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Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - February, 2011 

Greetings!

Don't miss the West Sound Business Expo, February 17, 2011 at the Kitsap Pavilion.

Seven (7) Kitsap Chambers join The Logo Loft to present so many networking opportunities all under one roof.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. enjoy the fun, prizes and networking.

 

Adele Heinrich

360-779-4999

In This Issue
February Chamber Events
President's Message
Letter of Thanks
Patron Members
West Sound Expo
New Members Spotlights
Director's Message
Membership Renewals
New Members
Getting to Know Our Members
Military Corner
Quick Links
Calendar of Events:
February, 2011 
    
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30 a.m. @ The Greater Poulsbo Chamber Office.
 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - Awards Banquet Committe Meeting - Final Review, 10:00 a.m. at the GPCC Office.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - Chamber Luncheon at Kiana Lodge.  Speaking will be Larry Haler on the Hanford Clean-up Status.  Luncheon tables sponsored by Liberty Bay Internal Medicine.
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - Music Festival Meeting at the Chamber Office, 9:30 a.m.
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 - West Sound Business Expo, Kitsap Pavilion, Bremerton.  Open to the businesses and the public from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This will be the Greater Poulsbo's Chamber of Commerce After-Hours, so come and join all of us.

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011  - Ambassador's Meeting, 9:15 a.m. @ Jak's Cafe on Jensen.
 
Thursday, February 10, 20101- Military Affairs Committee, 11:30a.m. at the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce office.

Thursday, February 22, 2011 - Chamber NEW Member Orientation, 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber Office. 

Message from President Tom Taylor, February, 2011

 

Tom Taylor

Welcome Poulsbo Chamber Members and those who would like to become members.  I hope you're as excited as I am to start the 2011 year off right.  We have a lot of new life in our community this year by the way of new events and activities throughout our city.  I would like to thank our Past President, Linda Lincoln, for all her hard work and the improvements she accomplished.  I look forward to her input as well as all chamber members this year in making all we do a huge success.

During our 2011 planning session your board committed to the excellence of serving you, the business community.  Our executive director along with each board member will strive to achieve growth in our chamber membership and better assist each member business.  We are working with new programs such as Shop Local North Kitsap, which will benefit all who take advantage of it.  We will continue with our Economic Development Committee and Military Discount program as well.  We are working closely with our Mayor and the City of Poulsbo, HDPA, Poulsbo Village, Viking Avenue merchants and College Market Place to insure the best events that we can offer.

My job is to meet and welcome all new businesses to our community and show them how being a chamber member can benefit their growth.  If all members do the same we will have a successful year.  We have a wonderful Executive Director, Adele Heinrich, and Administrative Assistant, Donna Dimof, to assist you with all your needs.  Let's all work together to make this a fun and profitable year. 

 

Regards,

 

Tom Taylor, President  

Letter of Thanks

 

Your know the best laid plans can often go awry.  During the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, January 28, 2011, I neglected to thank some people that contributed greatly to the event.  First, not only is the banquet a great opportunity to honor fellow community members it is an opportunity to thank members of the Chamber who have gone above and beyond for the Chamber.
I would like to thank DEF Productions and Danny Fritts for the great job in providing a quality sound system and background music, Dan White for his awesome job in producing the Past Presidents plaque, Ruth Ann Dunn with ProtraitEfx for her photography and donation to Fishline.  The Committee that worked on this events was awesome and it would not have happened without their efforts!  Adele Heinrich, Lynanne White, Linda Foster, Pam Whitt, Kathleen Haag and Margaret Bradshaw.  Thank you also to The Loft @ Latitude 47.7 for the lovely dessert, and to Jak's cafe, That's a Some Italian and Tizley's for the hors d'oeuvres. 
It has been my sincere pleasure to serve as your President.  I look forward to the future of the Chamber and the leadership of Tom Taylor to take the Chamber to the next level.
GPCC Patron Members:
1st Security Bank; Margaret Bradshaw
Bank of America Home Loans; Rebecca Clifford
Central Market; Tom Hall
Columbia Bank; Gwen Hannon
Craig Benson Chiropractic Clinic; Dr. Craig Benson
Edgren, Hecker & Lemmon Insurance; Brian Edgren
Edward Jones; Todd Tidball and Glenn Anderson
Fusion Creative Works; Shiloh Schroeder
Hare & Hounds; Bill Austin
Harrison Medical Center; Rhonda Brown
Hill Moving Services, Inc.; Kay Hill Cook
InHealth Imaging;  Kelle Kitchel-Cooper
Kirsopp Consulting, Gale Kirsopp
Kitsap Bank; Mary Lou Agnon
Kitsap Physical Therapy and Sports Clinic; Ron Mimaki
Kitsap Sun Newspaper; Mike Stevens
Liberty Bay Auto; Kevin Hogan
Martha and Mary; Chad Solvie
North Kitsap Herald; Donna Etchey
Paladin Data Systems Corportion; Michelle Dvorak
Poulsbo Inn and Suites;Terri Douglas
Prowse & Company; Brenda Prowse
Puget Sound Energy; Tom Brobst
Sentinel Construction and Consulting, Inc.; David Godbolt
Sons of Norway Lodge #44; John Walsh
Sounds Like Music, Inc.; Naveen Chaudhary
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort;  Russell Steele
The Copper Works; Jack Archer
Tim Ryan Construction; Tim Ryan
Timberland Bank;  Linda Lincoln
Union Bank, Suzette Gould
Viking Bank; Pam Whitt
Viva Publishing; John Vitale
Wells Fargo; Jennifer Crosset
Westsound Expo - Thursday, February 17, 2011 
Booth registrations are filling up quickly.  Be sure that you mention you are a member of the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce when ordering your booth.  Your participation in this event is a benefit and will be well worth your investment.  For your registration form and sponsorship opportunities visit www.westsoundexpo.com
 
