Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

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BUSINESS & COMMUNITY NEWS

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Cup Fee Canceled?

City Council Reconsiders Business Waste Ordinance


In response to advocacy from the Chamber and strong feedback from the business community, the Bainbridge Island City Council is considering a swift repeal of the new 25c cup fee amongst several potential changes to the Single Use Foodware and Waste Reduction' Ordinance.


The move comes shortly after the Vancouver, BC City Council made a similar decision.


The Chamber and our partners at the Downtown Association strongly encourage our members to attend or view tonight's City Council Study Session online, as well as to consider writing letters to city council and staff supporting the existing proposal (and/or providing feedback on home compostable products that have been proven to not work - like hot soup containers).

Learn more from the Chamber

Image Credit: Kitsap County Democrats

Christine Rolfes Leads Lengthy List of County Commissioner Candidates


In the race to succeed recently resigned Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder, twelve candidates (also including current council members Joe Deets and Clarence Moriwaki) are on the list shared yesterday by the Kitsap County Democrats.


Want to know why the Democrats are announcing this list? Learn more about the Kitsap County selection process in this recent chamber article


Bainbridge is also represented on the list by long-distance runner and nonprofit leader Greg Nance, and a wide variety of business and community leaders from across the county.


Candidates are scheduled to appear at forums on May 5 & 6, with the top 3 selected on May 13.

Meet the Candidates

Newly-Passed Washington State Bill Lowers Threshold for Police Pursuits


The bill lowers the threshold for police to pursue a suspect from probable cause to reasonable suspicion, but only for limited crimes: violent offense, sex offense, or an escape; or DUI, vehicular assault, domestic violence assault in the first, second, third, or fourth-degree offense.


The House-Amended version of Senate Bill 5352 passed with a vote of 26-22 with one lawmaker absent. The bill now heads to the Governor's desk, and Jay Inslee has previously signaled that he would approve the legislation. 

More from King5 News

The ferry Walla Walla aground on Bainbridge Island - Photo courtesy of Kitsap Sun/AP

Beached Ferry Reminder of WA’s Aging Fleet as State Struggles to Replace Boats


The image, at once striking and unsettling, stood as backdrop to the state’s aging fleet of 21 ferries in need of ever more maintenance simply to keep them afloat.


It’s a point Gov. Jay Inslee made from the shores of Bainbridge Island, where he looked on as the nearly 600 passengers were loaded onto rescue boats supplied by Kitsap Transit.


Lawmakers in Olympia have begun to act, budgeting $1.5 billion over 16 years to build new vessels and convert existing ones to electric.


The state is already behind by at least two years, due largely to a breakdown in negotiations with Vigor, the Seattle-based shipbuilder that constructed the last 10 ferries. That means Washington is spending heavily to keep ships functioning when they’re due for retirement, like the 64-year-old Tillikum.


The state is in the process of rebidding the contracts for the next five boats. Previous rounds of bidding favored local builders, with the state only looking nationally if the bids came in at 5% or more above the engineers’ estimated cost. 

Read More in Seattle Times

On The Agenda at

City Council Study Session: Housing Action Plan

Tue April 18 at 6pm


Alongside the proposed Waste Reduction changes, COBI consultants ECONorthwest will present their much-anticipated Housing Action Plan (HAP).


The HAP was created to identify ways to meet Bainbridge's housing needs now and into the future. It will address Bainbridge's affordable and market-rate housing needs through strategies and actions to encourage greater housing diversity and affordability, and access to opportunity for residents of all income levels.


The approved version will inform both the upcoming Winslow Subarea Plan and the Island-wide Comprehensive Plan, both of which must be completed by the end of 2024.


See the Chamber's overview of the proposed Housing Action Plan

Meeting Agenda + Zoom Link

REET Increase Still Under Consideration


The proposed Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) increase (2SHB 1628) would increase the state-wide real estate excise tax by adding a new 4% tax tier on sales of $5 million or more.


Though timberland and agriculture are excluded, the cost of commercial and multi-family properties would potentially become even less affordable just as the commercial real estate market is slowing down due to higher interest rates and construction costs, ongoing remote work and new uncertainty in banking.


If workforce housing or rising commercial rents are an issue that impacts you and your business - amplify your voice with legislators by signing a letter of opposition drafted by the Association of Washington Business by the end of today, April 18.

