Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Important News for You
Chamber Seeks Board Members, Volunteers
Applications Due June 17th
We are looking for Board Members and Committee Volunteers as we move forward with the new Chamber - join us as we continue our strong traditions of business and community involvement. Current committee members are required to submit applications for the new committees, and members wishing to serve on the Board of Directors are also asked to apply.

Questions? Please contact David at the Chamber.
Deadline for all applications is Friday, June 17th.
Chamber News
Check out and like the
Silverdale & Bremerton Luncheon
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 11:30 am
Be sure to bring a raffle basket/prize giveaway for the luncheon as we raise money to support scholarship giving to Central Kitsap & Bremerton students! (And don't forget cash to purchase tickets, too!)
Renew your membership today to ensure your place as a Charter Member of the new Chamber! Questions about when to renew or how to upgrade your membership? Contact Irene now!
Save-the Date: Eggs & Issues
Primary Election Edition
Join These Businesses in Our Destination Guide
We've got some great local businesses showcased in our 2022 Destination Guide - act now to join them in our signature publication piece for those traveling to the Kitsap Peninsula. The Admiral Theatre, Ahoy Kitsap, Axe & Arrow Gastropub, Bremerton WestSound Symphony, Centering Massage, Kitsap RV, Sea Discovery Center, Silverdale Whaling Days, The Point Casino & Hotel and University of Massachusetts Global are just some of the businesses taking advantage of this great opportunity.

Now is the time to reserve space - it's fast and easy, with our partners at Lunar Cow designing your ads if needed at no extra cost! Enjoy great bang for your buck with 10,000 printed copies of this publication distributed in the best locations (including 7,500 on WSDOT ferries) to help drive traffic to our advertisers, and our digital GoGuide® will allow you to reach thousands more. Your advertisement in the digital GoGuide® will be linked to your website, giving readers one-click access to your business.
As a reminder of our holiday publication schedule, next week's
"Community Connections" will be published on Wednesday, June 22nd,
and there will be no "5 Things" e-newsletter.
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
Kitsap Art Center Summer Camps
Register Now!
AWB Hosts Kitsap Meeting
Monday, June 27, 2022, 12:00 pm
AWB leaders will hit the road this summer to hear directly from employers about the challenges and opportunities facing the business community. The Statewide Outreach Tour is headed to 10 cities in June and July to collect employer input. This information will help AWB better advocate for Washington employers with lawmakers in both Olympia and Washington, D.C.

The tour will be led by AWB President Kris Johnson and includes AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Dave Mastin and the Government Affairs policy team. The first stop is scheduled for Spokane on June 21 and the last one is in Vancouver on July 15.

Each of these events is free and food is provided. Registration is required. Sign up today and make your voice heard. Contact Bonnie Millikan with questions at BonnieM@awb.org or 360.943.1600. 
KBA Hosts Builders Classic Tournament
Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:00 am
If you are a golfer, the KBA would love to have you play! Registration includes 18 holes with a golf cart for two, a bucket of balls at the driving range before the shotgun start, Golfers Gift Bag, Snack Bag, single ticket for three chances at the Chip Wall, and Putting Green for a chance to win a 50/50 cash prize (additional available for purchase), one raffle ticket (extra available for sale) and dinner at the awards banquet.

Not a golfer? Please join us at the Awards Banquet afterward! There will be raffle prizes and a silent auction for everyone to enjoy!

Deadline to sign up a team: June 24, 2022

Do you have news you'd like to share about your business or organization?
We'd love to share! Please send information to Irene at the Chamber!

Member Spotlight
Employment Agencies of Kitsap County
For our June Members of the Month, we have chosen several local employment and staffing agencies dedicated to matching employers with skilled employees. Given the nationwide worker shortage across industries, agencies like the ones we profile this month are poised to help your business find the workers you need to succeed!

Trillium Employment Services

Trillium Employment Services is a nonprofit organization committed to integrating people with intellectual disabilities into the workforce. Our staff of skilled professionals work closely with businesses and applicants to ensure a quality match and long-term success.

2702 SE Fir Street
Port Orchard, WA 98366
(360) 698-6659
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
Getting the Most from Your Member Portal
Registering for a Chamber Luncheon

Attending Chamber Luncheons every month is a great way to stay engaged with fellow members and the Chamber itself, and the easiest way to reserve your spot is by registering and paying in advance through the Chamber website. Not sure how to do this? Go to the homepage at www.silverdalechamber.com and scroll down to locate the latest luncheon announcement. Click on the image to take you to the registration page. Once on the lunch page, you will see a "Register>>" button on the right-hand side. Click here to take you to your login and registration.
At this point, you will be prompted for your Member Login email address. This field is required for members to use their membership discount. Every member has their own login - this is something YOU set up, and is unique to each representative, not business. If you don't recall what the login is, contact the Chamber and we can send you an invitation to set up (or reset) your login name and password.
If you use an email address that we have in our system already, but is NOT associated with a particular member business, you will NOT receive any member discounts that may be due to you!

