Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Important News for You
There are many ways to be involved as a Chamber volunteer!
Get the most out of your Chamber membership, meet new
business and community leaders and be a part of the many programs and events the Chamber hosts.
Deadline to apply is Friday, June 17th.
Chamber News
Check out and like the
Silverdale & Bremerton Luncheon
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 11:30 am
Renew your membership today to ensure your place as a Charter Member of the new Chamber! Questions about when to renew or how to upgrade your membership? Contact Irene now!
Reserve Your Space Now!
Now is the time 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.
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
New Members & Renewals for May
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
KEDA Member Event
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 4:00 pm
Admiral Theatre Hosts Bremerton GreenDrinks
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 5:00 pm
As you can imagine, the pandemic has had a devastating effect on all large events venues. Many venues will take years to get back to operating like they did pre-pandemic. Come hear how the Admiral succeeded through the last 2 years and what they have in store for entertainment this coming year.

So get ready to MIX, ENGAGE, REPEAT. But don't forget to bring those business cards as well as a glass (we want to be green).

As always, this is a 21-and-over event, where we welcome everyone to meet new people and make new connections in Bremerton.

Get your tickets now. Space is limited!

GreenDrinks is a monthly, social networking event for community leaders, concerned citizens, elected officials, business professionals and anyone who wants to make Bremerton a thriving, sustainable community. This event is for adults only
(age 21 and older). $10 helps to offset the costs of food and drink.

Advance tickets are available at Eventbrite. Tickets at the door are $20.

Don’t forget to keep the green in GreenDrinks by bringing your own cup!
AWB Hosts Kitsap Meeting
Monday, June 27, 2022, 12:00 pm
AWB leaders will hit the road this summer to hear directly from employers about the challenges and opportunities facing the business community. The Statewide Outreach Tour is headed to 10 cities in June and July to collect employer input. This information will help AWB better advocate for Washington employers with lawmakers in both Olympia and Washington, D.C.

The tour will be led by AWB President Kris Johnson and includes AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Dave Mastin and the Government Affairs policy team. The first stop is scheduled for Spokane on June 21 and the last one is in Vancouver on July 15.

Each of these events is free and food is provided. Registration is required. Sign up today and make your voice heard. Contact Bonnie Millikan with questions at BonnieM@awb.org or 360.943.1600. 
Sign-Up to Participate in Live Well Kitsap
Live Community Well-Being Event
Saturday, September 10, 2022

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
Employment Agencies of Kitsap County
For our June Members of the Month, we have chosen several local employment and staffing agencies dedicated to matching employers with skilled employees. Given the nationwide worker shortage across industries, agencies like the ones we profile this month are poised to help your business find the workers you need to succeed!

Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals of Bremerton, WA is a leading staffing provider helping job seekers find work with a wide variety of local businesses.

Because we're locally owned, we live in and work in this community and have a vested interest in its success. In addition to our staffing services, our team is actively involved with a wide variety of causes and organizations that help strengthen our beautiful city.

4545 Auto Center Way, Suite B-2
Bremerton, WA 98312
(360) 479-4756
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
Getting the Most from Your Member Portal
We've been sharing so many great ways to use your Growth Zone account with the Chamber to help promote and grow your business - but if you're new to the Chamber, we may need to get back to basics!

Did you know you can update your membership profile and much more by logging into your GrowthZone account? <--Click the link or access the login page by clicking on the Member Login item under the Membership tab on our website.

To access your GrowthZone account you just need your GrowthZone username and password. Your GrowthZone username is set to the email address of your business or organization's primary representative by default. If you set an alternative username but can't remember it or your password, simply click on the Forgot your username/password? link to reset your password, find your username and regain access to your account.
Save-the-Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 8:00 am
"Unleashing the Passion of Younger
Generations in Your Business"
Join us for this live Kitsap Business Forum where guest speaker Bryan Lindgren, explores the idea of harnessing the power of younger workers for your business' success.

Networking and coffee begin at 7:30 am with the program beginning at 8:00 am.

This event will be held at the
newlife Training & Events Center.
What to Know Before You Hire or Fire
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 1:00 pm
This comprehensive workshop takes you through the lifecycle from hiring to firing, including what to beforehand and afterwards. This workshop presents the following:

  • What to Do Before Hiring
  • Process of Hiring an Employee
  • Being an Employer
  • Managing Effectively Employee Problems
  • Important Employment Laws

This is a workshop not to miss if you are going to hire an employee soon, or if you already have employees. You will leave the workshop with a roadmap of what you need to do to minimize your legal risks involved with having employees. You will also leave with a framework to provide your employees with a quality work environment so that you have satisfied workers.