Oppose New Real Estate Taxes

Work Ready Bainbridge: Application Window Open For Employers, Employees


The Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) have joined forces to launch an eight-week summer employment and workforce certification program connecting local youth employees (ages 16-24) with employers and the local business/nonprofit community on Bainbridge Island.


The Work Ready program offers businesses pre-screened potential employees and a portion of wage bills covered through generous support from Rotary and from Kitsap Bank.

Learn More & Apply by May 1

NEWS IN BRIEF






CHAMBER UPDATES & EVENTS

Business Awards Party Now Officially Sold Out

Sat Apr 29, 5 - 9pm


Thanks to our supportive members, all the tickets to the 2023 Business Awards Show/After Party at The Manor House have now 100% sold out.


If you slept and missed your opportunity to purchase a ticket, a standby waitlist is now open in case of cancellations.


Thank you to Bainbridge Event Rentals for bringing their "The Lightning Booth" photo fun, Eleven Winery for donating wine, Town & Country Markets for supplying desserts, and Puget Sound Energy for being the dinner sponsor.


All the winners will be announced in our May 2 email newsletter, so stay tuned... and good luck to all the nominees!

Review the List of Nominess

Broad Stripes & Bright Stars: Grand Old 4th Planning


We are preparing to celebrate the Island's largest and longest-running island tradition - The Grand Old 4th!


As your hosts, the Chamber is delighted to have registration open for the Street Fair (all vendors, including food) & Hometown Parade, as well as to humbly ask for Community Volunteers to consider signing up to be part of the fun.


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • April 25 - Car Show Entries Open
  • June 2 - Street Fair Vendor Deadline
  • June 16 - Parade Deadline
All About the 4th's Activities

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR NEW & RENEWING CHAMBER MEMBERS

The Chamber is grateful for the support of each and every member, and we would like to recognize and thank all those who joined or renewed their memberships in March.


Special recognition is gratefully given to Bloedel Reserve, Day Road Animal Hospital, Diamond Parking, Eklund Electric, Inc., Far Away Entertainment, Foster Law Group, Gale Leadership Development, LLC, Indigo Architecture & Interiors, Montessori Country School, - all of whom have now been valued Chamber members for more than 20 years. 


Extra-special thanks go out to Bainbridge Gardens, Reliable Storage, San Carlos Restaurant, and Bainbridge Island School District # 303 for their 40 years of membership!

Chamber Renewals & New Members in March:

  • Amazing Space (19)
  • Anne Reichard - Compass Real Estate, Fitzpatrick & Co. (new)
  • Bainbridge Gardens (40)
  • Bainbridge Island School District # 303 (40)
  • Bainbridge Schools Foundation (15)
  • Bainbridge Vineyards, LLC (9)
  • Barn Door Productions (17)
  • Battle Point Astronomical Assn (1)
  • Bloedel Reserve (30)
  • Civic Allies Consulting (1)
  • Coates Design Architects (17)
  • Day Road Animal Hospital (28)
  • Diamond Parking (26)
  • Eklund Electric, Inc. (27)
  • Fairy Tale Rainbow Eggs (new)
  • Far Away Entertainment (23)
  • FizioLogix Physical Therapy (new)
  • Foster Law Group (21)
  • Gale Leadership Development, LLC (29)
  • Indigo Architecture & Interiors (20)
  • Island Edge Knife Sharpening (new)
  • John L. Scott Real Estate - Bainbridge Island (7)
  • Kinetic Capital (new)
  • Mangrove Education (new)
  • Montessori Country School (27)
  • Pacific Northwest Title of Kitsap County (18)
  • Parfitt Way Management (8)
  • Petit and Olson (5)
  • Reliable Storage (40)
  • Rockin' Ruby's Records (new)
  • Rolling Bay Winery (8)
  • Sabine, Naturally! (4)
  • Sail Bainbridge (7)
  • San Carlos Restaurant (40)
  • Suseyi Pro Moving Company (1)
  • Sweet Dahlia Baking LLC (5)
  • The Island Wanderer Blog (new)
  • Tideland Magazine (1)
  • ZEV Co-Op (new)


NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Co-founders Greg Spooner and Marzena Kmiecik

Fiziologix Physical Therapy


Do you have a nagging injury hanging around like these persistent spring rains? Summer and its myriad outdoor activities are around the corner and Fiziologix Physical Therapy doesn't want you to miss out.


