Legislative/Economic Development Co-Chairpersons: Tom O'Brien
This committee will work with elected officials on community, state and federal issues of concern to small business as well as on community economic development issues. The committee will also work with local businesses and leaders on business promotion, economic development issues, business recruitment and retention. This committee also provides information from many political points of view and encourages members to become well informed on candidates and issues.
Shop Local Campaign -Chairperson: Mallory Jackson
This committee plans and coordinates a shop local campaign for the Port Orchard/South Kitsap community and the Port Orchard Chamber including a frequent shopper reward program. The Committee also coordinates and plans our annual Business Showcase and the Best of SK Program in coordination with the Port Orchard Independent
Member Services- Co-Chairperson: Kathy Michael & Jay Seaton
This committee reviews the benefits of membership and helps keep up to date the understanding of new and long standing members. The development of retention strategies and new member recruitment are the key focuses of this committee. Maintain contact and communication with members through various means including personal contact. Works with the chamber staff to develops programs for luncheons, breakfast meetings, seminars, conferences and special workshops that will address members needs and coordinates new member orientations--Casting for Connections (member recruitment) This committee also Coordinates the Chamber Sponsorship Program.
The Chamber Ambassador program is also under the Members Services committee.
Ambassadors act as good will representatives for the Chamber, assisting and attending receptions, open houses, after hours, chamber luncheons and grand openings of local businesses
Military Affairs Chairperson – Debbie Doll
To show support to our local military community and their families and to develop a strong business relationship with the military and community.
Special Projects/Tourism Chairperson – Desiree Steffens
The Special Projects committee develops, implements and oversees Chamber special projects that generate non-dues revenue for the chamber, including Special Events such as the Installation Banquet and the Seagull Calling Festival. The committee is responsible for Marketing the community & local events in a manner that will attract tourist business to the South Kitsap area. This will include producing the necessary marketing materials and coordinating with other tourism groups and committees in the community
Golf Tournament - Co- Chairpersons Rich Peterson and Lance Fong
This committee is responsible for coordinating an annual golf tournament which encourages networking and community relations. The tournament is a major fund raiser for the chamber. Marketing, sponsorships, player recruitment and public relations are part of this committee..
Young Professional - Chairperson- Elena Lightbown
This committee will work to encourage and introduce young professionals ages 21-40 yers old to the importance of a strong local chamber, networking and giving back to the community through volunteerism. The committee will also serve to mentorship to young professionals and develop specific events and volunteer opportunities that will encourage networking and community participation
Education Committee- Chairperson- Tom O'Brien
This committee will also consider education needs and programs within the community for students and/or community members that will promote business development, assist the chamber and educate the community member and/or student.
Special/Limited Term Committees
Executive -- Chairperson Lance Fong
The Executive Committee considers work and management of the Chamber organization including budget and finances, tax laws, accounting procedures, strategic planning, recruitment and hiring of the Executive Director position and annual review of the Executive Director and other duties as prescribed by the Board
By-Laws Co-Chairpersons -The By -Laws Committee will review and make recommendations for changes, deletions or additions to the by-Laws on an as needed basis.
Nominating Committee Chairperson – Immediate Past President
The Nominating committee will have responsibility for the yearly nominating process for positions to the Port Orchard Chamber Board of Director’s and Board of Director Officer positions as well as the election process, and ballots. The Nominating Committee will also make any recommendations for board terms that can not be fulfilled.
Policies & Procedures Committee Chairperson- This committee will update and enhance organizational, personnel and financial policies and procedures for the chamber, including assuring that the Chamber and Board has implemented all necessary documents and procedures for the protection of staff, board members staff and members
Contact the Chamber Office today, for details on getting involved.