The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce represents a community of business owners and employees who are striving to promote their businesses. The Chamber of Commerce refers only to members, meaning that YOU are recommended over any other business in town, just for being part of our network.
We have several networking events every month, from Morning Stir (seminars dedicated to various topics with speakers from well-known companies across the nation) to our monthly chamber luncheon, as a member, you'll enjoy getting to know and work with leaders in our community to craft creative solutions to problems you face as a business owner.
The Chamber of Commerce present several unique opportunities for businesses to achieve valuable and cost-effective marketing. We offer FREE listing on the Chamber's website for members, banner advertising, and more.
The Goals of the KCYPG Management Team/ Members and their Port Orchard Chamber Mentors will be to work towards:
• Providing forums for networking and business development through the production of regular social events and extensive on-line and local resources geared toward services, events, and personal development.
• We will support professional, personal and community volunteer development of our members by hosting, volunteering and providing avenues for members to work, speak, present and organize events and activities.
• We will offer leadership opportunities for young professionals by welcoming members to participate in the planning and delivery of events, activities and informational training.
• We will develop a strong culture of recognition for our membership, including formal and informal recognition in the form of public events, awards, and personal gratification.
KCYPG will look to host monthly or bi-monthly mixers, social activities and events at venues throughout Port Orchard and surrounding areas that provide attendees the opportunity to network with other young professionals while enjoying a variety of locations, event themes, and social opportunities. Frequently, our events will include Networking Games (and prizes) to make it fun and easy to meet new people. The KCYPG event locations could range from local restaurants, lounges, unique businesses, to exciting, activity-oriented venues.
The KCYPG will work in conjunction with the Port Orchard Chamber to develop a strong sense of community, volunteerism, business/professional development and even political awareness.
As an initial start up we need to recruit a management team of at least the following:
President, Vice President, Treasurer/Secretary, Director of Membership, Director of Community & Public Relations, Director of Marketing & Information Technology, Director of Sponsorships, and Director of Business/Political Development
With this key management team and the Port Orchard Chamber mentors working together we will begin to recruit a general membership. This in turn will develop a gateway to further Port Orchard Chamber membership and volunteers.
Membership and event fees will support our organization.
Do you know somebody who is amazing, and who has been a committed volunteer in our community? If so, please nominate them for our upcoming Man and Woman of the Year Award. Please click the link above to nominate worthy individuals who deserve our recognition.
2013 SK Man of the Year- Brian Sauer
Brian is a homegrown Kitsap resident! He was born in Bremerton, WA and has grown up in Port Orchard, where he graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1984 and later attended Olympic College, graduating in 1987.
Brian has been heavily involved in the South Kitsap community throughout his life. He worked for the Port of Bremerton from 1985 until 2013; during this time he became involved in and has continued extensive volunteer efforts to help his city, including working with local youth.
Sauer's support has included working in a leadership role with the Boy Scouts, mentoring through the Rotary at South Kitsap Alternative High School, and being an AWANA leader at Grace Bible Church. As a Rotarian, Brian also partners with Soroptimist International on a joint venture to help feed and provide Christmas support for local children and the elderly. Additional Rotary work includes his help at the Port Orchard Rotary’s Fish Hatchery.
Other volunteer work Brian has been involved with includes his work on several Boards including the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, the Blackberry Festival, Grace Bible Church, and on the Murder Mystery Committee/Board. Further work includes helping at various festivals including the Seagull Calling and Harbor Festival, as well with the Cris Craft Rendezvous.
Beyond all his hard work in the community, Brian is a dedicated husband and father. He and his high school sweetheart Michele have been married for 27 years. Together they have two sons Jacob and Nicolas.
Woman of the Year — Kathleen Wilson
Kathleen Wilson was born in Casper, Wyoming into a large, Irish, and Catholic family of five children. As a young adult she attended several colleges and universities during her undergraduate days, and the University of Wyoming until her father passed. She returned home to help raise her younger siblings, and later attended Casper College where she found her first library job and met her husband Jonathan Wilson. This led to further education at the University of Montana, where she also worked at the campus library.
Following college, Kathleen worked several jobs and wound up as a children’s assistant at the Missoula Public Library, where her love for public libraries really took shape. Several years later, she and her husband Jon moved to Ohio so she could attend graduate school in Library Science at Kent State. Her first position following her graduate studies was at the Port Orchard Library.
Since coming to Port Orchard, it has been Kathleen’s goal to make the downtown library a center of the community. In doing so, Kathleen has met many wonderful people, and has been involved with some fabulous organizations including the South Kitsap Rotary, POBSA ,the Chamber of Commerce, and the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard. Kathleen says, “The sense of community in Port Orchard is so unique and so special; I feel privileged to be able to participate in the level I currently am. “
Outside of her library work, Kathleen is active with her sons, Nicholas and Ronan. She volunteers with community sports organizations and in their schools, which has given her a unique perspective of what she calls, “a great South Kitsap community.” Kathleen's other acheivements include receiving a Forty under 40 Award, a NIB award from the SKSD, and as the representative from the Port Orchard Branch Library, a 2011 WASA Community Leadership Award.