Monday, August 23, 2021
Important News for You
Fewer Than Half of Washington Restaurants Seeking Federal Aid Received a Grant
The Restaurant Relief Fund approved by Congress was supposed to help struggling restaurants hit hard by the pandemic. Instead, it was shut down amid legal challenges, having awarded funding to just 44.5 percent of Washington restaurants who applied, according to a new report from the Small Business Administration.

In Washington, 7,236 eateries submitted applications for a total requested amount of more than $2 billion. Just 3,247 requests were approved, and those businesses received $921 million in funding, according to a report released by the Small Business Administration this week.

“We are calling on Congress to backfill program funding so that these small businesses get the help they need,” said Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association. “Six members of Washington’s Congressional delegation have already signed on in support of additional funding. We’re grateful for their support, and call on the rest of our delegation for their support.”

Chamber News
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Please note: Our August luncheon will be held outdoors at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club to allow for better airflow
and social distancing. We hope you will join us!
Silverdale GreenDrinks Returns
September 8, 2021, 5:24 pm
GreenDrinks will be hosted outdoors at The Point Casino. Questions? Please contact the Chamber!
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Member News
Creating New Traditions:
Illuminate.Me Celebrates Ribbon Tying
Congratulations to the owners of Illuminate.Me, Rayshel Stanton and Kelsey Froula, on the grand opening and ribbon tying of their business last Thursday. The Chamber was joined for the special occasion by County Commissioner Ed Wolfe, along with Miss Kitsap, Stephanie Ryder, local business owners and other members of the local community as they welcomed one of Silverdale's newest holistic health care centers.

The Chamber offers ribbon tying events to both new and current members as a way to celebrate the literal and figurative tying of local businesses to the Chamber and the greater Silverdale and Central Kitsap communities. For more information or to schedule a ribbon tying, please contact the Chamber.

KEDA Shares Kitsap County 2020 Top Employers
Member Spotlight
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort
Located a short ferry ride from Seattle, the Clearwater Casino Resort offers everything you need for a getaway, conference, wedding, golf tournament, and more. As the only waterfront Casino Resort in the Seattle area, you'll find a wide array of luxurious amenities. Also a favorite for Kitsap locals, the Clearwater Casino Resort is the perfect staycation destination on the peninsula!

15347 Suquamish Way NE
Suquamish, WA 98392
(360) 598-8700
Education Committee
Leadership is an Inside Job
Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 7:30 am
In-Person at the newlife Training and Events Center
Leadership is personal. It’s an inside-out process that flows from individuals, ripples through teams, and cascades throughout the organization to become part of the culture.

After coaching leaders and teams for over 18 years to transform company culture, Shannon Bruce, Professional Certified Coach, reveals common themes and recurring patterns that not only hinder organizational results but also negatively impact the well-being of employees from the C-Suite to the frontline. Regardless of company size or industry, consistent unhealthy habits and negative behaviors minimize the impact of leadership and marginalize business results.

On a mission to end suffering in the workplace, along with a deep desire to “go into companies to create communities,” Shannon has integrated her years of insight to thoroughly engage you with a thought-provoking message that you won’t want to miss. She will share perspectives and practical information that will challenge, empower, and activate you as a leader. You’ll takeaway 7 key strategies that will help you optimize your personal leadership and well-being to maximize organizational health and performance.
Shannon Bruce, CPCC, PCC is a passionate Professional Certified Coach whose work inspires transformational change in her clients and their companies. With more than two decades of experience in management and executive leadership, Shannon is a powerful listener, able to challenge the status quo.
Heartbeat Throwback:
Engage and Retain Your Employees
The process of building a productive workforce doesn’t end after a hiring decision is made. Without a comprehensive plan in place, you run the risk of watching your new employees walk out a constantly revolving door. The greatest strength of any successful organization is its employees. In this Uplift Kitsap we will talk about best practices supervisors can implement to help set up new employees for success.
Jeremy Flowers, Regional Developer with Express Employment Professionals, is an operations and business development executive who leverages resources, insights, and best practices to drive aggressive growth. Jeremy is dedicated to professionally developing his direct reports, driving down employee turnover and increasing engagement. He is known for building up people and teams, driving efficiency and productivity and generating exceptional results for employers.

Taylor Jernigan, Employee Relations Administrator with Kitsap Bank, has comprehensive human resource experience including talent management, training, benefits, and compensation. Her experience spans hospitality, medical, and banking in both union and nonunion environments. Taylor joined Kitsap Bank about three years ago. She loves the community atmosphere. She is a business school graduate of the University of San Francisco.
Member Education & Training Resources
How to Become a Facebook Master
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 11:00 am
Facebook is the largest and most important social media platform for business. Learn how to post great content, leverage advertising and call features, develop schedules and routines, and more.

