Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Important News for You
Supreme Court Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Rule, Allows Mandate for Health Care Workers
The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.

At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday came during a spike in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.

Chamber News
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The 6 Chambers of Commerce in Kitsap County are asking the same question of our members to provide both local and countywide insight into what our business community is experiencing. If you are a member of multiple Chambers, please complete only one Chamber's survey for your business each week.
Member News
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SERVPRO of Kitsap County
Miss Poulsbo Miss Kitsap Miss Silverdale Scholarship Organization
Awards New Titles for 2022
The Miss Poulsbo Miss Kitsap Miss Silverdale Scholarship Organization held their annual pageant at Bremerton's historic Admiral Theatre on Saturday evening, with top honors going to Gillian Morrison (Poulsbo), Kelsee Bryant (Kitsap) and Miranda Rodrigues (Silverdale). These three young ladies will undergo a year of service to their communities, making public appearances for local community services and non-profit groups, sharing their platforms and supporting local businesses and organizations. Congratulations!
Leadership Kitsap Honors 20 Under 40
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30 pm

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We'd love to share! Please send information to Irene at the Chamber!

Member Spotlight
Encore Communities consist of a wide range of housing and care options that include independent living and assisted living along with other care options, including short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care. With four facilities located in beautiful Silverdale, Encore Communities serves to meet the many different needs and lifestyles of our community members.

(Independent Living & Memory Care)
(360) 692-4480

(Assisted Living)
(360) 692-1228

(Short-Term Rehabilitation)
(360) 698-3930
Education Committee
Business Brief: What to Be Aware of in 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 3:00 pm
Regulations change on the regular, join this UpLift Kitsap where Frank Warner will share the changes coming in 2022 and how we can be prepared.

Topics will include:

  • What financial regulations will be changing in 2022 and 2023
  • What we can do to best financially prepare ourselves and our businesses for these changes
PRESENTER: Frank Warner

Frank Warner has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. In addition to being an expert in college and retirement financial planning, he is the owner of his own CPA firm located in Silverdale, WA where he has been since 1981.
Created by the Kitsap Business Forum, UpLift Kitsap is a free interactive online
series fostering strong and resilient business leaders.
Member Education & Training Resources
Pre:Award: Steps to a Federal Contract
Expanding Your Revenue Stream with Gov't Contracting
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 8:00 am
Are you interested in government contracting? Attend this quick overview on registering to sell to the government, marketing to the government, where to find opportunities and other contracting basics. 
Locally, every first Wednesday of the month from 8:00 - 10:00 am, the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance hosts a coffee hour to answer questions about the complex
world of government contracting. Learn more HERE.
Kitsap Business Journal: How in Tune are You with Emotional Intelligence When Hiring?
Technical skills. Industry knowledge. Years of experience. Specific training in the “how-to’s” of doing the job. These are the things employers and hiring managers tend to look for when resumes come across their desk.

When it comes time for the interview, what are the things to learn from the candidate? Top trends in 2022 show that again, it’s the emotional intelligence (EQ) aspects of an individual to really dive into. When employees hold a higher EQ, studies show that teams run smoother, employee engagement is higher, and organizations benefit.

WHA "Ask a Lawyer" Webinar: What Do I
Do When My Employees Have COVID?
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 10:00 am
Employment lawyer Catharine Morisset will answer your questions about what to do when one (or more) of your employees have COVID including:

If the employee requests to apply for Paid Sick Time, what do I owe the employee? The shift they missed or 5 days' worth of time?
FREE! Business Bookkeeping Basics
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:00 am
Bookkeeping is a critical element of your business’s success.

In this educational webinar Phyllis Johnson, owner & CEO of PKJ Consulting, will break down the bookkeeping process into simple terms so that you can begin keeping track of your numbers and move your business forward.

  • Understanding what bookkeeping is
  • Understanding the importance of bookkeeping for your business
  • Review of bookkeeping software to use
  • Making the decision to hire or manage your books yourself
FREE! 10 Key Steps to Grow Your Solo Business
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:00 am
Starting a business is not easy, but successfully building a business that brings in profit is even more difficult. So how can you grow your solo business into a profitable brand that will enable you to live the life you want to live?

Join successful entrepreneur Ramon Ray, who has started four companies and sold two, as he shares his journey and best tips with you. Here are some topics Ramon will be covering:

  • The power of FOCUS to grow
  • How and why to delegate to others
  • Time management - how to "get more hours" out of your power
  • Why selling cheap is NOT good
Government Affairs Committee
AWB Amplified: Long-Term Care
Senator Emily Randall Proposes End
to Narrows' Bridge Toll
Military Affairs Committee
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Registration is open until February 18th, but you must register by January 19th
to be included in our promotional materials for this event.
Business Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Replay:
The State of American Business
from January 11, 2022 Live Event
Start a Business in WA Workshop
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 2:00 pm
Are you considering starting a business, or did you recently start one and still have lots of questions?

