Monday, November 1, 2021
Important News for You
October Luncheon Welcomes New Members, Offers Solutions for Stress
Guest speaker, Beth Wolfe.
Suitcases on Standby Travel - Amy Zinkhon
Saleshawks - Gary Burt
PhysioWorks - Steve Sodorff
Smart Energy Today - Matthew Barrett
Olympic Business Exchange - BNI Chapter
Circuit of the Northwest - Brian Nilsen & Daniella Lewis
Chamber News
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This much-anticipated cake favorite opened its doors this weekend in a soft opening that many have been counting down for! Join the Silverdale Chamber as we officially celebrate one of Silverdale's newest businesses with a Ribbon Tying on November 18th. County Commissioner Ed Wolfe will be on hand to share a few words and all Chamber and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!
Visitor Center Says Goodbye to Joe Barboza
Many thanks from the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center to Joe Barboza, who served as the Operations and Tourism Manager since early this year. Joe leaves us to take on a new position in the Office of Advancement and Foundation at the Evergreen State College in Olympia. Best wishes in your new position!
Have you answered our weekly
survey question yet?
In the current climate, which of the following attributes are important to you as a consumer when shopping in physical stores?
Select from answers below. Please choose up to 3 answers.
Contactless payment
Availability of local products
Increased health/safety measures
Exclusive or limited edition offerings
Knowledgeable staff
Quickly find products I'm interested in
Product range
Ability to see and touch products
Curbside pickup
I don't feel comfortable going into stores
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
New Members & Renewals for October
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
Circuit of the Northwest
Denise Steele, Independent Scentsy Consultant
Digital Helpmates
Down to the Details LLC
Ed Wolfe, Kitsap County Commissioner - District 3
Liberty Bay Auto Center
PhysioWorks - Physical Therapy and Work Rehabilitation
Primerica - Michele Shaw
Steven Boe Windermere
Thrivent Financial - Garrett Weeks
T-Mobile - Chelsea Grosskopf, Hometown Expert
Getting the Most from Your Member Portal
JOBS! Did you know that you can post employment opportunities through your Member Portal? Jobs posted in your portal are visible within the portal to all Chamber Members AND on the Chamber website. Job posts on the Chamber Website are indexed by search engines.
When you post Jobs in your Member Portal it also makes it easy for the Chamber to share your content with THOUSANDS of followers across our social media platforms. 
An Invitation to Transform Stress
Kitsap Women's Leadership Network
November 3, 2021, 11:45 am
Leadership Kitsap
Nominations Open Until November 19th
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
Established in 1924, the Kitsap Golf and Country Club is a PNW gem. Nestled among the cedars and hemlocks of the Chico Creek watershed is a beautiful golf course providing a sense of tranquility while at the same time challenging players of all skill levels. Long summer days by the pool, evenings on the patio overlooking the scenic front nine and a round or two of golf are just a few of the enjoyable activities at KG&CC.

Membership plans range from social to full stock. There are active men’s and women’s clubs as well as an entry level women’s group and junior program during the summer months. The clubhouse features a full service kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner ranging from casual to formal. KG&CC's Executive Chef can provide a wide selection of dishes to accommodate any occasion.

The spacious clubhouse includes a ballroom for large events, a cozy formal dining room, a breakfast & lunch café, full lounge, locker-room facilities, cardio workout room and a cigar bar. There are numerous social and holiday events taking place throughout the year for members and their guests to enjoy.
3885 NW Golf Club Hill Road
Bremerton, WA 98312
(360) 377-0166
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
Highlights from National Small Business Week
National Veterans Small Business Week is this week, 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.

Global Entrepreneurship 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.
KEDA Digital Hour: Shop.Eat.Spend.Kitsap
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 11:00 am
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.
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.
Government Affairs Committee
Save Our Shipments Grassroots Campaign
NRF (National Retail Federation) has launched a grassroots campaign to raise awareness with Congress on ways to address the supply chain crisis. This campaign calls on Congress to act on a few critical pieces of legislation including:
1. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework which includes historic investments in infrastructure that will help get America’s supply chains back on track.
2. The DRIVE-Safe Act (S. 659, H.R. 1745) to help add more truck drivers to the workforce
3. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act (H.R. 4996) which addresses some of the long-standing unfair business practices by ocean carriers and terminal operators are complicating the supply chain disruption issues and adding to port congestion.
WHA: Conversation with Lawmakers Webinar
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 9:00 am
Did you miss out on the State of the Industry webinar on Oct. 28? Not to worry — you’ll have another opportunity next week to join the discussion with Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton, the state government affairs team and local lawmakers.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to share the challenges facing the hospitality industry and potential solutions directly with lawmakers. Association members will have opportunities to ask questions through the Zoom chat tool.
Kitsap County Redistricting Open House
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 6:00 pm
As required by state statute, Kitsap County has reviewed 2020 U.S. Census data and proposed alternatives for revisions to its County Commissioner District boundaries. The district boundaries must meet several criteria including each being equal in population, using logical boundaries that do not split communities and do not disadvantage any racial or ethic group or political party.

