A Weekly Digest For Bainbridge Business Owners & Our Community
BUSINESS & COMMUNITY NEWS
FIRST FED CONFIRMED AS 2022 SPONSORS OF GO4 PARADE
The famous mile-long parade will flow through the streets of Winslow this year thanks in part to the generous support of First Fed bank, whose branch manager Kimbril Moore also sits on the Chamber Board.

"We look at sponsoring the Grand Old 4th Parade as not only an investment in our community, but an opportunity to help bring Bainbridge back together in celebration of our independence."
Kimbril Moore

Note: Sign ups for Parade Entrants will begin in late April

TAX BREAK FOR BUSINESSES: ESD RECALCULATES LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Most employers will see a reduction in their Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates in 2022 and 2023 thanks to SB 5873 recently being signed into law.

  • Most employers will see a 0.25% reduction in their 2022 social cost factor rate (from 0.75% to 0.5%).
  • The 2023 social cost factor rate will now be capped at 0.7% rather than 0.8%.

The bill was passed as an effort to help businesses continue to grow and recover from the pandemic.
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THE ORCA BUSINESS INCENTIVE IS BACK!
If your business is not using the ORCA card for your employees, the time to start might be now - there is up to a 50% discount when you join the ORCA Business Incentive Program.

Incentives and support for returning programs is also being offered, so revisit your program options to see what makes the most sense for you and your employees here in 2022.

REBATES AVAILABLE FOR BAINBRIDGE RESTAURANTS THAT REMOVE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC SERVICE WARE
West Coast nonprofit, Plastic Free Restaurants stands ready to reimburse restaurant owners with up to $5/piece for replacing single-use plastics with reusable metal, ceramic etc dishes/utensils before May 31, 2022. 

To-date, PFR has eliminated more than 2.6 million pieces of single-use plastics from the waste stream and they are offering to help Island business owners do the same.

It’s designed to be a simple, easy process, one that is outlined further in a recent article in The Island Wanderer.

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ROUNDABOUTS & GROW COMMUNITY HEADLINE TONIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING (6PM START)
Tonight's meeting marks the return on in-person City Council meetings (but will also be available via zoom from 6pm onwards).

On the Agenda:

SR 305: WSDOT will provide updates on safety improvements for Bainbridge Island. Plans include acquiring city-owned lands for construction of two roundabouts.


Grow Community: Is seeking approval to amend their final development from 18 multi-family and 4 single-family units to 14 single-family units total. The development is slated for Shepard Way, east of Grow Avenue.


Also to be discussed:

  • Increases to Building + Development Fees
  • Allocating $2M in American Rescue Plan funds to Housing Resources Bainbridge 
  • Adoption of The Sustainable Transportation Plan


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HYLA HIGH SCHOOL + BETHANY AFFORDABLE HOUSING BACK UP AT PLANNING COMMISSION 
Thursday March 24, 6 pm
A second public participation meeting for the proposed Hyla High School project on Ericksen Avenue will be held to correct a previous error in the city’s public notices.

The continuation of the lively discussions around Bethany Lutheran’s proposed Affordable Housing project is also on the Agenda possibly moving to a vote Thursday night.



EPA SEEKS INPUT ON NEW WYKOFF/EAGLE HARBOR SUPERFUND PLAN
A new Community Involvement Plan for the Island's original Superfund Site is being developed right now.
The plan will describe how EPA will inform and engage the local community while working on cleanup design and construction at the site.

Officials would like to hear from you about how best to communicate this plan to neighbor’s and larger community.

NEWS IN BRIEF
CHAMBER UPDATES
IT'S BACK: CHAMBER AFTER HOURS RETURNS THURS NIGHT
To get things started on our business mixer series, the Chamber Team is hosting an open house (and thank-you party) at our newly-remodeled offices on Winslow Way at 5:30pm on Thursday night.

This is a great chance for Chamber Members new and old to come hang out with your fellow business owners, and enjoy sparkling conversation and complementary tasty beverages (from event sponsor Eleven Winery) and small bites (from chamber good neighbor T&C).

Admission is free to members, with a $20 charge for non-member drop-ins.

Less than 30 spaces remain, so please go ahead and RSVP ASAP OK?
TWO NEW WAYS TO JOIN THE CHAMBER TEAM
With all this new activity at the Chamber, we have a couple of flexible, part-time openings for:

  • Licensing Trainees
  • Island Ambassadors

(and front desk volunteers too!)


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BAINBRIDGE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
DAVID KOTZ WOODWORKS
David Kotz is looking for an experienced business executive to purchase and operate a majority of the company that bears his name with the goal of taking the organization to the next level.

Kotz fully intends to support the new owners in an ongoing advisory role.

JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
SOUND PUBLISHING SEEKS BAINBRIDGE APPLICANTS
Island-based positions include a local Sports Reporter.

ISLANDWOOD HIRING FOR EVENTS + GRADUATE PROGRAMS
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND POLICE ACADEMY SEEKS RECRUITS
MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS
FAM JAM at KiDiMu
FAM JAM @ KiDiMu
Saturday March 26,10am-2pm
Bring the family for free, outdoor celebration at KiDiMu with hands-on activities, music from Johnny Bregar, storytime with Kitsap Regional Library, and street tacos from the Bainbridge Apothecary & Tea Shop Taco Barn.

Most importantly, be sure to grab the the second edition of the museum's Explore Bainbridge activity book.

