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June 2012

  • Exciting News from Kodiak Football League
    What an exciting year for the Kodiak Football League. The Turf project broke ground on May 18th so we'll get to play our homecoming game on the new Joe Floyd Track and Field. Our coaching staff from youth through high school couldn't be better. Our KFL Board is an awesome group of devoted volunteers. And have your heard about the two NFL Players, cheerleaders and coach coming up from Seattle to help us out? The Seahawks are pitching in on these great events:

     

    June 29th, 5-8 pm: Conoco-Phillips Atrium in Anchorage - Silent and Live Auction to Benefit Joe Floyd Turf Field and Kodiak Football

    June 30th, 12-4: Youth Football Camp at Woody Way Field ages 3rd-8th Grades & Cheer Camp

    June 30th, 7-9pm: Kodiak Football League Booster Appreciation Dinner st the Elks Lodge. Featuring surf and turf served by your Kodiak Football Players as we emphasize community involvement and work ethic with our players. Please RSVP to Chrislyn Hoen at 539-3021 by June 15th.

     

    The Kodiak Football League (KFL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to providing safe, fun, and character building athletic opportunity to the boys and girls of Kodiak through the sport of Football. Our league is open to kids in grades 4-12, and nobody is denied the opportunity to play as each year the KFL provides thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to those kids who are unable to afford our registration fees.

    We have all experienced the positive impact football can have on young people because of its team oriented emphasis. Football touches kids of all kinds as it takes linemen to quarterbacks in order to succeed as the whole team depends on each other. This is our 14th year and we are reaching out for Sponsors and Boosters for our youth league and our high school team. These contributions help offset the cost of travel, uniforms, new equipment, officials and training, coach pay and training and many other expenses. Our Sponsor program is for the generous businesses and individuals who would like to receive more recognition in the public eye. Our Booster program is for individuals that give just to be charitable. Both our Sponsors and Boosters are extremely important to our players, parents, coaches and volunteers. THANK YOU SO MUCH! For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Treasurer Norm Blair at 539-7721 or President Rich Walker at 539-7472.

  • Public Review for KIB Zoning Codes has been EXTENDED to June 8th

     

    The Public Review for KIB zoning codes has been extended to June 8th. After the public workshops on May 10th and 11th, road system draft zoning maps have been posted in the main elementary hall of the borough building. Existing zoning maps for the Kodiak and Women's Bay areas are also on display for comparative purposes. Another set of the same draft zoning maps can be found at the Kodiak City Library for reference. These maps illustrate what the new zoning could look like if adopted. If you would like to submit your comments on the code revision project, please visit Code Revision Website.

  • President's Message

    Hello Everyone!

    Crab Fest was a huge success again this year, largely due to Lindsey and the Crab Fest Committee! Trevor, Lindsey, Lale, and Laura, GREAT JOB! We had 63 vendor booths this year, up 13 from last year! I would like to thank the huge number of volunteers, Chamber members, and folks from the community for all your support in making 2012 Crab Fest such a great event. I do believe a good time was had by all!

    It is on a sad note that we are losing Lindsey. She will be leaving at the end of June to start her new position as the HR Manager for Kodiak Area Native Association. I have really enjoyed working with Linds and we will all miss her, but we do wish her the very best in her new position!

    Our June Business After Hours will be hosted by Era Alaska on Thursday, June 21st at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. There will be refreshments, door prizes including round-trip tickets to Anchorage, and split the pot!

    I would like to welcome new Chamber Members: Maggie Wall with Magpie Publishing & Productions; Stormy and Louise Stutes with Kodiak Fresh Fisheries; Sarah Culbertson with The Frame Shop; and Kodiak Public Library Association. Erin Harrington and her committee have done an awesome job getting this new library off the ground and rolling. Many of you were at the ground breaking on May 19th!

    I would also like to thank all our members for your continued renewals!

    Lindsay Knight
    President

  • June Business After Hours with Era Alaska

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Promote Your Business Without a Website
    Two Tips for Promoting your Business Online Without Needing a Website

    By: Maggie Wall

    While a website is a great marketing tool for many businesses, don't rush out and spend a lot of money getting a site built. You may not need one just yet.

    As with any new investment, you want to do research to see if a website will accomplish the goals you have for your business. And while it's a good bet Kodiak businesses will soon find themselves needing to shift portions of their business to websites, there may be other marketing tools that are be more suited to what you are trying to do right now.

