Monday, August 2, 2021
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Chamber News
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Education Carnival Wrap-Up
Have you answered our weekly
survey question yet?
How is your business attracting new hires?
Answer Below
Defining your company culture
Mobile applications
Using an online hiring service
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. Each week, we will do a drawing and gift
card giveaway for an eligible survey participant.
If you are a member of multiple Chambers, please complete
only one survey for your business each week.
Member News
July Chamber Membership Renewals
Audibly Addicted Productions
Central Kitsap Food Bank
Country Financial - Bridgeford Team
Leadership Kitsap Foundation
Silverdale Technology LLC
Unique Local Bazaar
Did you know?

You can pay your membership renewal in three easy ways - your pick!
Mail your check in to the Chamber Office, stop in and see us with your payment, or login to your member portal on and pay directly online! The Chamber relies on and is grateful for the continued support of our membership. Having trouble paying but want to maintain your membership? Contact us now!

Mailing address:
Silverdale Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1218
Silverdale, WA 98383

We are located in the Kitsap Mall near the entrance to Macy's - stop in anytime!
Member Spotlight
4545 Auto Center Way, Suite B-2
Bremerton, WA 98312
(360) 479-4756
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.
Education Committee
Boundaries: Success Is What You Say No To
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 3:00 pm
Do you have a hard time saying no to an opportunity?

How do you know when to say no?

Creating a boundary around where you invest your time and energy is critical in business and life. Consider that true success is what you say no to. In this Uplift Kitsap, learn three methods to say no when vetting opportunities or decisions that will free up your time and energy and create more peace of mind.
Anna S. Choi, Business Energy Coach, TEDx Speaker, and Forbes Author is committed to elevating humanity’s consciousness by empowering conscious entrepreneurs and business leaders to focus their energy, magnify their presence, and find peace in chaos.

​As a broke art major, zero experience or connections, she started her first business as a financial planner grossing six figures by age 25. Burned out from the hustle and grind, she pursued energy mastery becoming a martial artist, yoga instructor, and brain education leader. She is now helping high achieving business leaders grow in flow, align their energy, and embody yin-based leadership for themselves and their teams.
Member Education & Training Resources
State Offers 50% Match Funding for
Retail Employee Training
According to research conducted nationally on frontline employees, advancing the careers of frontline workers contributes to a more productive and loyal workforce that boosts their bottom line.

The good news is that retail employers can access Customized Training Program and Job Skills Program with up to 50% match for employee training and development.

The Washington State Board administers these programs for Community and Technical Colleges. Preferences are for job creation/retention, small businesses, and underserved populations/areas.

Free consultation to assess your needs and apply for grants are available. Retail employers who wish to use RISE Up for entry-level or upskilling frontline workers may qualify for these state funds.

Grant applications are now open for training programs to start by October 1, 2021. The next quarterly application due date is August 31, 2021. Don’t hesitate to contact the consultants listed below who specialize in working with retail employers.

Hiring Best Practices for the Retail Industry
Building a team with the right people takes more than posting a position on job posting websites. It starts with the team itself. Even before the job description is written, gain insight by bringing the team together to discuss what skills and experience the new hire would need. This discussion will help to guide the process of writing a complete job description complete with your must-haves and hope-they-haves. Your team should also help develop a list of essential personality traits for the ideal applicant to be a good fit.

SBA Announces Opening of
PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal
New portal will streamline applications for loans $150K or less for over 6.5 million businesses
The   U.S. Small Business Administration  (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.  
“The SBA’s new streamlined application portal will simplify forgiveness for millions of our smallest businesses -- including many sole proprietors -- who used funds from our Paycheck Protection Program loans to survive the pandemic,” said Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. “The vast majority of businesses waiting for forgiveness have loans under $150,000. These entrepreneurs are busy running their businesses and are challenged by an overly complicated forgiveness process. We need to deliver forgiveness more efficiently so they can get back to enlivening our Main Streets, sustaining our neighborhoods and fueling our nation’s economy.”