Fiziologix Physical Therapy, a 5-star rated PT clinic (and Bainbridge Island's newest physical therapy clinic located on Day Rd near Eleven Winery) recently opened their doors to active adults, athletes of all ages, and seniors seeking to experience faster, long lasting results in fewer visits, and with less chance for re-injury or chronic pain in the future.


Co-founder and Doctor of Physical Therapy Greg Spooner, DPT is a born-and-bred islander: "I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be home again. Who wouldn't want the chance to live in nature's paradise surrounded by the Olympics, the Sound, and the absolute best people?!"


Book your FREE 20 min Consultation today! 


Learn more or visit 7865 NE Day Rd W #202

MEMBER NEWS

Entrepreneur Greg Dronkert gets ready to launch an electric vehicle car sharing program across the Puget Sound region. Photo courtesy of Tideland Magazine

Electric Vehicles for All: New Electric Car Share Co-Op About to Roll Out Around the Sound


Electric vehicles (EVs) are an essential part of a low-carbon future. So far, their hefty price tags—averaging $65,000 in 2022 according to Kelley Blue Book - have kept EVs out of reach for most car buyers.


Soon, you may not need to own an EV to be able to drive one when you want to, thanks to ZEV co-op, a new all-electric car sharing program rolling out around Puget Sound this spring thanks to a $791,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation.


Learn more from Tideland Magazine

Inside of Coquette Bake Shop new at Winslow Green

Coquette Bake Shop Opens at Winslow Green


The day is here to pick up some fresh baked pastries & sandwiches at Coquette's new location in the corner at Winslow Green.


Enjoy the sunshine on the patio while sipping coffee and indulging on a cinnamon roll.


Congratulations to Jerry and the team for opening up the new 2,000- square-foot location that includes a commercial kitchen, hood and exhaust system.


Visit Jerry & check out the new digs at 100 Winslow Way W

reHOME Project: Coates Wins MUSE Design Gold Medal


Coates Design of Bainbridge Island has won a gold medal MUSE Design Award for its reHOME Project.


The international honor came in the “Rebirth Project” category. It received additional awards in the “Low-Cost Housing” and “Sustainable Design” categories.


Business president Matthew Coates said all of the materials were headed for the landfill, showing recycling is better for the environment. He envisions the project to be replicated across the country. “This project shows that things can be done differently.”


Read more in the Bainbridge Review

Tran family photo, courtesy of HRB

Local Business Owners Share How HRB Helped With Their Housing


You may not know the Tran family by name, but if you live on Bainbridge Island, you almost certainly know their work: Emmy’s Vege House, a decades-old Asian take-out stand at the corner of Madison and Winslow Way; Green Pot Deli, a newcomer to the Pavilion specializing in pho and banh mi; and the trendy Yoyo Poke which opened just this year at Winslow Green.


Read the Tran's Family Story from HRB

April Earth Month Activities


Zero Waste has a month of activities to support Earth Month from picking up litter to playing Earth Bingo.


Plus they are partnering with local organizations to help reuse & recycle household items:


  • Bay Hay and Feed is collecting socks - bring in any kind of clean socks, singles or pairs, with holes or not
  • Marge Williams Center (221 Winslow Way West) is collecting CDs & DVDs
  • Bainbridge Farmers' Market (Persephone Farm, Butler Green Farms, & Central Valley Nursery vendors) is collecting plant pots


Or take action for the environment and pick a roadway or trash-strewn area - borrow waste grabbers from BI Zero Waste to help cleanup litter.


Celebrate trees & ideas to cleanup our planet

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MEMBER COMMUNITY EVENTS

Kitsap Caregiver Community Meetings

April 14, 15, or 18


Join local caregivers and community members for a free informational and inspirational meeting to learn how homecare co-ops can offer an employment alternative for caregivers and quality homecare services for the community’s elders.


April 14: Sylvan Way Library at 4pm


April 15: Poulsbo Vibe Coworkers at 10:30am


April 18: Online at 5:30pm

How to Maximize Your Social Security for Everyone!

Apr 20, at 4:30pm


Join Mary Beth Franklin for a discussion on how to maximize Social Security benefits and learn about how recent changes might affect you.


Learn More & Register for These Free Events

BPA Presents:

Kate Hamill's "Pride & Prejudice"

April 21 - 30, 7:30pm


Experience a fresh and vibrant take on Jane Austen's classic novel with Kate Hamill's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.


Follow the Bennet sisters as they navigate societal expectations, misunderstandings, and unexpected relationships in Regency England (with a few modern twists).