Attendees will learn:

  • How people see content on Facebook.
  • The connection between Facebook pages and profiles.
  • Facebook content strategies and other best practices.
  • Understand the basics of Facebook advertising

Workshop Fee: $35
Financial Basics for New Small Businesses
Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 1:00 pm
This workshop is designed to give you, the business owner, the financial skills and know-how needed to perform key tasks like to:

Determine how to accurately compute the amount of funding you’ll need to start your business.

Learn how to project your future financial results realistically including:

  • Projecting sales for a new business
  • Understanding your cost of goods sold and gross margin
  • Being able to project your operating expenses
  • Calculating your net income.
  • Planning your cash flow successfully.

This workshop includes a special section on creating financial statements for service businesses.

Proper management of finances is crucial to any business’s success and a special set of skills is needed to understand and create these critical financial statements. This workshop is suitable for everyone whether you are starting a new business or need to update your skills.

This is an interactive workshop. We encourage participation by all attendees -- so bring along your questions!

Workshop Fee: $50
QuickBooks Online Basics You Need to Know
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 9:00 am
Are you an aspiring or established business owner looking to get started with QuickBooks? Are you trying to figure out what you’re doing but keep getting lost? Do you like bagels? Well, then this is the workshop for you!
Who You Are: Although anyone interested in QuickBooks is welcome to take this workshop, it is designed for aspiring and established business owners looking to learn the basics.

What To Bring: You will need your laptop and possibly power cable. We will be performing exercises together using a sample QuickBooks Online data file.

In this SCORE workshop, you will learn how to use QuickBooks Online to record your daily business transactions. (No QuickBooks signup required!)

Subjects covered include:

  • Customer sales and payments
  • Supplier purchases and payments
  • Banking and Chart of Accounts
  • Reporting from QuickBooks Online
  • Best practices and common mistakes

Please note that this workshop is only training on QuickBooks Online and not QuickBooks Desktop.

Workshop Fee: $55
Government Affairs Committee
Contracting Coffee Hour
Monthly, 1st Wednesdays at 8:00 am
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
KEDA hosts a monthly Contracting Coffee Hour – an open forum for businesses with questions about contracting with the government. This is your opportunity to meet with contracting experts, network with other contractors, discuss common issues/problems, get your contracting questions answered, and identify support services available for contractors.
Voting Rights Advancement Act
With Rep. Sewell's introduction on August 17th of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act (VRAA), attention on Capitol Hill is shifting to voting rights. Over 215 companies have signed onto a letter of support for passage of the VRAA.

In 2006, the last Senate vote to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act was 98-0. The politics today are more complicated — and partisan. Here’s what is anticipated over the next month in Congress:

  • On August 16th, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing focused on changes to Section 5 (pre-clearance) and Section 2 (prohibits voting practices that discriminate based on race) to comply with Supreme Court rulings.
  • The bill was introduced in the House August 17th, may be brought to the floor for a vote as early as August 23rd, and will be approved along party lines.
  • After the Senate returns to D.C. on September 13th, Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY) has indicated that the VRAA will be considered. The details around hearings, whether the Senate will draft its own legislation, and when a vote will take place are still unknown.
Military Affairs Committee
Letter to Our Sponsors and Community
Kitsap County News
Central Kitsap Commissioner Newsletter
Summer 2021
Stay connected with what's going on in Central Kitsap with the Central Kitsap Commissioner Newsletter from the office of Commissioner Ed Wolfe.
Kitsap County Council for Human Rights
Issues Public Statement
The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights is comprised of residents of Kitsap County appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to 1) advise county government and the Kitsap County community on issues related to discrimination, violence and harassment based on race or national origin, religion, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status, and 2) to promote equitable treatment of all people and reduce prejudice through education, resource referrals, and advocacy.

Kitsap County Seeks Public Comment on
Buildable Lands Report
Kitsap County is accepting comments on the Draft 2013-2019 Buildable Lands Report.

Comments will be accepted until September 21, 2021. They will help the County and local cities complete the final report.

The draft Buildable Lands Report looks at the City of Bainbridge Island, City of Bremerton, City of Poulsbo, City of Port Orchard, and unincorporated areas of Kitsap County, to review if they are growing as planned.

In addition to reviewing growth trends, the report also evaluates urban areas to determine if there is sufficient land remaining to accommodate growth targets in local policies and plans. The report offers government agencies across Kitsap County an opportunity to collect and evaluate data using a common framework.

The Buildable Lands Report serves as an important first milestone as Kitsap County and local cities work to update their Comprehensive Plan by June 2024.

