Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Important News for You
Reserve Your Space Now in the
2022 Destination Guide
We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Lunar Cow Publishing, a firm specializing in destination marketing for the Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers Destination Guide. We are excited about the opportunities this new publication will offer you.

The Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers Destination Guide is our premier promotional piece. The guide is the first resource that visitors will use when looking for attractions and planning trips to Silverdale and Bremerton.

Participation in the Destination Guide has great advantages. 2,500 printed copies of this publication will be distributed in the best locations to help drive traffic to our advertisers, and our digital GoGuide® will allow you to reach thousands more. Your advertisement in the digital GoGuide® will be
linked to your website, giving readers one-click access to your business.
Chamber News
Check out and like the
Tickets on Sale Now for April Gala
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Join us as we honor the businesses, organizations and individuals who made 2021 a great year to live and work in Central Kitsap. Finalists were announced on Facebook last week - find out who will win on April 21st at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club!

The 2022 Business Awards Gala serves as the Chamber's primary fundraising event for the entire year - it allows us to honor local businesses, organizations and individuals who are making a real difference in our community. Join us as a sponsor as we recognize your business and others at the 2022 Business Awards Gala!
Click HERE to download information.
Please contact David with questions or to become a sponsor now!
April Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 11:30 am
Local Businesses Invited to Participate
Armed Forces Day Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Looking for a clever way to remind the community that your business is open? Think outside the traditional marketing box and enter the Armed Forces Day Parade as a business! Your "live commercial" entry will be seen by thousands. What better way to advertise to the community - join us now!

Parade registration is now open for the
75th Annual Armed Forces Day Festival
Armed Forces Day Parade
10:00 am, Saturday, May 21, 2022
Entry Deadline:
Friday, May 6, 2022
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
Member of the Month: Seaport Salon & Spa

9130 Washington Avenue
Old Town Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 698-0781

Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed on Sundays

KEDA Annual Meeting Recap & Honorees
KEDA held their virtual annual meeting on March 30th. Highlights included: presentation of the 2021 Annual Report , 2022 priorities and plan , electing officers and voting on new and renewing directors to the KEDA board. Featured speaker and housing economist, Skylar Olsen, Tomo Economics, and Western Washington University economists, Hart Hodges and James McCafferty, presented economic data and offered insights on the direction of the economy. Presentation slide decks and video are available here .
Awarding Economic Champion honors is a highlight of KEDA’s Annual Meetings and this year four community members were recognized, including a posthumous Lifetime Economic Champion award in honor of Rear Admiral Bruce A. Harlow JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret.) who passed away last year. Also honored: Steve Politakis , CEO of Kitsap Bank; Greg George Board President for Port Madison Enterprises; and our own Kathy Cocus , Business Development Director at KEDA. Click here to read the full news release.
Vacation Planning Pop-Up with
Suitcases on Standby Travel
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kitsap Humane Society Unsung Hero
Voting Now - April 18, 2022
For the last eleven years, many of us have known Dr. Jennifer “Dr. Jen” Stonequist, KHS Director of Shelter Medicine, as a hero to thousands of pets in need throughout our community. Kitsap Humane Society has gained national attention thanks to Dr. Jen’s lifesaving work. Her extraordinary story has been recognized by Petco Love and Victoria Stilwell, internationally renowned dog trainer and star of the hit series It’s Me or the Dog, and Dr. Jen has been named one of their five 2022 Unsung Heroes honorees.
KHS needs YOUR help! Today through April 18, you can help KHS earn $25,000 by voting Dr. Jen as the ultimate unsung hero!
Dr. Jen, whose compassion for animals and people is contagious, has helped transform Kitsap Humane Society into a beloved non-profit known for its high-lifesaving rate. She's saved the lives of countless pets in the Kitsap community and in Mulegé, Mexico during yearly “spay-cations.” Dr. Jen was crucial in altering an antiquated law through her advocacy in Olympia, which now allows shelters to treat pets from low-income families, keeping them together. Trained in mindfulness, she also provides mentorship and compassion fatigue training to veterinary professionals across the U.S.