Kitsap County will hold a public open house to present alternatives and answer questions at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 3 via Zoom at the link here. Find more information at the project website here.
Military Affairs Committee
The Military Affairs Committee meets monthly on the 1st Thursday at noon.
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Interested in becoming involved with this committee? We are busy making plans for the upcoming Military Appreciation Day on March 5th and welcome new volunteers.

Contact the Chamber for our meeting location!
Business Resources
Washington Bucks National Hiring Slump Trends
Employers in Washington added 17,600 jobs last month, a 7.3% increase over August that observers said was only a modest increase compared with about 25,000 jobs added in both June and July. Unemployment in Washington fell to 4.9% in September, down from 5.1% in August.
Still, the state outperformed the broader U.S. economy, which saw new hiring last month drop by 47%. The tepid increase in job creation was blamed on the Covid surge led by the delta variant. 

Photo Credit: Ted S. Warren/AP
Pacific NorthWest Economic Region Seeks
Input from Puget Sound Region
Read an open letter from the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region and their efforts to develop a comprehensive pandemic resilience roadmap for the Puget Sound Region.

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a statutory public/private non-profit created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Kitsap County News
Election Day Arrives in Kitsap County
Ballots Due by 8:00 pm on November 2nd
Ballot boxes are located throughout the county and locations can be found here.

View a digital version here of the Kitsap County Voter's Pamphlet.
Kitsap Public Health District
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 12:30 pm
Central Kitsap Community Council
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 5:00 pm
The Central Kitsap Community Council at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 3 via Zoom. 

Please click the link to join the webinar:
By phone, call 253-215-8782
Webinar ID: 851 7654 7380

Meeting presentations include:

  • Information on Proposition 2 that would authorize a sales-tax increase to upgrade Kitsap 911's emergency communications system with Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Chief John Oliver;
  • An overview of Kitsap County Commissioner redistricting by Eric Baker of the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office;
  • A review of the proposed 2022 Kitsap County budget with staff from the Department of Administrative Services.

Everyone is welcome to join and there will be time for the public to ask questions.
Safety Advisory

Use extra caution with darker and rainy days ahead.

It is now dark enough in the early morning and late evening that your bus operator may have difficulty seeing you alongside the road. When waiting for your bus, please stand in a well-lit spot, use a flashlight or safety flasher. You can also use your smartphone as a source of light to be visible to the operator. Laser-type lights can be a hazard to the bus operator. Please use flashlights or safety flashers and shine them on yourself or on the ground, never at the bus.

Pick up a Kitsap Transit safety flasher at the Customer Service office inside the Bremerton Transportation Center or ask your driver. 

Please board the bus with caution, using handrails where available. During rainy weather, the bus floors and stairs can become slippery. 
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on October 29, 2021.
Bayshore Drive NW is closed at the intersection of Linder Way NW and Washington Avenue NW. Access to the Yacht Club Broiler is available via NW Bucklin Hill Road to Bay Shore Drive NW. Washington Avenue NW is closed between NW Carlton Street and NW Lowell Street. Potential closure later in the week at the intersection of Washington Avenue NW and NW Carlton Street. 

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

  • Seabeck Highway NW from Rim View to the roundabout (MO)
  • Fairgrounds Road NE from SR303 to Central Valley (TU-WE)
  • John Carlson from SR303 to Wembley (MO-FR)
  • Pine Road NE near Bunker (TH-FR)

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
Tips for a Safer Holiday Season
Holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health. Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.

KEDA: COVID & Changing Landscape of Work
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 9:30 am
Presenters: Monica Blackwood, President & CEO at West Sound Workforce and Sana Bagersh, Founder of Tamakkan

About the Course: A chat between Monica Blackwood, President & CEO at West Sound Workforce and Sana Bagersh, Founder of Tamakkan about Covid’s impact on businesses, how it is transforming the workplace, the workforce, and the economy.

  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic changed our lives?
  • What are the changing global trends?
  • How can we build a more resilient economy?
  • How can we better prepare our workforce?
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
FDA Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine for Emergency Use in Children 5-11, Clinics Expected Soon
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The authorization was based on the FDA’s thorough and transparent evaluation of the data that included input from independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of making the vaccine available to children in this age group.

Key points for parents and caregivers:

  • Effectiveness: Immune responses of children 5 through 11 years of age were comparable to those of individuals 16 through 25 years of age. In addition, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11.
  • Safety: The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet this week to discuss further clinical recommendations.

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
Vibe Coworks Hosts Opening Artist's Reception
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:30 pm
November GreenDrinks
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 5:24 pm
Silverdale Visitor Center
Halloween Fun in Central Kitsap
Families and visitors joined businesses from across Kitsap to celebrate Halloween at the Haselwood YMCA's annual Trunk or Treat event this weekend. This event was just one of many celebrated across the county and showcased some of Central Kitsap's favorite spots.

(Right) Silverdale Chamber member, Amy Zinkhon of Suitcases on Standby Travel, set sail for Halloween fun.
(Above) Silverdale Chamber member, Dana's Heating Inc. was on hand for the fun, as well as Chamber CEO/President, David Emmons (right).
Day Trip from Silverdale:
Port Gamble Ghost Conference
November 5-7, 2021
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David Emmons
Irene Moyer
Director of Member Relations
Marisa Acuna
Finance Manager