This Week in the Harbor

September 11, 2023

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• Membership Luncheon

• News & Opportunities

• Chamber Calendar

• What's Happening in the Harbor?

• Sponsorship

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

Office Updates

The Chamber office will now be open on weekends!

Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm

Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Welcome New Members!

The Little Gym is the world’s premier enrichment and physical development center for children ages 4 months through 12 years. Programs offer children a Springboard to Life’s Adventures by using movement-based learning and imaginative play to help build the confidence and skills needed at each stage of childhood.

Greenlee Home Inspections is locally owned by Kevin and Shelane Greenlee located on the Key Peninsula. They are a family home inspection firm, so every client gets to interact with and deal directly with the business owner Kevin Greenlee. With over 25 years of experience in the home improvement industry and expert knowledge of standards of quality, they offer the very best service to their clients.

News & Opportunities

Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed September as Washington Spirits Month to “encourage retailers, restaurants and bar operators to feature Washington’s award-winning spirits”. Heritage Distilling Company has been part of this exciting launch. Washington Spirits Month in an effort to recognize the state's distilled spirits industry.

Get involved: Dozens of retail stores, bars, restaurants and hotels are featuring Washington-made spirits in cocktails or on display for the launch. See a full list here

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is known globally as Suicide Prevention Month and this year, September 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The City of Gig Harbor will recognize this incredibly important issue at the September 11th council meeting.


The City of Gig Harbor will present a proclamation to Anne Nesbit and other members of the Gig Harbor Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition. This organization is fighting the war on the front lines, reducing the number of suicide attempts in both youth and adults in the region.


If you or someone you know is struggling, know that help is available. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

PenLight’s upgraded payment system, SmartHub will launch October 2nd! This upgraded payment system implements new enhancements necessary to support the best online account management experience for our members. To ensure a smooth transition, online and phone payments will not be processed after September 26 and will resume October 2 as we switch over systems. There will not be any fees charged for late payments during this transition period. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to the new system’s processes. Thank you for your understanding! 

Learn how SmartHub will put you in control of your account:

Micro Entrepreneur Grants

This year’s $8 million PRIME grant awards will provide funding and support to 32 organizations across America, offering training, technical assistance, access to capital, and program development for disadvantaged microentrepreneurs and microenterprise development organizations. 

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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 snacks, 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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Join us on September 14th from 3:30pm - 4pm for the grand opening of Best Choice Realty with a Ribbon Cutting celebration! We love to celebrate the achievements of our members, and we can't wait to see you there! Stay for the grand opening party until 6:00pm.

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What's Happening in the Harbor?



 Cider Swig

Cider Swig returns with dozens of Northwest ciders to sip, live music, contests and games, and award-winning "curbside cuisine" by area chefs and their food trucks! The tasting event will showcase more than 130 Northwest ciders in addition to wine, mead, beer and other regionally crafted libations.

Located at LeMay – America’s Car

12:00pm - 5:00pm

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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 10:00 a.m. on Mondays to Katie Johnson, 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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