Please remember that our luncheons are popular and frequently sell-out, so be sure to register in advance to ensure a seat and a meal!
TODAY, June 14, 2022, 8:00 am
"Unleashing the Passion of Younger
Generations in Your Business"
Join us for this live Kitsap Business Forum where guest speaker Bryan Lindgren, explores the idea of harnessing the power of younger workers for your business' success.

Networking and coffee begin at 7:30 am with the program beginning at 8:00 am.

This event will be held at the
newlife Training & Events Center.
Instagram Marketing Essentials
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 10:00 am
A great Instagram feed reinforces your brand, supports your marketing message, helps you engage directly and sincerely with your customers, and attracts new, loyal followers! Are you ready to “Level Up” your Instagram for your business?

In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • Instagram statistics-Who, What, Where and When
  • Instagram Stories vs Posts
  • Effectively using Instagram Live
  • Instagram ads basics
  • How to create a content calendar to lessen the overwhelm and build engagement (You will receive a content calendar template)
  • How to create social media graphics like a rockstar

This isn't about getting a huge number of followers (though that could be a result of the effort you put in). Rather, it’s about making sure your BRAND is consistent, that the MESSAGE you’re putting out there on Instagram reinforces your brand, and that the TIME you spend on social media marketing is well-used.

Workshop Fee: $35
How to Become a Facebook Master
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 1:00 pm
Facebook is the largest and most important social media platform for business. Learn how to post great content, leverage advertising and call features, develop schedules and routines, and more.

Attendees will learn:

  • How people see content on Facebook.
  • The connection between Facebook pages and profiles.
  • Facebook content strategies and other best practices.
  • Understand the basics of Facebook advertising

Workshop Fee: $35
Government Affairs Committee
Protect Critical Privacy Needs for
Retailers and Consumers
From the Washington Retail Association

Data privacy has been an important issue for Washington state retailers and their customers. WRA's partners at NRF (National Retail Federation) have launched a grassroots campaign to raise awareness with Congress on the American Data Privacy Protection Act (ADPPA)

The ADPPA is well-intentioned but does not fully meet the standard for comprehensively protecting the data privacy of Americans.

Here are four ways to strengthen the ADPPA:

  1. Establish a strong, national uniform standard that preempts a patchwork of state privacy laws.
  2. Remove a private right of action that empowers trial lawyers to sue or threaten lawsuits against Main Street businesses.
  3. Include protections for customer loyalty programs.
  4. Eliminate unfair exemptions for big tech, broadband providers, and banks.
Data drives the shopping experience and allows retailers to offer customers the products, services, value and convenience they demand. Tell Congress to support a preemptive federal privacy bill that requires all businesses to use customer data responsibly.
Business News & Resources
Six Months into 2022, Economy
Continues to Rebalance
From WA Retail Association

The Federal Reserve has a complicated task ahead. Moving the economy forward while slowing inflation but not going so far as to stall the economy outright. Like trying to sink a 30-foot putt while taking the curves and elevation changes of the green into account, the Fed has to navigate through inflation at a 40-year high, the war in Ukraine, increasing wages, supply chain disruptions, and more. It’s all a bit tricky.

The Feds are challenged to balance how far to tame inflation with rate hikes, increasing borrowing costs for consumers seeking to access credit to buy homes and cars – with the impact of higher prices potentially shaking consumer confidence and radically slowing spending.

Increased mortgage rates offset by steep drops in the stock market and cryptocurrencies have made many consumers skittish. For the first time in well over a year, there are signs the housing market is finally cooling off, with sales of existing home sales falling 2.4% in April to their lowest level in almost two years. Are things about to get worse? Not likely, according to NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz. In the Great Recession, debt was high. Today, Americans are “flush with cash,” but their spending has been a bit erratic. All of this can make retailers nervous, affecting their planning for the year ahead.

“Though many people fear an extreme cooling off of the economy, there is not an overwhelming amount of evidence to support such prediction,” said Kleinhenz. “In general, the data suggests that we remain in an ongoing expansion.”

The news isn’t dire. Growth in employment, wages, and consumer spending are all remaining steady.