Westsound Expo Complete the registration form at www.westsoundexpo.com and send it to the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce for processing.  Once your registration has been completed, John Hunter will personally contact you with additional information to help make your Expo experience the Best Fun you ever had while Marketing and Promoting your Business to others!

 

Also, the Expo committee would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to all our past sponsors who have helped make this event so successful over the past 3 years.  It is our hope that any businesses interested in helping to support this event as a sponsor, while elevating their presence at the event and within the community, will contact me or your local chamber for available information. Please read the attachment above for information regarding sponsorships including benefits.

  

For additional information, questions or comments please feel free to contact me or your local chamber.

  

See you at the Expo!

 

John Hunter

Westsound Business Expo Chairman

The Logo Loft Inc.

( Phone: (360) 394-5638
 
Fax: (360) 697-9651

* Email: jhunter@logoloftinc.com

Website: www.logoloftinc.com

Silverdale, WA 98383

New Member Spotlights

Kitsap County's Top Ten (Julee Younger)

promotes business in Kitsap County. It is a useful tool for our community. It is a phone directory of business that are local. It consists of over a hundred different business services. From accounting to window installation. Using this book allows people to choose what they need when they need it. It's comprised of top ten local businesses per category. Locating the best businesses or service can be hard to do with so many out there. Friendly helpful people are what makes businesses good. This in turn gives the community a great service and a pleasant experience. Everyone knows you are only as good as your employees and that's what these businesses are all about. So find the Kitsap County's Top Ten picks locally in your area to suit your needs. 

Kitsap County's Top Ten will benefit you and your family's search for businesses. This is Kitsap County's Top Ten premier publication for 2011-2012. It is also available on line as well as a hard copy. If you find this guide is useful to promote your business and you are interested, we have a staff that provides artwork and graphic designs. These services are included in the yearly cost of advertisement. Our staff would be happy to meet with you and your company and discuss further details. To qualify for Kitsap County's Top Ten you must: Be in business for at least one year and  have no marks on the BBB within the last 6 months. These ad sizes are business card size. This is like having a book or online tool with all your best local business cards at hand.

Our goal is to promote business in Kitsap County and surrounding areas. We are a local company that has made it possible to serve our community. To learn more, please call Julee Younger at 360-633-5352 or at julee-67@live.com     

 

Non Profit Connections:

Enhance the local economy through small business development. Competitively position local businesses in the state and region as a superior destination to do business.Provide customized educational services, mentor clients, and accelerate their earnings to quality sustainable levels.

Market the clietelle through various events and functions-in print and electronically. Provide product development services to attract and retain the best businesses and employees.

For more information contact Kathy Salazar:  kathysalazar@gmail.com

Director's Message:
It is difficult to realize that today is February 1, 2011 when we were just celebrating Christmas of 2010.  Last week we had our Community Awards Banquet and it was a huge success thanks to you, our members, and the dedicated committee with great ideas.  Our theme was "The Jewels of Poulsbo" and the jewels all came out Friday night to have a great meal, enjoy the awards, and spend a fun time together.  Thank you to That's A Some Italian, Jak's Cafe, Tizley's, The Loft Restaurant, PortraitEfx and DEF Productions for all of their assistance.  A big Thank You to the Sons of Norway and the Ladies Club staff who provided a wonderful meal and service.
This month we will participate in the West Sound Business Expo at the Kitsap Pavilion on Thursday, February 17, 2011.  I just want to remind everyone that this event will take the place of our monthly After-Hours so please come down between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to visit with businesses from all over Kitsap County.  The best part is the wonderful grand prizes that will be awarded.  You won't believe your eyes when you see what is in store for fun and prizes. 
                                                                                       
Adele Heinrich, Executive Director

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Membership Renewals for since our last newsletter:

