Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Important News for You
WA Gov. Jay Inslee Won't Seek
Reelection for Fourth Term
Published in The Seattle Times, May 1, 2023
Photo: Karen Ducey/The Seattle Times

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will not run for a fourth term, setting up a wide-open 2024 gubernatorial race that will have ripple effects all down the ballot.

Inslee, a Democrat elected in 2012, previously said he was unsure whether he’d seek an unprecedented fourth term as Washington governor.

He finally announced his intent to step aside, in a statement Monday morning.

“Serving the people as governor of Washington state has been my greatest honor. During a decade of dynamic change, we’ve made Washington a beacon for progress for the nation. I’m ready to pass the torch,” Inslee said in the emailed statement just before 9 a.m.

Inslee’s departure sets up a competitive race to succeed him after more than a decade of stifled ambitions for other politicians.

Chamber News
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RECAP: April Membership Luncheon
2023 Volunteer & Board of Directors
Applications Available Now
Submit your application by Friday, May 5th
The Chamber Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for volunteer leadership positions for the coming year. If you are interested in becoming more involved at the Greater Kitsap Chamber, we have positions on all committees, including chairs, as well as several open positions on the GKC Board of Directors. Board of Director positions are for 3-year terms.

Contact David or Irene if you have any questions or would like to learn more or apply now with the application link above.
Bremerton GreenDrinks @ Gold Mountain Golf
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 5:00 pm
May Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Renew your membership today to ensure your place as a Charter Member of the Greater Kitsap Chamber! Questions about when to renew or how to upgrade your membership? Contact Irene now!
Missed a previous edition of the Chamber's Community Connections?
View all the past issues on our website HERE.
Member News
New Members - Welcome to the Chamber!
New Members & Renewals for April
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
Marina Square Bremerton Earns
Coveted Gold Nugget Honors
Judges for the 2023 Gold Nugget Awards have named Marina Square as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. Sound West Group earned its Merit honors for Marina Square, which was honored for Best Multi-Family Housing Community - 100 du/acre or more.

Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on May 24th – The 2023 Gold Nugget Awards will be presented in Anaheim as a Highlight Event of PCBC.

Located in Bremerton, WA, Marina Square is a 270 unit waterfront development next to the ferry and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and offers market rate apartments, furnished suites, parking, a market, retail and future restaurant.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish.

Now in it’s 60th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.
Central Kitsap Food Bank Gala
Saturday, May 6, 2023, 5:00 pm
Save-the-Date: Port of Bremerton Air Show
August 19 & 20, 2023
Sound Publishing Advertising Opportunities
Member Spotlight
Suitcases on Standby Travel
If you've ever found yourself wondering, "are there travel agencies out there anymore," the answer is a resounding "yes!" Forget about trolling travel websites for the best deals out there and then having to deal with recordings and AI, Amy Zinkhon with Suitcases on Standby Travel will bring the human touch and customer service back to travel - and the best part is, you don't pay for her fees! Suitcases on Standby is your go-to local agency for cruises, all-inclusive resorts, Disney destinations and more. Amy can find the perfect location for you, your family, or even for colleagues in search of that perfect work getaway.

Amy has been hard at work this year reintroducing Chamber travel to the Greater Kitsap region and has coordinated a deeply discounted 7-night Alaska glacier cruise that quickly sold out. In addition to her work with the Chamber, Amy is an active member of the Crossroads Rotary Club in Poulsbo, a Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Commissioner and an active volunteer and theatre mom at Kitsap Children's Musical Theatre.
amy@suitcasesonstandby.com | (360) 621-3058
Advocacy Committee
Final Legislative Report
An exclusive benefit to our paid membership, the Greater Kitsap Chamber enlisted Boswell Consulting to provide weekly legislative updates during the 2023 legislative session. Brad hosted monthly Zooms to answer questions in addition to the written weekly reports he provided to our membership.
AWB Legislative Session Wrap-Up Videos
In short videos, AWB’s government affairs team breaks down the session by topic area and relevant legislation to employers.
  • Bob Battles shares a wrap-up on employment law
  • Mike Ennis discusses land use, housing and transportation legislation
  • Emily Shay gives an update on tax and budget issues
  • Amy Anderson shares an overview of health care, child care and workforce bills
  • Peter Godlewski reviews energy and environment policies
Education Committee
Member Education & Training Resources
2023 SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined Program
2023 program begins June 20th
AWB's Human Resources & Employment
Law Webinar Series
Learn the latest on wage and hour laws with upcoming HR webinar

Monthly series: You can still sign up to be part of AWB’s ongoing HR online learning series on human resources and employment law for the professional development and business management needs of small- and medium-sized businesses.

