Tuesday, May 24, 2022
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With golden shovel in hand, Governor Jay Inslee makes his way to the ceremonial groundbreaking area at the site of the Silverdale Transit Center off Ridgetop Boulevard on Thursday. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
Silverdale Transit Center Breaks Ground
Published in the Kitsap Sun, May 20, 2022

As passengers load and unload at the new Silverdale Transit Center, their buses will be storing up energy for their next ride.

Work is set to begin soon on the new Kitsap Transit center near the Highway 303-Ridgetop Boulevard overpass. The center is expected to open in the fall of 2023. A crowd of officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee and Federal Transit Administration head Nuria Fernandez, tossed the first shovelfuls of dirt in the rain on Thursday.

“Not only is this a transit center that’s going to be key to our entire operation, but it’s going to be the first transit system in Western Washington that we’re aware of that’s going to have a wireless charging capability for our battery-electric buses,” Kitsap Transit Executive Director John Clauson said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We all know that the current technology with cell phones is that you just set your phone on the gizmo and it automatically charges. Well, we’re going to have a couple of those gizmos as a part of this project that the buses will just come over and stop and while they’re loading and offloading passengers, they’ll be able to be recharged. We’re pretty excited about that.”

Chamber News
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REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY @ 10:00 am Silverdale & Bremerton Luncheon
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 11:30 am
This month's Chamber luncheon will be held jointly with the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce at the Kitsap Conference Center! Join your business colleagues from around Central Kitsap to network and engage. This month's luncheon is sponsored by Kitsap Credit Union.

Kristal Thomas, CEO & President of Express Employment Professionals, will be our guest speaker, presenting The 6 Types of Working Genius: Productivity Tools to Avoid Burnout.

Be sure to register in advance as space is limited and drop-ins may not be accommodated!

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Kitsap Conference Center
Destination Guide Deadline Approaches
The deadline is fast-approaching to reserve space for your business in the 2022 Silverdale and Bremerton Destination Guide. Participation is fast and easy, with our partners at Lunar Cow designing your ads if needed at no extra cost!

Enjoy great bang for your buck with 10,000 printed copies of this publication being distributed in the best locations (including 7,500 on WSDOT ferries) 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.

Deadline to reserve your space is June 3, 2022.
Tiffany Diamond Photography, May 21, 2022
Armed Forces Day Parade Brings Crowd
Back to Downtown Bremerton
Revving classic car engines, booming marching bands and plenty of men and women in uniform return Saturday to Bremerton for the first Armed Forces Day parade in three years.

The parade, sidelined like many community events during the COVID-19 pandemic, will roar back to life with 125 entries. Thousands are expected to converge downtown, on what is the 75th anniversary of the first Armed Forces Day parade. 

"We're just really excited that it's happening after a two-year hiatus," said David Emmons, executive director of the Bremerton and Silverdale chambers of commerce, and host of the event. "This town just really loves the military and what it does for Bremerton. We're excited to continue this tradition." 

Member News
Member of the Month: Jersey Mike's Subs

The Trails at Silverdale
11065 Pacific Crest Place NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 204-5181

Open 7 Days
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
KEDA Member Event
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 4:00 pm

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
The Home Depot
Spring Cleaning and summer-prep projects filling your to do list? Visit your local Home Depot in Silverdale to find help for all of your home and work improvement product, installation and service needs.

Here at your local hardware store, we have everything you need for your DIY project. Whether you're looking for tools or cleaning supplies we've got you covered. Our friendly associates can help you find the products you need to complete your project. Download our Home Depot product locator app and talk or chat with an online associate to get immediate assistance. We make DIY projects easy from every angle.

At Home Depot, community involvement is important to us. We support the American Legion, the VFW, the Boy Scouts of America, and numerous schools throughout the area. We also offer hands-on learning and expert advice at our DIY workshops, with topics tailored to everyone in your family, including fun monthly workshops for kids.

Proud members of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce since 1999.

10991 Silverdale Way NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 307-9200
Find us south of the intersection of WA-303 and WA-3, by REI and USPS, near Kitsap Mall. Stop by today.
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
Getting the Most from Your Member Portal
News Releases are a great way to communicate important news about your industry and your business to Chamber Members. You can post News Releases inside the Member Portal and they will display prominently as part of the Community Content section visible to all Chamber Members. Promote your business and share milestones, key information, or helpful tips with over three hundred fellow members!
"Are You Scam Proof?" The Quiz Show
Tech Support from Digital Helpmates
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10:00 am
Just how Scam-Proof are you? Do you know all the tell-tale signs of a bonafide phishing email or phone call? Prove your mettle and you may win a prize!

