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August 28th, 2023

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Membership Luncheon September 7th, 2023

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Luau Luncheon 🌴

Aloha! Get ready to embark on a Hawaiian adventure with the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce at our Monthly Membership Luncheon featuring the esteemed Dave Mastin, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Association of Washington Business (AWB).

With a luncheon buffet, brought to you by the tropical delights of Table 47. So, don your most vibrant Hawaiian shirts and prepare for a day of positive networking and learning.

🌴 Date: September 7th, 2023

🌴 Time: 11:00am

🌴 Location: Gig Harbor Yacht Club

Don't miss out on this opportunity to immerse yourself in the spirit of aloha, make valuable connections, and gain insights from Dave Mastin on the latest in government affairs.

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2023, at 4:00 pm

Dress in your best Hawaiian attire, and let's hula our way into a fantastic luncheon experience. We look forward to sharing the aloha spirit with you!🌺🌞🌴

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Aloha is much more than a greeting. The true meaning of aloha is regard for others, caring for those that need support, and lending a hand in times of grief. Therefore the Chamber would like to provide the link below where you can donate to the Maui Chamber of Commerce to help them rebuild local small businesses. Thank you.

Click Here To Support Local Business Relief In Maui

News & Opportunities

Chamber Staffing Announcement

We are excited to announce that earlier this month, Matthew Meszaros officially took over the Tourism Marketing Director position for the tourism department of the Chamber. He has a creative eye for our community, and we look forward to watching him excel. His new email address is His new work schedule is Saturday through Wednesday. If you want to volunteer on the weekends in our office, let him know.

Our second announcement is our new Marketing & Communications Director, Katelyn (Katie) Johnson. She comes to us from Habitat for Humanity and has a chamber/tourism background. She hit the ground running last week and fits right in. She graduated from Oregon State University and worked in newspaper, advertising/marketing, and content creation. To reach Katie, she is taking over the email: (Matt’s previous email address).

You can say congratulations to both at our luncheon next Thursday. Be sure to register.

~Miriam Battson, President/CEO

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 Today!

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.

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Public Affairs Forum:

Peninsula School District Superintendent

Join us for our weekly Public Affairs Forum with Krestin Bahr, Superintendent of the Peninsula School District.

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Membership Luau Luncheon - 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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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 29th will feature Sounds Like Delores.

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Labor Day Car Show & Concert

Annual Labor Day car show and concert. This year will have the talented Beach Boys tribute band, Sail On.

Ticket prices are $20 for FICRA members and $35 for non-members. Children under 16 are free with a paying adult.

Gates open at 2:00pm and the concert starts at 4:00pm. With food trucks, beer/wine for purchase, and free ice cream with your ticket price. Bring your own lawn chair. Concert is outside.

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Gig Harbor Film Festival General Admission Passes on Sale Now!


Join filmmakers and film lovers for the Gig Harbor Film Festival on September 21-24 at the Galaxy Theatres in Uptown Gig Harbor. With nearly 65 films in all genres, the Gig Harbor Film Festival has something for everyone.


General Admission (GA) passes can be purchased now (in-person only) for $50 at the Galaxy box office. GA passes include all films shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as the Awards Ceremony Sunday morning. All films are shown twice so nobody misses out!


Check out the online program at to plan your favorite films for the weekend. Reach out with questions to Pamela Holt at

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 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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