Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Important News for You
Vice Admiral Johnny R. Wolfe, Jr. Named
Grand Marshal of Armed Forces Day Parade
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00 am
The Bremerton Chamber of Commerce invites the community to celebrate the 75th Annual Armed Forces Day Festival on Saturday, May 21st, brought to you by Kitsap Credit Union. This year's parade Grand Marshal is Vice Admiral Johnny R. Wolfe, Jr., Director of Navy Strategic Systems Programs. The Navy Strategic Systems Program Office directs the end-to-end effort of the Navy’s Strategic Weapons Systems to include training, systems, equipment, facilities and personnel.

The parade route begins at 6th Street and Warren Ave, proceeding down 6th to Park Street. Turning right on Park, it continues to 4th Street, where it turns left onto Pacific Ave and travels past the Grand Marshal, situated in the balcony of the old Chase Bank building on Fifth and Pacific. After the parade passes the judges at the grandstand viewing area, it will continue down Pacific until it comes to the end of the route at Ninth Street and Pacific Ave. 

The Armed Forces Day Parade held in Bremerton is the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the Nation. This year is the 75th year of the event held each year on the third Saturday of May in downtown Bremerton. The Bremerton Central Lions Club will host their annual AFF Pancake Breakfast, and the festivities will conclude with the Heroes BBQ, hosted by the East Bremerton Rotary Club and sponsored by St. Michael Medical Center. For more information about the day's events, please visit www.bremertonchamber.org.
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SAVE-THE-DATE: May Luncheon
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 11:30 am
Please join us for our monthly membership luncheon, sponsored this month 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 Golf & Country Club
It's Not Too Late - Sign Up to Participate in the 75th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00 am
Put on your best parade outfit and celebrate Bremerton in the longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the country. Join local military, nonprofits, service organizations and your favorite high school bands as we celebrate 75 years with our military community on Saturday, May 21st.

Parade applications are still being accepted - join us now for this long-standing tradition where we say thanks to all who have served!
Can't participate but want to show your support for our military community? Become a sponsor for the Armed Forces Day Festival - contact the Chamber for more information!
Reserve Your Space in 2022 Destination Guide
There's still time for businesses to be included in the Silverdale and Bremerton Chambers' 2022 Destination Guide. Participation is easy with our partners at Lunar Cow Publishing creating artwork for businesses that don't have ads ready to publish at no extra cost.

Participation in the Destination Guide has great advantages. 10,000 printed copies of this publication will be 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.
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
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
Lift: Money Wise
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 11:45 am
Managing money and a career in the midst of life’s other priorities is no easy task. Let's champion each other to learn more, advocate for each other, and explore new horizons!

  • Wendie Johnson (LK14), Comptroller The Doctor’s Clinic
  • Jessica Guidry (LK12), Program Manager Equity Kitsap Public Health
  • Chasity Richardson (LK14), Real Estate Agent CENTURY 21, Small business owner, Navy spouse

Moderated by Sarah Chamberlin (LK20), Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Foundation
Live Well Kitsap Online Transformation Event
May 15 - June 25, 2022
New Advertising Opportunity
to Reach Silverdale Residents

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
P5 Photography is a husband-and-wife team and have been providing wedding & portrait photography to clients for over ten years. They strive to not only provide quality products, but also an unforgettable experience! From graduation, to family, to boudoir photography, P5 can customize your experience to create and capture those special moments.

P5 was a proud sponsor of the 2022 Silverdale Business Awards gala as well as the Leadership Kitsap 20 Under 40 program, providing a photobooth experience for guests at both events.

Come tour their new studio and 8 acres of outdoor space!
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
Kitsap Business Forum: Conversation Cafe
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 8:00 am
Join us LIVE and IN-PERSON as the Kitsap Business Forum Steering Committee hosts a Conversation Cafe - and we want to hear from you! This month we are hosting a collaboration strategy event that will include small group discussions on set questions regarding the future of the Kitsap Business Forum. This event will be interactive and collaborative, and we need the best business minds in the room! There are also plenty of networking opportunities and connections to be made.

