BeTech Newsletter | April 2016

BeTech Newsletter | April 2016

Published by BeTech, Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce’s new committee for Business, Technology, and Education

FROM THE CHAIR

It is with enthusiasm that I present to you the first issue of BeTech, newsletter of the Business, Technology, & Education Committee of the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce.

Every day we hear about the Pacific Northwest’s strength in technology, particularly in the fields of aerospace, defense, biotech, and computer science. Just look at a map of the Puget Sound with pins on Seattle, Redmond, Everett, Auburn, and Kent. Little Norway is not far from these giants, and we have our share of manufacturing and technology right here. Paladin Systems, Trulife, and Watson Furniture may come to mind. These companies have been Poulsbo fixtures since the early 1990’s. Other companies have come and gone. Either they could not find the right formula to make it work, or the climate was just not right. Perhaps both. Enter Western Washington University. Their collaboration with Olympic College to provide four-year degree programs in our area is a game-changer, and it demonstrates our city leaders’ commitment to help prepare our kids for the future, and they don’t have to leave home. (Okay, parents, maybe we should look into building dorms.) It is also an investment in a skilled workforce needed to support Poulsbo’s emerging cluster of businesses in the tech sectors. BeTech will showcase these organizations in an effort to promote awareness of what exists in our backyard and our capacity to welcome new players. Learn more.

Welcome HiLine Homes, Upcoming Ribbon Cutting!

Welcome HiLine Homes, Upcoming Ribbon Cutting!

Have you seen the sign on Viking Way? You know the big, orange one that says HiLine homes right next to Hwy 308? Join the Poulsbo Chamber in a big welcome to HiLine Homes new sales office! There will be a Ribbon Cutting at HiLine Homes on March 24th at 5:15 pm. Then come for a BBQ and Open House on Saturday, March 26th! Mmmm – BBQ. The Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome HiLine Homes to the Neighborhood! ‪#‎poulsbochamber‬ ‪#‎poulsbo‬ ‪#‎HiLine‬

Chamber March Luncheon

Chamber March Luncheon

Yesterday, the Poulsbo Chamber March Luncheon speaker and panelists discussed Human Trafficking – a topic that gerenerated interest countywide and left many in the audience with helpful tools to talk to their daughters about the reality of the sex slave trade in Kitsap County. For more on this important topic visit: http://www.bestalliance.org/employers-alliance.htmland watch the video. It may help you to better recognize the potential signs of human trafficking in and around your place of business. Thank you to everyone who attended. Together we can make positive changes in our community and protect our children. Photography courtesy of P5 Photography.

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