October 6, 2022

Chamber Weekly Survey
How significant of an impact does
the lack of housing have on your
ability to hire & retain staff?
Please select one answer from below.
Very Significant
Not Significant
Irrelevant to My Business
*Survey questions are run for 2 weeks to capture all of our readers.
The Greater Kitsap Chamber is committed to learning how best
to serve our business membership and community. Your participation
in poll questions like these help us to work better for you! 

Gnome on the Roam:
25 Days of Shop Local
It's that time of year - Gnome on the Roam is gearing up to launch on Black Friday, November 25, 2022, and we need local businesses interested in participating! Would you like Kitsap Kelly (Dale the Gnome's equally mischievous Shop Local mascot) to visit your shop this holiday season? Contact the Chamber and we will put you on the list. Help us celebrate 25 days of shopping local!

Gearing Up to Capture
the Holiday Dollar
This week MasterCard announced its prediction that holiday spending by customers would increase by 7.1% over last year. This is good news for businesses that were thinking inflation may quell holiday spending. But how did they decide on this and what does your business need to know to make the most from holiday shoppers?


Retailers Staffing Up
Ahead of Holidays

As the holidays approach, retailers have begun ramping up their hiring of seasonal workers. Target announced its plans last week to hire 100,000 workers, while Walmart announced its plans to hire an additional 40,000.

The expansion of the two company’s workforce builds on last year’s hires, where Target added 130,000, and Walmart announced it was hiring 150,000 workers for the holiday season. Walmart also brought on another 20,000 to help alleviate supply chain bottlenecks.

Retailers have continued to raise hourly wages and benefits while increasing scheduling flexibility.

Target and Walmart will distribute the new hires into positions ranging from store and customer service associates to full-time truck drivers. In April, Walmart increased its potential first-year pay for truck drivers to $110,000 to bolster its supply chain efforts. Both companies expect 30-50% of the seasonal hires to transition to part-time or full-time roles in the new year.

After considering inflation, sales growth is expected, albeit at a more modest rate of 1-3%. Seasonal promotions will start earlier this year, and discounting will continue through the holidays to alleviate excess inventory.
Nominations Open: Inaugural GKC Business Awards Gala
We are now accepting nominations for the
Inaugural Business Awards Gala for the Greater Kitsap Chamber
Nominations close on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Tickets go on sale Monday, October 17, 2022
Contact Us
Bremerton Office (360) 479-3579 | 4th & Pacific Downtown Bremerton
Silverdale Office (360) 692-6800 | Kitsap Mall next to Macy's
PO Box 1218 Silverdale WA 98383
If you need assistance, please contact us directly.