Purchase Tickets from BPA

Salish Sea Greens Oyster Bar Pop-Up at Eleven Winery

Fri April 21, 4 - 7pm


Grab a glass of wine and join Salish Sea Greens as they shuck some of the finest oysters the Puget Sound has to offer. Their oyster bar is complete with all the fixings including (kelp mignonette, lemon and tabasco).


Visit 7671 NE Day Road

Annual Huck Finn & Becky Thatcher Kids' Fishing Derby

Sat April 22, 9am - 12pm


The Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club (BISC) hosts the annual Huck Finn & Becky Thatcher Kids’ Fishing Derby for kids 14 and under (and their families) to celebrate the opening of trout season every year in late April.


The event will be held at the BISC pond, located at 8203 Sportsman Club Rd - starting at 9am sharp.


For guidelines & details

Shredding & Electronic Recyling

Sat April 22, 10am - 1pm


Visit Windermere Real Estate at 249 Winslow Way and drop off your documents to be shredded or desktops, laptops, monitors & TV's to be collected.

Earth Day Expo

Sat April 22, 10am - 2pm


Gathering the community for all things green!


Meet eco-friendly vendors, participate in earth-focused crafts and activities, learn about local native plants and pull invasive weeds...with live music and food trucks.


Celebrate and Read All the Activities

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Sat April 22, 10am - 2pm


Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Improper disposal of prescription medications can lead to accidental poisoning, misuse, or overdose.


Twice each year, the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the Drug Take Back Day to provide a safe, convenient, and environmentally responsible means of disposing unwanted medicines.


At the last event in April, over 9,000 pounds of unwanted medicines were collected in Washington State alone!


Drop off Prescriptions at Current BI Police Station (625 Winslow Way)

TreeBuilder: Informal Genealogy Support

Mon April 24, 7-8:30pm


Want some help getting started on your family tree? Need ideas to build on what you already know?


Stop by and meet with members of the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) who will help you build out that tree. TreeBuilder is a partnership between BIGS and the Bainbridge Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library and takes place on the fourth Monday of each month. 


More Info at Bainbridge Library

Biddle Memorial Golf Tournament

Mon April 24


The Biddle Memorial Golf Tournament provides a special day to celebrate the impact that Troy & Baden had, their commitment to others, and to enjoy time with old and new friends.


Participants play golf at the Wing Point Golf Club course, and enjoy lunch, cocktails, dinner and auction with other golfers and friends in the community. 


The money raised from the tournament goes to the Troy and Baden Biddle Foundation, which in turn gives back to the Bainbridge Island community.


Learn More and Sign Up to Play

Businesses: Talk Waste Reduction with City Staff & Council Members

Wed April 26, 3 - 4pm


In partnership with the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, the Chamber would like to invite all impacted local business owners to a coffee and chat session at the BIDA offices (147 Madrone Lane N).


Both City staff and Council Members will be present to hear your thoughts.


RSVP for the Event

North Ward Meeting

Sat April 29, 10am - 12pm


Mayor Brenda Fantroy-Johnson, Councilmember Joe Deets and At-Large Councilmember Kirsten Hytopoulos, together with City Manager Blair King, will attend the North Ward Meeting.


Ward Meetings are intended to be less formal than a Council meeting, so it allows for more of a conversation between community members and Council members.


More About this North Ward Meeting

For more Bainbridge Island events head over to the community calendar at bainbridgecurrents.com

BUSINESS SURVEY

Each month the Chambers of Commerce ask a single question to gather information on our communities and our county...


Q: How do you feel about the e-commerce element of your business?

(please select a single answer)
It is critical and working well
It is important, but needs improvement
It's doing just fine
It needs a lot of work
I wish we had one
Not relevant to my business

Recent Survey Results


Last month we asked our readers to share how many times a month they use Kitsap Transit's Scheduled Bus Routes or BI Ride:

Bainbridge Island Results

Based on 141 total responses

FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

Business Info Brochure Racks:


Expanded capacity for 4x9" rack cards in our indoor and outdoor racks at both Ferry Info Kiosk + Winslow Way Info Desk.

Email For Details

Via Rosa Conference Room:


Seating for 10 people, a 50” video screen + giant whiteboard wall – Avail. for 60-minute or 120-minute sessions

Book the Room

PSE Spotlight Pop-Up Window:


Prime position 6ft x 6ft area comes with display stand, power, internet + 43" monitor - available for 2 or 3 week slots.

Book A Pop-Up


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