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December 2012

  • December Board Meeting Minutes

    There was not a Board Meeting in November.

    Please click here for December' Minutes.


  • Information

    Don't forget you can advertise your business in the E Currents Newsletter. Place any upcoming event, announcements, general information on our Facebook page. Social Media is the fastest and trendy new way of free marketing.

    Please like both the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and Crab Festival Facebook pages.


  • November Business After Hours Pictures
  • Thank You to New and Renewing Members
    New Members

    Melody Vahl

    Go Go Girl Events

    Iris Tressler

    Wild Iris Salon

    Renewing Members

    Rich Walker

    Kodiak Football Leauge


    Jim Arneson, DDS

    James r. Arneson DDS Inc.


    Richard Harris

    Kodiak Daily Mirror


    Greg Wolf

    World Trade Center Alaska


    Anthonly Sanchez

    Sparklin Windows


    Robyn Cassidy

    Net Results


    Tessa Appleman

    Wrangell Chamber of Commerce


    Deanna Parson

    Valdez Chamber of Commerce


    Ken Reinke

    Threshold Services Inc.


    President Lisa Johnson

    Kodiak Lions Club


    Ben Polum

    Northern Sales, Inc


    Tom Walters & Mike O'Connor

    Katmai Wilderness Lodge LLC


    Brett & Sarah Bass

    Brett A. Bass, DDS PC


    Scott Wight

    Bases Loaded


    Molly Brodie

    Little School of Dance


    Cheryl James, President

    Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau


    Ted Kishimoto

    International Seafoods- Alaska


    Skip Bolton

    F/V Sea Barb


    Grant Shields

    Alaska 1 Realty


    Brett Bass

    Kodiak Morning Rotary Club


    Cheryl Montgomery

    Henry's Great Alaskan Resturant


    Gretchen Wing

    Ice House


    Eleanor King

    King's Diner


    Gene Mueller

    Frontier Micro Systems


    Don Rush, CEO

    Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center


    Dan Ogg & Sue Jeffrey



    Don & Mary Ann Fell

    Maritime Helicopters


    Pat Branson & Kathy Daniels

    Kodiak Marketing and Consulting


    Jim Taro

    Amak Towing Company Inc.


    Mike Campbell

    Alaska Food For Less


    Mark St. Denny

    St. Denny Surveying Inc.


    Terri Miller

    Vizhuns Salon Unlimited


    Jeff Steel

    Steele Management Inc


    Mike Anderson

    Anderson Construction LLC


    Tim Hurley

    Western Alaska Land Title Company


  • Magpie Publishing's Article
    New Year Resolutions to Get Your Business On-Line
    By Maggie Wall

    Health, family and friends, finances. Those top the list of goals and resolutions for the New Year.
    Let me propose a totally different one. How about setting a goal to investigate websites and what Internet Marketing can and cannot do for your business?

    I'll even help you get started by giving you some information to read.
    Steadily doing lots of small steps means you'll reach your destination without having to take any huge steps before you have built up your "Internet Muscles"


    Here are three steps you can take:

    1) Ask yourself how the Internet Biggies are affecting your business.
    a. Is Amazon making it too easy for people to shop online?
    b. That free shipping's a killer, but a lot of businesses only ship by UPS or FedEx and often shipping is more than the item purchased.
    2) Take advantage of "The Home Court Advantage" and how that helps your business online.
    a. Your local customers know you and you know them.
    b. You can use that friend connect to advantage using Social Media such as Facebook, setting up a website with a blog-or just a blog where you can post interesting materials and personal stories specifically tailored-to-your-customers.
    c. The Internet allows you to keep in close touch with your customers without them needing to come into your store or business to make that contact.
    3) Read, asks questions, and get a better feel for how your business can benefit from getting online.
    a. There are unlimited resources online just waiting for you
    b. Ask someone who already has their business online. What works for them? What would they do differently?
    c. Ask me, I went to grad school to learn this stuff in part because I feel that we Kodiak businesses need to keep up with online competition. But even more, I know that we can benefit by bringing more off-island money to town using the Internet.
    4) Promise yourself you won't rush to get online and will do the research needed to make sure you get the best set-up that you can.
    Here are some places to get more information on getting your business online. Remember, you don't need to buy anything, just take advantage of all the freebie info online to investigate what will be best for you and your business.

    Sign up for their newsletters or updates, whatever it's called. You can always unsubscribe if you find they are trying to too hard to sell you something or if it just doesn't work for you.
    www.Hubspot.com has some of the best eBooks available free. My gripe with them is that most sites will ask for your email in exchange for the freebie, but Hubspot wants all kinds of info. I only give them the essentials and type in "n/a" in all the other blanks.

    http://www.marketingprofs.com/ You may find they are a bit techie at times, just read through and find the articles that fit your needs. These folks are an authority site on Internet Business and Marketing.

    http://homebusiness.about.com/od/yourbusinesswebsite/tp/online-marketing.htm About.com has a lot of information that is easy to understand. Often I'll find a subject, see what a place like About.com says and then use what I learn there to know what to search for using Google.

