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January 2012

  • Share your Fish with Kodiak Kids


    Got fish? Share it with Kodiak Island kids! Donate a portion of your catch to Healthy Tomorrows' Fish 2 School program and help provide nutritious, yummy fish for school lunches. Simply turn in your fresh fish at Pacific Seafood (formerly Island Seafoods) for processing and tell them it is for "Fish 2 School!" For more info visit www.kodiakhealthytomorrows.com.

    Thank you Pacific Seafood for donating processing. And special thanks to last year's donors including North Pacific Seafoods, F/V Topaz, F/V Caravelle, and F/V Sea Mac who provided 5,400 lbs of fish for Kodiak children.

  • Chamber Forum on Oil Tax Reform - January 9th

    On January 9th, Revenue Commissioner Bryan Butcher and Deputy Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman will visit Kodiak to discuss the state's oil tax reform plan. Butcher and Tangeman look forward to meeting with residents and community leaders from around Kodiak. They want to listen to your thoughts as well as share theirs.

    Please Join us for this Chamber Forum on Monday, January 9th from noon to 1pm at the Best Western Kodiak Inn.

    This event is open to the public and lunch will be available for $10.

  • Chamber Board Elections

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    The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual election of Board Members in early February. The nominating committee is accepting applications for three vacancies for the three-year term seats. If you are interested in running for a seat on the Chamber Board, please click here to download the nomination form and either drop it off to the Chamber office, fax it to 486-7605, or email it to chamber@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Nomination forms must be received by the Chamber no later than Monday, January 23, 2012. Ballot sheets will be mailed to all Chamber Members in early February and the selected Board Members will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Dinner on February 25th.

    Please contact the Chamber with any questions. Thank you.

    If you have any trouble opening the attachment, the questions from the nomination form are also listed below.


    1. Name:

    2. Address:

    3. Number of years residing in Kodiak:

    4. Your business or occupation:

    5. How long involved in this business (occupation) in Kodiak?

    6. How long have you or your business been a Chamber member?

    7. Where is your business (or work) situated?

    8. What role do you see the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce playing in promoting the economic health of Kodiak?

    9. With what projects or philosophies do you feel the Chamber of Commerce should be concerned?

    10. List two or three choices of activities you would like to see the Chamber of Commerce pursue:

    11. What significant changes in Kodiak's economy do you anticipate in the next 10 years? How should the chamber meet those changes?

  • Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 - Accepting Nomination through Jan 6

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    Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40, sponsored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, recognizes the state’s top young professionals younger than age 40 who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community.

    Criteria for Selection:  
     - must be younger than age 40 on January 1, 2012
     - must live and work in Alaska year-round
     - must have demonstrated professional excellence in their field
     - must display a commitment to the community

    Complete the nomination form online at http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/Top-40-Nomination-Form/.

    The deadline to receive entries is January 6, 2012.

    The Top Forty Under 40 recipients will be recognized during an awards luncheon in spring 2012 and in a special publication of the Alaska Journal of Commerce. For additional information, contact Melissa Campbell at editor@alaskajournal.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (907) 275-2158.

  • President's Message


    I truly hope everyone had a GREAT holiday season! I know I did, but now it is time to focus on a brand new year with new goals and aspirations!

    January 9th, at noon, will be our Chamber Forum on Oil Tax, presented by Commissioner Butcher and Deputy Commissioner Tangemar. This will be at the Best Western and lunch will be available. Come learn all the ins and outs of oil tax!

    Our Business After Hours this month is at Kodiak Athletic Club on January 20th, from 5:30 to 7:30. I am having it catered, so the food will be great, and we will have door prizes including a round trip ticket to Anchorage, memberships, and we will have beer and wine. Did you miss our one time only, one day sale on Jan 2nd? For those who attend, we will offer you folks only a second chance to save $150.00 on your annual membership at KAC!

    The Chamber is accepting nominations for 3, three year Chamber Board open seats. Being on the Board is informative, helps you stay dialed in on what is going on in the business world, you can influence Chamber direction, and oh yeah, it's fun! Nominations close on January 23rd, so get your name in! The elections will be in early February. Our annual dinner is February 25th and the winners will be announced and sworn in then.

