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Profiles: Who’s Who in North Kitsap business | Business Connections
By KYLIE VILLAPOTO
Business: Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce (www.kingstonchamber.com).
Position: Executive director.
Established: 30 years as a chamber, 11 years as a nonprofit organization.
Number of members: 273.
Annual budget/revenue: The annual operating budget is approximately $64,000 for the Kingston Chamber of Commerce and $64,000 for the Kingston Visitors Center.
Business: Olympic College Poulsbo (www.olympic.edu/Campuses/Poulsbo).
Established: Poulsbo campus, 2004; Olympic College, 1946.
Number of employees: 15 full- and part-time.
Key services: Education. We are primarily focused on transfer students. Approximately 60-65 percent of students at Olympic College are transfer students and there are approximately 1,000 students total at the Poulsbo campus.
Business philosophy: "I am very much a fan of proficiency and outcome.
Forecast/plan for next year: OC Poulsbo is reaching out to students and adults in the Kitsap area. The partnership with Western Washington University will create the opportunity for students to receive a bachelor’s degree in business at OC. I don’t see any plans to [build] new buildings in Poulsbo. We are really going to explore this relationship with Western." Funaro said he wants to attract another 100 to 200 students to the Poulsbo campus.
Business: Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce (www.poulsbochamber.com).
Position: Executive director.
Number of members: 400 businesses and organizations.
Annual budget/revenue: $150,000.
Key services: The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce provides its members with networking opportunities, so business owners can get to know other businesses and their customers. At membership meetings, the chamber helps businesses create ideas and strategies for their businesses.
Business philosophy: If I can represent my community, members and organizations in a way that people trust and respect my leadership, it’s been a good day’s work.
Forecast/plan for next year: Grow and succeed as a visitor information center; recruit more volunteers.
Challenge: Recruiting enough volunteers to run the visitors center; creating value of a chamber membership. Chamber members receive discounts on various products and services and can participate in joint advertising campaigns, with the cost shared by several businesses.
Business: Marine View Beverage (www.marineviewbev.com).
Established: Marine View Beverage was created in 2002 by the merger of three distribution companies, the oldest of which was founded in 1951. The Poulsbo location was established in 2011.
Number of employees: Approximately 60 at the Poulsbo location; 300 total at Marine View Beverage’s four distribution centers.
Annual budget/revenue: Approximately $150 million overall.
Key services: Marine View Beverage distributes 7.75 million cases a year. Marine View Beverage distributes 37 brands of domestic beer, 53 brands of imported beer, 82 brands of craft beer, 95 brands of domestic wine, 21 brands of imported wine, and 20 brands of non-alcoholic beverages.
Marine View Beverage’s territory includes Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Masom, Pierce, and Thurston counties.
Business philosophy: Serve our customers and employees. We can bring someone in with absolutely no training and provide a living wage with pension and benefits. We do our own training and there are not many jobs in the market place like that.Forecast/plan for next year: Survivalism. It has become difficult at times in the marketplace, when there are legislative changes that may affect our business.
Business: Olympic Outdoor Center (www.olympicoutdoorcenter.com).
Position: Founder.Established: 1986.
Number of employees: 30 at locations in Bainbridge Island, Port Gamble, Poulsbo, Silverdale.
Annual budget/revenue: We have 5,000 people that go through our business a year. The paddling community brings in $1.7 million in gross revenues.
Key services: Kayaking and paddling classes, trips, rentals, sales and repairs. We are one of the older paddling companies and one of the largest outfitters in Washington state.
Business philosophy: To help customers have fun. Taking care of the customer is No. 1 here, experiencing nature in raw form. I love to be outdoors and I want to share that with others.
Forecast/plan for next year: We are expanding to Silverdale and recently opened a location there. I’ve applied for national designation for the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail, and hope to make it part of the national water trail. This would include all of the Kitsap Peninsula — from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Port Gamble.
Business: North Kitsap Tourism Consortium (www.experiencenorthkitsap.com)
Number of employees: 16 people plus numerous volunteers.
Annual budget/revenue: The North Kitsap Tourism Consortium is a nonprofit organization, which does not have an annual budget and is privately funded.
Key services: The mission of the North Kitsap Tourism Consortium is to promote tourism in the North Kitsap Peninsula through joint marketing and advocacy. Represented in the consortium: Bainbridge Island, Hansville, Kingston, Port Gamble, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Poulsbo, Suquamish, and the Suquamish Tribe.
Business philosophy: Promote tourism through: Joint marketing in the North Kitsap Peninsula; Building sustainable tourism driven economic development through partnerships; Advocating for tourism; Developing a stream-lined, action-oriented, project based organization.
Forecast/plan for next year: A tourism website is now online, experiencenorthkitsap.com, with trip ideas, calendar of events, things to see and do, places to stay, places to dine, transportation services, tours and services, and community profiles.
Stacey and Kelsey Marshall
Business: Grounds for Change (www.groundsforchange.com).
Number of employees: 7.
Annual budget/revenue: Not disclosed.
Key services: Roasted coffee. The company donates a portion of its proceeds to community organizations.
Business philosophy: Be a successful business that gives back.
Forecast/plan for next year: Continue doing what we do. There will be no dramatic changes this coming year.
Business: Poulsbo Village (www.poulsbovillage.com).
Position: Property and financial manager.
Number of employees: 2.
Annual budget/revenue: Not disclosed.
Key services: Poulsbo Village and the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center have numerous business tenants that provide a variety of services, accessible by foot from downtown and the waterfront.
Business philosophy: We want to supply a mix of stores and services that are going to fill the community’s needs, so people can use it as their shopping designation and not have to go all over the place to get the products they need.
Forecast/plan for next year: Poulsbo Village is working with the local government and regulatory authorities to improve the quality of Dogfish Creek, which runs through our property. Major maintenance and improvements are due to be made to the parking lot, shopping center roofs and ventilation systems. Downtown relies on the stores that are here and we want to continue to be a crucial part of the community.
Challenges: Dogfish Creek is a legitimate feature of our river and watershed system. People need to learn about Dogfish Creek and have a better understanding about the benefits that it provides. It supports a population of fish, it provides drainage for our heavy rain, and it is a part of our wetland system. We have to have balance between commercial and the health of the creek, while still remaining a visible, dominant part of the community.