Government Affairs Committee
August Kitsap Legislative Pulse
EMS Levy Renewal
Did you miss last week's Kitsap Legislative Pulse? Watch the recording of our special August KLP on the EMS Levy Renewal found on Tuesday's ballot for Central Kitsap.
Military Affairs Committee
Join these businesses in sponsoring Kitsap's largest
military appreciation event of the year!

Fairway - Kitsap
Kitsap County Commissioners
Kitsap County Parks Department
SERVPRO of Kitsap County
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

Gesa Credit Union

Red, White & Blue
United Moving & Storage

Community Partner
Mary Kay Beauty Consultant - Alison Colby
Kitsap County News
CK Community Council
In-Person Meet & Greet
August 4, 2021, 5:00 pm
The CK Community Council promotes a sense of community by identifying and conveying community concerns and issues to the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

Maynard's Patio
2251 NW Bucklin Hill Road
Silverdale, WA
Hand Sanitizer & Masks Available from Chamber
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
CDC Provides Updated Guidance to
Employers for Mask-Wearing
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for mask-wearing in response to the rapid surge in new COVID-19 cases. CDC reports that daily COVID-19 cases increased over 300% nationally between June 19 - July 23, driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant. 

Here’s what you need to know:
CDC recommends the following actions be taken in areas with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission:

  • Everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) should wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of Delta and protect others. 
  • Community leaders should encourage vaccination and masking to prevent further outbreaks. 

CDC recommends the following actions be taken across all areas of the United States, regardless of local transmission:

  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • Universal indoor masking is recommended for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place. 

CDC continues to emphasize that widespread vaccination is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Vaccination coverage by county ranges from 9% to 89% and remains below 40% in over half of all counties in the United States. Areas of low vaccination coverage have rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases. Deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are almost exclusively among the unvaccinated.
Vaccine Clinics Around the County
Community Information
Former Chair of Suquamish Tribe,
Richard Belmont, Laid to Rest
Richard Belmont Jr., was laid to rest on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Suquamish Cemetery following a ceremony held at the Suquamish Tribe’s House of Awakened Culture. Belmont, a beloved former chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, passed away on May 19, 2021, at the age of 81.

Belmont served three terms as chairman of the Suquamish Tribal Council in the 1970s, and is celebrated for his work laying the groundwork for the Tribe’s current resurgence. Under his leadership, the Tribe created its first museum, built its first Tribal Center, and launched its first fish hatchery.

“Richard served as chairman of the Suquamish Tribe during a time when the Tribe was facing challenges to our sovereign rights from many directions,” said Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe.

GreenDrinks Returns to the USS Turner Joy
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 5:00 pm
After a sixteen month hiatus, Bremerton Green Drinks is back !
Join us in celebrating the post-pandemic return to networking at the biggest Bremerton Green Drinks of the year on August 12, 2021 from 5-8 pm.
Bremerton Green Drinks is a 21 and over monthly social networking event for community leaders, concerned citizens, elected officials, business professionals, and more!
First time? Make sure pack your business cards, bring your glass, come aboard the USS Turner Joy, and be prepared to meet new people and make new connections in the City of Bremerton!
Tickets for Bremerton Green Drinks are $20, the first 25 Bremerton Chamber members registered before pre-sale ends on August 6th at 6 pm receive 50% off their tickets.
Tickets at the door will be $30, and you can visit Bremerton Green Drinks' Eventbrite page here.
Live Music by Hippy and the Squids.
Catering by Lora's Le Garmarche
West Sound Film Festival
August 6th - 8th, 2021
The West Sound Film Festival shows a large array of films including experimental, documentaries, comedies, horror, music videos, dramas, animated, feature length films and more, featuring talent both local and abroad. The aim is to encourage networking, growth and share stories from all walks of life. The West Sound Film Festival will be hosted at The Historic Roxy Theatre, an independent theater in Bremerton, Washington as well as a surprise secondary location to be announced.
Kitsap Wine Festival
Saturday, August 14, 2021, 2:00 pm
The 12th annual Kitsap Wine Festival benefiting the Downtown Bremerton Association is set to be held in mid-August at the Kitsap Conference Center. Taste wines from over 14 wineries and sample local northwest cuisine.

