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Information on the South Kitsap region of Kitsap county and Port Orchard which is the county seat.  

This section provides information about South Kitsap which may be useful for businesses and residents. We have tried to provide you with many links for further research. We especially recommend you look at the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) website, the Small Business Development Center through Olympic College and other county chamber websites. KEDA has a b2b (Business to Business) directorywith the goal of fostering buying and selling among Kitsap businesses. You can register your Kitsap business with b2b directory.  Under Starting a Business you will find many important links and contacts  and information regarding starting a business.
Under the Port Orchard/SK Profile page you will find information on
population, workforce, quality of life, cost of living and more. Local realtor Jim Freeman has provided information pertinent to the local real estate market on our real estate information page.
When Business, job or lease opportunities have been presented to the Chamber you will find them on the business opportunities page. You may also request specific information from the chamber as well. For additional information about residing in or moving to South Kitsap, lifestyle, cultural and entertainment activities, churches and a map of the area go to Living and Play.

SK Small Business of the Year Award
.  Winner for 2012 was Paul Davis Restoration- Tammy and Ray Heauser and John Elliot.  Previous recipients are: Olde Central Antique Mall in 2011, Dana's Heating & Cooling Inc. in 2010, Printing Services in 2009 and Custom Picture Faraming in 2008.  If you would like to nominate a business, click here for criteria, eligibility and nomination process!

Participating Businesses-Shop SK First

CLICK HERE for the complete listing of Shop SK First participating businesses!





Shop SK First

Shop South Kitsap [Shop SK]

Every Port Orchard Chamber member in good standing should join Port Orchard's shop local program-- Shop SK! At NO additional cost we invite you to activate your participation in the Shop SK program, which encourages consumers to shop locally through the provision of rewards card. As a program participant, a store employee must initial or stamp the customer's card after a sales or financial transaction occurs. When the customer's reward card is full (five uses), it should be must be returned to the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce to create eligibility for a monthly drawing of two $50 gift certificates which can be used at any participating store. If one of the $50 gift certificates is redeemed at your business or association, we will reimburse you immediately for the amount spent. It's a win-win!

Businesses: JOIN Shop SK

PDF Summary

Shop SK Rewards Card

Participating Businesses

For location and contact info for any participating business, see our Chamber Member Directory.


How It Works:

1) Customers can pick up Rewards Cards at the Chamber office or at any participating business.

2) Customers present their Shop SK Reward Card while checking out, and have it stamped or initialed by a store employee.

4) After the card has been initialed five times, the customer needs to fill out the reverse side with their contact information. At that point, either the participating store or the participating customer must return their filled Rewards Card to the Port Orchard Chamber office.

5) The customer's card is placed into a monthly drawing for two $50 gift certificates redeemable at any participating Shop SK business.

6) SK Rewards Card drawings are held each month at the Port Orchard Chamber luncheon, and consumers are not required to be present to win.

Ten Good Reasons to Shop SK First:

1) Keep local economy strong with local dollars; your dollars spent locally have three times the impact on your community.

2) Improve our community's well-being.

3) Protect local businesses and encourage their growth.

4) Less driving!

5) More personal influence.

6) Foster competition between local businesses.

7) Enjoy more personalised customer service.

8) Invest in your community.

9) Prepare to be surprised.

10) Make a difference.

Starting a Business

Thinking of Starting a Business?
Here is a checklist...

Registering Your Business
The State of Washington provides one-stop business registration to assist in understanding and meeting federal, state, and local licensing requirements. The process includes obtaining a Master Business Application and UBI number and registering a Trade Name. Applications for a Master Business License can be obtained at:

Master Business Application
Washington State Dept. of Revenue
P. O. Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
1-800-647-7706 (automated)
Dept. of Labor and Industries
Washington State
500 Pacific Ave., Suite 400
Bremerton, WA 98312

Request a new Master Application if you are changing your business, structure, name, ownership, product or service, etc..

Obtaining a City License
For information on obtaining a city license call the City of Port Orchard or click on this link for frequently asked questions. To download a City of Port Orchard Business License click here. The City of Port Orchard can be reached at 360-876-4407 Mon. thru Fr. from 8am-4pm.