The public can submit comments directly to the County using the following methods:
Hand Sanitizer & Masks Still Available
The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce still has hand sanitizer and N95 masks available for local businesses and organizations, courtesy of the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center. Please contact the Chamber if you are in need.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Path Forward w/Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 10:00 am
Don't miss a special edition of Path Forward featuring Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on August 26 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT. 
Dr. Murthy was instrumental in creating President Biden’s COVID-19 response plan and will join U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne Clark to discuss the recent rise in cases due to the Delta variant and what this means for America’s recovery efforts. 
COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccine Misinformation: Addressing Myths
In recent weeks the Kitsap Public Health District has looked at some misinformation about vaccines circulating online. Among the most common vaccine myths are those related to the question of depending on ones own immune system as a defense against COVID-19.

In a short video, Dr. Gretchen LaSalle, Vaccine Science Fellow at the American Academy of Family Physicians addresses the question, "Why not just get the infection and build immunity naturally?" She explains that many viruses can have very serious consequences even while one’s natural immune system is trying to catch up.

The purpose of a vaccine is to prepare your body to develop the immune response when you encounter that specific illness. At that point your body is ready to fight the disease. Learn more COVID-19 facts here.  
Finding COVID-19 Vaccine Providers
Across Washington State
No matter where you are in Washington, the Vaccine Locator provided by Washington State Department of Health makes it easy to find and schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Homebound and need a COVID-19 vaccine? 
Fill out a secure online form to let us know if you or someone you know is homebound. Your answers will allow us to connect individuals to available County and/or State Mobile Vaccine Teams.

Need help? Call the hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357), then press #. Language assistance is available. You can also text your zip code to 438-829 (GET VAX) or 822-862 (VACUNA) for vaccine locations near you.

Need transportation? If you need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine site, please call Kitsap Transit's ACCESS service at (360) 479-7272 or (800) 422-2877. To make an appointment for a vaccination, please contact your health-care provider or the clinic. Find available appointments at

Due to waiting times at clinics, you will need to call ACCESS after you have received your vaccine to request a ride home. Kitsap Transit is waiving fares for these rides. Click here for office hours and locations.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at
Vaccine Clinic at Silverdale Library
Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available at this free clinic on Wednesday. The Silverdale branch of the Kitsap Regional Library is located at 3450 NW Carlton Street in Silverdale.

  • Appointments: This clinic is walk-up only
  • Walk-ups welcome (no appointment required) from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Vaccine available: Pfizer and Moderna
  • Minimum age for Pfizer: 12. Minors younger than 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian. Those younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Minimum age for Moderna: 18

Call 360-728-2219 or email
Community Information
NAACP Hosts Virtual Mission Outreach
Saturday, August 28, 2021, 10:00 am
The NAACP Bremerton Unit is hosting a Mission Outreach Day this Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. The event will feature a history education panel featuring Karen Vargas, Roosevelt Smith and Dr. Karen Bolton. For more information, contact the Bremerton office at (360) 286-1786.
KEDA Hosts 2nd BIPOC Business Forum
Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6:00 pm
4th Annual Kitsap Strong Resiliency Summit
Kitsap Convention Center at Bremerton Harborside
The Resiliency Summit is a hope-filled experience in connecting, learning, and growing together to strengthen our community! Resiliency isn't about rugged independence, it is about interdependence, inclusion, empathy, and the vulnerability necessary to form healing relationships.
October 7 & 8, 2021 | 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Kitsap Convention Center at Bremerton Harborside
Click here to view the Resiliency Summit web page. It will be updated with presenter and session information as it becomes available!
PSNS Federal Hiring Event
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
WorkSource Kitsap | 3120 NW Randall Way
County Inquires About Mystery Object
on Silverdale Way
Kitsap County Public Works is reaching out to the Silverdale community with hopes that a local historian might be able to shed light on an object located on Silverdale Way.

Contact the Chamber if you have any information!
Silverdale Visitor Center
NPS Celebrates Birthday
August 25, 2021
Entry Fees Waived at National Parks

The National Park Service is celebrating its 105th anniversary on Aug. 25 with free admission to all 423 of its sites, which include much more than national parks.

President Woodrow Wilson established the park service on Aug. 25, 1916. Though Yellowstone became the world's first national park decades earlier, no singular agency managed America's multitude of "national parks, monuments, and reservations" until Wilson signed the Organic Act of 1916.
Wednesday, Aug. 25 - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, Aug. 26 - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday, Aug. 27 - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 28 - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, Aug 29 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Wednesday, Aug. 25 - 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Thursday, Aug. 26 - 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday, Aug. 27 - 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 28 - 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday, Aug 29 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm

$10.00 per carload
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