WHA Industry Outlook Webinar
Thursday, June 16, 2022, 10:00 am
L&I Temporary Emergency Rules for Outdoor Heat & Wildfire Smoke Exposure
From the Washington Retail Association

From June 15 through the end of September 2022, Washington employers must monitor temperature and air quality for their employees who work outdoors regularly and take additional steps to protect those workers from heat and smoke hazards. This includes retail delivery drivers, lumber yards, equipment servicing, and nursery workers. These emergency rules will be enforced while permanent rules are in development by L&I. More information can be found at these links:

Employers are required to:

  • Include wildfire smoke response and outdoor heat exposure in their written Accident Prevention Plan
  • Train workers on the hazards, mitigation steps, and plans for responding to related problems before being allowed to work in excessive heat or wildfire smoke conditions
Startup Market Validation Workshop
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:30 am
VIBE Coworks and Washington Technology Industry Association invite you to participate in A Market Validation Workshop for startups featuring 5x founder, investor, and author Dave Parker!
Apply Now: Key4Women Pitch Contest
Application Deadline is July 31, 2022
Kitsap County News
Central Kitsap Commissioner Spring Newsletter
It's hard to believe we are already nearing the end of springtime and schools will be letting out for summer break! This time of year, hope springs eternal as the flowers bloom and the days get longer. I’m looking forward to getting outside more and enjoying Kitsap’s natural beauty. 

This newsletter is a resource for my constituents. Contact me at ewolfe@kitsap.gov with your questions or to share issues or concerns – remember, I work for you!

Juneteenth Holiday Service
Effective Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Routed and ACCESS buses, Local Foot Ferries, and the Fast Ferries will operate normally scheduled weekday service on Juneteenth.
  • Worker/Driver buses will NOT be in service. 
  • Some vanpools may not operate; call your van driver for information.
  • Kitsap Transit's Customer Service phone lines and Customer Service Office will be open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The Administrative Office will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (closed for lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm).
  • ACCESS will take next-day trip reservations from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Because bus and foot ferry service is operating, parking fees will be collected at the Annapolis parking lot.  
KPHD Temporarily Closes Local Lake
On Friday, the Kitsap Public Health District temporarily closed the swimming beach at Island Lake County Park due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. The Health District will continue to monitor water quality at the beach and will reopen the swimming area when E. coli levels return to a level considered safe for human contact.

Because there is an increased risk of getting sick, the public is advised to avoid all contact with the water at the swimming beach until further notice. This means no swimming, wading, or types of water play where water could be swallowed or get in the mouth, nose or eyes. The risk of illness is greatest for young children, older adults, or anyone with a compromised immune system.

No illnesses have been reported to Kitsap Public Health at this time. 
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on June 10, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW, NW Byron Street and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project. 

Expect moderate delays on Central Valley Road NE between NE Fairground Rd and Foster Rd NE for a non-motorized improvements project. Single lane alternating closures with traffic control in place. This project is anticipated to complete by Fall of 2022. For more information visit the project page

Expect moderate delays on Anderson Hill Rd NW at the intersection with Old Frontier NW and Provost Road NW for intersection improvement project. This project is scheduled to be completed in Winter of 2022. For more information visit the project page

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:

  • Emery Boulevard NW from Newberry Hill to Esther (MO)
  • Esther Place NW entire length of County maintained (MO)

Daytime road closure for private development work:

  • Blaine Ave NW between NW Bucklin Hill and Ridgetop Blvd NW (MO-WE)

WSDOT Project Alert: Construction crews are working on the SR3 Chico Creek fish barrier removal project. Drivers traveling southbound who exit onto Chico Way NW near Bremerton will not be able to turn left toward Silverdale. All travelers will turn right towards Bremerton. This traffic change will be in place through fall 2023. For details and to sign up for WSDOT electronic updates, visit the WSDOT Project Page.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Resources
Kitsap County Health District is now posting a regularly updated list of COVID-19 vaccine providers in Kitsap County. This list can be found here.

Silverdale Visitor Center
Juneteenth Freedom Festival
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Juneteenth marchers leave the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton, bound for Evergreen Rotary Park in June 2021. Nathan Pilling/Kitsap Sun
Kitsap Events Commemorate Juneteenth
Published in the Kitsap Sun, June 13, 2022
A weekend full of events in Bremerton and on Bainbridge Island celebrates Juneteenth — a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Events Friday through Sunday will honor June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. That news came two months after the Confederacy had surrendered and was about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.
Juneteenth will be observed as a state and federal holiday on Monday, with offices closed at the city, state and federal levels as the actual date falls on a Sunday this year.
Bremerton Bridge Blast
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Day trip from Silverdale:
KCMT's High School Musical
Weekends through Sunday, June 26, 2022
Stay in the know with what's happening for events in Central Kitsap by checking out and liking Silverdale Visitor Center on Facebook!
Contact Us
Have something to share? CLICK HERE to submit stories and
events for Tuesday's Community Connections!
David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Joe Barboza
Operations Manager
Kate Cofer
Membership Coordinator
Brenda Kelley
Tourism Coordinator