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February 2011

  • Keep your Employees In the Loop with the Chamber's Facebook Page

    We ask that you encourage your employees to join the Chamber's Facebook page for up-to-date information on Chamber events and what's new in Kodiak's business community. Chamber events, updates, and monthly newsletters are primarily sent out to our membership via email.  Since the Chamber typically has only the email addresses for the main contact person of each organization, your employees may be kept out of the loop and not fully benefiting from their Chamber membership.

    Click here to join the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.

  • Chamber Annual Dinner on February 26th


  • Support the Chamber with Pull Tabs at Henry's

    For over 15 years, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has held a gaming permit and has partnered with other local non-profits in the pull-tab operation at Henry’s Great Alaskan Restaurant. The funding that we receive from this gaming activity makes up a significant portion of our overall budget and enables the Chamber to fulfill our goals and objectives. An important issue that the Chamber faces is the rising costs of doing business, not only for our own organization, but for our membership. We actively seek out alternative funding sources in order to keep our general membership dues affordable for all. Membership dues have not increased in several years, the cost of booth space at Crabfest and Comfish has remained fixed, and in some cases even lower rates have been implemented. We are here to serve our membership and our community in the most cost effective way possible. Hats Off and Thank You to Henry’s Great Alaskan Restaurant, not only for great food, but also for providing us with a means to fund operations and keep working for you, our membership. Next time you visit Henry’s, stop by the pull tab operation to play a game of chance or even just say “Hello”.

  • Space Available at the Total Interiors Building
    The Total Interiors Building at 1420 Mill Bay Road has two 1,300 to 1,800 square foot spaces available for use as retail or office space.  For more information, contact Ron at ronco@alaska.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 907-539-5260.
  • Intro to Sustainable Energy - Free 3 Credit Course

    Intro to Sustainable Energy - Free 3 Credit Course

    Introduction to Sustainable Energy (ENVI 293) is a free, 3-credit course being offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus this semester (spring 2011). The course focuses on energy use and production and its environmental impacts and has a heavy emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Tuition is fully covered by a grant so there is no cost for students.  Students earn 3 credits and the course is available through distance delivery (on-line).

    Although it's not listed in the schedule of classes, it is available.  Registration is not available on-line.  Please email Chet Chambers at cochambers@alaska.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 1-800-478-5109 to register or for more information.

  • ComFish Alaska 2011


    ComFish Alaska 2011 will run Thursday, April 14th through Saturday, April 16th here in Kodiak.  Similar to last year, seminars will be held each day in the Harbor Room at the Best Western Kodiak Inn and exhibitors will be set up at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.
    We want to ensure the seminar topics are interesting and relevant.  If there is a specific topic you would like to see covered, contact Laine Welch at msfish@alaska.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    If you would like to be an exhibitor at ComFish 2011, complete the online registration at www.comfishalaska.com.
  • QuickBooks Computerized Accounting Course
    Kodiak College is proud to announce the offering of a late starting, web-based course in Computerized Accounting (QUICKBOOKS). This course will be a hybrid course, with classes held on alternating Saturday mornings, and covers the basics of setting up a business' chart of accounts in QuickBooks, the process of maintaining accurate financial
    data records, and the financial reporting of data at the end of fiscal periods.  Start date for the course is May 16, 2011.   For course or required textbook information, please contact Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan, Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting at hollis@kodiak.alaska.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    QuickBooks is perfect for the small business financial management, and the convenience of the hybrid format allows for working individuals to participate.
    Register on campus or online at www.koc.alaska.edu beginning March 1, 2011.
  • February Business After Hours

    We currently do not have a business scheduled to host February Business After Hours.  Since the Annual Dinner is the last weekend in February, the Business After Hours would need to be held on either Thursday, February 17th or Friday, February 18th.  If you are interested in hosting February Business After Hours, please contact Lindsey at the Chamber at 486-5557 or lindsey@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Kodiak Named One of the Best Trips of 2011

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    Kodiak was picked by National Geographic as one of the twenty top trips of 2011.

    "Alaska’s Emerald Island is the nation’s second largest after Hawaii, but its landscape - a Last Frontier in microcosm - and accessible location (about an hour from Anchorage by air) make it a manageable destination for wading boot-first into the state’s natural and cultural wonders."  Click here to view the full Kodiak article and to view the other top rated trips of 2011.

  • Thank You to our New and Renewing Members


    A warm welcome to our newest Chamber Members.

    Peter Bechtel
    Associate Member
    Marilyn Kreta
    Associate Member



    And thank you to our renewing members!

    Fred Hawley
    Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corp.
    Ty Gifford
    Carlile Transportation Systems
    Janelle Peterson
    Get On Net
    Tina Baldridge
    Kenai Chamber of Commerce
    Sami Glascott
    Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
    Scott Wight
    Bases Loaded
    Steve Steffensen
    Kodiak Christian School
    Craig Johnson & David Bradbury
    Edward Jones Investments
    Julie Bonney
    Alaska Groundfish Data Bank
    Ben Ardinger
    Jim & Vicki Ashford
    Mill Bay Storage
    Josh Lewis
    St. Mary's School
    Jennifer Payne
    Dowl Engineers HKM
    Dave Handel
    NAPA Auto Parts
    Dick Hobbs
    Afognak Native Corporation
    Dennis Nottingham
    PND Engineers, Inc.
    Capt. John Quinn
    Salvation Army
    Jodi Painter
    Consumer Direct Personal Care
    Walter & Linda Sargent
    F/V Major, Inc.
    Mike Renfro & Alan Higgenbotham
    Appraisal Company of Alaska dba Kodiak Appraisal
    Rod Kiefer
    B.P.O.E. 1772
    Elk's Lodge
    Anthony Sanchez
    Sparkling Windows
    Linda Freed & Alan Schmitt


  • January Chamber Board Meeting Minutes

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    The Chamber Board of Directors would like to ensure the membership is informed of the topics discussed at the monthly Chamber Board Meetings.  Starting with the January 2011 Board Meeting, all minutes will be included in the monthly Currents newsletter.  Click the link below to view the January meeting minutes.

