The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce has been supporting local businesses in the community since 1945. The Chamber, led by dedicated business owners and business leaders, invites you to join the Chamber and become a part of the revitalization of Port Orchard and the collaborative partnership of the community.
The Port Orchard Chamber is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 330 business enterprises, civic organizations, education institutions and individuals.
Our Mission: " The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is a membership based organization of businesses and individuals working together to promote a favorable local business climate, encourage strong community leadership and support quality of life." The Chamber is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors.
Christine Daniel serves as the Chamber's Executive Director. Daniel has been with the Chamber since 2013. She has 25 years of cumulative experience in non-profit, for-profit, education, management, and volunteer work.
Alisha Freeman serves as Administrative Assistant. A long time member of the Port Orchard community, she has experience administrating non-profit organizations. She began working for the Chamber in May 2012.
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For a copy of the Port Orchard Chamber 2013 Legislative Objectives click here
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Each month the Port Orchard Chamber Spotlights a Member.
Spotlight on a Member - November 2013
Rudy & Jeannie Swensen
What Rudy and Jeannie enjoy the most about their business is making their customers visions come true by taking old jewelry and designing fresh new & unique pieces that can be passed through the ages.
As a former submariner in the Navy, who later retired from PSNS, Rudy and his wife Jeannie, a life long South Kitsap resident, both understand and appreciate the culture and community of this region. When asked what they liked the most about Port Orchard, Jeanie said, "Port Orchard truly is small town America at its best" They also both love that they live and work in a location that is "laid back and yet close to the big city, mountains and ocean." They also appreciate the fact that people, customers, and other business folks are helpful and friendly.
Christmas is just around the corner and the collection at Rings and Things are sure to impress your someone special. To check out their latest collection, have your watch repaired, or jewelry redesigned visit Rudy and Jeannie at their store located at 710 Bay Street, Port Orchard from 10--6:30 M-Th, 10-2 on Sat., or visit their new site at www.ringsnthings.com
Spotlight on a Member - October 2013
Jeff & Kristy White - Fine Arts Litho
Fine Arts Litho is a commercial printing, graphic design & mailing company. They specialize in business customers and wholesale distributors.
Jeff and Kristy White are both second generation printers. Both were born and raised in Kitsap County. They named their company after Jeff's family shop and purchased equipment from Kristy's family company.
20 years ago, they moved their printing company to Bay Street, because they lived on Bay Street and still do. They enjoy the small town lifestyle and do business with downtown businesses whenever possible. Their son, Justin, works in the shop and attend South Kitsap High School, just like his father did.
Fine Arts Litho and the Chamber have always been neighbors. Whether it has been at their current location or when they were both located in downtown. Jeff says, "We have always enjoyed working with chamber staff and look forward to our continued relationship."
Recently, they have added a new printing press and are currently expanding their promotional products line. Contact Fine Arts Litho at (360) 876-5649 or www.fineartslitho.com. Check out thier Facebook page for current specials and updates.
Spotlight on a Member - September 2013
Denise Hoyt - Stafford Suites
Stafford Suites is a dynamic senior community that has been serving seniors in the Port Orchard and South Kitsap region for over 15 years. It offers all the best features of a retirement home, with the freedom and benefits its resident's desire, and has been voted the Best Adult Living Center in South Kitsap for the past five years. Residents of Stafford Suites enjoy great staff, amenities, and the comforts of a simple, relaxed lifestyle.
General Manger Denise Hoyt, has helped to make Stafford Suites a premier choice for families seeking assisted living and senior care for their loved ones. With over 30 years' experience in health/elder care, including 16 years at Belmont Terrace and 15 years at Stafford Suites, Denise is a big part of Stafford's success story.
From her nursing education at Olympic College to her years of hands on experience in elder care, Denise is a dedicated and trusted health/elder care professional who feels her background has served her well in the assisted living environment. She also very much enjoys serving seniors and their families in the South Kitsap Community.
Aside from her busy work at Stafford, Denise is dedicated to her family and her community. This longtime Kitsap resident has been married to her husband Kevin for 33 years, and together they have two grown and married children, Jordan and Kelsey.
