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August 21st, 2023

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• Welcome New Members

• Partners In Learning, Aug 28th

• News & Opportunities

• Chamber Calendar

• What's Happening in the Harbor?

• Sponsorship

Welcome New Members

Gig Harbor Film Festival

Pamela Holt | Executive Director

Click Here to Learn More About Gig Harbor Film Festival on Sept 21-24, 2023

"The Gig Harbor Film Festival is emerging as one of the hottest destinations on the independent film festival circuit. Since our first festival in 2007, we have taken great care in providing an unforgettable festival experience for filmmakers and film-lovers.

Today, our festival hosts more than 80 visiting filmmakers, screens over 100 films, and reaches an audience of over 4,000!

Whether you’re a local looking for some cultural refreshment or a filmmaker planning your circuit calendar, we’re certain you’ll find just what you are looking for at the Gig Harbor Film Festival."

Fibrenew Central Tacoma

Alana Hammonds | Owner/Operator

Click Here to Learn More About Fibrenew and Their Services

"Our restoration services save our customers both time and money by offering an alternative to replacing their damaged couches and chairs, car and marine components, commercial furniture and more.

Our on-site services also make it more convenient and faster in getting their items back into great looking and working shape again. As an added benefit, we help prevent thousands of items from ending up in landfills each year which helps preserve Mother Nature and reduce our carbon footprint."

Partners In Learning

Last Chance To Register Or Donate For A Lasting Impact On Education!

Registration will close on Aug 24th.

The Chamber is thrilled to invite you to be a part of a meaningful initiative that raises funds to help offset the costs of financial literacy curriculum for students – the Partners in Learning event, proudly sponsored by Peninsula Light Company.

Empowering Success Through Education

The Partners in Learning event is more than just a gathering – it's a platform for businesses like yours to shape the future by supporting the Peninsula School District. Our goal is to equip young minds with the essential tools they need to thrive in their journeys ahead. As the largest employer in the city, the school district plays a vital role in our community's growth and prosperity. By becoming a sponsor, you can contribute to the betterment of education and the overall development of our next generation.

Unveiling Opportunities: Sponsorships Available

This year's Partners in Learning event promises exciting opportunities for local businesses to shine. We're offering a limited number of sponsorship spaces where you can showcase your products and services. Imagine the potential as you connect with the entire staff from your local school district – a unique chance to network, collaborate, and foster relationships that can benefit both your business and the community at large. This event is your chance to make a lasting impression and gain visibility among influential educators and local leaders.

A Step Towards Financial Literacy

One of the primary objectives of this event is to raise funds for the Peninsula School District's financial literacy program. By supporting Partners in Learning, you directly contribute to enhancing the education of our youth in an area that has far-reaching impacts on their lives. This program equips students with invaluable knowledge about managing their finances, setting them on a path towards financial responsibility and success.

Act Now: Sponsor Spaces Limited

Given the exclusive nature of our sponsorship opportunities, we encourage you to secure your spot as soon as possible. Your participation not only supports the growth of young minds but also aligns your business with a cause that resonates with our community's values. NEW this year, vendors will set up on the PHS Track with your tent, table, etc. and you will be able to watch the entire Pep Rally in the stadium of Roy Anderson Field. The district would love to see business partners fill a good portion of the track while we celebrate staff on their back to school day.

Join us in making a positive mark on education – together, we can inspire, empower, and shape the future through Partners in Learning.

Questions about sponsorship registration? Please contact Matt Mesazros or Randi Ganong. You can also reach our office at (253) 851-6865

Let's embark on this journey of impact and transformation together!

Click Here To Reserve Your Space

News & Opportunities

Biz Fair is Back on September 23, 2023!

The Washington State Small Business Fair, also known as Biz Fair, is returning September 23, 2023. SBA Seattle District will be attending along with other agencies and nonprofit small business support organizations. Please read more for information about the event, and how you can help spread the word!


What is Biz Fair?

Biz Fair is a free, annual event for current and aspiring small business owners to learn about the programs, resources, and technical assistance available to help start and grow a small business. Biz Fair is the longest running all government and non-profit-run small business fair in Washington State. In 2023, there will be events in two locations on the same day.

