Monday, October 25, 2021
Important News for You
Increase Your Customer Reach with a Featured Reel on Shop.Eat.Spend.Kitsap
In a continued push for shopping local this holiday season, the Shop.Eat.Spend.Kitsap campaign is looking for Central Kitsap businesses who are comfortable on camera and would like to promote their Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping events on Facebook. If your business is interested in being featured, please reach out to the Chamber here.
Chamber News
Check out and like the
Last Chance to Reserve Your Seat at Oct. Lunch
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 11:30 am
The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce is
proud to be an event sponsor!
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survey question yet?
We're ranking Chamber Services this week -
please complete the survey now!
The 6 Chambers of Commerce in Kitsap County are asking the same question of our members to provide both local and countywide insight into what our business community is experiencing. If you are a member of multiple Chambers, please complete only one Chamber's survey for your business each week.
Member News
New Chamber Members
October Member of the Month
Business Members of the Month are elected by the Silverdale Chamber Board of Directors, and are chosen for their commitment to and involvement with the Chamber, are active members of the business community and are engaged in issues impacting Kitsap County.
KRL Fundraiser at Monica's Bakery in Silverdale
Silverdale Chamber President/CEO, David Emmons enjoys lunch at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Cafe in support of the Kitsap Regional Library fundraiser for the new Silverdale library.
SEVPRO Masters Cornhole at Leadership Kitsap
SERVPRO of Kitsap County's Terry McCann and Kathleen Arndt took home the top win at Leadership Kitsap's Fall Social last week. The annual event boasted a cornhole tournament at Crane's Castle Brewing in Bremerton, and provided opportunities for Leadership Kitsap alumni to meet the new Class of 2022.

Founded by the Kitsap area Chambers of Commerce and the United Way of Kitsap County in 1993, Leadership Kitsap graduated its first class of leaders in June 1995. As of June 2020, Leadership Kitsap has graduated 633 servant leaders into the community and developed 109 community service projects throughout the county. 
Columbia Bank to Merge with Umpqua
Longtime Silverdale Chamber member, Columbia Bank and Umpqua Bank have announced their plan to combine the two banks into one under the Umpqua brand, creating the second-largest regional bank by market share on the West Coast.
Columbia CEO Clint Stein said that, with the merger, current Columbia customers will have access to "a broader suite that includes leasing services, expanded home lending options and additional technological capabilities such as mobile apps."
The official switch is expected to occur in mid-2022. 

BECU Promotes Early Saver Program
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
3594 Byron Street #201
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 698-4940
Many people dream about how their lives will change in the years to come. Even though no one has a crystal ball to predict the future there are some things that are a real possibility, especially if you have a family – like weddings, college, and eventually retirement.

Being prepared for these things can make a big difference, and protecting what you have today is important, too. Let’s get together to talk about your present needs and future plans!
Education Committee
Heartbeat Throwback: Episode 33
Healthy Leadership for a Hopeful Future
Frustrated…angry…tired…these are the words used to describe how we are feeling during this time of pandemic and civil unrest. We know that a better future is not a guarantee, and wonder what our role is in helping secure success for our companies and ourselves personally. In this presentation, Daniel Frederick from Coffee Oasis offers practical advice on how to become a healthier person that can look with hope at the future.

Daniel Frederick is the executive director of The Coffee Oasis. In 1997 Daniel’s family started The Coffee Oasis with a passion to care for kids on the streets of Bremerton. 23 years later The Coffee Oasis is still providing hope, housing, and resources to homeless young people throughout Kitsap and Pierce County. Daniel’s early years were spent doing odd jobs at The Coffee Oasis and now after achieving a bachelor’s degree at Washington State University and a master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University, he works alongside the amazing and compassionate staff of The Coffee Oasis to make sure the homeless youth have every opportunity to achieve their goals.
Member Education & Training Resources
Washington Hospitality Association's
"What You Need to Know"
Save the date! National Veterans Small Business Week will take place November 1-5, 2021. During the week, the SBA and its extensive partner network will celebrate the strength and resilience of the veteran business community by hosting events across the country and sharing information about the resources available to veteran entrepreneurs.

2021 Year-End Tax Planning for Your Business
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 10:00 am
In the final quarter of this challenging year, there is still time to take actions that can favorably impact your bottom line and your tax bill for 2021. 

These measures relate to your employees, your customers, your equipment, and your operations. They reflect big changes made by the American Rescue Plan Act and other legislation (including extension of the Paycheck Protection Program), as well IRS pronouncements. 

Whether you work with a CPA or go it alone, learn which tax breaks apply to you and how to nail them down now before time runs out.