As a dedicated community member, Denise is active in both the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard and in her church New Life, and enjoys being part of "this great group of people." Denise loves the small town feel of Port Orchard and believes we have a great community of people and businesses that have similar values and goals. In her spare time, Denise also loves to bake, finding it extremely therapeutic and relaxing!
When asked what she likes best about the Chamber, Denise responded, "The Chamber is excellent for networking with the business community and gives an important forum for learning about topics that are important to our businesses and employees."
Denise would like everyone to know that if you have a loved one who may be thinking about exploring assisted living options in the future, the staff at Stafford Suites would love the opportunity to introduce you to the excellent care and services provided at Stafford Suites Assisted Living.
Spotlight on a Member - August 2013
Barry Doll - Barry Doll Agency with American Family Insurance
Barry Doll Agency with American Family Insurance is a veteran-owned business, which has served our area since 2008. The Agency sells auto, home, life and commercial insurance and bonds. The Doll's feel it is important to have a relationship with their client, that every family has a story and that they can better serve their clients when they can develop trust and communication.
In the past, Barry Doll has been a Financial Advisor, Mortgage Banker, and Chief Financial Officer. He grew up in North Dakota. The Navy brought Barry and his family here in 1989 and they loved it so much they stayed. The Dolls like the small town atmosphere and the openness and friendliness of the people.
Barry is a U.S. Naval Supply Officer in the Reserves and just returned from an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan. During the deployment his wife, Debbie, managed the business and was a proxy for his Chamber Board responsibilities. Barry and Debbie have been married for 24 years. When they are not working, the couple enjoys spending time with family, including their three teenage children: Elizabeth, Christian and Joseph. They like to ride dirt bikes, camp, fish and hunt. They have a dog, 13 chickens and a bunny.
As a member of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Barry enjoys the opportunity to get to know fellow Business Owners in our community and the networking that goes along with it.
Barry tells us that about the worst thing that could happen to a person is to have a loss and find out their insurance was inadequate. The Barry Doll Agency with American Family Insurance takes care of people and ensures they have what they need, before they need it. Protecting clients is personal to the Dolls.
Contact the Agency by phone at 360-876-7164.
Spotlight on a Member - July 2013
Suanne Martin Smith - Home Made Cafe
Home Made Cafe serves homemade comfort food from scratch in an atmosphere that is family friendly. The cooks at home Made Cafe put a lot of love into the food, which you taste with every bite!
Suanne Martin Smith, owner, moved to Port Orchard 13 years ago from Vashon Island. She is a mom and art teacher, with a background in nonprofit work. She loves the downtown waterfront, the beauty of the town, and the sense of community, as well as all of the local artists.
Home Made Cafe is a family business. Suanne's partner, Paul, is the head chef. They have four daughters, Ruby, Lily, Destiny, and Taylor. The oldest two work at the Cafe. All four daughters are excellent skaters and participate in Roller Derby. Suanne is the current Board President for Kitsap Derby Brats. She also enjoys gardening in their lovely courtyard and doing art projects.
When asked what she likes best about the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Suanne replied, "Meeting all of the other business owners. I believe in supporting your community."
For great comfort food, fantastic atmosphere, and fabulous service, visit the Home Made Cafe, located at 537 Dekalb Street in Port Orchard. Home Made Cafe will be serving "sunset dinners" on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 12th, and the Cafe has applied for a beer and wine license. Contact the Cafe by phone at: (360) 908-5026, or peruse their menu online at: www.homemadecafe737.com.
Spotlight on a Member - June 2013
Sheri Bogataj - Juliana's
JULIANA is a boutique which was opened in 2009 and is located at 1541 SE Piperberry Way in Port Orchard.