Networking 7:30 am
Program 8:00 - 9:30 am

Kitsap Business Forum will be held at:
newlife Training & Events Center
9923 Poplars Ave NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
Workplace LGBTQ+ Inclusivity
Training & Networking
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 3:30 pm
GSBA is proud to partner with several Kitsap County business organizations to facilitate a free LGBTQ+ workplace inclusivity training for small business owners at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, followed by a chance to mix-and-mingle with Kitsap leaders, small business owners, and community members. We will welcome local bites and sips, along with the opportunity to explore current exhibitions at the Museum. 
2022 Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program
May 17 & 18, 2022
Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a free, online, two-day program on May 17-18 to celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) innovation and entrepreneurship.
Learn more and register for the May 17 event, “Find pathways to breakthroughs." You have ideas, drive, and a vision of success, but what steps will you take to make that vision a reality? Learn how to map your way forward from successful innovators who will share hard-earned tips from their own journeys.
Special guests include:
  • Dr. Ritu Raman, d'Arbeloff Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Gurtej Sandhu, Senior Fellow and Vice President, Micron Technology
  • Jun Ye, Ph.D., Professor Adjoint, University of Colorado Department of Physics; JILA Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow, and National Academy of Sciences member
Learn more and register for the May 18 event, “Innovating for real-world solutions." Do you see a problem that you know you can fix? Do you want to improve the world with your creativity and drive? Learn from successful innovators how they approach, understand, and solve challenges, and how intellectual property protection has been key to their success.
Special guests include:
  • Dilip Goswami, Founder and CEO, Molekule
  • Hoala Greevy, Founder, Paubox
  • Olin Kealoha Lagon, Founder and CTO, Shifted Energy
  • Rakesh Srivastava, President and CEO, Innovative Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Mylen Yamamoto Tansingco, Founder and Creator, Cropsticks
  • Dr. Hyunwoo Yuk, Co-Founder and CTO, SanaHeal
The Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Innovation and Entrepreneurship program is presented by the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact InnovationOutreach@uspto.gov.
Growing a Consulting Business
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 1:00 pm
In this 3-hour workshop, the following topics are covered:

  • The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of consulting
  • 9 sales tips: Why people don’t hire you and how to get them to hire you on your terms
  • 15 marketing strategies that pull clients to you
  • Role plays and hot-seats to improve your performance
  • 7 ways to achieve work-life balance —have a business and a life
  • 3 keys to proposals that work
  • 10-time management to increase your efficiency
  • Providing value that accelerates your getting hired
  • How to setup a consulting business
  • Fees – why you charge too little and how to get more

Workshop Fee: $55
Business News & Resources
Federal Judge Dismisses Long-Term Care Lawsuit
Courtesy of the Washington Retail Association

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has dismissed the class action lawsuit that asked the Court to find the state’s long-term care program (WA Cares) “unlawful and unenforceable under ERISA, federal, and state law.” (The link to the ruling is via this AP story.)
The Court held that it does not have jurisdiction in the case because WA Cares is “not governed or preempted by ERISA” and because it involves a state tax, which much be challenged in state courts (pursuant to the federal Tax Injunction Act).
One factor in determining whether the WA Cares premium is a tax subject to the Tax Injunction Act is the ultimate use of the assessment. Is it “expended for general public purposes, or used for the regulation or benefit of the parties upon whom the assessment is imposed”?
In answering that question, the judge makes some unexpected points.
Digital Disaster Planning Course
May 9, 10 or 11, 2022
Are your passwords and important documents secure and unhackable? Do you have a plan to make sure they are never lost, destroyed, stolen, or forgotten about? If not, you should attend this FREE webinar by Digital Helpmates founder Laura Moynihan all about creating a Digital Disaster Plan. It’s fun, easy to follow, and crafted for “tech dummies.” 
NAVFAC NW Pre-Proposal Conference
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
INSPIRE - Women's Business Conference
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 11:00 am
Join the 6th annual Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) INSPIRE Virtual Women's Business Conference. This year will focus on Washington women in leadership, technical assistance, and tips for growing business. 
Building a Caregiving Friendly Workplace
Monday, May 16, 2022, 10:00 am
Join AARP and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) for an educational webinar event on Monday, May 16 at 1 pm ET. 

During this session, you'll learn the following:

  • The business case for supporting working family caregivers
  • Practical guidance on how to build a caregiver friendly workplace
  • Relevant information and resources on how to support caregivers
Hiring Teen Workers this Summer?
Courtesy of the Washington Retail Association

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, teens will be looking for a summer job. If your business has considered hiring teen workers for the season, you need to know that in 2021:

  • There were 801 teens injured at work in Washington state
  • Teen on-the-job injuries ranged from cuts and lacerations to bruises, contusions, and burns
  • Teen injuries resulted primarily from falling while carrying an object, slipping on a wet floor, or making contact with an oven or other hot object

The legal age to work in Washington State is 14 years old. For minors under 14 to work, an employer must first get permission from a Superior Court judge in the same county of the minor’s residence.

How to Do Business with FEMA
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 10:00 am
When FEMA responds to a disaster, our goal is to contract with local businesses in the affected area, whenever practical and feasible.