Obtaining a Specialty License
Many times a business owner may need additional licenses for landscaping, painting, shipbuilding, or other purposes. For more information on specialty licenses, contact the Business and Professions Division at 360/753-4401, or on the Department of Licensing web site at

State and Federal Tax Requirements
These vary with the form and nature of your business. For state tax assistance, contact the Department of Revenue at 1-800-647-7706 or The IRS can assist you with federal forms, information, and publications. For general information, call 1-800-829-1040. For IRS forms and Business Tax Kits, call 1-800-829-3676.

Wage Regulations
For questions concerning wage regulations, call or write to the Department of Labor & Industries at:

Department of Labor & Industries
Employment Standards
315 - 5th Ave. S, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104-2607
1-206-515-2800 or 1-800-274-1288

Industrial Health & Safety Regulations
For information on health and safety rules, contact:

Division of Industrial Safety & Health
P. O. Box 44600
Olympia, WA 98504-4600
1-800-423-7233 or 1-360-902-5470



Industrial Insurance
For information on hiring employees, on insurance, and on tax withholding for employees, contact:

Division of Industrial Insurance
Employer Services
P. O. Box 44144, MS-4144
Olympia, WA 98504-4144
1-800-321-2808 or 1-360-902-5799

Environmental Regulations
For guidelines or permits concerning air/water quality, shoreline protection, waste disposal, etc. contact:

Washington State Department of Ecology
P. O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
1-425-649-7000 – Northwest Regional Office

Employment Security
Call 360-902-9500 for information.

Local Fire Regulations
South Kitsap Fire District 7 is located 1974 Fircrest Dr. SE. Port Orchard. Contact them at 360-871-2411 or

Business Assistance
For general business information, start-up information or business assistance, contact the CTED Business Assistance Center’s Hotline at 1-800-237-1233.

Small Business Development
The Washington State University Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one counseling to small businesses. The centers help businesses develop a business plan, map out a business strategy, develop a bookkeeping system, and assist with business start-up at no cost. Also, at no cost, the centers help businesses with research and market analysis. Furthermore through a statewide network of community colleges, the centers sponsor education and training workshops. For more information and/or an appointment, call the Small Business Development Center- Olympic college in Bremerton Norm Dicks Government Center
345 6th Street, Suite 568
Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone: 360.307.4220 Fax: 360.337.4864
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or the Seattle office at (2401 Fourth Ave., Suite 450), 1-206-553-7328;

Washington State - Office of Trade and Economic Development

The Office of Trade and Economic Development (OTED) offers a variety of programs providing technical and financial assistance to support new and existing businesses within Washington. These programs include Business Retention and Expansion, Business Finance, Child Care Advantages and Minority and Women Business Development assistance. Additionally, OTED offers assistance to businesses that are considering a new or expanded location in Washington State. OTED's International Trade Division provides import-export assistance to Washington businesses.

Business/Job/Leasing Opportunities

Business Opportunities

I've used the café to serve cold and hot sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, daily specials, espresso and other drinks 5 day a week and during special events. There is seating currently for 20 but more tables could be added. Our catering is very successful. We currently do weddings, parties, chamber luncheons and have clients that use our serves weekly and monthly at the Event Center located across the hall from our site. Having the Event Center is a great benefit as you don't pay for the space unless you are using it. This lowers your monthly overhead.

We have a great reputation already built that you can continue to grow. There is also a larger kitchen available if you want to do a higher volume catering business.

Selling due to health issues.

Asking $30,000.00 or best offer.

Please contact us for a tour and a list of equipment that goes a long with business:
Desiree' Steffens
1700 Mile Hill Drive, Suite 116
Port Orchard WA 98366

Located in the Towne Square Mall
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Job Opportunities

Fast paced, large apartment community seeks weekend and fill-in Leasing Consultant (part-time). Qualified candidates will possess a strong work ethic, attention to detail, good organizational skills and client communication skills are a MUST. Some office training and/or experience preferred. Superior customer service is our top priority. If you are self-motivated, a hard worker and enjoy working with people, please call us to fill out an application and schedule an interview. We're looking to start training ASAP during the weekdays and weekends. 
$10 + HR to start DOE.

Orchard on the Green Apartments


Johnnie Hess, ARM
Community Manager

To submit your own job posting, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call us at (360)-876-3505.

Leasing Opportunities

We are not currently aware of any leasing opportunities.
To submit one, please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text44539); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (360)-876-3505.



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