Monday, July 19, 2021
Important News for You
Drought Emergency Declared for WA State
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday declared a statewide drought emergency because of hot, dry conditions that have plagued the region and water supply.

Citing recent record temperature that killed at least 91 people in the state, increased wildfire activity and drought, Inslee called it "the summer of climate change."

"This is not political hyperbole," Inslee said. "It is a scientific consensus that is jarring the life of every Washingtonian in some way."

A drought emergency declaration is issued when the water supply is projected to be below 75% of average and poses a hardship to water users and the environment. The declaration allows expedited emergency water right permitting and allows the state to aid state agriculture, protect public water supplies and boost stream flows to safeguard fish. 

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August Legislative Pulse Focuses on EMS Levy
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Member News
Whaling Days Ornament Mobile Class Offered
July 23, 2021, 6:00 pm at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio
Swim on in and have a WHALE of a time at our Whaling Days Ornaments Class!

You will receive one orca, starfish, and sand dollar to sift to your liking.
For $25 more you can choose your string, driftwood, and beads and make it into a one of a kind mobile! 

Friday, July 23rd, 6pm 
 $75 Ornament Only
+$25 for Mobile
360 Event Rental Says Goodbye to Kitsap County
Business Liquidation Sale on July 23 & 24, 2021
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In what will surely be a loss felt by many in Kitsap County, 360 Event Rental has permanently closed their doors due to the COVID pandemic. After serving as the largest rental business on the peninsula for many years, they are liquidating their inventory in the coming week.

The East Bremerton warehouse will be open on July 23rd and 24th for those interested in purchasing items ranging from tables and chairs to disco balls and smoke machines.
Coffee Oasis Celebrates Life of David Frederick
After a 2-year long battle with cancer, David O. Frederick, owner and founder of The Coffee Oasis, passed away on July 3, 2021. A memorial will be held on July 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Crossroads Neighborhood Church.

The Coffee Oasis is a non-profit organization that exists to create pathways of opportunity for youth to be restored in heart, soul, mind, and body. The Coffee Oasis believes that youth are the future of our community, but many are hurting, homeless, and hindered from living their full potential. The Coffee Oasis youth programs offer a place for the community to invest in their future through creating safe shared spaces, mentorship, street and school outreach, goal setting, job training, shelter, and crisis intervention.
Member Spotlight
DEFY Silverdale
With summer in full swing, Silverdale Chamber member, DEFY Silverdale, is the perfect place to take the kids to burn off some of that extra energy! After a long year of back-and-forth closures, DEFY is open and ready for visitors of all ages. All current CDC and local guidelines are being followed to help prevent the spread of COVID. Check them out the next time your family needs some indoor play time!
2222 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Suite 100
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 499-3600
Education Committee
UpLift Kitsap:
How to Embrace the Future Workplace
Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 3:00 pm
As pandemic restrictions lift, many companies are left grappling with how to re-think their workplace, especially against the backdrop of whether to transition into a hybrid work model. In this Uplift Kitsap, we will discuss three of the most pressing challenges for future workplaces along with opportunities that can further enable workers to thrive, businesses to grow, and corporate cultures to live – from anywhere.


  • What companies can do today to prepare for the future workplace – whatever that may look like
  • How you can maximize your time working in the office and working from home
  • What great opportunities can be gained from a hybrid workforce
Leni Rivera is a Workplace Experience specialist and author of the book Workplace Experience. Her passion is creating work environments that enable all employees to be both productive and happy, regardless of where that is.

Leni’s career spans 20 years and three continents. With corporate leadership roles in interior design, real estate development, and global workplace services, Leni has the unique ability to understand the impact of a physical environment on employee behavior, business growth, and culture expression.
Member Education & Training Resources
The Million Dollar Marketer's Roadmap- How to Build a Solid Digital Marketing Foundation
July 22, 2021, 10:00 am
Can you picture yourself pulling in $1,000,000 in revenue? How would it feel? Who would you tell? What would you do to celebrate?

