Kitsap Business Briefs

Transition Company
Now at La-Z-Boy’s
Silverdale Locale
A transition-management company is handing pending orders at the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store in Silverdale.
A spokeswoman for La-Z-Boy said a previous franchise license for that store and several others in the Puget Sound region has been suspended.
The transition company is expediting customers’ orders as quickly as possible.
Kurt Darrow, chief executive officer of La-Z-Boy, said, “We apologize to those customers who continue to wait for furniture orders they placed with previous management. We have moved these orders to the front of the line in our manufacturing process and are committed to getting them completed as soon as possible.”
Customers have been contacted, according to a statement from the company.
The Silverdale store is at 3108 NW Randall Way.
Future ownership of the Silverdale store and the others in Issaquah, Tacoma, Tukwila and Lynwood has not yet been determined, according to the statement.
Bremerton Chamber
Plans Trip to Ireland
The Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Eden Prairie, Minn., Chamber of Commerce for a unique trip to Ireland next March.
Anyone may travel with the group, however, members of local chambers of commerce and their guests receive a $100 per person discount.
An informational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Chamber office, 286 Fourth St. in Bremerton.
While in Ireland, travelers will have the opportunity to meet with business people and civic leaders from the Killarney Chamber of Commerce. Arrangements are in progress for a meeting with Dublin Chamber representatives as well. The itinerary also includes plenty of sightseeing.
Travelers depart March 2, 2010, and return on March 11. They will visit Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney Stone, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. Interested travelers may also extend their trip to enjoy golfing in Ireland or visit other countries in Europe.
To reserve a space at the meeting or for more information about the trip, contact the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce at (360) 479-3579 or
Free Workshop
in Bremerton for
Small-Biz Owners
The Bremerton office of the state Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton.
Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. All will receive a workbook and reference guide to Department of Revenue rules and regulations.
To register, visit the Department of Revenue Web site at or call (800) 647-7706. Space is limited.
A complete schedule of workshops statewide, and a short streaming video version of the workshop in English and Spanish, is available on the Web site.

On the Job
Bill Strunk has been named the new financial adviser with the Navy Federal Credit Union for Washington state. He will be based out of Silverdale and will service the Bremerton, Whidbey Island, Everett and McChord Air base branches. Strunk is a lifelong Washington resident, a Navy brat, a U.S. Army veteran of the Gulf War era, and a graduate of the University of Washington. He previously worked for two global financial firms, most recently Merrill Lynch. Reach him at (360) 337-9994 or toll-free at (877) 221-8108.
Tiffany Walton has been promoted to general manager of Olympic Peninsula Personnel Inc., which is celebrating 40 years of business in Kitsap County. It provides permanent and temporary employment services to the Kitsap and surrounding areas. Hours of operation are now 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reach her at (360) 479-4950 or e-mail her at
Sept. 10
What: The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce will host Navy Capt. Mark Olson, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap, at its Sept. 10 membership luncheon. He will discuss the base, which is the third-largest in the Navy inventory with more than 45 real properties (land, buildings or facilities) encompassing more than 10,000 acres in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and British Columbia. The chamber also will present a new award: Hospital Corpsmen of the Quarter. The chamber’s Military Affairs Committee will benefit from the September raffle.
When: 11:30 a.m.
Place: Banquet room at McCormick Woods Clubhouse, 5155 McCormick Woods Drive SW in Port Orchard
Cost: $20 for members who prepay by Sept. 8; $22 for non-members
Reservations: Required; visit or call the Chamber office at (360) 876-3505 by 11 a.m. Sept. 8

Sept. 16
What: The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce will hold Oktoberfest, its annual fundraiser and installation banquet, Sept. 16. Following the installation of new chamber board members and officers, the previously sold-out show of Jeff and Rhiannon on Dueling Pianos will be presented. The South Kitsap Small Business of the Year and the 2009 Man and Woman of the Year awards will be presented. silent and dessert auctions also are planned for the evening and included in the ticket price.
When: 6 p.m. Sept. 16
Where: Banquet room, McCormick Woods Clubhouse, 5155 McCormick Woods Drive SW in Port Orchard.
Cost: $60 per person or $110 per couple. Silver VIP table sponsorships also are available for groups of 10 for $700, which includes dinner, Oktoberfest beer and beer steins, listing in the program and recognition from the stage and a choice of premier tale locations.
Sponsor: BJC Group Inc.
Tickets: Purchase online at, by calling the Chamber office at (360) 876-3505 or through Port Orchard Chamber board members.

Sept. 17
What: A program on how to bootstrap your business, stick your toe in the water to test a market or overcome the cost for your IT infrastructure is planned for Sept. 17 by the West Sound Technology Association. Learn about industry’s best practices and how open source products can revive old hardware to get you started with less expense. Presenters will include Chris Fisher and Brian Lunduke, producers of “The Linux Action Show,” an internationally renowned show focusing on open source best practices, and Brandon Fouts from Puget Sound Network Users Group.
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Poulsbo Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, 700 NE Lincoln St. in Poulsbo
Cost: Free to West Sound Technology Association members; $10 for non-members
Registration: Required; go to
Info: Contact West Sound Technology Association, P.O. Box 1102, Silverdale, WA 98383
Kitsap Sun staff

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