap County Parks, the Kitsap Conservation District and partner organizations will host eight COVID-safe events in 'Orca-tober' as part of Orca Recovery Day October 16, aimed at improving conditions for critically endangered Southern Resident Orca Whales and their main food source, salmon. Volunteers are invited to participate in stewardship action events that take place Oct. 9, 16 and 23 throughout the county.

After so many have looked to nature for space and renewal these past 18 months of the pandemic, three junior Orcas swimming the Puget Sound offer hesitant hope. But their future depends on healthy habitat, a sustained food source of salmon, and community care and stewardship of watersheds where their food sources come from. 

Orca Recovery Day engages people in actions targeted at helping endangered local salmon and orcas. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, only 75 Southern Resident Orca Whales are left in the wild. It is our collective impacts on the environment that led to this crisis and our collective action is critical to recovery. Providing clean waterways that support fish health and improved water quality helps make quality of life better for everyone.
Port Madison Dialogues
Session 3: October 21, 2021, 6:30 pm
An exploration of the history, culture, and current issues facing the Suquamish Tribe​

Four Part Online Panel Discussions
Suquamish Tribal leaders will share the history of the Suquamish Tribe, current issues facing the Tribe, and the impacts of the sometimes difficult relationships between Tribal and non-Tribal communities. Tribal members will share poetry, songs, and stories.

Discussion 3 on October 21st will include Kitsap County Commissioner, Ed Wolfe.

Sponsored by Kitsap County, the Suquamish Tribe, and the Dispute
Resolution Center of Kitsap County.
Thanks to the wonderful interest in the program, the maximum number of registrants on the Zoom platform has been met. The sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend and links will be placed on the County's designated site. To sign up to receive notification when the recordings are available please click here.
Kitsap Public Health District Officer Dr. Gib Morrow gives Susan Carvey, of Silverdale, her shot during the KSPHD and the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management's first community COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the former St. Michael Medical Center in East Bremerton on Jan. 26. Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun
County Commissioners Consider $500 COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive for County Employees
Kitsap County commissioners will consider an incentive program that would pay $500 to county employees who have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the incentive at their meeting on Monday.

According to a resolution document lining out the details of the proposed program, county employees who were fully vaccinated by the end of 2021 would be eligible for the incentive, and the payment would be available to all employees, including those who have already been vaccinated. The incentive would not be available to elected officials. Those who request a payment would have to agree to remain employed by the county for one year or pay back a prorated amount if they left. Retirees would be excluded.

Commissioner Rob Gelder said that the program won’t incentivize everyone, but “it may get a few more people that will be vaccinated.”

The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on October 8, 2021.
Bayshore Drive NW is closed for stormwater system installation, local access maintained. Intermittent single lane closures on Washington Ave NW northbound at NW Carlton Street. Potential full closure of Washington Ave NW between NW Lowell Street and NW Carlton Street. 

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:

  • Seabeck Holly Rd NW entire length (MO-WE)
  • NE 3rd St N between East Blvd NE and Illahee Rd NE (MO-FR)
  • NW Anderson Hill Rd entire length (TH-FR)

Expect moderate delays at the locations listed below for utility or private development projects:

  • NE McWilliams Road between State Hwy 303 and Old Military Road NE through October.
  • Central Valley Road is closed between NE McWilliams Road and NE Vena Street through October. Daytime closure from 7am - 7pm with detours in place.
  • Single lane closures on NW Stavis Bay Rd from Scenic Beach Rd NW to Stone Farm Ln NW. Traffic control will be in place. The project is anticipated to end by October 31, 2021.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Don't Miss Out on this Pandemic Relief:
How to Obtain the Employee Retention Tax Credit
Under the CARES Act employers were not allowed to obtain both a PPP loan and claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit, however this isn't true any longer under the new ARPA funding. Make sure your business isn't missing out!

Testing Still an Important Part of
Controlling COVID in Our Community
Testing is an important tool in our response to the coronavirus pandemic. When someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, the Kitsap Public Health District can help them take steps to avoid spreading the virus to others and notify people they have been in close contact with. Testing also provides data needed assess the level of illness in our community as we make progress toward recovery.

Looking for a testing location? Community testing sites are open four days a week. More information can be found here.
COVID-19 Vaccine
The Central Kitsap Food Bank will be hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic on Friday, October 15th from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Finding COVID-19 Vaccine Providers
Across Washington State
No matter where you are in Washington, the Vaccine Locator provided by Washington State Department of Health makes it easy to find and schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Homebound and need a COVID-19 vaccine? 
Fill out a secure online form to let us know if you or someone you know is homebound. Your answers will allow us to connect individuals to available County and/or State Mobile Vaccine Teams.

Need help? Call the hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357), then press #. Language assistance is available. You can also text your zip code to 438-829 (GET VAX) or 822-862 (VACUNA) for vaccine locations near you.

Need transportation? If you need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine site, please call Kitsap Transit's ACCESS service at (360) 479-7272 or (800) 422-2877. To make an appointment for a vaccination, please contact your health-care provider or the clinic. Find available appointments at

Due to waiting times at clinics, you will need to call ACCESS after you have received your vaccine to request a ride home. Kitsap Transit is waiving fares for these rides. Click here for office hours and locations.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at
Community Information
Voting Still Open for Best of Kitsap
Don't forget to vote for your favorite Central Kitsap Businesses in the Best of Kitsap 2021! We love our Central Kitsap businesses - let's show everyone who is the Best of the Best in Kitsap County!
2021 Best Community - Central Kitsap
Community Volunteer
Local Charity Event
Outdoor Concert
Kitsap County Sheriff
Police Officer
Central Kitsap High School

2021 Best Food & Drink - Central Kitsap
Coffee/ Espresso
Happy Hour
Mexican Cuisine
Pizza Place

2021 Best Services - Central Kitsap
Pet Groomer
Property Management
Real Estate Company
Real Estate Team

2021 Best Shopping - Central Kitsap
Storage Company
Art Gallery
Cannabis Business
Consignment Store
Eyewear Shop
Grocery Store/ Market
Jewelry Store
Pet Shop
Specialty Shop
Thrift Store
Window Display
2021 Best Health & Fitness - Central Kitsap
Fitness Center
Naturopathic Doctor
2021 Best Places - Central Kitsap
Physical Therapy
Hiking Trail
Live Music Venue
Tourist Attractions

2021 Best Services - Central Kitsap
Auto Repair
Bank/ Financial Institution
Dance School/Studio
Doggy Daycare/Dog Walker
Financial Planner
Heating and Cooling
Landscaping Services
Mortgage Loan Officer
Oil Change

You can vote for your favorite Central Kitsap businesses daily until October 14, 2021!
KRL: Anti Racism Learning Circle
October 14, 2021, 5:00 pm
Come ready to have brave conversations and become a better ally to communities of color. All ages welcome! This special session is on hope and resilience with licensed marriage and family therapist Dr. Kimberly Riley. 
Bremerton Chamber's Eggs & Issues
October 19, 2021, 10:00 am
The public is invited to attend Eggs & Issues on October 19th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton.

Featured at this latest edition of Eggs & Issues are the candidates for Bremerton's City Council. Meet the candidates and hear their thoughts on leading Bremerton.

Advanced registration is required. The registration fee is $10.00.
Family Activities Around Kitsap
Harvest Festival activities are open Saturday and Sunday only through October 30th. The front pumpkin patch is open for those who want to purchase pumpkins 7 days a week.
Monday - Friday 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact Us
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events for the Monday Morning Memo!
David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Joe Barboza
Tourism Coordinator &
Operations Manager
Marisa Acuna
Finance Manager