Monday, November 15, 2021
Important News for You
Sign up now to be part of the Silverdale Chamber's "Gnome on the Roam" holiday shopping incentive! For three weeks in December, Dale the Silverdale gnome, will be hiding in and around some of Central Kitsap's favorite businesses. Shoppers will find him, take a selfie and post to Facebook or Instagram using the #gnomeontheroam and #finddale and be entered into weekly drawings, including a grand prize drawing worth $750.
Chamber News
Check out and like the
Shop Central Kitsap eCommerce
Launching in December
Businesses looking for new ways to market and promote their business have one more way they can do that through the Chamber's new eCommerce page - ShopCentralKitsap. To include your business on this free site, please register now.
Member News
November Member of the Month:
Kitsap Golf & Country Club
3885 NW Golf Club Hill Road
Bremerton, WA 98312
(360) 377-0166
Getting the Most from Your Member Portal
News Releases are a great way to communicate important news about your industry and your business to Chamber Members. You can post News Releases inside the Member Portal and they will display prominently as part of the Community Content section visible to all Chamber Members. Promote your business and share milestones, key information, or helpful tips with over three hundred fellow members! 
Tickets for 33rd Annual Nutcracker
Available at Irene's School of Dance
Navy League Hosts Veterans Day Event
Members of the local military community were honored on Thursday at the annual Veterans Day event held at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. A special presentation included an official welcoming of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which arrived in Kitsap in August.

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
Education Committee
Passion Can Scale
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 3:00 pm
What better time to be in business than right now. Why not make a business out of something you are passionate about. In this Uplift Kitsap, you’ll learn tools and concepts to grow your business.

  • The passionate mindset
  • The cost of participation—consistency and value
  • Free tools to grow your business
Tory Felkey is the founder of All Media Internet Marketing. As an educator and digital marketing specialist, Tory focuses on people-to-people marketing, helping endeavors from many channels grow by finding relevant audiences for their messages.
Member Education & Training Resources
Washington Hospitality Association
State of the Supply Chain
As the end of 2021 draws near, uncertainty in the supply chain and labor markets linger. To provide some clarity, Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton asked distributors to share their experience and offer advice for operators hoping to weather the storm.

#WeGotThisWA: De-escalation Strategies
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:00 pm
We want to help you and your staff feel confident enforcing COVID rules and policies with your customers, like mask wearing or proof of vaccination. This webinar will feature specific strategies and information that can help you develop skill in managing these interpersonal interactions at your business. Topics will include self-regulation during particularly challenging situations and verbal de-escalation methods that are anchored in best-practices.   

Presenter Andy Pisco is a Fellow with the National Anger Management Association and author of the Crisis Intervention Certification Handbook, Best Practices for First Responders. He also founded the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team program within the State of Washington’s care and services systems and has provided trainings, in-services, and presentations in Crisis De-Escalation to law enforcement professionals, hostage negotiation teams, crisis negotiation teams, Fire/EMS personnel, and psychiatric care and services professionals.  

Webinar provided courtesy of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. You do not need to be a member of the Chamber to participate in this webinar series.
Navigating Your Small Business through Financial Milestones
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 10:00 am
Small Businesses face different financial challenges throughout each life stage of their business. From initial startup investments to deciding when is the right time to hire employees, business owners are constantly evaluating the impact of financial decisions.

Join financial expert from U.S. Bank, Nadine Seivert, as she discusses these topics and with Deluxe’s Amanda Brinkman and expands on advice and guidance she provides to small businesses in season six of the hit TV series, Small Business Revolution.

Topics include:
  • Understanding your comprehensive business costs
  • Understanding the difference between variable and fixed costs
  • How to know when you’re ready to expand
  • When it makes sense to hire someone vs. bring in industry expertise
  • Understanding your numbers as it relates to your business model
  • Evaluating your supply chain, along with roles and responsibilities
  • How to make sure you’re ready for online demand
  • How to broaden your selling channels to drive more revenue

Webinar Cost: FREE
Government Affairs Committee
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against
New State Long-Term Care Tax
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Opponents of a mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington state's new long-term care program filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday in federal court seeking to stop the January start of the payroll premium for most employees in the state.

The suit, filed with the federal court for the Western District of Washington, was filed on behalf of three businesses in the state and six individuals. None of the individuals purchased a private, long-term care insurance plan before Nov. 1, the deadline to qualify for an exemption.

Infrastructure Bill Passes Congress,
$8.6 billion for Washington State
Congress on Friday passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, with money for roads, bridges, ports, rail, transit, safe water, the power grid, broadband internet and more.

The bill will be an $8.6 billion “game-changer” for Washington state, The Seattle Times reports, writing “The result will be a massive, necessary boost for a state where infrastructure construction and funding hasn’t kept up with population growth or economic expansion.” The final vote count in the House Friday was 228-206. It was a mostly partisan vote, but 13 Republicans crossed over to vote yes and six Democrats voted no.

Military Affairs Committee
Toys for Tots Drive Continues
Drop Off Your Donation at the Chamber
Business Resources
Bremerton Chamber Luncheon
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11:30 am
Guest Speaker:
Joe Morrison, Executive Director
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

Joe Morrison joined the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance as Executive Director (KEDA) in late 2020. Prior, he built and ran the Municipality of Anchorage’s $12.7 million 49th State Angel Fund, an economic development initiative investing in Alaska startups through local fund managers and working to build the state’s entrepreneurial infrastructure. At KEDA, Joe focuses on offering the right blend of programs, partnerships and technical assistance to all of Kitsap in response to the COVID economic crisis. Joe holds a BA in English from Vassar College, an International MBA from Madrid's IE Business School, and has lived in Port Orchard since 2017. 