In this webinar you will learn:
  • Year-end actions to reduce your 2021 tax bill
  • Best business practices to avoid problems with the IRS
  • Strategies for potential tax changes to come
  • Necessary actions to get ready for 2022
Presenter: Barbara Weltman is an attorney and a prolific author with such titles as J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes, J.K. Lasser’s Guide to Self-Employment, Home Business Magazine’s Home-Based Business Start-up Guide, and Smooth Failing.

She is a trusted advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs who serves on the advisory board of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. She works with Fortune 500 companies that want to share their message with the small business community. Barbara is also the publisher of Idea of the Day® and Big Ideas for Small Business® at Follow her on Twitter @BigIdeas4SB.
Are you a woman-owned small business interested in growing your business through federal contracting? Check out the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program.

Government Affairs Committee
Election 2021: Propositions Under Consideration
Proposition 1, which recommends that the County move to a medical examiner system. Currently, the county coroner is an elected position, while a county medical examiner would be an appointed position. The county medical examiner system is widely considered to be the modern, streamlined approach to death investigations because it is operated by an appointed physician who is (or will become) certified as a forensic pathologist by the American Board of Pathology. The current county coroner is typically a lay person who must contract with one or more certified forensic pathologists to perform autopsies and provide medical expertise in death investigations.

Proposition 2, would authorize an increase to the countywide sales and use tax by one-tenth of one percent or one cent on a ten-dollar taxable purchase for Kitsap 911 for its emergency communications system. The increase is needed to modernize Kitsap 911’s current end of life analog radio system with a new digital emergency communications system. The digital system will increase coverage, provide more capacity and allow better communications between and among first responders and dispatchers. Every first responder relies on the system for their safety and the safety of the public. Tax proceeds would be used for the sole purpose of funding the cost associated with financing, design, acquisition, construction, equipping, operating, maintaining, remodeling, repairing, reequipping, and improvement of the Kitsap 911 emergency communication systems and facilities.

Read more in the Kitsap Sun & Kitsap Daily News.
Military Affairs Committee
Business Resources
Holiday Shopping Trends Looking Up
A recent study from NPD Group - that tracks holiday purchase intention each year - reveals a rise in consumer optimism: "blending the return of a celebratory feeling with the now normalized pandemic lifestyle."
  • 3-5% overall spending increase
  • 33% of consumers plan to buy more gifts because they will be seeing family and friends in person over the holidays
  • 58% of shoppers feel more comfortable shopping in stores
  • 51% plan to shop before Thanksgiving
  • New highs in online shopping revenue and shipped orders
Kitsap County News
Be sure to return your Election 2021 ballots on or before November 2nd. Voters returning their ballots by mail should do so by October 26th, a week ahead of the election. Ballot boxes are located throughout the county and locations can be found here.

Learn more about this year's ballot by visiting the County Elections website.

Voter pamphlets can be picked up from the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center during normal business hours, or view a digital version here.
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on October 22, 2021.
Bayshore Drive NW is closed for storm water system installation, local access maintained. Intermittent single lane closures on Washington Ave NW.

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:

  • Anderson Hill Road NW near Anderson Creek Bridge (MO)
  • Illahee Road NE between Brownsville and Roanoke (MO-FR)
  • Illahee Road NE near Steel Creek Bridge (TU-WE)

Expect moderate delays at the locations listed below for private development projects:

  • NE McWilliams Road between State Hwy 303 and Old Military Road NE through October.
  • Central Valley Road is closed between NE McWilliams Road and NE Vena Street through October. Daytime closure from 7am - 7pm with detours in place.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Kitsap Drive-Thru Testing Continues,
Now Open on Saturdays in Central Kitsap
The drive thru COVID-19 test sites continue to serve hundreds of Kitsap residents each week at various locations. Beginning October 23, testing will be available on Saturdays at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds from 9 am to noon. Testing at the other three locations open on weekdays are available from 9 am to 1 pm. Locations include: 

  • Mondays: Bainbridge Island - Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Dr NE (Closed Oct 25 due to inclement weather)
  • Tuesdays: Bremerton - Harborside Parking Garage, 100 Washington Ave.
  • Thursdays: Poulsbo - City Hall Parking Garage, 200 Moe St.
  • Saturdays: Central Kitsap - Fairgrounds (Sheep Barn), 1200 Fairgrounds Rd NW
Reminder: King County Vaccination Mandates
Begin on October 25, 2021
If you're traveling to King County for work or pleasure, beginning Monday, October 25, the county will require that customers and attendees at most indoor restaurants and bars, as well as gyms, arts and entertainment venues, and sporting events show proof that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before entering. If unvaccinated, patrons may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test done in the last 72 hours by an FDA-approved test.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Western States Workgroup Approves
Moderna and J & J Boosters
After reviewing the evidence concerning booster doses of the Moderna and Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID vaccines on Thursday, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup announced Friday it supports the recommendations for booster shots. To sustain protection against COVID-19, the Workgroup concurs with CDC recommendations for a single booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine among recipients of an initial series of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and recipients of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.

