Fall 2016

Small Business Saturday

#SmallBizSat is Nov 26! Downtown Bremerton invites everyone to join in creating lots of buzz around shopping local. We plan to have a Shop Small welcome station and are looking at other ways to promote and get people downtown.

More recources for your business at: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/studio?linknav=us-open-shopsmall-storycreator-landing-customizenow

Coming Up

New Members

Manette Yacht Club Bar
Rebecca Dove Taylor
Join Date: 05/13/2016

Mobster Mike's
Mike Mobster
Join Date: 05/20/2016

Spark Commons
Sean Kelley
Join Date: 06/02/2016

Bremerton Historic Ships Associate/ USS Turner Joy
Frank Portello
Join Date: 08/04/2016

Olive Branch Events
Kelly Derksema
Join Date: 08/07/2016

Wobbly Hopps
Jeffery Scott
Join Date: 08/10/2016

Michael Strube Agency
Michael Strube
Join Date: 10/21/2016

New Officers Elected

Welcome to our new board members Kelly Derksema from Olive Branch Events and Laura Kneib from FROG Soap. Michelle Tomlinson-Hough from the Hampton Inn & Suites was re-elected to another term and will remain as Vice President of the DBA. John Morrissey from Kitsap Credit Union will stay on as Treasurer along with Katie Albright from the Bremerton Symphony will remain as our Secretary. I also will continue as President.

Michael Goodnow, president
Downtown Bremerton Association

Main Street

The board has been working with Marie Vila to move forward our Main Street application for Fall of 2017.

The Main Street tax credit incentive program provides a Business & Occupation (B&O) credit for private contributions given to eligible downtown organizations. Once your business’ donation request is approved by the Department of Revenue, you are eligible for a tax credit worth 75% of the contribution to our downtown revitalization organization.  Further, since the DBA is a 501C3 you may be eligible for a federal income tax deduction as a charitable contribution. Eligible community organizations can receive donations totaling up to $133,333.33 per calendar year.

We have some goals to meet over the coming year to submit a solid proposal. We will talk more about this in the coming months.

What we currently need are volunteers to serve on the following committees: Economic VitalityOrganizationPromotions, and Design. If you want to help us further the success downtown ask any board member for information.

Trick-or-Treat Street

Our Safe Halloween event marks 20 years this Monday from 5 to 8 and we expect about 2,000 children with their families to come downtown. Look for the Thriller flash mob around 6pm by the Admiral Theatre. Hay Rides will pick up and drop off by Hot Java Cafe and Liberty Bay Books. That is also the location for the children's Haunted House. Elaine Turso will be doing pictures for kids in costume at the chamber office, where her photography studio is located.

GreenDrinks joins the edg3 FUND

Kitsap Bank's edg3 FUND is offering $20,000 through its edg3 FUND small business competition to help entrepreneurs dedicated to growing our local community economically, socially and environmentally.

Who will win $20,000? Watch the five finalists compete for $20,000 at the Live Event on November 17th at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton.

Purchase $10 Tickets in advance or at the door. Tickets sold day of the event benefit the Olympic College Foundation.

NEW in 2016, Kitsap Bank has established an additional $5,000 cash prize, the Community edg3 Award, for this year’s competition. The $5,000 prize will be awarded to one business selected from the semi-finalist pool that, in the judges’ opinions, best embodies the spirit of community, based upon their submitted application and video.
DBA Membership Update - Fall 2016