Monday, September 20, 2021
Important News for You
Silverdale-Bremerton Ranks #10
in Best Cities for Restaurant Workers
As the pandemic caused shutdowns across the nation, one industry was hit particularly hard: food service.

By May 2020, 5.9 million food service jobs were lost within a span of just six weeks. Despite furloughs and government aid, and the push for delivery services and take-out, countless mom-and-pop shops closed their doors (often for good). Even established chains felt the reverberations as they laid off thousands of employees.

Now, as the nation rebounds, the restaurant industry has turned a new corner and is seeing floods of customers eager to eat out. This should be good news for businesses, but the reality of stepping back into a low-wage, exhausting, job with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure is leading to a significant shortage of workers. Restaurant workers in these positions often work long, laborious shifts and are reliant on tips, meaning their fluctuating wages lack consistency.

As food industry giants like McDonald’sChipotle, and Starbucks announce wage increases, it is becoming clear that the rest of the industry must keep up to stay viable.

Where can restaurant workers expect to find a plethora of food service jobs, higher wages, and a low cost of living? We’ve ranked all U.S. metros to find the best conditions for working in a restaurant as a cook, server, or host.

Chamber News
Check out and like the
CHANGE: Our Event is Now Virtual-Only
September Member Luncheon
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 11:30 am
Have you answered our weekly
survey question yet?
Given that COVID cases are at an all-time
high in Kitsap, what level of in-person event
are you comfortable with?
Answer Below
Outdoor, without masks
Indoor, with masks
Indoor, with masks and proof of vaccination
Outdoor, with masks
Outdoor, with masks and proof of vaccination
No in-person event, online only
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
Leadership Kitsap Kicks Off Class of 2022
with Retreat Focused on Servant Leadership
After a year-long hiatus due to COVID, Leadership Kitsap kicked off this year's leadership program, welcoming 28 new members at their annual retreat last week.

Founded by the Kitsap Chambers of Commerce and the United Way of Kitsap County in 1993, Leadership Kitsap incorporated in 1993. The first Leadership Kitsap class with 13 members convened in September 1994 and graduated 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. 

The legacy of Leadership Kitsap is alumni who represent a community that is geographically, racially, and professionally diverse. They emerge from the ten-month program with a deeper commitment to civic volunteerism, working together to provide the leadership needed to address the challenges ahead.
Member Spotlight
Published monthly as a special addition to the Kitsap Sun, the Kitsap Business Journal offers local insight into Kitsap County's business sector. Local columnists offer their expert analysis of trends impacting business in our area, as well as practical advice from topics ranging from how to make your business website more mobile friendly, to exploring what the post-COVID office landscape will look like.
Kitsap Sun
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Bremerton, WA 98337
Education Committee
Replay: September Forum
If you missed last week's return of the Kitsap Business Forum (live event), you can still view the FB Live as well as presentation handouts.

KBF was pleased to welcome Shannon Bruce for the first live event held since prior to the pandemic. Bruce's topic for the day was "Leadership is an Inside Job."

The Glorious Twilight of Your Career: Succession and Legacy Planning for Business Owners
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 3:00 pm
Over 78 percent of business owners are expecting the sale of their business to be a major part of their retirement plan, but most have no idea how to go about selling (or buying) a business. As more small business owners are on the home stretch to retirement, many people want to be certain that they can transition the business to new leadership that will respect the integrity of their business. How can you both make sure your clients are taken care of and you still get top dollar for all of your years of sweat equity and hard work? What happens if some of your children want to run the business, and some don’t? AND as a buyer of a business, how do you make yourself attractive to the seller?
Matt Augspurger is a wealth advisor and speaker. As a fiduciary, he focuses on holistic wealth management and retirement planning. He and his insights have appeared in various local publications and events, such as Seattle Magazine, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal, Uplift Kitsap, and Compass & Clock Magazine. 
Created by Kitsap Business Forum, Uplift Kitsap is an interactive online series fostering strong and resilient business leaders. All sessions are free of charge. Registration is required.
Member Education & Training Resources
Boom! Take Your Business to the Next
Level Using Webinars, Podcasts,
Live Streaming and Beyond
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:00 am
Does Amazon still sell only books? Does Starbucks still sell only coffee? Then why are you still doing the same old thing? In this rapidly changing world, the time is ripe to take your business to the next level. And the good news is, it’s not that hard to do!

Steve Strauss, USA TODAY senior columnist and bestselling author, will show you the steps needed to boom your business, using a variety of powerful, affordable, yet easy-to-use digital tools.

Find out everything you need to know to:
  • Build your brand, be seen as the expert, and sell more with your own podcast
  • Reach thousands of new people with your own webinar (like this one!)
  • Use video to build connections and capture people’s attention
  • Master Facebook Live and other similar streaming options
  • And much more!

Based on the new book, Your Small Business Boom!, this webinar is sure to help you create your own small business boom.
Often called “America’s small business expert,” Steve Strauss is a best-selling author and USA TODAY columnist, as well as an attorney, thought leader, and the author of 17 books, including The Small Business Bible. His content and media appearances reach millions.