JULIANA features women's clothing and accessories, decor, gift, and baby...it's a bit of everything, something for everyone. The clothing choices are item- driven, meaning they are chosen for styling and interest. JULIANA has locally-made jewelry, and several made-in-America lines of clothes and fragrances. They aim for classy presentation, but avoid big-city boutique pricing. Their great packaging sets them apart from others, which will also be a distinguishing feature when the online store is launched this summer, at sweetjuliana.com! To see the latest news, please "like" JULIANA on Facebook at: JULIANA It's a Great Little Store. JULIANA has won #1 Best Gift and Specialty Store TWICE in West Sound Home and Garden.
Sheri Bogataj, owner, has an undergraduate degree in Nursing, and Masters in cross cultural studies and counseling. Starting a store has been a significant leap from that background, but Sheri says it has been worth the change and lots of fun-"It's pretty energizing to do and learn something completely new."
At the end of her day she goes home to her husband (an aeronautical engineer), and their two kids, ages 13 and 14. Sheri grew up in a few different places, but while still at home, her Mom and Sister and she would come out to Port Orchard on sunny summer afternoons. She loved the downtown and has always loved roaming through the shops there. According to Sheri, "Port Orchard has the most beautiful setting anywhere! The view from Downtown facing Bremerton and the West is unparalleled! It's so cool to get to share it."
The other thing Sheri loves is her customers. "Everyone who has ever come in is so delightful. The people are all so kind, all the time! I like that small-town consideration for others which is so evident here."
When asked what she likes best about the Chamber of Commerce, Sheri answered, "One of the first things I did when starting the store was to join the Chamber. Besides being the right thing to do, joining provides great connections with others, and the best way to connect with what is going on around town. This is a great city to support, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. Thank you for your support."
Spotlight on a Member-May 2013
Kim Cherry-Don Ryan / One Ten Lounge
Conveniently located at 110 Harrison Avenue (off Bay Street), the One Ten Lounge offers great food, hand crafted drinks, micro brews, and wine selections. Casual, yet classy, the One Ten Lounge is a great date place! It's also a great place to enjoy your friends and visit, listen to music or watch sports.
Don Ryan and Kim Cherry have owned and operated the One Ten Lounge for about eight years. Kim has a 35-year background in Food & Beverage, including all aspects from catering to fine dining, cooking and creating concepts, and all the while creating fabulous drinks. Don has been an entrepreneur for 20 years.
Kim's family moved to Kitsap County in 1966, and Don's family moved here from Tacoma in 1985. Both enjoy the NW scenery and ambiance of Port Orchard, stating, "We have everything here and want to enhance the current life of the town." They enjoy the outdoors, exploring new places, attending civic meetings, and hanging out with local friends.
When asked what they like best about the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Don and Kim responded, "networking and meeting people with a common interest to improve and profit."
The One Ten Lounge has a wonderful new food menu, and a warm atmosphere with charm and class. The One Ten Lounge also caters off premise for any event. Reach them at 360-895-3079.
Jason Rodriguez is the store manager for The Sherwin-Williams Company, a service oriented coating supplier providing the best quality paints, stains, and finishes. The Sherwin-Williams Company is 147 years old. Founded in 1866, Sherwin-Williams is the oldest American based coatings manufacturer. The Port Orchard location has been open for 6 years, and is the only dedicated paint store in Port Orchard. Jason has been with the company for 12 years.
Jason graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Oregon in 2001. He was recruited by Sherwin-Williams shortly before graduation, and began working at the Auburn, Washington location in August of 2001. He transferred to the Silverdale store in September of 2002. In 2006 the company gave him the opportunity to open a new store in Port Orchard and the doors officially opened on December 4, 2006.
Born and raised on the southern Oregon coast, Jason grew up in the small town of Coos Bay, Oregon. In 1997, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he met his wife. The couple moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1998, where their son was born a year later. Jason's wife wanted to come to the Kitsap area to be nearer to her mother, who resides in Silverdale. The Sherwin-Williams Company afforded Jason the opportunity to relocate and provide a great life for the family and to meet some incredible people!
When asked what about Port Orchard he likes best, Jason says, "Port Orchard has a great small town community feel to it, and really reminds me of home. Walking down Bay Street in the evening, or enjoying one of the summertime concerts has an aesthetic appeal that you just can't find anyplace else."