This free, one-hour webinar will give you a strong foundation for starting a business in Washington. It covers planning, registration and licensing, and other regulatory requirements. You’ll connect with business liaisons from the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance, the Secretary of State’s Office, and the Departments of Revenue, Employment Security, and Labor and Industries, who will also provide you information about many free or low-cost assistance programs.
Shared Work & LMEA Data to Start
or Grow Your Business
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 11:50 am
The webinar series provides program overviews and highlights the requirements and resources, and the most current information for businesses. This valuable information will help businesses make informed decisions for their operational effectiveness, stay resilient and thrive during the ebb and flow of economic cycles.

The webinar features the SharedWork program and labor market and economic information for the resilience of new and existing businesses.

What you'll learn about Labor Market and Economic Analysis services:

• How labor market information helps with business decision making.
• Data + analysis = informed decisions.
• Using the LMEA website to find what you need.
• Answers to the most common LMEA questions and much more.
• Who are regional economist and how they can help.

What you’ll learn about the SharedWork program:

• Steps to enroll in SharedWork program.
• Business eligibility and program benefits.
• How a workplace can improve with the SharedWork program.
• Answers to the most common SharedWork questions and much more.
The Economic Impact of the Pandemic
on Washington Women
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 5:00 pm
As part of our year-long series, The Next Normal – Building a Just and Equal Future for All Women in Washington State, the Center for Women & Democracy is very pleased to partner with the Washington State Women’s Commission for a special two-hour virtual event on Thursday, January 20th from 5 to 7 pm.

Join us as we listen to leaders and experts in policy, law, public service, and education as they explore the statewide economic impact of the pandemic on women in Washington State. They will discuss policies and actions needed to build a more woman-centered infrastructure that improves equity for working women.
Kitsap County News
The Kitsap County administration building in Port Orchard. Jessie Darland/Kitsap Sun
County Commissioners Approve Sales Tax Increase for Affordable Housing
Faced with a troubling increase in homelessness in the region that’s been exacerbated by a scarcity of housing, the Kitsap County commissioners on Monday passed a 1/10th of 1% sales and use tax that will be used to help pay for more affordable housing.

The ordinance was unanimously approved by Commissioners Charlotte Garrido, Rob Gelder and Ed Wolfe following input received from public hearings last year. Wolfe said he supported the ordinance and quoted a statistic gathered from a Just in Time survey conducted in the county showing there was more than 500 people in 2020 who were homeless.

The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on January 14, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project.

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

  • Chinook Way NE near University Point Circle NE to Illahee Rd. NE (TU-TH)
  • Old Military Rd. from SR303 to NE Fairgrounds Rd. (TU-TH)

WSDOT Project Alert: Construction crews working on the SR3 Chico Creek fish barrier removal project. Temporary speed limit reduction to 45mph in both directions on SR3 along one-mile section for the duration of the project. For details and to sign up for WSDOT electronic updates, visit the WSDOT Project Page.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Biden Administration to Launch Website for
Free COVID Tests on Wednesday
The Biden administration on Wednesday will launch a website where Americans can order up to four free COVID-19 testing kits per person, according to a senior administration official.

The tests, part of the Biden administration's purchase of 500 million tests last month to help tackle a record surge in infections, will be available at COVIDTest.gov and mailed to homes within 7-12 days through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of the announcement.

Inslee Provides Support to Hospitals
Amid Omicron Surge
With COVID-19 cases rising due to the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, hospitals are seeing a dramatic increase in COVID hospitalizations. The health care staffing shortages have led hospitals to be at or over their capacity to treat patients. Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that the state will be taking a number of actions to help alleviate the staffing crisis in hospitals.

Kitsap Public Health Shares Updated
Guidance on Mask-Wearing
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.

With the new wave of cases due to the Omicron variant, testing availability and resources are being strained both locally and nationally. Testing appointments or at-home tests may be difficult to find. Please be patient as you seek a test and plan well in advance if you need a test to participate in activities such as travel. KPHD has updated our list of organizations providing COVID-19 testing in Kitsap County here.
Silverdale Visitor Center
CSTOCK Presents: Matilda
Now through January 30, 2022
Kitsap Winter Car Show
Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Kitsap Wedding Expo is still accepting vendor applications. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Sunny Jack Events HERE.
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