    Come to the KMXT/Kodiak Athletic Club 4th Annual Bench Press Contest on January 21st! We are holding it at Kodiak High School, at 10am on the basketball court. This is a fund raiser for KMXT, so if you know someone in it, go ahead and pledge them 50 cents a rep or a fixed amount. It is always an exciting event!

    I would like to welcome Don Roberts, of AK Endeavors, and Kathy Nussbaum and her team, of Hospice of Kodiak! Two new members to the Kodiak Chamber!

    We are your Chamber of Commerce, let us know how we can serve YOU in the New Year!

    Lindsay Knight

  • How Do You Know If You're Hiring The Right Person?

    Employers need to be sure that they are hiring the right person for the job on the first try. Hiring the wrong person for the job leads to high turnover rates and high training costs, resulting in disappointment and failure for both employers and employees.

    How can an employer determine that an applicant has the skills necessary to succeed in their advertised position? How can an employee demonstrate the skills they possess to an employer? The answer to these questions is the Alaska Career Ready.

    Alaska Career Ready (ACR)

    This statewide program allows student and adult job seekers to evaluate their readiness for work, college and occupational training, and to improve the basic skills valued by employers and educators. The objectives of ACR are to strengthen the workforce, to identify gaps between student/job seekers skills and employers need; to connect education, employers, and job seekers. Three components of the system are job profiling, skill assessment and instructional support.

    Job Profiling: Identifies the skill levels required to effectively perform the job.
    Skill Assessment: Measures the current skill level of the individual.
    Instructional support: Provides a curriculum to improve an individual's skill level via Career Ready 101 remediation system.


    The WorkKeys System

    The WorkKeys job skills assessment system is a comprehensive process for measuring, communicating and improving the common skills required for success in the workplace. Assessments help match an individual's skills with skills that employers believe are critical to their job.

    The WorkKeys system measures three foundational skills: Reading for Information (RI), Applied Mathematics (AM) and Locating Information (LI). Additional support is also provided by the Job Centers to help people develop their skills in other areas; team work, listening, writing and business writing.

    National Career Readiness Certificate

    An NCRC is a credential based upon WorkKeys assessments which demonstrated to prospective employers that an individual possesses the basic skills required for the job. National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is awarded at four levels based on individual's performance on the assessment. Certification levels are bronze (foundational skills for 30% of the jobs in the Work Keys database), silver (65% of the jobs in the Work Keys database), gold (90% of the jobs in the Work Keys database) and platinum (100% of the jobs in the Work Keys database).

    ACR Benefits to Employers?

    - To help employers to hire right person the first time.
    - To help developing job descriptions via job profiling.
    - To reduce cost of training and/or recruiting an employee.
    - To help identifying the workplace needs
    - There is no cost to employers.

    Note: The Department of Labor is asking you to recognize the certification to help building stronger workforce for our future. For more information, please contact Nicola Belisle at 907-486-3105 at Kodiak Job Center.

  • Economic Development Summit Thank You!

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    Please visit http://www.kodiak.org/business/kodiak-chamber-of-commerce.html to download presentations and discussion notes from the event. Please contact Lale (lale@kodiak.org or 486-5557) with your suggestions and feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Business After Hours at the Kodiak Athletic Club

  • Thank You to our New & Renewing Members


    A big welcome to our new Chamber Members: 


    Kathy Nussbaum
    Don Roberts


    And Thank You to our renewing Members:


    Marcia Henderson
    Richard Harris
    Joy Komakhuk
    Lisa Cooper
    Tina Baldridge
    Mike Campbell
    JoAnn Goyne
    Father John Dunlop
    Don Rush, CEO
    Deb Main
    ELLIOTT SALES LLC. a division of Geiger
    Marion & Marty Owen
    Jim Taro
    Cathy Opinfky
    Debra Davis
    Marty Shuravloff
    Randy Ensign
    Pat Branson & Kathy Daniels
    Penny Lampl
    Margo Carmichael
    Debbie Refior
    Tessa Appleman


  • 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 tofund operations and keep working for you, our membership.So, next time you visit Henry’s, stop by the pull tab operation to play a game of chance or even just say “Hello”.