    Now you have more than enough to keep you busy during those long, cold, dark months of January and February. Make a promise to yourself that you will investigate how best to get your business online.
    Feel free to ask me a few questions next time you see me.

    Maggie Wall holds a Master's Degree in Internet Marketing. Her business Magpie Publishing & Production (alaskamagpie.com) designs websites and coaches people how to get their business online and to attract online customers. She also produces "The LegHead Report" located at leghead.com.

  • New Member Spotlight

    Daniel's Fine Jewelry


    Daniel Eubanks came to Kodiak 20 years ago from Florida, where he grew up. He worked at Kodiak Jewelry as a jeweler until 1993 when they closed. He opened Daniel's Fine Jewelry in February of 2006 on a "shoe string budget." He said, "I barely had enough cash for a till the first day I opened but somehow survived the first month and had enough to pay rent." This February will be 7 years that Daniel's Fine Jewelry has been open. Daniel and his wife Nun run the shop, which is open Monday thru Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.

    He states, "Many stores sell inferior quality products to have the appearance of low pricing, but you get what you pay for." Daniel's focuses on quality at a reasonable price. "We like people to be educated buyers, to understand how our product differs from lower quality products. When you buy low quality jewelry you get expensive problems making it a poor investment. We want our jewelry to be your family heirlooms."

    Daniel's Fine Jewelry sells certified diamonds, gold, platinum, silver jewelry and watch batteries. All jewelry repairs are done in their shop, so it never leaves the island. They do custom work allowing customers to come in, pick out a design, pick out the stones they want and have them create the piece in as little at 2 days depending on the complexity of the piece. This allows the customers to take part in creating something special for themselves or a loved one.

  • New Member Spotlight

    Go Go Girl Events


    Go Go Girl Events is a special event planning business that produces fabulous personalized custom events meeting Kodiak's unique event needs. This home based business owned by Melody Vahl, can be reached at 907-947-5491, on the Facebook page "Go Go Girl Events", and by email melodyvahl@gmail.com

    Go Go Girl events creates, organizes and specializes in designing events for all businesses or groups. Each event provides the opportunity to promote individual products and services to area residents. Go Go Girl Events strives to provide quality service aimed at meeting each businesses target goals. Promotion of events includes advertising in all possible media.

    Go Go Girl Events has been in business for 2 years. Most recently she has hosted the Kodiak Island Women's Show held at the Convention Center. At this event businesses and services for Women are featured. Her motivation when designing an event stems from the love of gathering a community in unity. Providing a platform for businesses or people motivated to share their passion for life is fulfilling.
    She invites you to contact her and discuss your event idea. Melody looks forward to hearing from you.

  • New Member Spotlight

    Wild Iris Salon


    New hair salon has opened! Wild Iris Salon opened the doors on Nov 26th. Owned and operated by Iris Tressler. Iris was born and raised in Seward, AK; she has made Kodiak her home since 2008. After Graduating from Cosmetology School in 1989 she has worked in the hair industry as well as commercial fishing. She now devoted all her time to doing hair.

    The Wild Iris Salon offers a full hair care services such as haircuts, color, perms and facial waxing. Operating Tuesday thru Saturday and available Monday by appointment only. Wild Iris Salon is a clean, friendly, family atmosphere. The salon is located at 1420 Selig Street. You can contact Iris for appointment at 907-362-3331. Or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Iris-Salon/

  • The Statewide Voice Article on UA President's Visit to Kodiak

    UA's President Gamble reaches out to Kodiak's Community for FSMI Guidence.  Please click here to view full article.  The article has a nice write up and some great pictures on his recent visit to Kodiak.


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  • 5K Santa Run

  • December Buisness After Hours
  • Economic Development Report

    Shop the Rock this Christmas! - Joe Bailor

    Twas' the days before Christmas and all around town,
    People were looking for gifts to be found.
    The Local Merchants were careful to stock them with care,

    In hopes that the customer would make purchases there.
    When you Buy Local, it's like planting a seed,
    Every dollar you spend grows to help many a need.

    Santa shops local and he wants you to know,
    That supporting our Merchants is the way to go.
    So put down your laptop, hide your i-phone out of sight,
    Merry Christmas to all, and to all - Shop Local Tonight!


