Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Important News for You
Bremerton Celebrates Armed Forces Day
76th Annual Parade saw more than 150 entries for
a fun-filled day in Downtown Bremerton
Enjoy this short video of our 76th Annual Bremerton Armed Forces Day Festival & Parade! Many thanks to Tiffany Diamond Photography, as well as Brenda Kelley and The Kitsap Life for their photo contributions. Please join us again next year on May 18, 2024 as we honor our military community once more.
Chamber News
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May Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Don't forget to bring a raffle item for our monthly raffle benefitting the Chamber Scholarship Fund. Raffle tickets can be purchased with cash or you can be invoiced!
Grand Opening: Spread Supplies
Thursday, June 1, 2023, 4:00 pm
Bremerton GreenDrinks @ Admiral Theatre
Thursday, June 8, 2023, 5:00 pm
Save the date - tickets on sale soon!
Renew your membership today to ensure your place as a Charter Member of the Greater Kitsap Chamber! Questions about when to renew or how to upgrade your membership? Contact Irene now!
Missed a previous edition of the Chamber's Community Connections?
View all the past issues on our website HERE.
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
Suitcases on Standby Travel
Have you dreamed of a European river cruise? Amy with Suitcases on Standby Travel attended the River Cruise Expo Budapest, Hungary this Spring to become more familiar with the various brands and ships available for river cruising. If a Christmas Market river cruise or any other itinerary is on your Book-It list, Suitcases on Standby Travel will be hosting a River Cruise Night this fall. More details for the event will be shared later this summer. Check suitcasesonstandby.com for the most up-to-date information on this and other events hosted by Amy and partnering travel suppliers.
(360) 621-3058 | amy@suitcasesonstandby.com
Commemorate Memorial Day at USS Turner Joy
Monday, May 29, 2023, 10:00 am
The public is invited to commemorate Memorial Day by attending a ceremony on the fantail of the historic destroyer USS Turner Joy. Beginning at 10:00 am on Monday, May 29th, the event will feature playing of the National Anthem while the local sea cadet squadron parades the colors, taps, rifle salute and remarks from a local active-duty Navy Lieutenant Commander, followed by the annual laying of the memorial wreath to remember our fallen. 

This event is sponsored by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the US Navy League, and the council’s President, Tom Zwolfer, will serve as the master of ceremonies. 

The USS Turner Joy is located on the downtown Bremerton waterfront. Parking is available at the Kitsap Conference Center near the Bremerton Ferry Terminal. Coffee and donuts will be provided following the ceremony on board the ship in the crew’s mess.
Admiral Theatre Announces 2023-24 Season
Ticket packages go on sale to the general public on June 13th
Bremerton's Admiral Theatre proudly presents their 2023-2024 season! Current season ticket holders have until June 1 to renew their seats before they are released to the public.

Full season, half season and preset 5-6 show ticket packages go on sale to the public on Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. Full season tickets include 25 shows featuring world-class artists such as Pink Martini, The Music of Billy Joel Starring Michael Cavanaugh, Jake Shimabukuro, Samantha Fish, Comedian Brian Regan, Eli Young Band, Tito Puente, Jr., “The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunther’s Coasters,” and more! Two half season packages will be available with 12 shows each. Reserve any ticket package now with a $100 deposit per seat*.
Ahoy Kitsap Playland Offers Summer Pre-Sale
For a limited time our 2023 Summer Fun Cards are on sale for pre-order. Regularly $45, save $5 when you pre-order your Summer Fun Card by May 31st. That's just $8 admission per visit or 46% off regular admission for the summer! All pre-orders will ship the first week of June.
Important Info: Summer Fun Cards include 5 single admissions, which may be shared between siblings but not friends. Summer Fun Cards are highly discounted for summer admission only and expire on August 31, 2023. 
Member Spotlight
Growing Greater Businesses Grant Spotlight: Beyond Reality and Beyond Karaoke
Creating unforgettable experiences
Meet Justin Able, the visionary owner of Beyond Reality and Beyond Karaoke in downtown Bremerton. Through his cutting-edge virtual reality arcade and cyberpunk-themed karaoke club, Justin has carved a unique niche in the community. His commitment to innovation and seizing opportunities has propelled his businesses to thrive.

Beyond Realty and Beyond Karaoke offer unforgettable experiences, showcasing Justin's fearless embrace of innovation. Beyond Karaoke stands out with its cyberpunk aesthetic, while Justin's enthusiasm for virtual reality shines through.

Collaborating with downtown Bremerton businesses, Justin revitalizes the area as a vibrant hub of culture and entertainment.

Don't miss the extraordinary experiences at Beyond Reality and Beyond Karaoke. Join Justin on his journey of innovation and limitless imagination at beyond-karaoke.com or beyondreality.biz.

