Chamber News
Join us on January 13th for our Chamber Year In Review
"The Covid Years"

Come hear what the Chamber has accomplished despite our continued struggles with the Covid Pandemic, and hear about our vision and goals for 2022. 

Hosted by First Christian Church
Buffet BBQ lunch catered by That One Place
Pulled pork, ribs, Macaroni salad, beans, coleslaw and cornbread. 

Donated raffle items appreciated - Raffle earnings support the Chamber Scholarship Fund
SAVE THE DATE
February Luncheon
2/10/22

Come meet Kitsap County Sheriff John Gese, he joins us to give us an update of the happenings at the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department. 

Catered and Hosted by Whiskey Gulch. 
(Menu Options to be announced)
March Luncheon
3/10/22

Join us for Port Orchard Mayor Rob Putaansuu's annual State of Port Orchard address.
 
Catered and Hosted by Eagles Aerie 2338
Buffet Meal
Recovery is underway in Kitsap, an affordable regional housing option with convenient commutes to the Seattle metro.  
As 2021 comes to a close and the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be slowing, now is the time to reflect on how South Kitsap fared and the next steps in its economic recovery.
The good news is that COVID-19 cases have been steadily declining in recent weeks since the height of the delta-variant-fueled spike, and nearly two-thirds of Kitsap residents are fully vaccinated. Students are back in school, and businesses are resuming normal operations. What’s more, the county is in the process of devising a recovery plan using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to make legacy investments for the long-term benefit of the community with input from the people who call Kitsap home. 
Webinars and Training Opportunities
We have recently added several new opportunities to further your business education on our website. Many are completely free to participate in!

Hot topics such as:
  • IRS Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • New Year New Profit: Find $10K in Your Business
  • Grow with a Pro: Legal, Banking, Tax & Insurance Professionals
  • Instagram for Business
  • MORE!

THANK YOU
Returning President Circle Sponsors
In Other News:
Are You Ready to Commit to
Making It Happen This Year?
Too many business leaders fail to set effective goals because they don’t start with the aspirational identity they seek and then set effective goals to achieve what they want. Success is so much more than metrics and KPIs. It’s about how you plan to achieve those goals. You need to ask yourself the big question – who, and what, do I want to be?
 
Are You Ready to Commit to Making It Happen This Year?
 
Learn the keys to making reasonable and measurable progress in 2022. Attend our Business Planning Workshop and work alongside other professionals as you create a vision and map out the actionable steps needed to reach your goals.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 7:30 am
State of American Business 2022: Competition for the Future
The challenges, disruptions, and opportunities accelerated by the pandemic are creating a new economic era that American businesses will help define. During this virtual event, we will explore how competition — an essential force that drives achievement, innovation, and progress — helps to shape a better future for all of us.
We will delve into the multilayered dynamics businesses will confront in 2022.
  • Competition for Talent in a Transforming Workforce
  • Competition in the Global Economy
  • Competition of ideas that will take shape in midterm elections
  • And more
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Leadership Kitsap Recognizes 20 Under 40
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30 pm

Celebrate our community’s rising stars! Come recognize 20 exceptional young leaders under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and have made a great impact within their organizations and our community!

  • 5:30-6:30pm: Cocktail hour with heavy hors d’oeuvres and music by 
  • 6:30-8:30pm: Awards Program
Joe Morrison: Predictions for the coming year — including more COVID in the news
Last year Joe Morrison, Executive Director at Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, left us with five words to predict the 2021 economic climate. Growth, K-Shape, Relief, Equity and Vaccination

This year he leaves us with 5 new predictions:
Brake. Inflation. Gaps. Digitization. Endemic.

Read his column in the Kitsap Business Journal
WA Cares Fund on Hold
The Legislature and Governor Inslee have announced plans to change and improve the WA Cares Fund during the 2022 legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude in March 2022. Employment Security Department will not collect premiums from employers until April 2022 or until further direction is received.

“I have been in ongoing discussions with legislators about the long-term care bill, which is set to begin collecting funds in January. This bill will help provide much-needed care and coverage for Washingtonians as they age. However, legislators have identified some areas that need adjustments and I agree. We need to give legislators the opportunity to make refinements to the bill. Therefore, I am taking measures within my authority and ordering the state Employment Security Department not to collect the premiums from this program from employers before they come due in April. My actions mean that the state will not collect those funds until the Legislature sorts through these issues. While legislation is under consideration to pause the withholding of LTC fees, employers will not be subject to penalties and interest for not withholding fees from employees’ wages during this transition.” – Gov. Jay Inslee
2022 Legislative Session
In 2022, the legislature is scheduled to convene on January 10, 2022, and adjourn on March 10, 2022.

Recent state redistricting split up Port Orchard into two districts depending on your address. You can view the new district map here.
State District 26
Representative Michelle Caldier (R)

(360) 786 - 7802
Representative Jesse Young (R)

(360) 786 - 7964
Senator Emily Randall (D)

(360) 786 - 7650
The above email links will take you to the contact page for commenting on a specific bill or issue.
State District 35
Senator Tim Sheldon (D)


(360) 786-7668
Representative Dan Griffey (R)


(360) 786-7966
Representative Drew MacEwen (R)


(360) 786-7902
The above email links will take you to the contact page for commenting on a specific bill or issue.
Olympic College Needs Your Help
Workforce & Economic Development needs your input on our federally required Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Survey. 

The objective of this survey is to ensure that high schools and colleges are offering the right Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to fill the local workforce needs. The survey should take 15 minutes to complete.  

Please complete the survey no later than Friday, January 14, 2022.
Expanded Covid-19 Testing Now Available
In response to increased demand, Kitsap Public Health and the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center are expanding drive-through COVID-19 testing operations to six days a week
Find the full testing site schedule and register for an appointment at kcowa.us/covidtesting
See a full list of Kitsap County testing providers here
For updated Covid-19 data and reports visit the
South Kitsap Chamber Of Commerce
360.876.3505
1014 Bay St. #3 Port Orchard, WA 98366