  • Continuing education credits are available for the 2023 Human Resources and Employment Law webinar series, which runs through July and covers a range of topics that will help your business foster a world-class workforce, no matter your industry.
  • Experts from Washington’s top law firms will give quick updates (60-90 minutes), including ample Q&A time. 

Designed for you: This series is designed for CEOs, HR managers, payroll personnel and other department managers, and is equally valuable to any small business owner. The series package includes all six webinars, topic materials and a wrap-up package that will include all webinar materials, extra information and sample documents.

  • May 3: Performance evaluations, disciplinary action & termination
  • June 7: Accident prevention & accident investigation plans
  • July 12: Non-competes, confidentiality agreements, non-solicitations & intellectual property protection

Register now! You can still purchase the remaining webinars in the series plus get access to previous webinar materials by purchasing the On Demand Combo.
ScaleUp Business Training is designed to help established businesses increase profitability, build capacity and spur growth. 

The program is most beneficial for established business owners, with two or more years’ experience owning and operating a small business, and are currently based in Washington state. 

This online program which normally costs $1,599 will be provided at no cost to Washington State businesses through June 30, 2023.

Upcoming Classes:
Thursdays, May 4, 2023 - June 22nd, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. - Register Here
Matchstick Lab: Lunchtime Lightning Talks
Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 11:30 am
BYO lunch and arrive at 11:30 for conversation and networking.
Lightning talks begin at 12pm and end promptly at 1pm.
Advanced RSVP is requested but not required.
Vibe Coworks 19225 8th Ave NE Suite 201 Poulsbo, WA 98370
Military Relations Committee
Sign-Up Now for the Bremerton
Armed Forces Day Parade
Parade applications now available online!
Business News & Resources
BIPOC Business Forum
Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 5:30 pm
Join us May 17th at the Marvin Williams Center to be inspired, share your experiences, connect with resources and enjoy networking with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs!
Complimentary appetizers, networking and resource fair begin at 5:30 and program gets underway at 6pm. There is no fee to attend this event.
  • Featured Presentation -Building a Business of Value with business coach, mentor and consultant Wilton Waverly, CDE, ww.willwavvy.com.
  • Listening Sessions - What is going well for your business? Obstacles? What would be helpful to grow your business? Facilitated by Grant Twyman & Rachel Askew from NEXT Consulting Firm.
  • Resource Fair - Connect with local, regional and state organizations and technical services providers.
  • Networking - Enjoy complimentary appetizers while getting to know more about your community and the resources available to you.
Kitsap Employers Spring Job Fair
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 10:00 am
If your business is struggling to find employees, WorkSource Washington's Spring Job Fair might be the solution. The event will be on Wednesday, May 24th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at WorkSource Kitsap, located at 3120 NW Randall Way in Silverdale.

If you are interested in hosting a table, please RSVP before May 12th. Call (360) 516-1001 or email businesskitsap@esd.wa.gov.

WorkSource is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay Service: 711.
AWB Launches Employer Survey
to Gauge Economic Outlook
The Association of Washington Business (AWB) is conducting a new survey to find out where employers stand on major issues and to gauge the economic outlook for Washington state and the U.S. Are employers still finding it difficult to find workers? How concerned are they about the possibility of a recession? And what’s the latest with the supply chain? The survey addresses these questions and more. 
Nonprofit News & Resources
The Greater Kitsap Chamber is proud to be one of only five Chambers statewide selected to partner with the Nonprofit Association of Washington (NAWA) to bring education and resources to nonprofits in Western Washington. Stay tuned to this section of our weekly newsletter for education, resources and more for our nonprofit community. To learn more about NAWA, please visit their website here.
Pasos que debe tomar antes
de iniciar su negocio
martes 2 de mayo 2023, 12:00 pm
En este taller, aprenderá sobre los requerimientos que necesita conocer como dueño de negocio. Se le proporcionará información y herramientas valiosas para ayudar a guiarlo a través de los pasos y requisitos para comenzar su propio negocio.

Temas que se cubrirán:

  • Planificación de su negocio
  • Estructura del negocio
  • Licencias y permisos
  • Recursos

Este seminario en línea es gratuito, gracias a la asociación con el Departamento de Labor e Industrias del estado de Washington.
The Board-Executive Relationship:
A Partnership that Works
Thursday, May 4, 2023, 1:00 pm
No relationship is more important to the health of your nonprofit than the one between the board and its executive director. A strong and effective relationship sets the stage for organizational success. Yet, probably no other single relationship is as easily misconstrued or has such dire potential consequences. Many boards and executives cannot say with certainty whether they have a good relationship with each other, or even what that relationship should look like.