The luncheon will be held at the Kitsap Conference Center.
Get Prepared for Small Business Saturday
Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor, provides some insight in his latest blog of how retailers can prepare for Small Business Saturday coming up on November 27 this month. According to Phibbs, there is a groundswell of support now for smaller businesses, especially given the hardships they’ve had to endure during the pandemic just to stay open and operating. The holidays, and Small Business Saturday in particular, are when retailers can be the most connected with their local communities. 

Global Entrepreneurship Month Continues
Free Courses Offered All Month
With business starts up nearly 20% statewide compared to a year ago, entrepreneurs are more important than ever in helping our economy recover and grow. To support you, The Washington State Department of Commerce is once again hosting a series of more than 50 online classes, workshops and interactive sessions throughout November.
From finances and hiring to marketing and exporting, there’s something for everyone during Global Entrepreneurship Month (GEM), whether you’re a first-time business owner or a seasoned vet who needs to re-engage that entrepreneurial spirit to rebuild, recover and restart.
In addition to the live sessions, there are also on-demand, pre-recorded content and the state’s Entrepreneur Academy, a series of 11 free courses taught by a team of experts on subjects ranging from choosing the right location to ideation.
SEO, SEM and Social Media Advertising
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1:00 pm
Learn the basics of SEO, Google Ads, and social media advertising and how these modern marketing techniques need to be part of your marketing plan. Presented by Katie Crain of Urban Sherpa Marketing and hosted by Kitsap Economic Development Alliance.
Kitsap County News
County Approves Recommendations
for Mental Health Tax Funding
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving 2022 funding recommendations totaling $7 million, presented by the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Committee, at the Commissioners’ regular business meeting Nov. 8. Funds generated from the 1/10th of 1 percent sales and use tax are designated for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court services in Kitsap County.

Public Works Provides Update on
Waste Management Issues
Continued missed service from Waste Management throughout the county has caused more than a headache for many residents, with calls and emails left unanswered by Waste Management. Kitsap County Commissioner, Ed Wolfe, has continued to reach out on behalf of constituents to receive an answer.

Unfortunately, Kitsap County does not regulate WM or have a contract with them for waste collection services in the unincorporated county. Instead, services are regulated by the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). The county encourages residents to file a complaint with the UTC about the missed collections and the fact that WM is not offering credits for each missed collection. This can be done online or by phone at File a Complaint (
The County has been in frequent contact with the UTC since WM’s service issues began and have been pressuring them to act. They have now opened an investigation and it's very likely WM will experience penalties. It has also been reported that WM is continuing to work on hiring the staff they need to resume services, and they expect to be fully staffed by the end of December.
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on November 12, 2021.
Washington Avenue NW is closed between NW Byron Street and NW Lowell Street.

Expect moderate delays on Central Valley Road NE between NE McWilliams Road and NE Vena Street for private development utility work. Daytime closures from 7am-7pm with detours in place. Utility work is anticipated to last through November, 2021.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Milestone: 10 Million COVID-19
Vaccines Administered in WA
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce another significant milestone has been reached in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. As of November 6, more than 10 million doses of vaccine have been given out across Washington since distribution began in mid-December 2020.

“Giving out 10 million doses of life-saving vaccine is something we should all be proud of here in Washington,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “Knowing that younger kids can now be protected from the worst outcomes of this virus is an incredible relief, not just for parents and families, but for everyone. The more people vaccinated, the more community protection we have, and that’s good for us all.”

The achievement was reached thanks to the hard work of providers, local and private sector partners, DOH staff, community members, and countless others whose commitment to community health and safety has been vital to our state’s continued success.

COVID-19 Vaccine 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
Last Call to Nominate Local Stars for Leadership Kitsap's
20 Under 40
Help us identify business leaders under the age of 40 who are making an impact in business, philanthropy, and in their communities. Nominees should be top leaders in their organization and industry and demonstrate their commitment to the Kitsap community.
Nominees must be 39 years of age or younger through January 30, 2022 and work on the Kitsap Peninsula.
November 19, 2021
20 Under 40 Celebration
January 27, 2022
Kitsap Conference Center
Lace Up Your Running Shoes for the
Silverdale Rotary's Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Silverdale Chamber is an additional Donation Spot for CKSD Student Services Holiday Drive
Now through December 10, 2021
Fall Activities Still in Full Swing in Kitsap
Kitsap Kids’ Directory is normally printed 6 times a year and distributed to hundreds of locations throughout Kitsap County. Check out a digital copy now at

The winter edition will be released in December.
Silverdale Visitor Center
Visitors Center Welcomes Brenda Kelley
as New Tourism Coordinator
The Silverdale Visitors Center is excited to welcome Brenda Kelley as the new Tourism Coordinator. Brenda joins the staff with many years of experience in marketing and event support. She currently serves on the board of directors for Silverdale Whaling Days, and one of her more recent projects was bringing the NW Foodtruck Fest to the Kitsap Fairgrounds last summer. Welcome, Brenda!
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like
Christmas" in the Kitsap Mall!
For holiday shopping hours at the Kitsap Mall, click here.

Santa has arrived! Make a reservation with Santa for photos from November 12th through December 24th.

Donate a gift to children and seniors at the Angel Tree in the JCPenney Court.

Gift Wrap Services will be available throughout the season to benefit non-profits and community organizations. If your group would like to participate, contact the Kitsap Mall here.
Contact Us
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events for the Monday Morning Memo!
David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Brenda Kelley
Tourism Coordinator
Marisa Acuna
Finance Manager