Steve regularly speaks around the country and around the world and he is often tapped to be a spokesperson for companies like Bank of America and Microsoft. He sits on advisory boards for the World Entrepreneurship Forum, SCORE and P&G. The Strauss Group creates exceptional content for Fortune 500 companies down to small chambers.

Steve's latest venture is the tech startup, Steve has a combined 100,000 social fans/followers/likes. He also really dislikes ketchup.
SCORE hosts free, LIVE webinars every week on small business tips and
strategies presented by business experts and mentors. 
Clockwise from top left: John Engber, from the Washington Retail Association, Andrea H. Reay, IOM, President/CEO from the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce, Mark Everton from the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, and Anthony Anton from the Washington Hospitality Association.
PNW Hospitality & Retail Summit Explores Challenges Facing Retail and Restaurants
John Engber, WR’s Seattle lobbyist, and Anthony Anton from the Washington Hospitality Association spoke at the September 9th Hospitality & Retail Summit.
The Summit explored the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for the retail and restaurant industries and the outlook moving forward.
The event was broadcast simultaneously on the Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live platforms, with 424 live viewers combined. Recordings of the live event are currently available on both Facebook and YouTube.
Government Affairs Committee
September Kitsap Legislative Pulse
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 3:00 pm
Two Weeks Left to Lock In Private
Long-Term Care Policy
If you want to provide your employees with a long-term care private policy, it must be locked in by Oct. 1. This is the only opt-in period. Unlike other healthcare options, you will not have another opportunity to give employees a private policy unless they move out of state or are no longer employed in Washington state.

Contact the Washington Hospitality Association's team at to start a quote.
Single-Use Bag Ban Goes into Effect October 1st
Kitsap County News
David Lewis Appointed New County Clerk
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 13 appointed David Lewis to serve as Kitsap County Clerk. He fills the vacancy created with the resignation of Alison Sontag July 30, 2021, who served in the position since August 2017. His term runs until elections in November 2022 are certified.

“In David’s 37-year career in the Superior Court Clerk’s office he has been involved in nearly every aspect of those operations," noted Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "He has a reputation across the community as being accessible and a servant leader, not to mention he received off-the-chart approval in the Bar Association poll. He is a wonderful choice to be the next Kitsap County Clerk and the Commissioners wish him much success.”

Public Meeting to be Held for Port Gamble
Forest Heritage Park Planning
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:00 pm
The third in a series of community meetings to create a master plan for Kitsap County's Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park takes place virtually 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 29. The public will have the opportunity to review alternatives for park and trail plans developed from previous input, including recreational and educational components. Attendees can give feedback and ask questions about the draft plan. Preregistration is required. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

An inaugural public open house March 16 kicked off the master plan process and provided an introduction and overview of the vision and goals for the nearly 3,500-acre park. Another virtual public meeting June 4 focused on ecological restoration of the parkland. A meeting June 22 included polls to determine preferences for different uses within the park. 

The vision for the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park is focused on the quality of its diverse environment, wildlife, user experience and recreational opportunities. Visit the project site at to learn more, view maps and find answers to frequently asked questions. Click on the ‘How to Stay Involved’ tab to sign up to receive project updates and invitations to future meetings. 

For information about Kitsap County Parks, facility rentals and volunteer stewardship, go to
Central Kitsap Closures & Delays
Bayshore Drive NW is closed from 9479 Bay Shore Drive NW (Bay View Professional Building) to NW Bucklin Hill Road for continuation of sewer installation. Intermittent single lane closures on Washington Ave NW northbound at NW Carlton Street for sanitary side sewer connections. Potential full closure of Washington Ave NW between NW Lowell Street and NW Carlton Street. 

Traffic impacts related to private development projects:

  • Moderate delays on Silverdale Way NW between the Mall entrance and Kitsap Mall Boulevard NW and Kitsap Mall Boulevard between Silverdale Way NW and Plaza Road through September 24th.
  • Moderate delays on NE McWilliams Road between State Hwy 303 and Old Military Road NE.
  • Central Valley Road is closed between NE McWilliams Road and NE Vena Street through September 30th. Daytime closure from 7am - 7pm with detours in place.
  • Single lane closures on NW Stavis Bay Rd from Scenic Beach Rd NW to Stone Farm Ln NW. Traffic control will be in place. The project is anticipated to end by September 30, 2021.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
COVID-19 Vaccine
Kitsap Regional Library will host a walk-in clinic at the Silverdale Branch on Wednesday, September 22nd from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

Olympic College will be hosting walk-in vaccination clinics on their Bremerton Campus on September 29th as well as October 4th. Learn more about the clinics 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
Community Information
Port Madison Dialogues Begin This Week
Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Silverdale Visitor Center
Live Well Kitsap Event Draws Visitors
Seeking Health & Well-Being Businesses
The Silverdale Visitors Center was a proud sponsor of Saturday's Live Well Kitsap free Community Well-Being Event that brought out over 40 vendors to the Haselwood YMCA. The event served to provide an opportunity for the greater Kitsap Community to find and explore businesses and professionals locally providing goods and services that enhance well-being.

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