For details and registration visit

Gig Harbor's Autumn Sip & Stroll Tickets Go On Sale August 28th

This highly anticipated event allows participants to explore the beauty of Gig Harbor's waterfront while enjoying tastings of Washington wines and craft brews at 20+ designated "Stroll Stops". Local restaurants will also serve up delightful small bites along the way!

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B&O Tax Credit Incentive Opportunity Ends Soon

Q: What is the B&O Tax Credit Incentive Program?

A: As a WA State business owner the B&O Tax Credit Incentive Program allows you to direct your tax dollars directly into the community. It's the only program like it in the United States. Any business in Washington State can pledge to make a donation to the Downtown Waterfront Alliance (or any accredited Main Street organization in WA State) through the program and receive a 75% tax credit on next year’s B&O Tax. The remaining 25% is a tax write off for your business.

Q: How does it work?

A: As a business owner you (or your accountant) fills out the application and makes a pledge in the amount of your choice, then mail a check to the Alliance. Once payment is received the Alliance will work with the DOR to ensure the credit is added to your B&O account in Jan of the following year. For more details click here.

Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunity For Dog Lovers

Harbor Hounds is an opportunity to enjoy a day of fun with neighbors, family and your furry best friend and also give back to the community by supporting the many community charities supported by the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday.

The Rotary would love your support in sponsoring this amazing local event. If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please contact the Rotary at [email protected]

Or Visit to learn more.

Chamber Calendar



Public Affairs Forum: Gig Harbor Film Festival

Join us for our weekly Public Affairs Forum with the Pamela Holt, Executive Director of Gig Harbor Film Festival.

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Narrows Tutoring | Ribbon Cutting

Enjoy games, prizes, sweet treats, and more surprises while networking and marking the beginning of a new chapter for Narrows Tutoring.

Registration is FREE and open to the public. The Chamber would love to have you there.

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Partners In Learning

The goal of Partners in Learning is to help empower children with the necessary tools to succeed in life.

This is an event that raises funds for the Peninsula School District to offset the costs of bringing a financial literacy programs to students. 

Table Sponsor spaces limited, so be sure to register now to help the Chamber support our local School District.

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Click Here To Register Now



Membership Luau - Open To All!

Join the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce for our Monthly Membership Luncheon with speaker, Dave Mastin, Vice President of Government Affairs, with the Association of Washington Business (AWB).

The Luncheon Buffet will be hosted by Table 47 and will feature luau style dishes, so break out your Hawaiian shirts and come join us for a fun and informative networking luau! 

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2023 at 5:00 pm

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Click Here To Register Before The Deadline



Business After Hours | Summer Send-Off Expo

We are excited to bring the community together for a unique event showcasing 10 local, amazing businesses!

Navigate the event with a passport while networking and learning more about the participating businesses. Enjoy complimentary sandwiches provided by Subway, and 1 free adult beverage (21+). Non-Chamber members, with purchase of $5 passport. Chamber members are free.

Fill your passport and enter it to win a fun raffle prize from one of the attending businesses!

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What's Happening in the Harbor?



Summer Sounds at Skansie Bros. Park

Join us in Gig Harbor, WA (by land or by sea) for the 2023 Summer Sounds Concert Series! August 22nd will feature Ian Ayers & The Soul Purpose.

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Summer Movies in the Park

Get into the groove of summer with FREE Summer Concerts at Sehmel Homestead Park. The series enjoys a “bonus” concert in August with NPR…National Parks Radio, playing indie-folk for the soul! Learn more then bring a blanket or low-backed chair, kick back and enjoy the show. 

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To feature your upcoming event in our newsletter, please send any marketing material and event details before 12:00pm on Mondays to Matt Meszaros, at [email protected]. Thank you.



Maximize your company’s exposure through sponsorships

Just as membership is not a one size fits all, our sponsorship opportunities offer you a choice for your engagement. 

Sponsoring events and programs gives your company:

·   Publicity and brand recognition you need in a positive and receptive environment

·   A unique form of advertising

·   Access to new business relationships

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