524 4th Street | Bremerton, WA 98337 | (360) 627-9080
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
Lift: Kitsap Women's Leadership Network
Navigating Microaggressions as a Woman in Leadership
Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 12:00 pm
Work Transformation Summit
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 9:00 am
You’re invited to join our next Work Transformation Summit where you’ll hear from AI experts, analysts, and executives on how AI is shaping human connection in the workplace. As an attendee you’ll be able to:

  • Hear about Zoom’s approach to responsible AI, with an AI expert’s look at the implications for human connection.
  • Join a live discussion with a panel of analysts to discuss how to best integrate AI into the customer journey.
  • Learn how to balance automation and ethics when rolling out AI automation in an organization.
  • Participate in breakout sessions with your peers to discuss crucial topics around AI and the future of work.
WTIA: Defining Your Ideal Customer
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 11:30 am
Focused on creating ideal customer profiles and buyer personas, this workshop will allow you to learn to conduct market research, analyze audience needs and craft compelling messaging that speaks directly to your target market.

Build a solid foundation for your marketing campaigns and drive growth like never before.
Burnout to Brilliance
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 5:00 pm
Are you a high achieving, entrepreneur or conscious business leader who feels overwhelmed?

Do you feel like no matter how much harder you work, you'll never keep up?
In this 90 minute interactive workshop, learn how to shift from burnout to brilliance through paradigm shifting conversation, questions, and qigong tai chi inspired exercises.

  • What is burnout?
  • 4 Myths to Preventing Burnout
  • 3 Powers to Shift into Brilliance
Military Relations Committee
Business News & Resources
Your Cybersecurity Needs to Keep Up
Published in the Harvard Business Review
Phonto: zoff-photo/Getty Images

In 2022 alone, a total of 4,100 publicly disclosed data breaches occurred, comprising some 22 billion records that were exposed. All this despite the fact that organizations around the world spent a record-breaking $150 billion on cybersecurity in 2021. Software itself is changing, too. The rise of artificial intelligence in general, and generative AI in particular, is fundamentally altering the way companies use software. The increasing use of AI is, in turn, making software’s attack surfaces more complicated and software itself more vulnerable. How, then, should companies go about securing their software and data? What companies aim to achieve from their security programs must evolve, just as the way that companies’ use of data and software has evolved. It is past time for their cybersecurity efforts to change. 

How ChatGPT Will Raise the Bar for
Millions of Entry-Level Jobs
Published on FastCompany.com, May 18, 2023
Photo: CadoMaestro/Pexels; Rawpixel

While it’s risky business for anyone to foretell the impact of ChatGPT, this hasn’t stopped hundreds of commentators from jabbering on about how it’ll change how we live, work, and learn (including how it could be a plague upon education or result in a “nuclear-level catastrophe”). But what about AI’s impact on employers, and the workers they’re having so much trouble finding

$25,000 National Grant Application for LGBTQIA+ Businesses Now Open
Apply by June 6, 2023
In partnership with Founders First CDC, the GSBA is excited to announce the National Pride Grant focused on supporting LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs. The $25,000 fund will make investments of $1,000 each to 25 LGBTQIA+ business owners across the United States. The application deadline is June 6, 2023.
Is my business eligible?
  • Identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Must be a CEO, President, or Business Owner
  • Business must be located in the United States
  • Business annual revenue does not exceed $5M

Must have between 2 to 50 employees.
Applications Now Open for U.S. Chamber's
Small Business Awards Program
Apply Now thru July 7, 2023
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the launch of a new awards program for small businesses: America's Top Small Business! Applications for the program open today, May 4, 2023.
Formerly known as the Dream Big Awards, America’s Top Small Business (ATSB) aims to recognize small businesses doing big things in their industries and communities through innovation, job creation and a commitment to being an integral part of a thriving business ecosystem.
We’ll be choosing Top Small Businesses across America (10 in each of seven regions). The highest scoring business in each region will be named one of America’s Top Small Businesses and one finalist will win America’s Top Small Business of the Year Award — a $25,000 cash prize!
Find out everything you need to know about the ATSB program, including who is eligible to apply, how winners are chosen, important dates and deadlines, and more on our FAQ page
Nonprofit News & Resources
The Greater Kitsap Chamber is proud to be one of only five Chambers statewide selected to partner with the Nonprofit Association of Washington (NAWA) to bring education and resources to nonprofits in Western Washington. Stay tuned to this section of our weekly newsletter for education, resources and more for our nonprofit community. To learn more about NAWA, please visit their website here.
Creating a Personalized Fundraising Ecosystem
Published on NonProfitPro.com, May 22, 2023
Photo: Pexels by Ivan Samkov

Personalization is happening in nonprofits. Though more than 50% of nonprofits already do some sort of personalization, it’s often done on a single channel (usually email or SMS) and/or to a single audience (yes, I’m referring to major gifts). 

It results in emails that are 26% more likely to be opened and donors that feel 71% more engaged. Therefore, the opportunity to personalize a donor or volunteer’s experience across your nonprofit’s entire digital ecosystem is huge.