FEMA’s Chief Component Procurement Officer and FEMA Region 10 are facilitating a webinar for businesses to learn how to do business with the FEMA. The webinar will cover FEMA’s small business program, category management, contracting, and regional coordination. 
Business Opportunities
Office of Derek Kilmer Seeks District Rep
The Olympic Peninsula District Representative acts as a liaison to federal, district, and local agencies for Rep. Kilmer and constituents within Grays Harbor, Clallam, and Jefferson Counties. The District Representative is responsible for developing a strong constituency outreach program, representing Rep. Kilmer at meetings and events, and shaping Rep. Kilmer’s district schedule.
SBDC Hiring New Business Advisor
The Kitsap Small Business Development Center is looking for a new Certified Business Advisor (CBA). This is a full-time position, which offers a hybrid work schedule. Responsibilities would include:

  • Business Advising (60%)
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with representatives from other businesses, agencies, and organizations (10%)
  • Coordinate and conduct various training seminars (10%)
  • Client research and educational opportunities (20%)
Baskin Robbins Franchise Opportunity
Looking for a successful franchise opportunity in Central Kitsap? The owners of Baskin Robbins located in the Kitsap Mall are looking to retire and are actively seeking a buyer. For more information, please contact Caroline Quick at (360) 698-3152.
Kitsap County News
YOU'RE INVITED: Transit Center Groundbreaking
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 11:30 am
Join us as we break ground on Kitsap Transit's new Silverdale Transit Center, with remarks from Gov. Jay Inslee and other invited dignitaries!

Slated to open in fall 2023, the new Silverdale Transit Center (STC) will be an essential node in our fixed-route bus network for those traveling to and from Central Kitsap, the West Sound's hub for healthcare, shopping and other services.

Located near Ridgetop Boulevard NW and NW Waaga Way, the multi-modal transit center will be the first Kitsap Transit bus facility to feature dynamic wireless charging of electric buses. The electric bus will park over inductive charging pads and automatically charge its batteries.

Space is limited, please RSVP by May 12th!
The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma XI
Celebration of Life Ceremony
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on May 6, 2022.
Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project. 

Expect significant delays on NW Holly Rd between Seabeck Holly Rd NW and Lake Tahuyeh Rd NW for pavement overlay project. Traffic will be limited to one lane alternating with pilot car. Use detours or alternate routes. Click Here for more information on this project. 

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:
  • Olympic View Rd NW entire length (MO-FR)
  • Seabeck Hwy NW between NW Holly Rd and Orange Ave NW (MO-FR)

Expect delays on Seabeck Hwy NW at the intersection with NW Fern Leona Rd for PSE utility work. One lane alternating with flaggers in place (WE-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
KPHD Urges Residents to Take Steps to Prevent Spread Amid Uptick in Cases & Hospitalizations
  • Consider wearing a high quality, well-fitting mask (such as N95, KN95, or surgical mask) in crowded indoor settings and cramped spaces with poor airflow. Masks provide an added layer of protection and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Our state no longer requires masks in many indoor spaces, such as businesses and schools. However, the state Department of Health recommends masking in crowded indoor spaces. Masks are required in some indoor settings, including healthcare facilities. Organizations can require people to wear masks in their buildings.
  • CDC recommends wearing a mask in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, buses, ferries) and transportation hubs (such as airports and ferry terminals).

Kitsap Public Health has delivered more than 97,500 high quality masks to dozens of organizations throughout Kitsap County. Masks can be accessed at many social services organizations, such as food banks and libraries. If you need help obtaining masks for yourself or an organization, please contact sarah.henley@kitsappublichealth.org or call 360-728-2219. 
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
May is "Kitsap Moves Month"
On May 3, the Kitsap Public Health Board adopted a resolution acknowledging the importance of physical activity for youth and adults and declaring May 2022 as "Kitsap Moves Month."

"We are taking a collaborative approach to make physical activity fun, easy, and rewarding," Health District Community Health Director Yolanda Fong said. "Movement is key to our physical and mental health, and it's more important than ever as we rebound from the pandemic."

Organizations throughout Kitsap County are partnering with the Kitsap Moves campaign to offer events promoting healthy movement.

Visit the Kitsap Moves webpage for a full list of upcoming events (updated frequently) and resources to help you get motivated. You can also follow the campaign on Instagram and Facebook

Not ready to join an event or group? No problem! Kitsap Moves encourages residents to engage in physical activity in any way that works for them. Here are tips for getting started
Peninsula Home & Garden Expo
May 13 - 15, 2022
Silverdale Visitor Center
The Admiral Theatre Presents:
Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 7:00 pm
Formed in 2007, The Boxmasters have recorded an impressive and diverse catalogue of music that touches on their love of a wide array of influences, but most importantly, the rock and roll of the 1960’s. Listening to The Boxmasters, one can hear obvious odes to the Beatles, Byrds and Beach Boys, but also important to The Boxmasters are The Mothers of Invention, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Big Star.

Since forming The Boxmasters, several long-time friends have contributed to the sound of the band, but the core of The Boxmasters has always been Andrew and Thornton. As primary songwriters, the sound of the Boxmasters has been an evolution as the duo constantly strive to find new inspiration, new sounds and new ways of expressing what is in their hearts and on their minds. But at the core, there is a backbeat, a lyric with meaning and music played with emotion.
Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock 'N' Roll
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:00pm
With a cast of stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often-unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever.

From the progenitors of Rock and Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, up until MTV in the early '80s, Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars/groups/genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, Journey, and others!
CSTOCK Presents: Little Women
Now thru May 22, 2022
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