This Week in the Harbor

September 18, 2023

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Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Honored for Advocacy 

The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce has been named an AWB Grassroots Alliance Advocate of the Year!

"The chamber, led by Miriam Battson, has demonstrated its commitment to advocacy on behalf of the employer community by consistently keeping its members informed about key issues in Olympia and how they impact employers, by voicing support for policies that will help employers grow, and by serving as a point of connection for lawmakers and the business community." - AWB.

"I wanted to take the time to thank staff, board members, ambassadors, and volunteers. The Association of Washington Business (AWB) honored the Gig Harbor Chamber as Advocate of the Year. The surprise award was presented at the luncheon last week. Thank you for all your hard work for the chamber, everything you do makes a difference. " - Miriam Battson

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Office Updates

The Visitors Center will now be open on weekends!

Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm

Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Welcome New Members!

With over 60 years of combined expertise, Rebecca Knowlden & Rick Burrows are ready to serve your real estate interests. We will work with you to achieve your goals of selling or buying and provide you the best level of service possible.

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Chance and his well-seasoned designers devise and install customized vehicle graphics for every customer and ride. The Vinyl Lab Wraps team are hard-working creatives who understand that adding vinyl wraps as a part of your business model means everything. They care how your graphics and logos are portrayed throughout Gig Harbor and Tacoma which is why they work with you from the very early stages through the final installation.

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News & Opportunities

Startup253 Happy Hour in Gig Harbor @ Heritage Distilling Co.

Join Startup253 for Happy Hour in Gig Harbor with special guest, Dave Montoure Thursday, September 21st, 2023. 4-6pm at Heritage Distilling Co.


Dave Montoure is the co-founder of KettleFish Restaurants and ABS Kitchens, established in 2018. He is a restaurant industry veteran (20 plus years) and enjoys serving his community through his restaurants and in other capacities.

He also serves as Vice President of the Rotary Club of Port Orchard and was awarded Rotarian of the Year 2021. Additionally, he serves on the Greater Kitsap Chamber’s Board as Chair-Elect and was a member of the Task Force that united the former Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers of Commerce into the Greater Kitsap Chamber. He also chairs the Government Affairs Committee for the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce.


KettleFish restaurant is an exciting new concept in fast-casual seafood. Their unique steam-kettle cooking process is ultra energy-efficient and fast. They are local, founded in Kitsap, and take pride in showcasing locally sourced (and sustainable) seafood meals in their clean and casual environment. Food is sponsored by WTIA and will be provided by KettleFish. Also brought to you in partnership with VIBE Coworks. 

Thursday, September 21st, 2023. 4-6pm

3118 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335

$5 Fall Freshen-Up Sale at Effortless Demolition Junk & Removal

Do you know someone who needs junk removal assistance before the holidays? Effortless Demolition & Removal is having a sale available until September 22nd while supplies last. Get a $100 gift card for only $5! This special offer cannot be used on yourself.

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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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Membership Luncheon | Annual Meeting

Join the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce for our Monthly Membership Luncheon featuring the Annual Meeting and Board Installment.

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Join our weekly Public Affairs Forum! This week we will be at a new location, and registration is required to attend.

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Join us for a Business After Hours event for an informative talk about The Harbor Hill Environmental Sanctuary with speaker Bill Lewallen. Join us for this October Fest-themed event!

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 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





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 [email protected].



PenMet Parks, Scarecrow Festival


Presented by Schulte & Co, The Neighborhood Experts, this event is a Fall tradition, featuring a full day of family FUN for everybody.

  • Hay rides and petting zoo provided by Miracle Ranch
  • Pumpkin carving demos
  • Pumpkin launcher
  • Music from the Shy Boys
  • Food trucks
  • Local Makers market
  • Bounce house, inflatable carnival games, and more!

Please bring non-perishable food or personal care items to donate through the Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor to the Peninsula FISH Food Bank.



Rattle Dem Bones Halloween Bike Ride and Costume Contest!


A bike ride and costume contest in which proceeds go toward the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s Community Recreation Fund. 



Trick or Treat in the Harbor

Bring your little monsters, superheroes, and Jedi Knights to trick or treat at businesses along the downtown waterfront.

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 [email protected]. Thank you.



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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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