Greetings from the President/CEO of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce
October 2, 2020 / Denise Frey
The Pulse of Local Businesses
As we enter the seventh month of the COVID19 Pandemic of 2020, Bremerton Chamber of Commerce continues to keep its thumb on the pulse of local businesses. Many of our businesses continue to persevere, displaying the same fortitude shown when they opened their doors for the first time. Some are more resilient than others, typically because they offer services or products in a way that falls within the State health guidelines. Some have been able to pivot and are now operating in a different way or with different products and services. Sadly, others have closed and yet against all odds, new businesses are sprouting here and there, with entrepreneurial spirit.
The business landscape here in Bremerton and throughout Kitsap County continues to change and those businesses that make the adjustments necessary will be more successful than others. This is why the word “pivot” is so often used that many of us have grown tired of hearing it. Whatever we call it, there is no doubt that it’s going to be necessary for the foreseeable future. Not that any of us can see very far, mind you.
2020 Pivot Prize for Local Businesses
Bremerton Chamber of Commerce will be honoring those local businesses that have best shown the ability to pivot with their products, services or operations in order to survive and even thrive. Presented online, the 2020 PIVOT PRIZE will be awarded in four categories, including a special award for a local individual who has gone above and beyond in support of our local businesses. Those interested in nominating a business can do so online at www.bremertonchamber.org. Nominations are due October 15th and self-nominations are encouraged! Businesses must be a member of Bremerton Chamber of Commerce in order to win.
Shop Local Businesses
As we look forward into what may be the most challenging holiday season for local businesses in over a century, let’s keep our hearts and minds (and our shopping!) with our own local businesses. The term “Shop Local” has never been more important!
October 2, 2020 / Denise Frey The Pulse of Local Businesses As we enter the seventh month of the COVID19 Pandemic of 2020, Bremerton Chamber of Commerce continues to keep its thumb on the pulse of local businesses. Many of our businesses continue to persevere, displaying the same fortitude shown when they opened their doors…Read More
No doubt about it, Downtown Bremerton is experiencing a renaissance. Not that long ago, Bremerton’s reputation was tainted with people still lamenting the migration of retail businesses from downtown Bremerton to the commercial oasis of Silverdale and the resulting impact both downtown and along the SR303 Corridor.
More recently however, the launch of Kitsap Transit’s Fast Ferry, our “still more affordable than Seattle” housing and the subsequent relocation of young professionals, families and businesses to Bremerton is causing quite a buzz. Investors are also paying attention to Bremerton. The designation of downtown Bremerton as a federal Opportunity Zone has attracted revitalization investment, the result of which we can see in the development of Quincy and Marina Squares. One might think that it’s all about what’s going on downtown.Read More
Bremerton is cool (even on a hot day like today!) We who live and work in Bremerton know that. And now more and more people from other places are realizing that Bremerton is a cool place to visit as well.Read More
In order to answer that question, I’ll have to provide a little history.
First, there is no doubt that Bremerton is a proud Navy town! Bremerton was born in 1891, the same year as Naval Base Kitsap and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and the two have been inextricably entwined ever since.Read More
As I look back on the past six months I’m struck with how much we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time. While some of our efforts are still in process, we’re already beginning to see impact.
Our Membership and Marketing Committees are in full swing and a new Member Ambassador Program will be launched soon. Our website is in the process of being redesigned and a new Chamber rack card has taken the place of an outdated booklet and is now being used for membership promotion.Read More
In case you haven’t seen what’s been going on outside, Bremerton has been hit with a record level of snowfall and now we’re all dealing with the aftermath.
We know that many of our local businesses have not been able to open their doors and others are busier than ever with insurance claims and car repairs. Most of us have remained at home, off the roads and safe from the treacherous conditions.Read More
It’s a New Year and one that we expect to be full of change here in Bremerton and especially here at the Chamber of Commerce.
As you know, I’ve spent the last three months listening to a lot of you as you share your stories and perspectives as they relate to your relationship with the Chamber. We’ve sent out a survey to our entire membership, asking you questions that will help us determine how best to serve you in the coming months and years. I now know that many of you love the Chamber, attend our monthly luncheons regularly and believe you get a lot from your membership.Read More