Online: Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits
Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 10:00 am
We each have our own experiences with finance that may stir up excitement, mixed feelings, or uneasiness. These feelings can shape how we approach our relationship to nonprofit finance. Approaching nonprofit finance in a welcoming way, the Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits virtual workshop aims to help unlock your financial literacy. From key words and forms to understanding how everything fits together, you will increase your basic nonprofit finance knowledge.

The virtual workshop will cover:
  • Balance sheet
  • Income statement
  • IRS Form 990
  • Giving
  • Oversight

This workshop will be recorded. Registrants will receive the recording by email after the event. If you can’t attend the training but you are interested in learning about this topic, please register so you we can send you the recording and materials.  
Nonprofit HR Gathering: What Nonprofits Need
to Know About the Equal Pay & Opportunities Act and Wage Transparency
Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 12:00 pm
The Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (EPOA), which took effect in 2018, promotes gender pay equity in Washington State through equal pay, equal career advancement opportunities, open wage discussions, prohibited retaliation, and other protections for employees and job applicants.

What does your nonprofit need to know about the EPOA? And why is wage transparency important? Join the gathering to hear from specialists from L&I and nonprofit leaders who are advocating for an even more transparent process. This gathering will include presentations from L&I’s equal pay agents and a nonprofit advocate for equal pay, an interactive panel discussion, and time at the end to have your questions answered.

The HR Gathering is for those who currently work in human resources or similar roles in the nonprofit sector. We invite those whose work focuses on HR to come together to learn, exchange information, and support each other. Whether you work in an HR department or support HR in another capacity, this gathering is for you!

This gathering will be recorded. If you are unable to attend, you can still register to receive the recording and resources.
Greater Kitsap News
Here's Who Has Registered to Run for Elected Office in Kitsap County this Year
Published in the Kitsap Sun, May 16, 2023, updated May 20, 2023
Photo: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun

Port Orchard voters will see a challenge to the city's incumbent mayor in the November election, Anna Mockler and Mike Simpson will square off for another election in Bremerton, and school board races in Central Kitsap, North Kitsap and South Kitsap will have contested primary races, after filing week in Kitsap County concluded on Friday.

Overall more than 110 residents registered with the Kitsap County Auditor's Office for the Aug. 1 primary that will advance candidates to the general election on Nov. 7.

Memorial Day Service
Kitsap Transit will Operate Holiday Service
On Memorial Day, May 29, Routed buses will operate Holiday Schedules or may not operate. Please see your route schedule for availability and times of service or use our route lookup tool online at: kitsaptransit.com/holiday-schedule.

  • Kitsap Fast Ferries and the Port Orchard Ferry will operate normal weekday service.
  • The Annapolis Ferry will NOT operate.
  • BI Ride will operate from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Trips after 4:00 PM must be booked through the app.
  • Kingston Ride Fast Ferry Commuter and Southworth Ride Fast Ferry Commuter will operate regular weekday service.
  • Kingston Ride, SK Ride, Nollwood Dial-A-Ride and Purdy Ride will NOT operate.
  • ACCESS service will operate holiday service hours. Any recurring or subscription trips on Memorial Day will be canceled. Call ACCESS at 1.800.422.2877 to rebook your ride.
  • There will be no Worker/Driver service. Some Vanpools may not operate; call your Vanpool driver for information.

Kitsap Transit's Customer Service Office and call center will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Administrative Office and ORCA call center will be closed. Call 1.800.501.7433 with any questions before the holiday.
Community Information
Masks & COVID Testing Kits Available
Free at the Greater Kitsap Chamber & Visitor Center
The Greater Kitsap Chamber still has some supplies available if your local business is in need of KN95 masks or COVID testing kits. Pick up your supply at both GKC locations today. Available while supplies last.
WSDOT Hosts Virtual Community Meetings
May 23 - June 7, 2023
The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma XII
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Music Discovery Center & Coffee Oasis
First Fridays Live
Silverdale GreenDrinks
Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 5:24 pm
Tourism Information
Bremerton Community Theatre Presents:
Murder on the Orient Express
June 2 - 25, 2023
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but by morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. Ken Ludwig's clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic boasts all the glamour, intrigue and suspense of Dame Agatha's celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace.
Admiral Theatre Presents: Lorrie Morgan
Saturday, June 3, 2023, 7:30 pm
She is undeniably one of the most eloquently emotive vocalists of modern times, and Lorrie Morgan is set to perform at Bremerton’s Admiral Theatre on Saturday, July 3, 2023.

Lorrie Morgan has been around great songs all her life. She is a Nashville native who is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 13, singing "Paper Roses." Her father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 51. She was l6 at the time and just beginning her musical career. Lorrie Morgan began making her own records shortly thereafter and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at just 24 years old.
Bremerton Westsound Symphony:
The Music of Living
Saturday, June 3, 2023, 7:30 pm
SAVE-THE-DATE: Bremerton Bridge Blast
Saturday, June 24, 2023
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