KiDiMu Mini Golf Fundraiser
GROWN-UPS TAKEOVER KIDIMU 
Saturday March 26, 6-9 pm
Pick up your golden putter for a good cause and join KiDiMu for an Adult's Only Mini Golf fundraiser.

Putt over, under and through the museum exhibits. Then head upstairs to the “clubhouse” where a DJ, food and drinks are provided.

Tickets are $50 - come dressed in your “country club” best. 

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BAINBRIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE 2022
Sunday March 27, 12:30-5pm
ReFashion Bainbridge is hosting the 18th annual Environmental Conference, with a theme of We All Get Dressed: Garb, Gear and Growing a Sustainable Clothing Economy.

Spend the day rethinking your role in the ready-to-wear and disposable fashion industries with consumption psychologists, textile recycling experts, and local fibershed leaders.

Registration is $10; financial scholarships are available.

BOOST BHS BANDS VIA ANNUAL SPRING FLOWER SALE
Support music on Bainbridge and welcome spring with hanging baskets for your home or business.

This campaign helps the Band Boosters raise half of the yearly operational budget for 3 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles, a percussion ensemble, a competitive marching band, and winterguard, jazz combos, and a New Orleans Brass Band.

The 12" hanging flower baskets are $45 each with free delivery.

BUSINESS EDUCATION & SUPPORT
KEDA & WWU UNVEIL UPDATED KITSAP ECONOMIC PROFILE
Wednesday March 30, 9:30am
Kitsap County’s mainstays continue to thrive – but pandemic-fueled changes in demographics and growth point to future opportunities for local business owners. 


Learn more at KEDA’s free online Annual Meeting Wednesday, March 30 from 9:30-11:30 am.

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LOAN FORGIVENESS + PPP
Tuesday March 29, 11am
Did you take a second draw from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?

The deadline to apply for loan forgiveness is coming up, and applying is easier than ever. Learn how to navigate the application process.

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BUSINESS TIP: GEN Z IS CHANGING SHOPPING FOREVER
Grab some of Gen Z’s $140 billion in buying power for your business by learning more about:

  • How to create Value and Authenticity in Your Brand/Products
  • Social Media and Influencers Boost Brands
  • Creating Seamless Digital to In-Store Experiences
  • Buy Now Pay Later Programs

BUSINESS TIP: HOW TO AVOID POSTAL DELAYS
Using USPS for mailers? It may take up to 5 days to reach its destination.

Here’s a few ways avoid slowdowns:
  • Send invoices early to reduce cash flow disruption. 
  • Remember that if it’s going further, it takes longer.
  • Next-day delivery is for local, presorted mail only.
  • Learn the new cut-off for 2-Day mail delivery.
  • Use automated processes to avoid slowdowns and mistakes.


LOCAL COVID UPDATES
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EVUSHELD VACCINES AVAILABLE FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED
As restrictions lift and masks come off there are still many questions for those with compromised immunity.

Authorized by the FDA in December, AstraZeneca’s Evusheld can provide an extra layer of protection against COVID in immunocompromised people who have also had the vaccines. The Biden Administration purchased 1.7 million doses for use.

Talk to your doctor/healthcare provider.


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COVID-19 GUIDANCE & REQUIREMENTS TOOL KIT
As an employer, emerging from COVID-19 can still feel overwhelming and confusing.

To make it easier the Washington State Hospitality Association has provided a tool kit with updates and direct links to information from state’s Department of Labor & Industries, Department of Health, the National Restaurant Association and other.

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COVID RATES CONTINUE TO FALL ACROSS KITSAP
The latest County COVID infection rates are now down to just 32 cases per 100,000 residents.

Island numbers are down to 8 (yes, 8!) cases per 100k, but all parts of the county are now also below 40/100k.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have now been 1,783 total cases recorded on Bainbridge, only 3 of them new over the past week.


Vaccination rates on Bainbridge continuing to lead the county - more than 99% of Islanders aged 12+ are vaccinated, alongside 75% of 5 to 11-yr-olds.

CHAMBER MEMBER RESOURCES
MASKS NOW OPTIONAL AT CHAMBER OFFICES
In line with the state mask mandate lifting last week, the Chamber team is equally pleased to welcome smiling unmasked faces - as well as those who still prefer to wear a mask - to our Winslow Way offices.

But even as we enjoy the newly-relaxed requirements, please do remember that some people and some locations still choose and/or need to wear masks, including:

  • Medical facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Public transit – including state ferries and county buses


FREE CHAMBER CONFERENCE ROOM + POP-UP SPACE BOOKING FOR MEMBERS
Hold your next meeting, client greeting, or business development event at the Chamber’s new conference room.

With seating for 10 people, a 50” video screen, and giant whiteboard wall – it’s the perfect place to think big.


The Chamber is accepting 1 or 2 week bookings to help businesses without a storefront on main street promote their services, products, events or organizations.

The space is 6 foot x 6 foot and comes with power and a video monitor provided

SPRING IS COMING: TIME TO DISPLAY YOUR 4X9 RACK CARDS
As part of our renovation project, the Chamber has expanded capacity for 4x9" promo cards in new indoor and outdoor racks at the Ferry Info Kiosk and our Winslow Way Offices.


DesignTip: make sure the important stuff is in the top 2.5 inches, because that's all that people can usually see!

ERASE THE WASTE TABLE-TENTS & SIGNAGE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
To help explain Bainbridge's new restrictions on single-use plastic to consumers, COBI has begun to send out free table-tents to our local eating and drinking establishments.

If you have not yet received yours, or need some more, please come pick them up for free at the Chamber office.