    The holiday season is upon us and we are busy with many things around our island. When making your purchases please shop our local merchants. Let our retailers and home based businesses know what you are looking for. Kodiak is a small town and our businesses cannot possible stock everything that you may desire, however our owners and managers around Kodiak should be happy to special order anything. When you buy local you give back to our community in many ways. Your purchases help with taxes which pay for police, firefighters, parks and many important services. Local businesses give above-and-beyond to our local non-profits organizations. Local owners reinvest profits back into our community. The dollars you spend at our local merchants helps create jobs, and the wages paid to those employees are spent over and over all around Kodiak.

    Shopping local pays dividends, various studies estimate that every dollar you spend at a Local Merchant is multiplied from 40 to 65% in additional jobs, wages, investments and taxes in our community. Compare that to your on-line purchase where you electronically move the entire dollar amount off-island. A few dollars come back that pays for the delivery of your package, but no jobs are created, no reinvestment of profits, no utilities paid... You get the picture.

    We can be a little intimidated by shopping in Kodiak. I know I would rather look for what I want, hopefully find it and take it to the register to make the purchase. Finding an owner or manager and asking them questions tend to push most of us out of our comfort zone. I would like to encourage everyone in Kodiak to talk to our Local Merchants and tell them what you are looking for, ask to see their catalogs, and special order exactly what you want! We need to be creative when it comes to scoring just the right gift without sending our hard earned dollars off the island, supporting somebody else's island so far away. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Letter from the President

    Hello Everyone,

    Merry Christmas and may we all look forward to a prosperous and exciting 2013!  During this Christmas season, please keep in mind the "Reason for the Season." When you do shop, try to do it locally so Kodiak can keep as much revenue on the island as possible; we are all on this Pacific island together.

    In November, we had a Business After Hours at Alaska 1 Realty, with Broker, Grant Shields and our very own Chamber Secretary and Associate Broker Darlene Williamson. Not only were we celebrating Business After Hours, but it was the 10th Anniversary of Alaska 1 Realty. The event was well attended, Chefs Joel and Martine catered, and it was a great time! Congrats to Sydney Morton, for winning the grand prize of an Era plane ticket.

    The December Business After Hours is this Friday, Dec 7th (Pearl Harbor Day) with Alaska Aerospace Corporation. It will be at the Kodiak Best Western Harbor Room from 5:30-7:30pm. I am the Kodiak Representative, on the AAC Board, so this event is dear to my heart. We will have the usual food, drinks and door prizes; hope to see you all there. Come hear an update on your Kodiak rocket launch base.

    Our Chamber Staff and State Farm's Tyler Randolph, are hosting the Santa Run this Saturday, December 8th. Call the Chamber for more details and come run to support a great cause!

    We would like to welcome Melody Vahl (her hubby is newest Chamber Board Member, Rick Vahl) and her, "Go Go Girl Events", to the Chamber. Melody just hosted a dynamite second annual Womens' Show back in November. We also would like to welcome Iris Tressler, and her newly opened, Wild Iris Salon.

    Please support and shop at all our various holiday bazaars that are going on all the month of December.

    We will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Paula Laird with REMAX of Kodiak on Jan 4th starting at 5:00.

    While you are out shopping, stop in at Henry's for lunch, and while you are there, take a chance at pull tabs, and help support YOUR Chamber of Commerce!

    We, your Chamber, wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

    Lindsay Knight

  • Take Advantage of Your Membership with Chamber News & Views

    Take advantage of one of the many benefits of being a Chamber Member by highlighting your business on the Chamber's weekly radio program, "Chamber News and Views." You select the topic to discuss in this two minute interview, whether it be promoting an upcoming event at your business or simply reminding the community of the products or services you offer. There's no need to drive anywhere, we interview you in the comfort of your business location, and it's a pre-taped interview edited to make you sound great! Chamber News and Views is an excellent opportunity to reach a large listening audience and at no cost to you. Contact Summer at Summer@kodiak.org or 486-5557 if you are interested in participating in a Chamber News and Views interview or have any questions about the radio program.

    The following Chamber Members have made the most of their Chamber Membership this year by highlighting their business or organization on Chamber News and Views:


    Kodiak Athletic Club

    Kodiak Auto Detailing

    Maritime Museum

    Bloom Salon & Spa

    Healthy Tomorrows

    Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo

    Soroptimist International of Kodiak

    Go Go Girl Events

    Threshold Services Inc.

    Wild Iris Salon

    Kodiak Women's Resource Crisis Center

    K-9 Kuts

    Kodiak Bay Bounce

    Alaska 1 Realty


    Kodiak Pet Supply

    Smarty Pants Graphics

    Adventure Guides Kodiak

    Island Style Mobile Entertainment

    The Frame Shop

    Magpie Publishing and Production

    Ton of Fun

    Era Alaska

    Sweeney Insurance, Inc & Allstate Insurance

    Kodiak Island Brewing Company

    Kodiak Electric Association

    Northern Exposure Gallery

    U.S. Coast Guard

    A Smiling Bear Bed and Breakfast