Workshop Fee: $55
Top Automation Tools & Technologies
for Small Businesses
Monday, June 13, 2022, 1:00 pm
You’ve started a new business, but now you need a point-of-sale system, website host, accounting system, and payroll system. Where to you go for advice? Look no further! Here’s a workshop that will give you the answers to these automation questions plus provide you insight into many of the best small business technologies available today.

Workshop Fee: $55
Government Affairs
AWB Provides Election Resources for Employers
Offers Endorsement to 45 Candidates
From the Association of Washington Business. The Silverdale Chamber does not endorse any candidate for elected office in the State of Washington and offers this simply as a resource to our members.

AWB has endorsed 45 incumbent members of the Washington State Legislature who are seeking reelection based on their voting record on issues of significance to employers. Read more at our 2022 Election Resources page.

Incumbents with an 80% or higher voting record with the association are automatically eligible for early endorsement. Additional endorsements of non-incumbent candidates and candidates who did not qualify for an early endorsement will be made later this summer following the association’s candidate interview process.

“Washington’s economy is facing a multitude of challenges at the same time, including spiraling inflation, persistent workforce challenges, and ongoing supply chain disruptions,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “With all of these challenges plus the threat of an economic downturn on the horizon, it’s critically important that we elect candidates who understand what employers are facing and are committed to being champions for the economy.”

Contact AWB's Mike Ennis with questions about the endorsement process or to become involved with further elections endorsements this year.
Business News & Resources
Apply Now: Key4Women Pitch Contest
Application Deadline is July 31, 2022
Writing Off Business Start-Up Expenses

Many new businesses will be opening as the economy returns to near normal. Generally, start-up expenses include all expenses incurred to investigate the formation or acquisition of a business or to engage in a for-profit activity in anticipation of that activity becoming an active business. New business owners, especially those operating small businesses, may be helped by a tax provision allowing them to deduct up to $5,000 of the start-up expenses and $5,000 of organizational costs in the first year of the business's operation.
Startup Market Validation Workshop
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:30 am
VIBE Coworks and Washington Technology Industry Association invite you to participate in A Market Validation Workshop for startups featuring 5x founder, investor, and author Dave Parker!
PSE Launches 2022 Nonprofit Grant Program
PSE Foundation is Empowering Community Resiliency and is proud to announce the launch of our 2022 competitive grants program, which intends to distribute $600,000 across the communities served by Puget Sound Energy.

Local 501(C)3 nonprofit organizations and tribal governments who charitably serve the public within PSE’s 10-county service area are eligible.

Grant requests must demonstrate how funds will help rebuild, strengthen or establish efforts, contributing towards the resiliency of their program, organization and overall communities. Applicants may request grant awards ranging $5,000 - $15,000 for the giving priorities in the link below.

Deadline to apply: June 30, 2022
Kitsap County News
Kitsap Public Health District Meeting
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 12:30 pm
Join the Community Service Movement: Applications open for County Advisory Groups
Applications are open for vacancies on Kitsap County advisory groups. We're looking for community members who want to commit time to helping others and bring fresh perspectives to represent the diversity of Kitsap neighborhoods and communities. Draw on your interests, share your passions, bring your lived and professional experience to help develop and review plans and policies, make funding recommendations and ensure available resources and services are distributed equitably. Help us help everyone in Kitsap County prosper!

Advisory group members hold an important role as advocates and provide a vital communication link and sounding board between residents, neighborhoods, county staff and Commissioners.

Applications are being accepted for the following advisory groups. Click on titles below to learn more about the mission of each group and meeting schedule. Go to the advisory group website to find position descriptions and complete the online application.
Representative Kilmer Visits Silverdale,
Central Kitsap Community Council
Photo and story originally published on ExperienceKitsap.com

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer spoke at the Silverdale Library on June 3rd, 2022, an event coordinated by Central Kitsap Community Council and the KRL Silverdale Library. He received a warm reception with a number of folks present remembering when Representative Kilmer was a State Legislator.