The Workgroup sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, Gov. Steve Sisolak, Nevada and Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon.

The Workgroup previously reviewed the evidence and recommendations pertaining to booster doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID19 vaccine ( 
“The COVID vaccines continue to offer very strong protection against severe illness and death and are saving lives every day. Now people who qualify to get a booster don’t have to be restricted to one brand of vaccine," Inslee said. "They are able to get whichever is available to them and is best for them. This is a critical factor in finding our way out of this pandemic."

Declines in Trends Indicate Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccinations, Masking
The latest COVID-19 modeling and surveillance situation report from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shows case counts, hospital admissions and hospital occupancy have declined, yet these levels remain high. Hospitals across the state are operating at full capacity, and projections suggest high levels of occupancy are likely to continue through the fall months.

Report findings include:

  • Transmission rates declined in September. As of Oct. 2, the best estimate of the effective reproductive number, Re, was 0.83. Re has remained slightly below 1 since late August. The drop in Re starting at the end of July could reflect increases in preventive behaviors, such as masking in response to the surge of the delta variant. Re tells us how many new people each COVID-19 case will infect. To see cases decline, the reproductive number needs to stay well below 1.0 for a substantial amount of time.
  • COVID-19 prevalence declined in September. The current best estimate of prevalence is 0.41%, which translates to about 1 in every 244 Washingtonians having an active COVID-19 infection. This is about half the estimated prevalence reported on September 8 in last month’s report. About 36% of the population in Washington state remains susceptible to COVID-19 infection.
  • Average daily COVID-19 deaths have varied but are still high. The seven-day rolling average for deaths was between 5 and 10 deaths per day through early August, increasing to 36 as of Sept. 7, and declining slightly to 33 by Sept. 28.
  • Hospital admissions and occupancy for COVID-19 have decreased but remain high. The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 daily hospital admissions increased to 195 as of Aug. 29 and declined to 115 as of Oct. 8. Occupancy related to COVID-19 has declined from nearly 25% of bed capacity in early September to around 17% in early October. Despite declines in COVID-19 admissions, total hospital occupancy has remained constant at over 90% and is projected to persist through the fall.

“We’re hopeful that the declines we’ve seen in the last few weeks will continue, but that will only be possible if vaccination rates continue to increase and we continue wearing masks,” said Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, state epidemiologist for communicable diseases. “Our individual choices over the next several weeks will determine whether hospitals are able to return to a sustainable level of operations by the end of December.”
Finding COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Kitsap
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
Bremerton Chamber's Eggs & Issues
October 26, 2021, 10:00 am
The public is invited to attend Eggs & Issues: Part 2 on October 26th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton.

The candidates for Bremerton Mayor and City of Bremerton Municipal Court Judge will be featured at this open community event.

Advanced registration is required for both the in-person event and Zoom. The registration fee is $10.00.
Free Salmon Tours Returning in November
Clean Water Kitsap is hosting eight free events throughout Kitsap County on November 6th in celebration of the return of salmon to Kitsap streams.

To learn more and find other possible viewing dates, please visit
Silverdale Visitor Center
Silverdale Maps Now Available
The 2022 Silverdale street maps are now available for pick-up at the Silverdale Visitor Center. If your business is in need of maps for customers and clients, please stop in to pick up a bundle. If your business is interested in advertising in the map, updates are made annually during the summer. Street maps are the #1 requested item from the Visitor Center, with more than 10,000 being distributed throughout the year.
Activities In and Around Kitsap
Blair Witch Screening to Benefit BI's
Lynwood Theatre
Saturday, October 30, 2021
A special screening of 1999's horror classic will scare once more at the Historic Lynwood on Halloween Eve.
Tickets to this fundraising event will also feature an exclusive Q&A session with the Bainbridge-based creators of the most successful independent film of all time.
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration at BIMA
Saturday, October 30, 2021
BIMA is excited to host it’s eighth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, beginning October 30. The festival centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, a colorful, multi-tiered shrine created by artist Araceli Cruz to which visitors can add their own mementos honoring those who’ve passed into time. The altar is viewable by the public each day during museum hours through November 7. On October 30, visitors can enjoy face painting, art activities, and a matinee screening of the Spanish language version of the Pixar film, Coco
Sunday, October 31, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The community is invited to Bremerton for some wholesome family fun at the 22nd Annual Downtown Bremerton Trick or Treat Street. Enjoy hay rides, a family haunted house, a flash mob performance and more!
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David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Joe Barboza
Tourism Coordinator &
Operations Manager
Marisa Acuna
Finance Manager