From working with thousands of small business marketers and studying the daily practices of successful ones, this value-packed workshop provides a roadmap for any small business owner to build a solid digital marketing foundation and strive toward those coveted seven figures of revenue.

Join Bryan Caplan, National Speaker for Big Tech and Host of Bigger Better Biz on YouTube, as he guides you through the tips, tricks, and strategies used by Million Dollar Marketers every day to grow their brands.

After this event, you will walk away with a better knowledge of:

  • Setting and accomplishing goals
  • Focusing your time on what matters
  • Understanding your audience
  • Reaching & engaging your prospective buyers
  • Knowing your numbers to help you grow

Whether you’re just starting your business or are a seasoned digital marketer, there is value to be gained from this class. Register now!
Bryan Caplan is all about helping you build a bigger, better business. Bryan works with entrepreneurs around the world, learning and teaching digital marketing topics to help small businesses grow and succeed.
SBDC Webinar: How to Write a Business Plan
July 22, 2021, 11:00 am
Do you want to start your own business? Are you wondering what steps you need for a successful start? Join us in this webinar to learn all about writing a business plan. Business plans are the blueprints of your business. Whether you need a loan or plan to self-finance, business plans should be on every start up's list to do. We will review topics included in standard business plans such as executive summary, business structure, management, marketing, and financials. You will come away from the webinar with solid ideas of how to get started on your business plan.

You will learn:

  • The information needed for a solid business plan
  • Why business plans are integral for a business loan
  • How a business plan will serve you no matter your industry

Mia Johnstone is a Washington Small Business Development Center Advisor. She loves copywriting, customer relationships, solid branding, and beautiful photography. She has an MBA and serves Mason, Pacific, and Grays Harbor County small businesses with Washington SBDC advising services.

Julia Lara is a Washington SBDC Certified Business Advisor and an experienced retail business owner. She graduated from the University of Washington where she studied American History and Political Science, with an emphasis is Economics. She has an MBA from EWU.
Government Affairs Committee
July Kitsap Legislative Pulse:
Transportation Impact Fee Study
July 22, 2021, 3:00 pm
Contact Your Legislators Concerning
Tax Hikes for US Businesses
The current administration has proposed $3.6 trillion in tax increases, including increasing the corporate tax rate by one-third to 28% along with a host of other tax increases on employers. 
Proponents of these tax increases have sought to defend the proposal by suggesting that the tax increases would only impact relatively few large corporations. But analysis of IRS and Census data reveals that there are 1.4 million small businesses with fewer than 500 employees that will be directly impacted by the proposed tax increases. 
Military Affairs Committee
Kitsap County News
Local & Fast Ferries to Resume Weekend Service
Kitsap Transit will add both Sunday ferry service between Port Orchard and Bremerton and Saturday fast ferry service to Seattle starting this month, the agency announced Tuesday. 

Local ferries between Bremerton and Port Orchard will run year-round on Sundays beginning July 18, according to a Kitsap Transit press release. Sailings will start at 9 a.m. and run every half-hour until 5 p.m.

PSRC Call for Public Review and Comment
The draft Regional Housing Strategy is now available for public review and comment online. The public comment period will run from Monday, July 12 through Friday, August 13 at 5 p.m. 

Recognizing that housing access, affordability, and choice are regional issues that do not stop at a jurisdiction’s borders, VISION 2050, the region’s long-range plan for growth, calls for a coordinated regional housing strategy. 

In addition to addressing existing gaps and needs, VISION 2050 identifies the need for more housing of all types to meet the needs of the region out to 2050. 
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Washington Hits 70% Mark in Vaccinations
Secretary of health, Dr. Umair Shah, announced that as of Wednesday morning, July 14, 70% of Washington residents aged 16 and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a major milestone.

In a morning briefing, Shaw noted, “We’re just shy of 4 million people being fully vaccinated. “That represents almost half of our state, but that also means that half of our total population is still vulnerable, including … all of our kids who are under the age of 12 because they are not eligible for vaccines.”