Included in his discussion: bipartisan innovation bills to promote domestic manufacturing (microchips); infrastructure (Gorst congestion); internet access; culvert replacement for fish passages; the congressional bipartisan Public Shipyard Caucus to support the Navy’s mission by ensuring shipyard funding remains robust; reduction of fossil fuel use; local investment (Quincy Square); and solvency for the Social Security and Medicare programs.

Kitsap Public Health District
Seeks Health Board Members
The Kitsap Public Health Board is seeking applicants for three nonelected community positions.

Per state law, the nonelected positions must be filled by Kitsap residents representing:
• Healthcare and public health professionals
• Consumers of public health services
• Other community stakeholders

This is a unique opportunity for Kitsap residents to represent their community and help guide health priorities for our county.
Community Feedback Sought for Proposed Stormwater Park in Silverdale
Kitsap County is exploring the feasibility of transforming a vacant lot in Silverdale into a powerful stormwater park that would treat over 70 acres of stormwater runoff before it reaches Dyes Inlet. 

Located on the corner of NW Bucklin Hill Road and Tracyton Boulevard, the proposed stormwater park would treat stormwater before discharging it to an existing system and outfall to Dyes Inlet. In addition to providing environmental benefits, the park could include pedestrian paths, educational elements, or open landscaped green space. Your feedback will help inform our design team on what features are important to the community. The survey is open until June 14.

This summer, Kitsap County will provide additional opportunities for the public to review, provide feedback on initial design concepts and remain involved throughout the final design process. 
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on June 3, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW, NW Byron Street and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project. 

Expect moderate delays on Central Valley Road NE between NE Fairground Rd and Foster Rd NE for a non-motorized improvements project. Single lane alternating closures with traffic control in place. This project is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2022. For more information visit the project page

Expect moderate delays on Anderson Hill Rd NW at the intersection with Old Frontier NW and Provost Road NW for intersection improvement project. This project is scheduled to be completed in Winter of 2022. For more information visit the project page

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:
  • NW Kyle Court at the intersection with Emery Blvd (MO)
  • Vanessa Place NW at the intersection with Emery Blvd (MO)
  • NW Bryce Court at the intersection with Peakview (TU)
  • NW Amron Court at the intersection with Peakview (TU-WE)
  • NW Chad Court at the intersection with Peakview (WE)
  • Peakview Place NW from Emery to Chad (WE)
  • Emery Boulevard NW from Newberry Hill to Esther (TH)
  • Esther Place NW from Emery Blvd (TH)

Daytime road closure for private development work:
  • Blaine Ave NW between NW Bucklin Hill and Ridgetop Blvd NW (MO-WE)

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
Community Vaccine Clinic
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
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
June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Did you know there’s a go-to website in Washington for individuals and families facing Alzheimer’s and dementia? Visit www.memorylossinfowa.org for help, guidance, information, and planning tools.

Some memory loss is part of aging. But memory loss that disrupts daily life could be a sign of something more serious and should be checked out by your health care provider. Don't ignore signs of memory loss or new problems related to thinking, whether they're recognized in yourself or someone else.

  • Learn more about possible signs of dementia vs. aging and additional information at the Washington Department of Health website.

Dementia can seem scary, especially if you or a loved one was recently diagnosed. Hearing from others who are in similar situations can help you better understand what lies ahead.

  • In the “Let’s Talk Dementia” video series on YouTube, here, you can hear from Washingtonians with dementia and their care partners on the value of early diagnosis and their tips for living well.

Click the listings below for additional information & support in Washington:
County Recycling Event
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kitsap County Day of Caring
Friday, June 24, 2022
Join the fun as we spruce up our parks! Day of Caring is a community-wide effort involving volunteers and local businesses to provide short-term, project-focused volunteer service to non-profit and public organizations.

From trail clean-up to removing invasive species, we have opportunities for everyone to participate. All who participate on June 24th will receive lunch and a commemorative t-shirt!

Unable to make it to this event? Join us on June 18th at Newberry Hill Heritage Park!

Locations: Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park • Newberry Hill Heritage Park • Harper Park • Hansville Greenway Wildlife Corridor
Register Now for CSTOCK Summer Camps
Bainbridge Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Silverdale Visitor Center
Juneteenth Freedom Festival
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bremerton Bridge Blast
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Stay in the know with what's happening for events in Central Kitsap by checking out and liking Silverdale Visitor Center on Facebook!
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Operations Manager
Kate Cofer
Membership Coordinator
Brenda Kelley
Tourism Coordinator