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Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - April, 2011 

In This Issue
April Calendar of Events
SAVE the Date - GPCC Golf Classic
Patron Members
New Member Spotlights
Director's Message
Membership Renewals
New Members
Ambassador Corner
Military Information


Save the date for the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Classic.


Date is:  Thursday,

July 28, 2011.

Place:  Port Ludlow Golf Resource


For more details please call the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce at 360-779-4999 or visit the front page of our website at



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Calendar of Events:
April, 2011 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30 a.m. @ City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room.
Thursday, April 7, 2011 - Quarterly MAC meeting at TapRock Northwest Grill, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday, April 11, 2011 - Golf Committee meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Chamber office.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - Americana Music Festival Committee Meeting at the Chamber office beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011- Chamber Luncheon at Kiana Lodge, 14976 Sandy Hook Road NE, Poulsbo WA  98370.  Networking at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12 Noon.  Speakers are Elaine Jones will review a variety of resources available to Kitsap County companies at little or no cost and tell you how to use them.  Then Joe Vogel will address export opportunities for small businesses and how to evaluate whether you could be expanding the markets for your products and services.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - Ambassador meeting at Jak's Cafe beginning at 9:30 a.m.  All chamber members wishing to join the Ambassador group are encouraged to come to the meeting.
Thursday, April 14, 2011The North Kitsap Military Affairs committee is meeting at the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce office at 11:30 a.m.


Monday, April 18, 2011 - Marketing meeting in the Chamber office, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 21, 2011 - Chamber After-Hours at Silverwood School, 14000 Central Valley Road NW, Poulsbo, WA.  Time is 5:30 p.m.

Message from President Tom Taylor, March, 2011  Tom Taylor


Spring has arrived like a lion with all her ferociousness. We had 4 times the rain as usual this year compared to last, but now it's time to move forward. Our Farmers Market is opening for the 1st time this year on April 9th at 9 a.m. in the Doctors Clinic parking lot. It would be nice to have the biggest crowd ever for the opening day. The Market's activities attract visitors as well as locals to our downtown, and fresh produce shopping!I look forward to seeing you there.


Our chamber luncheon this month is on April 13th at Kiana Lodge and our speaker is Elaine Jones from WSU with the topic being Small Business Development. If you attended last month's luncheon you heard a wonderful speaker on entrepreneurship, Jack Fecker. We have a great line-up of informative and educational speakers for the rest of this year. We look forward to seeing all of you at the next luncheon to network your business. Every chamber member has the same opportunity to network their business but you have to follow your investment.Purchasing a Chamber Membership will net you rewards beyond what you might ever imagine.


This month we are having a change of command aboard our navy bases in Kitsap County and will welcome our new commanding officers. I know for one I'll miss working with Captain Mark Olson and Commander James Travers of Naval Base Kitsap and wish them the best in their new adventures. The military is a very important part of our community and contributes to all of our businesses. Show your support when a military member or family member comes to visit your establishment; take a moment to thank them for their service.


We're coming into festival season, so get ready to enjoy and have a lot of family fun and most of all participate wherever you can. Let's make every festival and event the best that they can be this year. Support your chamber, your city, and all of our shopping and service establishments in Poulsbo. Be sure to invite all your friends and relatives to enjoy our new Historical Museum in the new Poulsbo City Hall.


That's about all I have this month, but would like to express my condolences to the Mark Pearson family as Mark has arrived home with the Father he served his whole life. God Bless.