Beware the Anti-Mask/Anti-Vax Crusaders:
Check Your Business' Online Reviews
If your business has been one of many still requiring customers to wear a mask or asking for proof of vaccination, your digital reputation may be under attack. Read more from our friends at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce on this growing digital crusade against small businesses and learn what you can do to protect your business.
In April, President Biden announced a new tax credit to fully offset the cost for small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees. The tax credits to the businesses provide full pay to their employees for any time off needed to get vaccinated, and for any time it takes to recover from the after-effects of vaccination. Even those who are self-employed can claim this credit under the American Rescue Plan.
The credits provide for up to 80 hours (i.e., 10 workdays) of paid sick leave offered between April 1 and September 30, 2021.

Businesses Urged to Lend Voice for Replenishment of Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Updates to PPP Loan Forgiveness Instructions
July 23, 2021, 10:00 am
This webinar will cover the new Coronavirus relief bill updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and related instructions.

Representatives from the SBA and the Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide updates on the new PPP loan and loan forgiveness requirements.

Topics Covered:

  • PPP Basic Forgiveness Application Information
  • The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Required Docs
  • Simplified Process for PPP loans under $150,000
  • Effect of the EIDL Advance
  • Retro-active elements of the new legislation
  • What you will need to be most successful in obtaining loan forgiveness

Steve Burke, Washington SBDC Certified Business Advisor
Janie Sacco, Marketing and Outreach Specialist, Seattle District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
Joel Nania, Manager Spokane Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
COVID-19 Vaccine
Bremerton National Airport
July, 24, 2021, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Peninsula Community Health will be offering both the Pfizer and J&J vaccines on Saturday, July 24th at the Bremerton National Airport. Vaccines are available on a walk-up basis - no appointments needed.

Airlift Kitsap will be providing helicopter tours and Kapana Pu'uwai hula dance group will be providing entertainment from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Bremerton National Airport
8850 WA-3
Bremerton, WA 98312
Community Information
Bridging Bremerton
Saturday, July 24, 2021, 2:00 pm
It's a Story Walk for the ages. On Saturdays in July, Kitsap Sun Reporter Josh Farley will host the third annual Bridging Bremerton, festivities that celebrate Bremerton's two bridges and all of the artifacts along the 3-mile trail that surround them. All walks will begin at 2 p.m. at locations around the bridge-to-bridge trail. All walks are free, just RSVP to or on Facebook and be prepared to walk about three miles!

2 p.m. July 24. Party in the Park: To cap this year's Bridging Bremerton, we've saved the party for the end. After a 2.8 mile walk that focuses on Evergreen Park's past, present and future, Seaside Church and the newly opened Evergreen Pizzeria will throw open their doors for food and games, including a miniature golf course and more.

Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes; plan for a three-mile walk.
Silverdale Visitor Center
Return of Whaling Days
The Silverdale Whaling Days Board of Directors happily announces the return of Whaling Days this weekend, Friday, July 23 - Sunday, July 25, 2021. This year's festival will not include a fireworks show, but promises to still include many fun options for families to enjoy.

Whaling Days is a family-oriented, non-profit, volunteer-run community festival held in “Old Town” Silverdale. Since 1974, thousands of people have enjoyed the events and entertainment Whaling Days has to offer. Whaling Days gives back to the local community through funds raised to support other non-profit organizations and student scholarships.
Last Chance to Purchase Ducks for
Annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race
Ducks for Silverdale Rotary's Annual Duck Race are still on sale from area Rotarians and at the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

Buying duck tickets changes lives. Thanks to community sponsorship and volunteer support, all money raised goes directly to programs that impact the lives of those in need. From feeding homeless children, supporting the Teen Center at the Haselwood Family YMCA, and Stand Up For Kids, to providing scholarships for graduating High School Seniors, dictionaries to 3rd Graders or supporting Corey’s Day at the Farm, the Silverdale Rotary Club supports our youth.
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