Join us live on Zoom today, Tuesday, May 24th, as we host our first-ever "Are You Scam Proof?" Quiz Show! Each question will have four answers to choose from and the winner gets a prize* (choose one):

  • Free hour of tutoring added to your pack
  • Apple AirTag
  • Amazon Gift Card ($25)

After the Quiz Show, we may have time to solve some of your questions live, and that makes everyone a winner!

*You must join via the Zoom webinar registration link in order to play.

Subscribe to our channel on YouTube and check out past events and some of our favorite tips and tricks for FREE! Did I mention the videos were FREE?

Questions? Contact Laura Moynihan at info@digitalhelpmates.com.
Social Media Essentials for Business
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 1:00 pm
Social media can be overwhelming for small business owners. Which platforms? How often to post? What to post? What is “live”? Why Facebook Groups are important? Is being on Tik-Tok that important? This workshop will give you the basics every business owner should know as well as the latest trends to grow your business’s sales.

Workshop Fee: $35
Quickbooks Online Basics You Need to Know
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 9:00 am
Want to get started the right way with QuickBooks Online? Want to learn the basic skills within QuickBooks Online so that you know you’re recording your business transactions properly? Want to know why QuickBooks Online is an excellent choice for small business accounting? Look no further as this workshop is exactly what you need!

Workshop Fee: $55
Business News & Resources
Restaurant Relief Bill Fails in US Senate
Courtesy of the Washington Hospitality Association

In what is likely the last and best chance to secure additional relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) this year, a vote on the Small Business COVID Relief Act of 2022 (S. 4008) failed to get the necessary 60 votes in the U.S. Senate on Thursday (52-43) to move forward on further consideration. While a majority of senators voted to end debate, a sign of majority support for passage, there were not enough votes to overcome the filibuster, effectively killing the bill.

The Senate bill would have allocated $40 billion to replenish the RRF. A similar bill approved by the House in April, H.R. 3807, would have allocated $42 billion for RRF but was not considered in the Senate.

Anthony Anton, Washington Hospitality Association president & CEO, shared his disappointment with the vote in Washington, D.C., today.
“I’m devastated at today’s news that almost 4,000 restaurants in Washington state, which desperately need help through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will not get it,” said Anton. “If not for the filibuster, I’m confident enough senators would have supported this critical lifeline for restaurants. We want to thank Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell for their immense efforts to try to get the bill passed. We will continue fighting for the relief restaurants need to keep their doors open.”

SBA Webinar: Resources for Your Small Business
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 11:00 am
Join SBA and Public-Private Strategies Institute on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 for a webinar in celebration of Small Business Month. Connect with resources on several topics including access to capital, contracting and procurement, community navigators, and more. The webinar will feature SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Mark Madrid and other key stakeholders. 
eBay Up & Running Grants
The eBay Up & Running Grants program will award 50 eBay business sellers with grant packages of $10,000, including cash, eBay education and coaching, and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be:
  • an existing eBay seller with an active listing in the past 6 months and with an “above standard” or “top rated” performance level
  • OR a new eBay seller who joined the platform between June 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022.
Thinking About Selling Your Business?
Planning on selling your business? The recent rise in interest rates could present a challenge for a business buyer. For a typical seven-year business loan, each 1% increase in interest rates means a $50/month increase in monthly payments for every $100,000 borrowed.
If rates increase 2%, the monthly payment on a $500,000 business loan will increase by $500, or $6,000 per year! In these inflationary times, the three keys to a successful business sale are planning, preparation and participation.
Learn more about the process with our insightful video series on stewarding a successful business sale.
Thinking About Selling Your Business?
Seller Financing to Complete a Business Sale
Will you qualify for a business loan?
Your WWU SBDC has been helping business buyers and sellers for nearly four decades. Call (360) 350-7232 or email sbdc@wwu.edu for confidential business buy/sell assistance at no cost to you.
Kitsap County News
Kitsap Transit will Operate Holiday Service
Memorial Day Service