Tom Taylor, President  

GPCC Patron Members:
1st Security Bank; Margaret Bradshaw
Bank of America Home Loans; Ryan Christian
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; Manfred Henne, MD
John L. Scott Real Estate; Frank Wilson
Kirsopp Consulting; Gale Kirsopp
Kitsap Bank; Mary Lou Agnon
Kitsap Physical Therapy and Sports Clinic; Claudette Wheeler
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; Shirl Nadeau
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; Deena Poole 
Viking Bank; Pam Whitt
Viva Publishing; John Vitale
Wells Fargo; Jennifer Crosset
Director's Message:
The months are getting busier as we get closer to the opening of the Poulsbo Farmer's Market Opening on April 9th.  In May is Viking Fest the weekend of May 20 thru 22nd, then the Third of July on the Fjord and the Americana Music Festival.  Poulsbo is fortunate to have four wonderful, well planned and well advertised events each year.  The members of our Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce get behind all of these events with sponsorships and attendance.  For the last few years we have had a downtown street dance that has been well-attended, plus we have many Norwegian festivities at the Sons of Norway.  Who could ask for anything more!  The Chamber!
We have been actively involved in working on tourism in the last several weeks, and getting the word out that we have many wonderful things to do in our city.  For that matter the entire region is well equipped to keep a family busy for at least one whole week.  We are encouraging tourist families to come and locate themselves in one of our two great hotels, and travel as far south as Mason County, into Port Gamble and Bainbridge in addition to  shopping and fantastic restaurants in Poulsbo.  Thanks to our two hoteliers we have been able to offer a great package deal and also an opportunity to win a $500 shopping spree in Poulsbo.  Many excited merchants are getting involved because we all know that:   TRAVEL IS THE DOOR TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT!
So invite your friends, relatives and acquaintances to come and stay in Poulsbo, travel around the region including Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties.  No where else will you find a vacation that involves so many varied adventures, and so many wonderful memories.

Adele Heinrich, Executive Director
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Membership Renewals for since our last newsletter:

Anthony Smallbeck
Blue Sky Printing
Bremerton Rescue Mission
Central Market
Fusion Creative Works
Clarke Whitney CPA's PS
Jak's Cafe & Espresso
John W. Johnson
Kitsap Physical Therapy and Sports Clinics
Liberty Bay Marina
Morgan Hill Retreat
Poulsbo Junction Insurance Inc.
Safe Secure Enterprises
Salon Organics
Sheila's Portside Restaurant and Bar
Shiers Law Firm 
The Dance Within & Oasis Boutique
Tizley's Europub
Vancil Law Offices, PLLC

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 Pizzo Construction  

Sounds Like Music
New Members since our last newsletter:
Details Property Management, LLC
Dip-N-Delicious Chocolate Fountain
Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Merker Law offices
Republic Mortgage Home Loans
K.J. Lange-Windermere West Sound  
New Member Spotlights
The Miss WestSound Scholarship Program is a local Kitsap County not for profit organization dedicated to empowering your women to achieve their personal, professional and educational goals all while building an increased sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.  The Miss West Sound Scholarship program was created to send community driven, education-minded, young women in Kitsap County to the state competition.  We offer the opportunity to compete for scholarship dollars and potential a chance at Miss Washington and Miss America, while still providing opportunity for our contestants to give back to their communities.
Dip-a-Delicious is a full service chocolate fountain company.  This elegant fountain will enhance any wedding, corporate event or other special event.  Your guests will be both amazed and delighted at the sight of a chocolate fountain at your next event.  This fun and unique fountain will be the centerpiece of any party!  The chocolate fountain resembles a wedding cake with a twist:  rich chocolate cascades off of each layer into the next.  Guests dip fruit and other gourmet treats into the flowing chocolate for a novel and entertaining chocolate experience.  Daily deals sites like Groupon and Local Twist are all the buzz, but have bypassed places like Kitsap County.  This is where comes in.  Tawkk (pronounced like a parrot sound) is based out of Kitsap County and features local merchants.  Tawkk launched at the start of March and has already boasted Lucky Star, Cuppa Bella and NorthWest Golf Range.  With the cost of gas going up and the movement to buy local, Tawkk allows local merchants to showcase their products and services with a highly discounted certificate on  The certificates are only available for a limited time.  It is a win-win situation.  Tawkk only makes money if they sell a certificate by taking a cut, the merchant gets new people in the door, and Kitsap residents get to sample a local business, service or product at a reduced cost.
Details Property Management specializes in residential property management services for single family homes, multi-family properties and small apartment communities in Kitsap County.  We are committed to providing unrivaled management services by:
     Creating an awareness of our clients' needs in order to build long-term relations
     Communicating with our clients to create clear expectations
     Conducting our business in a friendly, caring, competent and professional manner.
The Details team has over 25 years of rental management experience and are happy to say that a majority of our clients find us by referral from other happy clients.  We are located at 9224 Ridgetop Blvd. NW, Suite 101 in Silverdale.  Find additional information at or call us at 360-535-8104.
Teresa vonWiderhaold has been a broker with John L. Scott Real estate for over 9 years and have had the privilege of working with buyers and sellers to help them meet their needs.  "I really enjoy what I do and living in Kitsap County for over 36 years makes me very familiar with various areas from Bainbridge Island to Port Orchard.  I have worked for 19 years for John L. Scoot and before that I worked for 2 1/2 years at a mortgage company in Silverdale, this experience has proved an asset in working with both buyers and sellers."
Mission Statement:  to provide my clients with honesty, integrity and experience while delivering quality customer service that meets their needs.
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Ambassador Corner