In this workshop, participants will learn:
  • the characteristics of an effective partnership
  • positive ways to strengthen the board-executive relationship
  • how to handle conflict between the board and executive
  • promote transparency and accountability.

Workshop Fee: $15 NAWA Members/$30 Not-Yet-Members

*Please note that this workshop is being held in-person at the Redmond Community Center, 6505 176th Avenue NE in Redmond.
Featured Funding Opportunity:
Volunteer Generation Fund
Applications due May 16, 2023, 5:00 pm EST
Community organizations wanting to strengthen volunteer recruitment and retention programs are invited to apply for a Volunteer Generation Fund, VGF grant.

Applicants that receive funding can carry out their own activities supported under the award or use it to make subgrants to other volunteer connector organizations. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time May 16.

The grant supports community-based volunteerism. VGF encourages grant applications include work plans that advance justice and equality in areas such as education, rural communities, access to food and healthcare, workforce development, elder justice, and living independently.
Greater Kitsap News
Kitsap Public Health District
Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 10:30 am
Central Kitsap Community Council
Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 5:00 pm
CKCC youth representative, Nadine Dockendorf, will share a report following her recent visit to County offices as part of the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan Update 2044. Nadine and nine other students from Central Kitsap high schools were invited to meet with County leaders. Nadine will share what the group learned from those conversations and provide insights into local youth’s vision for 2044.

  • Youth Vision 2044
  • Comprehensive Plan Committees Formation
  • Shopping Car Nuisance, County Update
  • Public Questions & Comments

CK Schools Silverdale Center/Silverdale Library Rainier Room
3650 NW Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383
"Voting Rights are Human Rights" Forum
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 6:00 pm
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Masks & COVID Testing Kits Available
Free at the Greater Kitsap Chamber & Visitor Center
The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management provides local businesses with free KN95 masks and COVID testing kits. Pick up your supply at both Greater Kitsap Chamber locations today.
COVID-19 Support & 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
Live Well Kitsap! Networking
Monday, May 8, 2023, 6:00 pm
Kitsap Caregiver Community Meetings
May 3 & 9, 2023
Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 pm to 7 pm: REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 pm to 7 pm: REGISTER HERE
Nature & Beaver Walks at Clear Creek
May 9 & 11, 2023
Kitsap County's Stormwater Division invites you to join us at the Clear Creek Trail to learn about stream restoration, native plants and beavers...their life cycle, habits, the benefits they provide and the challenges they create. Register online at kitsapbeaverwalkmay23.eventbrite.com. Our free Beaver Walks are scheduled for two dates: Tuesday, May 9 at 7:45 pm OR Thursday, May 11 at 7:45 pm.

We will meet at the Silverdale Rotary Gateway Park/Dog Park in the evening to maximize our chances of spotting a beaver. This event will be held rain or shine. Expect to walk approximately 1-2 miles. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather. Bring binoculars (or night vision goggles if you have them!), a flashlight, and a portable chair if desired.

  • Please leave your four-legged friends at home so we don't scare the beavers.
  • Space is limited and registration is required.
Bremerton Backpack Brigade Spaghetti Feed
Saturday, May 13, 2023, 4:00 pm
Register Now for Camp CSTOCK
Tourism Information
Advertising Opportunity:
Put Your Business on the Map
With nearly all 10,000 copies of last year's map distributed around the greater Puget Sound region, including 7,500 on our local ferries, the Greater Kitsap Visitor Center map is the place to advertise your business! The 2023 edition will include street maps of both Silverdale and Bremerton - perfect if you're new to the area or a long-time resident. Contact the Visitor Center for more information!
Admiral Theatre Presents
Seattle Rock Orchestra: The Beatles
Saturday, May 6, 2023, 7:30 pm
Seattle Rock Orchestra plays The Beatles' much beloved final studio recordings, Abbey Road and Let It Be. The program features songs such as "Across The Universe," "Let It Be," "Get Back," "Come Together," "Something," "Oh! Darling," and concludes with Abbey Road's famous 16-minute medley.
KCMT Presents: Shrek the Musical
May 4-21, 2023
Benefit Concert for Fil-Am Community of Kitsap
Saturday, May 13, 2023, 7:00 pm
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