Effective Monday, May 30 
  • Routed buses will operate a Holiday schedule or will not operate Monday, May 30. Please use our holiday route lookup online at: kitsaptransit.com/holiday-schedule.
  • The Port Orchard Ferry will operate from 7:00 AM (departing Port Orchard) to 6:45 PM (departing Bremerton).
  • Kitsap Fast Ferries will not operate. Routes 86, 202, 301 and 302 will not operate.
  • BI Ride will operate from 9:15 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • All other Ride services will not operate.
  • Ride ACCESS? Call Customer Service at 1.800.422.2877 to find out details on their service.
  • 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 AM to 4 PM. The Administration Office will be closed. Call 1.800.501.7433 with any questions prior to the holiday.
A ballot is dropped into the box at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton. Filing week for the 2022 elections wrapped up on Friday afternoon. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
Filing Week Wrap: Races Set for
August Primary, November Election
Published in the Kitsap Sun, May 20, 2022

Kitsap County Sheriff John Gese, one of three sitting county officials who face an opponent for election in November, said he brings the experience necessary to deal with the challenges facing law enforcement. 
"I really know how this operation works," he said, adding, "I can't think of any better experience someone could have to prepare for sheriff."

With filing week wrapping up on Friday, Gese, Kitsap County Auditor Paul Andrews and Kitsap County Treasurer Meredith Green were the only county incumbents to draw challengers. 

Central Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe is retiring. The race for his seat will bring a primary in August with five candidates. They include three Republicans — Port of Bremerton Commissioner Axel Strakeljahn, Coroner Jeff Wallis, and Newlife Church executive Josh Hinman — along with Democrats Katie Walters, executive director of the Leadership Kitsap Foundation, and Leiyomi Preciado Lagdameo, a certified peer counselor.

The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on May 20, 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:

  • Sherman Heights Rd. W entire length of County maintained (MO-TU)
  • Country Lane NW entire length of County maintained (WE)
  • Seabeck Hwy NW from Orange Ave NW to Holly Rd. (TH-FR)

WSDOT Project Alert: Construction crews are working on the SR3 Chico Creek fish barrier removal project. Drivers traveling southbound who exit onto Chico Way NW near Bremerton will not be able to turn left toward Silverdale. All travelers will turn right towards Bremerton. 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
Children 5-11 Now Eligible for Pfizer Booster
Booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are now available for children ages 5-11. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) expanded booster dose eligibility to include everyone 5 and older following guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

“The CDC’s announcement is welcome news as we continue to do everything we can to keep Washingtonians of all ages safe,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “This pandemic is not over and we must continue to use the tools at our disposal. This includes masking, therapeutics, vaccinations and – of course – boosters. Keeping yourselves and those around you safe is of utmost importance, and this recommendation is another step in that direction.”

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.

Community Information
Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers
With Habitat for Humanity, you have the opportunity to build in your community and also in communities around the world.

Because of the help of people like you, whole neighborhoods improve and completely transform. Through this transformation, families achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life. 

Learn how you can join us as a volunteer by choosing from the options below.

Work in our store
Work in our warehouse
Help with stocking and pricing
Customer Service
Loading and truck runs

Store Hours:
Monday through Friday: 9am - 6pm
Warehouse Hours:
Monday through Friday: 9am - 5:30pm

Orientations offered weekly. Contact Habitat at (360) 479-3853 or email at info@kitsaphabitat.org for more information.
Silverdale Visitor Center
The Admiral Theatre Presents: Susan Werner
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7:30 pm
Throughout her expansive career, Susan Werner's boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of her talent. This versatility has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical personae.

Known for her engaging and energetic live show, Werner continues her reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today. Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” Werner’s 12 albums cover the genres of folk, rock, pop, gospel, blues and Americana.

As audiences will testify, Werner’s been knocking it out of the park – or concert hall – all around the U.S. for twenty years. Renowned as a charismatic performer, she’s known above all for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years. From her 1995 major label debut, the folk/rock gem Last of the Good Straight Girls, to her 2004 collection of Tin Pan Alley styled originals I Can’t Be New, to her 2007 “agnostic gospel” hymnal The Gospel Truth, to 2013’s tribute to agriculture and her Iowa farm roots Hayseed to 2018’s Cuban flavored collection An American In Havana, Werner’s creative restlessness has become her defining characteristic.
Day Trip from Silverdale: Oceania is Us
Village Green Community Center, Kingston
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Kitsap Forest Theater: Beauty & the Beast
Weekends, May 29 thru June 19, 2022
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, at the most magical of places – the Kitsap Forest Theater. This classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. 

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice and book by Linda Woolverton. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Beauty and the Beast was last performed at KFT in 2008 and we are thrilled to bring this beloved show back to our theater. This “tale as old as time” is perfect for the entire family and we invite you to “Be Our Guest” for this heartwarming tale of true love and transformation, filled with unforgettable songs and thrilling pageantry.
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