Victoria McDonald
North Kitsap Herald & Kingston Community News, Advertising Sales Consultant

Victoria and her family relocated to Poulsbo from Boston, Massachusetts in February 2010 and began working for the North Kitsap Herald and Kingston Community News as an Advertising Sales Consultant shortly thereafter. Originally from New York, but a 30+ year resident of Port Angeles & Seattle, Victoria missed the Northwest and was blessed with the opportunity to come home to Northwest Washington and jumped right into the community. During her time in Port Angeles, Victoria worked for the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, first as Marketing and Special Events Coordinater, then on to become their Membership Director and Chair of the Ambassador committee. Because of her background, Victoria has maintained a strong connection to the Chamber, and her first stop after arriving was the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce so she could learn more about Poulsbo and what it had to offer her and her family. After beginning with the Herald, Victoria quickly joined the Poulsbo Ambassadors, both as a way to meet new people, and also because of her desire to be more involved in her community. She has since volunteered as the 2011 Co-Chair and Secretary of the group. Victoria is married to husband Sean McDonald, and together they have one daughter, 17 year old Bella, as well as two Boston Terriers, Lily & Baxter, who think they are also human children and not dogs.

Victoria McDonald, Marketing Representative
North Kitsap Herald
Kingston Community News
Office: (360) 779-4464
Fax: (360) 779-8276

Military Corner



Everett, WA -- The Everett-based supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln recently returned home to a tumultuous welcome from hundreds of family members and supporters after a six-month overseas deployment. The ship and its crew of more than 3,200 sailors have been gone since last fall, supporting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An Everett-based destroyer, the Momsen, also returned home and a second destroyer in the carrier strike group, the Shoup, returned last week.

The Lincoln has already unloaded its air wing at San Diego. That included a squadron of Prowlers from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Some family members traveled with Lincoln sailors on the "tiger cruise" from San Diego to Everett.

The Lincoln has been based at Everett since 1997. The nuclear-powered ship is scheduled to head to Newport News, Va., at the end of 2011 for a three-year refueling



The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce:

Staff:  Adele T. Heinrich, Executive Director
            Donna Dimof, Administrative Assistant
Our Volunteers:  Bobbie Fahy, Molly Wagner, Pat Dibert, Matthew Olson, Robynn Rother, Judith Felder, Marlene LaFave, Marlene Nilsson, 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
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Herban Gardens Cafe & Deli Opens in their new location on April 15, 2011.  Find them at 3332 B Lowell Street, Silverdale, WA


Serving Kataluma Chai, Espresso, Breakfast, Gourmet Teas, Deli and Panini Sandwiches.


Open Monday thru Friday                     8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

360-698-1578     Free Wi-Fi    Local Delivery    

Mobile Espresso Bar for special events & occasions.


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!