Jason likes to go shooting and hiking with friends and family. He also enjoys golf, reading, and the occasional movie. He looks forward to summertime events like the farmers market and concerts here in Port Orchard.
As a member of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Jason notes, "There is truly a great sense of community. The welcoming nature and general support that we get from fellow Chamber members. Everyone seems to have a genuine interest in the success of each other's business."
Jason tells us that the Sherwin-Williams culture is all about customer service and product quality. If you need paint for any project, you will not have a better experience anywhere than Sherwin-Williams Port Orchard! Stop in at 1382 SE Lund Avenue, or call 360-874-7700.
The Port Orchard Pavilion Event Center offers a variety of spaces for all of life’s celebrations…weddings, seminars, retreats, proms, birthdays, reunions, and much more! If you need a space, the Pavilion has the place! Complete with a fully operational kitchen and lots of equipment and supplies (tables, chairs, wireless internet, audio/visual equipment, podium, etc.), the Port Orchard Pavilion has your event needs covered!
Joni Sonneman recently assumed management of the Port Orchard Pavilion. She is also the personal assistant for the building’s lease owner, Delilah Rene.
Joni grew up in Gig Harbor and moved to Port Orchard 17 years ago. Her favorite things about Port Orchard are the people and the beauty. Joni’s family has been active in church ministries for generations and she has had the great pleasure of meeting a lot of people through those ministries. She is a single parent of three children, with one still at home who will be graduating from South Kitsap High School this June. When she is not working, Joni loves to boat, ride her horse, and hang out with great friends and family.
When asked what she likes best about the Chamber of Commerce, Joni says: “the ability to network, meet new people, learn new things, and support other local businesses in their efforts to succeed.”
Joyce Scott is a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. As such, she sells Mary Kay skin care, body care, fragrances, and color cosmetics, and teaches people how to care for their skin and fight the signs of aging. She can also help anyone who is interested in starting his or her [their] own Mary Kay business. Joyce has been with Mary Kay for almost two years [1 year, 9 months]. She was previously a computer programmer with a Bachelors & Masters Degree. She has been using Mary Kay products for over 19 years.
Joyce and her family moved to the area when her husband received orders to be stationed here over 3½ years ago. She likes Port Orchard’s small town atmosphere, and that everyone is so friendly. Joyce’s husband is a retired Chief Petty Officer. They have two daughters, Abigail (3) and Elizabeth (12½). They also have two dogs, Zoe & Rusty. When she is not working, Joyce enjoys spending time with family, knitting, sewing, and quilting.
When asked what she likes best about the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Joyce says, “meeting new people and businesses.” She notes that, “Everyone is very friendly and helpful.”
KT Arthur is an agent at Reid Real Estate in Port Orchard, where she enjoys "fulfilling dreams by helping people buy and sell real estate."
Among KT's achievements are degrees in History and Anthropology. As one of the first female linemen in the Army, KT did a lot of government contracting, which is what brought her to this area. She likes Port Orchard for its small-town feel and that people are really trying to make a difference; and also, the fact that it is close enough to the city to experience it, as well.
KT's husband was an Airborne Ranger. Her son, who was formerly a S.E.A.L., is now working for Cyber Command and working toward a doctorate in Counter Terrorism. Her daughter married a submariner, and is working on her doctorate in Kinesthetic Health. In her leisure time, KT enjoys skiing, working with dogs, shooting muzzle-loading rifles, gardening, cooking, traveling, reading, and horses.
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About Us category
The Port Orchard Chamber General Membership Luncheon is the second Thursday of each month, location varies. Each month we present a different speaker on subjects that relate to small and large businesses, the community, managers, employees and employers.
Each month the Chamber supports a local project event ro not-for-profit through our raffle program. Click here for recent raffle recipients.
The public is welcome to attend, reservations are always required.
The meeting is $20 for members and guests of members when pre-paid and $25 for members and guests of members when paid at the door. Non-members must pay $25 in advance. Reservations can be made online. Please Go to the meeting month you are interested in.