Do you have news you'd like to share about your business or organization?
We'd love to share! Please send information to Irene at the Chamber!

Member Spotlight
Astound Broadband powered by Wave is an award-winning, high-speed internet provider offering reliable and affordable internet services in and around Kitsap County. Members of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce since 2017, Astound is a strong partner to and supporter of businesses throughout our community.
Education Committee
Kitsap Business Forum
TODAY, April 12, 2022, 8:00 am
Member Education & Training Resources
Kitsap Digital Hour
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 11:00 am

Does Amazon still sell only books? Does Starbucks still sell only coffee? Then why are you still doing the same old thing? In this rapidly changing world, the time is ripe to take your business to the next level. And the good news is, it’s not that hard to do!

Steve Strauss, USA TODAY senior columnist and bestselling author, will show you the steps needed to boom your business, using a variety of powerful, affordable, yet easy-to-use digital tools.

Find out everything you need to know to:

  • Build your brand, be seen as the expert, and sell more with your own podcast
  • Reach thousands of new people with your own webinar (like this one!)
  • Use video to build connections and capture people’s attention
  • Master Facebook Live and other similar streaming options
  • And much more!

Based on Steve’s new book, Your Small Business Boom! this webinar is sure to help you create your own small business boom.
Kitsap Community Resources’ Business Education Support & Training (BE$T) Program is committed to providing the business training and network of supportive community services to enterprising individuals to gain self- sufficiency through small business ownership. 

Next Class Begins April 12th 

Tuition is Based on a Sliding Scale & Starts at Only $60!
Visit https://www.kcr.org/business-education/ or call 360-473-2156
Marketing 2: Pricing Your Product or
Service to Sell & Get Online
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 1:00 pm
You’ve developed a wonderful new product or service but how should you price it? In Part 2 of our Marketing workshop series, we start by reviewing different distributions strategies and help you choose the method that best gets your product or service in front of your customers.  The rest of the workshop is focused on pricing and we will cover some pricing basics. Then we review a detailed process to determine how you can determine the price of your product. Since pricing a service is very different than a product, we have a special section the covers the separate process for pricing your services.  

Getting your business online is a requirement these days so we spend the last portion of the workshop reviewing the high-level steps to getting an effective website and then take a quick look at email marketing, social media and selling online.  

Workshop Fee: $50
Business News & Resources
Rising Retail Theft: Here's What
Business Owners Need to Know
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Fill me in: Communities and businesses large and small across the United States are facing a significant increase in retail theft and organized retail crime that requires the swift response of policymakers.

Why does this matter? Twenty-five percent of small businesses report raising prices as a result of shoplifting. Some retailers have been forced to shutter locations in response to rampant theft.

Numbers to know:
  • 54% – A recent survey of small business owners found that a majority (54%) experienced an increase in shoplifting in 2021.
  • $700K – Organized retail crime cost stores an average of over $700,000 per $1 billion in sales in 2020, up more than 50% in the last five years, according to a survey of larger retailers by the National Retail Federation.
New Program Provides Small Businesses with Easier Access to Credit
From the Washington Retail Association

Washington State Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, says rural small businesses will get a much-needed economic boost now that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation she proposed into law. 
House Bill 1015 created the Equitable Access to Credit Program within the Department of Commerce for the purpose of awarding grants to qualified lending institutions. Maycumber said the program will provide small businesses with easier access to credit. 
“Entrepreneurs and small businesses are a key to bringing economic stability to rural and underserved communities,” she said.
HB 1015 also creates a Business and Occupation (B&O) tax credit for contributions made to the program.
On the Digital Front Lines:
How Tech Companies are Supporting Ukraine
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

American tech companies are leveraging their resources, capabilities, and expertise to assist Ukraine and defend its sovereignty against Russian aggression.

