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Poulsbo Chamber names new director

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The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce announced Dan Barry as its new director of operations.

Barry will oversee board governance, marketing, membership, event planning and staff management, according to a news release.

He replaces Marc Abshire, who departed for the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce in January.

Barry worked as a sales manager at another chamber, and held management positions in the banking, mortgage, and travel industries.

“The Greater Poulsbo Chamber has become the catalyst for business prosperity, connections, and opportunities in our business community,” board president Ingemar Anderson said in the release.

“Dan’s unique skillset will insure the Chamber is successful in executing our recently developed 10-year strategic plan.”

Barry was named Volunteer of the Year in 2015 by the Poulsbo Rotary Club and was a 20 Under 40 award recipient of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

He lives in Keyport with his wife and 4-year-old daughter.

 

Bainbridge marijuana shop gives employees free samples

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Salespeople have to know their product, whether they’re selling cars or selling marijuana.

To make sure its staff are knowledgeable about its wares, one recreational marijuana store in Kitsap has been providing employees with free samples.

According to a blogpost on Forbes, Bainbridge Island’s Paper & Leaf provides “budtenders” with samples of the cannabis strains and edibles the store carries. Employees try the products at home and report back. The store even set up a private Facebook group where workers post their reviews.

“They post about the scent of the product, the potency, how it makes them feel,” said Hill.

“Most of our employees have been with us since we opened last June, so they know the information that customers are looking for,” he said.

Staff reviewers will use lingo like “gave me couch-lock,” “relaxing,” “euphoric,” “uplifting” or “made me kind of nervous,” in their reviews for each other.

According to the blog post, the state’s rules regarding free employee samples are murky. You can read the full Forbes story here.

Tuesday event showcases entrepreneur training program

showcaseMore than 1,100 aspiring entrepreneurs have received training through Kitsap’s BE$T program in the past 14 years.

About 40 of the businesses that BE$T helped launch will be showcased during a Tuesday event at the Bremerton Elks Lodge. The showcase will also honor the most recent graduates from the program, which is now administered by Kitsap Community Resources. 

The BE$T (Business Education Support Training) program provides classes for people interested in starting their own businesses and ongoing support for established businesses. The “boot camps” cover a a wide range of topics including business plans, marketing, taxes, licensing and insurance.

Tuition assistance is available for low-income applicants.

“A lot of entrepreneurs are trying to start a businesses on a shoestring,” Program Manager Dayna Ebersole said.

showcase.2Last year 92 participants graduated from the eight-week training course, resulting in 32 business startups, according to the program’s website. Another 67 existing businesses received counseling and training.

The program got its start as Washington CASH. But the CASH organization lost its grant funding in 2012 and Kitsap Community Resources took on the local the training program locally.

KCR Executive Director Larry Eyer said BE$T complement’s the organization’s other services.

“We think it’s a great fit, because our mission is to help people become economically successful, and become self sufficient,” he said.

The BE$T showcase is scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 4131 Pine Road NE. Businesses that have benefitted from BE$T will showcase their goods and services. Guest speakers include Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and state Sen. Christine Rolfes.

For more information on BE$T, call 360-473-2141 or visit the program’s website.

The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Kitsap Economic Development Alliance has a full listing of Kitsap GEW events. 

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Six Kitsap companies in running for $20k prize

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Who wouldn’t give this guy $20,000? Smithshyre farm in Poulsbo.

Kitsap Bank announced 16 semifinalists its $20,000 edg3 FUND competition Wednesday, and the list includes six Kitsap companies.

Nearly 60 businesses applied, according to a new release from the bank.

It just so happens we’ve written about all the local semifinalists at one time or another. Here’s the list of Kitsap hopefuls, with links to our stories:

Coyote Woodshop, Bainbridge Island (Kitsap Sun story)

F.R.O.G. Soap, Bremerton (Kitsap Sun story)

Kitsap Fresh, Poulsbo (KPBJ story)

Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, Silverdale (Kitsap Sun story)

Purpose Boutique, Bremerton (Kitsap Sun story)

The Smithshyre, Poulsbo (KPBJ story and Meegan Reid photo above)

A public vote will help narrow the field of contenders September. Five finalists will give presentations during a live event Nov. 12 at Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton, and the winner will be announced the same day.

The edg3 FUND contest recognizes businesses that contribute to their communities economically, socially and environmentally.

See the rest of the semifinalists below:

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Kitsap retail sales up 8 percent in first quarter

Retail sales got off to a fast start in Kitsap in 2015.

Taxable sales in the county were up 8.1 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared with the same period of 2014, according to the Department of Revenue. That was just shy of the 9 percent growth recorded statewide.

Retail trade sales (sales made by stores, dealerships and other sellers of goods) were up 8.2 percent in Kitsap, outpacing statewide growth.

Retail trade sales in Kitsap are now higher than they were before the recession. Sales in other industries, like construction, manufacturing, and hospitality, are still catching up.

Entrepreneurship Week events begin Monday

The Kitsap business community will mark Global Entrepreneurship Week with a lineup of forums and workshops.

Topics for the seven scheduled discussions range from creating innovative places of business, to managing social media, and the universally-relevant subject of “How Not To Screw Up.”

Events begin Monday and wrap up Friday. You can see the schedule below and find more detailed information at the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance website.

GEW Flyer 2014 Final

Which Kitsap businesses have bounced back?

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Retail sales in Kitsap County, and just about everywhere else, took a nose dive after 2007.

Now many businesses are bouncing back. Kitsap retailers are on pace to this year to match pre-recession sales volumes. Taxable sales in trades outside traditional retail are gradually rebuilding as well:

To find out which sectors are recovering, and which are still digging out of the recession, I used a recently-released taxable sales report for 2013 to see how industries faired locally last year compared with 2007. This is what I found:

 

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E-commerce: While still a small industry in Kitsap (about 3 percent of all retail trade sales), e-commerce grew in bounds over the last seven years. Online sales more than doubled between 2007 and 2013.

Fuel stations: Just about everyone buys gas (and munchies from convenience stores). Sales at fuel stations and attached mini-marts grew 46 percent. Continue reading

Kitsap Bank names semi-finalists in small business competition

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Eight Kitsap Companies were among the 16 semi-finalists announced in Kitsap Bank’s inaugural edg3 FUND competition.

The contest recognizes small businesses that benefit their communities economically, socially or environmentally. The winner will receive $20,000.

These were the semi-finalists, selected from nearly 70 applicants from areas served by the bank, with Kitsap companies in bold: Continue reading

Bainbridge Downtown Association names executive director

jerri.laneThe Bainbridge Island Downtown Association has named Jerri Lane to replace Andie Mackin as executive director.

Mackin took a job at the Downtown Seattle Association this spring.

Lane was most recently vice president of marketing at Visit Seattle. She also worked in marketing at Sheraton Seattle Hotel and The Westin Seattle.

“I am very pleased to welcome Jerri to the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association team,” BIDA board President Tim O’Brien said in a news release. “Her extensive background in destination and hospitality marketing made her an ideal candidate for the position.”

The full news release is posted below. Continue reading