1st Security Bank of Washington
A3B LLC
Accurate Builders
Animal Emergency & Trama Center
Ardis Morrow
Ascend Art Gallery
Autonomix, Inc.
Bayside Engravers, LLC
Boehms Chocolates of Poulsbo
Dancing Brush Poulsbo, LLC
Dirmeyer Chiropractic Wellness Clinic
Edgren, Hecker & Lemmon Insurance
Edward Jones - Glenn Anderson
Envy Bar & Grill
Gresham Well Drilling
Foster Financial
Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County
Harrison's Footwear
ISProfessionals
JJ's Fishhouse
Jewel Box Theatre
John Armstrong
Just Between Closets
Ken's Northwest Automotive
Kitsap Children's Therapy
Kitsap Credit Union
Kitsap Printing Inc.
Kitsap Sun
Les Schwab Tire Poulsbo
Liberty Shores/Harbor House
Mary Kay Independent Sales Director, Kathleen Haag
Nelson Accounting Professionals, PLLC
Nielsen's Appliances
North Kitsap Herald
North Kitsap School District
Olympic College Poulsbo
Pioneer Financial, LLC
Poulsbo Inn and Suites
Poulsbo/North Kitsap Rotary
Sherrard, McGonagle, Tizzano PS
Shoomadoggie Enterprises
Sluys Poulsbo Bakery Inc.
Sogno-di-Vino
Solutions West
Sonia Lien
Soroptimist Int'l of Greater North Kitsap
Sport Haus
Strategic Financial Group Inc.
That's A Some Italian Ristorante
Tizley's Europub
Tolman, Kirk, Clucas, PLLC
United Way of Kitsap County
Valley Nursery
Verksted Gallery
Viking Bank
Viking Fence
Wal-Mart
Washington Federal Savings
WEA Olympic Council
Welding Inc.
Wells Fargo
Westbay Auto Parts
West Sound Academy
Windermere Real Estate/West Sound Inc.
Windermere Real Estate - Joni Kimmel
 
 Pizzo Construction  
Sounds Like Music
New Members since our last newsletter
Key Bank
Miss West Sound Scholarship Program
 
New York Life
Non Profit Connections
ProAction IT Management, LLC

Getting to Know Our Members

Heritage Fireplace Shop, a family owned business with shared responsibilities, this company is working toward a larger presence in the market with a showroom large enough to showcase many more products.

Dee Ann is one of the family of partners and while growing up she wanted to do something important to help others.  She is still not done helping other people.  Her first jobs were babysitting, cleaning houses and washing dishes at a local restaurant.  Learning from her older sister to be responsible for herself Dee Ann was always encouraged to be positive about life in general.  Her great faith has also supported her all these years.

Since 1959 Dee Ann's parents owned "Winslow's Masonry" out of their home.  Then in May of 1980 they opened "Heritage Fireplace Shop" in Gorst.  They have expanded and remodeled four times since then and expanded to Poulsbo in 1986.  The current facilities has been expanded and a warehouse added in 1992.

Dee Ann is married with three grown, married daughters. She and her husband have two grandchildren as well.

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Sound Works Job Center

 

We are a non-profit organization which helps the unemployed individuals in Kitsap County prepare for and find employment. We have been serving the North Kitsap community since 1988.

 

Since 1995, we have had over 36,000 client visits for employment services.

 

Sound Works Job Center is a known as a clearinghouse for job openings. 

 

Our office has an average of over 1,200 job listings located in Kitsap County which include City, Kitsap County, State, Federal (including local Navy Civil Service), WorkSource and private employers. These jobs are part of the hidden job market which we specialize in finding.

 

We benefit local employers in search of employees and we are an excellent free resource for employers to use to assist their discharged employees in their job search.

 

Some of the free services we provide are as follows:

 

         Individual employment counseling, job referral and placement assistance.

         Professional resume and cover letter preparation and writing assistance including Navy Civil Service CHART type resumes for Bangor, Keyport and the Bremerton Shipyard.

         One-on-one job interview training.

         Assistance in applying for unemployment benefits.

         Current local labor market information.

         Access to computers with high speed internet access, copiers and Fax machine.

         Software training (self-taught)

         Assistance filling out applications including Navy Apprenticeship and Helper Programs.

         Information about career resources.

         Direct employment referrals through the WorkSource SKIES computer system.

         Current local transportation options and bus schedules.

         Typing and 10-Key speed testing. We are an approved Washington State keyboard testing site.

         Social Services information such as: help in locating low-income housing, food, clothing, drug discount info, legal advice, daycare, dental and medical care.

         Hundreds of local, state, and national Job Lines and internet sites.

         Library of employment related books.

         Latest information on employment Scams!

         Job applications for federal, state and private businesses.

         Washington State criminal back ground checks for employees.

 

Contact:  (360) 779-1160

 
Military Corner

 

 

Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has unveiled a plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans' disability benefits, according to an Army Times article.Her proposed VA budget cuts would account for $4.5 billion of the savings included in the plan, posted on her official House of Representatives website.

Check these sites out for further information.

 
The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce:

Staff:  Adele T. Heinrich, Executive Director
            Donna Dimof, Administrative Assistant
 
Our Volunteers:  Bobbie Fahy, Molly Wagner, Connie Tiedeman, Pat Dibert, Matthew Olson, Robynn Rother, Dina Penny, Linda Puttler and Bob Heinrich.
 
Mailing Address:    P.O. Box 1063, Poulsbo, WA  98370
Physical Address: 19351 - 8th Avenue, Suite 109, Poulsbo, WA  98370
Phone:    360-779-4999
Fax:         360-779-3115
New Member Invitation:
Please feel free to bring a new member to any Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Event and invite them to join. 
Offer Expires: NEVER!