On February 24, hours before Russian tanks rolled across the border, Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center detected a new round of cyberattacks against Ukraine’s digital infrastructure – a “wiper” malware aimed at government ministries and financial institutions. The company immediately notified Ukraine’s cyber authority and provided technical advice to thwart the malware, now denominated “FoxBlade.” 
Silverdale GreenDrinks
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 5:24 pm
Kitsap County News
Commissioner Wolfe Reverses Course,
Won't Run for Re-Election
First announced at the Chambers' Coffee with the Commissioner event on April 7, 2022; this story was originally published in the Kitsap Daily News later that morning.

Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe said Thursday he has reversed his decision to run for re-election in November and instead will retire from public life.

Wolfe had initially made a decision to run for a third term in January but said after discussions with his wife Wendy about their future life plans, reconsidered and will instead leave the county commission at the end of his term.

The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on April 8, 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:

  • NE Spartacus St between Corfu Blvd NE and Aegean Blvd NE (MO)
  • Apex Airport Rd between NW Anderson Hill Rd and end of County maintained (TU-WE)
  • Emery Blvd NW between NW Newberry Hill Rd. and end of County maintained (TH)
  • Country Ln NW between Chico Way NW and end of County maintained (FR)

Blaine Avenue NW will be closed Tuesday from 7am - 3pm between the entrance at Ridgetop Blvd. NW to NW Bucklin Hill Rd. for a private development project.

WSDOT Project Alert **UPDATE**: Construction crews are 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. As soon as Friday evening, April 8, southbound State Route 3 travelers exiting to Chico Way Northwest must turn right, or south toward Bremerton. Drivers will not be allowed to turn left, or north to Silverdale. This traffic change will be in place through fall 2023. For details and to sign up for WSDOT electronic updates, visit the WSDOT Project Page.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
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.

Kitsap Public Health District COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now walk-up only. Please review our clinic calendar and stop by a clinic at a time that works best for you. Advance appointments are no longer available.
Community Information
April is Work Zone Awareness Month
Graphic credit to workzonesafety.org

Work Zone Awareness Month is kicking off after an extremely challenging March filled with many collisions across the state. Nationally, Work Zone Awareness Week will be observed April 11-15 this year.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking the traveling public to help curb the trend since early 2020 with the seriousness of collisions that are happening. The department is asking everyone, every day to be looking out for the safety of themselves and others around them. WSDOT says Washington averages almost 626 highway work zone injuries each year. The top three causes are following too closely, speeding, and driving while distracted.

Please do your part to slow the trend of serious crashes by always staying focused and alert, slowing down, securing your loads, and respecting the lives of everyone else out on the roads.
WorkSource Hosts Hiring Event
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 9:30 am
Start Planning Your Spring Cleaning Donations
Bainbridge Rotary Auction Sale Returns this Summer
For decades, “Spring Cleaning” locally has included setting aside valued, but no longer needed, items for the Sale. The Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale is only possible because of your generous donations. For more information about how and when to donate, please visit us at How to Donate — Bainbridge Rotary Auction. Thank you for your support!
Silverdale Visitor Center
National Parks Free Day
Saturday, April 16, 2022
Final Week to Visit the Easter Bunny
Now - April 16, 2022
Kitsap Mall is playing host to the Easter Bunny this year, with photos available now!

Monday – Thursday
12 pm to 7 pm

Friday – Saturday
11 am to 8 pm

12 pm to 6 pm
Admiral Theatre Presents:
"Dancers Against Cancer" Benefit Gala
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 5:00 pm
Northwest School of Dance is teaming up once again with the Dancers Against Cancer Foundation, to present the “Dancers Against Cancer” Benefit Gala. The show will be held on one day only, Saturday April 16th at 5pm. Doors open at 4:00pm. **Proceeds from the show will be donated to Dancers Against Cancer charity foundation.

This benefit dance show features dancers ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old from both of Northwest School of Dance’s performance companies; the Clarke Dance Group, a competition & performance dance team, and JPB Ballet Company, a ballet competition and performance group.
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David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Brenda Kelley
Tourism Coordinator