    January Board Meeting Minutes


  • Women's History Month Art Show - Call for Artists

    Soroptimist International of Kodiak will be hosting its 4th Annual Women's History Month Art Show at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium starting March 7th and running through the remainder of the month.  This year's theme is "Our History is our Strength" and all women artists in the community are encouraged to participate.  All submitted pieces must be original art work but may be work that has been shown in the past.  Artists are encouraged to use the theme if possible but it is not required.  There will also be an Artists' Reception on March 12th from 1pm to 5pm and we invite artists to demonstrate their work at that event.  If you are interested in showing or demonstrating your art work at the Women's History Month Art Show, contact Laurie Murdock at murdock.laurie@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 539-2124.

  • Economic Development News

    What Followers Expect From Their Leaders

    The majority of us admire and look for leaders who are honest, competent, forward looking, inspiring, and credible, according to an article in Management Review by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. These are the consistent results about the essential qualities people expect leaders to demonstrate if they are to enlist others in a common cause and gain commitment to the actions required to thrive.

    Honest: According to the authors, in every survey conducted, honesty was selected more often than any other leadership characteristic. We want to be sure that our leaders are truthful, ethical and principled. Furthermore, it is the leaders behavior that provides the evidence, rather than what he or she may say.

    Competent: The leadership attribute chosen next most frequently was competency. When enlisted in another cause we must believe that person is capable and effective. This includes not only technical capabilities, but expertise in leadership skills. The abilities to challenge, inspire, enable and encourage must be demonstrated if leaders are to be viewed as capable.

    Forward-Looking: Over half of the respondents selected "forward-looking" as one of the most sought after leadership traits. Weather you call it a "vision" or a "dream", true leaders must know where they are going. Forward-looking does not mean possessing the magical power of a visionary, but is more the ability to set or select a desirable destination for the organization.

    Inspiring: We expect our leaders to be enthusiastic, energetic and positive about the future. He or she must be able to communicate the vision in ways that encourage us to sign on for the duration. It is essential that leaders inspire our confidence in the validity of the goal.

    Credibility: More than anything, followers want leaders who are credible. We must be able to believe in our leaders. We must believe that they will do what they say, and that they have the knowledge and skill to lead.  Credibility is extremely fragile. It takes years to be earned, but it can be lost in an instant. Credibility grows through consistent exhibition of leadership qualities, but it can be lost with one thoughtless remark, inconsistent act, or broken agreement. Credibility is earned; it is not conferred by title or position.

    There are five fundamental actions that can help build credibility.

    1. Know Your Constituents. Building any relationship begins with getting to know those we desire to lead.

    2. Stand Up For Your Beliefs. We can respect a leader who listens, understands, and acknowledges our point of view, yet still prefers other viewpoints.

    3. Speak With Passion. Enthusiasm, energy and commitment begin with a leader. To gain the commitment of others, you must communicate your excitement.

    4. Lead By Example. Leaders are role models. We look to them for clues on how we should behave.

    5. Conquer Yourself. Followers do not want to see their leaders lacking self-confidence. The real struggle of leadership is internal.

    Article by Jim Wimberly form The Chamber of Commerce Pacesetter

  • President's Message

    Hello Everyone!

    I would like to thank all the folks that attended our Business After Hours at the Kodiak Athletic Club!  We had a great turnout and I do believe a good time was had by all. Gywn laid out her usual great spread of food and we had beer and wine for the first time.  I would like to thank Mike Brown for helping out in that area. Congratulations Marilyn Kreta; she won the Split the Pot and is our newest Associate Chamber Member.  Welcome Marilyn! Rick Vahl, our new Alaska Waste Management Chief, won the airline tickets and also joined the gym!  Welcome to KAC Rick.  I would like to thank Carrie Morton from Residential Mortgage, Deb Eggemeyer from Deb's Tan and Nails, and Mike Brown from Salty Fly Safaris for contributing door prizes.


    I consider our Kodiak Athletic Club a church for the body; it is where people can come to make their body better.  We want to improve peoples' quality of life and their ability to live their life.  Did you know that after age 25, people lose 3% to 5% of their muscle a year?  That is about a pound a year!  You can recover muscle and we help you with that process.  You need to exercise your muscle and feed it, or it goes away. No one stays the same, you will either get a little worse each year or you can get little better.  But to get better, you have to do something about it.  I have older friends that barely have the ability to walk around, let alone what we think of as having a normal quality of life.  There is really nothing wrong with them other then they are out of condition and need to recover their lost muscle.  Muscle has memory and we can get it back. That's what we are all about!  A great way to learn more about this is to come to one of the Thursday evening Nutrition Classes at 7pm every week at the Kodiak Athletic Club.  I teach you how to put exercise and nutrition together to get the optimum, healthier, and fastest results!

    Our other new Associate Chamber Member for the month is Peter Bechtel.  Peter is a professor at the Fish Tech Center and also a gym member!

    Please plan to attend our Chamber Annual Dinner on February 26th at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.

    Lindsay Knight