The Kitsap Wine Festival features live music, delicious foods, craft beer, and of course, great wines! Guests will have the opportunity to discover a wide variety of wines by sampling bottles featured by an ever-expanding slate of participating wineries. Find a new favorite and take it home. The retail wine shop provides a broad selection of wines and an assortment of fun wine-related treasures.

Compliment all of your delightful sipping by noshing delectables offered by amazing food vendors. Round out this day of summer fun with games like cornhole and ladder golf on the gorgeous Bremerton waterfront!

Tickets include a commemorative cup, swag bag, food samples, and 10 wine sampling tickets.
Silverdale Visitor Center
Photo: Melissa Dylan
Kitsap Pride Enjoys Record Numbers
Kitsap County Fairgrounds was bustling this last weekend with the sounds and music from Kitsap Pride. Locals enjoyed live music, food trucks, local and regional vendors, a beer garden, teen space and even a COVID Vaccine Pop-Up. Organizers of the event cite record numbers.

Kitsap Pride is non profit organization dedicated to celebrating, supporting, and uniting the LGBTQ+ community of Kitsap County. The organization is completely volunteer lead and have been producing events for the county for more than 25 years.
Washington Trails Association's Hike-a-Thon
WTA's 18th annual Hike-a-Thon started Sunday, Aug. 1, but it's not too late to sign up. Join an incredible community of hikers to raise funds for Washington's trails. 

Here's how to participate in WTA's 18th annual Hike-a-Thon:

  • Register here. It is free to register. Once you raise $20, you'll receive this year's official Hike-a-Thon T-shirt.
  • Join as an individual or create a teamTeams of 2-10 people are welcome. If you'd like to create or join a team, please sign up as an individual first. After you've registered as an individual, email and let WTA know you would like to create a team and your desired team name. Get some friends together, join as a family or recruit your coworkers!
  • Manage your webpage. When you register, you'll be given a customizable webpage. Your webpage is the perfect place to explain why trails are important to you and to set your fundraising goal. The more time you put into your webpage, the more likely you'll hit your fundraising goal. See the Hike-a-Thon toolkit to learn more about creating a successful webpage.
  • Share your webpage and accomplish your goal. Send your webpage to friends, family and anyone else who wants to support trails. WTA has put together some tips and tricks to help you share your page with your network.
  • Throughout August, hike for trails. Don your Hike-a-Thon shirt and hike anywhere in support of trails and WTA. As you hike, update your webpage with stories and pictures to help you reach your goal. The Hike-a-Thon resource page will help you get started logging the miles you've hiked. 
  • There are plenty of prizes to go around — both for incredible fundraising and for things like "most trip reports" and "most miles hiked." Check out this year's prizes.
  • Jump into the Hike-a-Thon community. Every year, hikers connect through Hike-a-Thon based on a shared appreciation for the outdoors. Join the Hike-a-Thon Facebook page and say hello!
New Vendors Added to
St. Michael Medical Center Farmer's Market
Silverdale's newest farmer's market, located on the St. Michael Medical Center campus, features a good array of local businesses to shop. The market runs every Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm and is located in the Healing Garden directly outside the new Orozco Cafe. This week's vendors include Courter Country Farm, Devine Culinary, Willowfell Farm, Left Hoof, Sylling's Elderberry and Little Bee Home.

1800 NW Myhre Road
Silverdale, WA 98383
Parks Gift Cards On Sale
Beginning August 1st, give the gift of the great outdoors! Purchase gift cards online or at select parks around Washington. Gift cards can be used for campsite fees, park merchandise and online Discover Pass purchases.
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Irene Moyer
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Marisa Acuna
Finance & Operations Manager