    Here are two inexpensive ways to use the Internet to reach your customers without a website:

    1) Email announcements or a regular newsletter to your customers.
    With the Internet changing so rapidly and business models shifting like the tides, you may want to get your feet wet by starting with a regular newsletter to your customers. We all know it's a lot easier and less expensive to cultivate and keep your current customers than it is to bring in new ones, so why not give your current customers the benefit of being the first to know about your new products and about your remodeling or new summer hours?

     

    Just set out a notebook or a stack of simple forms to take down names, email addresses, and any special information or special interests. Then take pictures of you and your staff unpacking and arranging those fine new products and shoot a quick email off to your list encouraging them to come be the first in line to buy. Maybe even offer an discount as an incentive.
    It's hard to place a value on the ability to send a photo of your product right to your targeted customer anytime you want. Be aware that here are strict laws governing sending emails for business purposes, so plan to do some research or check with an Internet attorney before your first mailing. You can search CAN-SPAM Act for more information.

    2) Set up a Facebook page for your business.
    Facebook gives you a great way to share things with your customers and build a relationship that doesn't depend on them purchasing anything. Invite your customers to visit your new Facebook site by printing up a small handout with your Facebook address and passing it out at the check-out or front desk. Make a point of regularly posting photos, hints and tips, and articles of interest to your customers. Tell them about your business and its history. Ask them to friend you and encourage them to talk about what they like best about your business.

    There are literally millions of articles online with tips for a business Facebook page. Just be careful that you have current ones as Facebook recently made some big changes in policies. Also be aware that there are a lot of places online trying to get you to part with your money. Don't feel you have to buy anything from the sites, there is a lot of very good free information available-just read their articles.

    As you can see there are options for getting online without the expense or need for a website. Taking these inexpensive first steps will give you time to thoroughly research your needs and goals before you commit to a business website.

    This is the first of a new monthly series about using the Internet to reach your customers. Maggie Wall is a long-time Kodiak resident and new Chamber member. She is completing a Masters Degree in Internet Marketing. Her new business is Magpie Publishing and Production.

  • Crab Fest Merchandise Still Available

  • Economic Development Report by Lale Gurer
    Kodiak Island Borough Demographics and Population Trends

    In 2011, the population of Kodiak Island Borough increased by 2% (278) to 13,870. According to Alaska Department of Labor (ADOL), the Kodiak Island Borough is on track to have population of 13,496 by 2035. This would represent a 2.7% drop in Kodiak's population compared to 2011 population estimate of 13,870. Kodiak's population remained relatively flat; increasing just 2.2% in the last ten years and, according to ADOL population, is projected to drop by 0.2% by 2035.

    Between 2001 and 2011, the 20-29 age category and all age categories over 50 increased, while all other age categories decreased (Figure 2). The Kodiak Island Borough senior population (60 +) has grown 67.4 % from 2000 (1,011) to 2011 (1,692). The Kodiak Island Borough residents in their sixties nearly doubled in the last eleven years going from 603 to 1,116.

     

    The biggest growth in population under sixties in the last decade was observed in 50-59 age group by 41.9%. The only age group under 50 to increase was 20-29 in the last decade (33.1%). The biggest decrease in population was 20.3% in the number of Kodiak residents aged 40-49.

    According to the ADOL, by the year 2035, nearly one out of four Kodiak residents will be seniors (aged 60 and older), up from one out of thirteen in 2000. In 2011, senior population comprised 7.4% of the whole population and by 2025 senior population is expected to comprise 22.2% of the entire population with a 80% increase from 2011 (Figure 3).

  • Crab Fest Thank You!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Thank You to our New & Renewing Members
    Welcome New Chamber Members:

     

    Maggie Wall
    MAGPIE PUBLISHING & PRODUCTION
     
    Stormy & Louise Stutes
    KODIAK FRESH FISHERIES
    Sarah Short
    KODIAK PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
    Sarah Culbertson
    THE FRAME SHOP
      
    Thank You to our Renewing Chamber Members:

     

    Trevor Jones
    KODIAK BAPTIST MISSION
     
    Sally Magnuson
    AMERICAN RED CROSS OF ALASKA
     
    Joseph M. Sullivan
    MUNDT MACGREGOR L.L.P
     
     
    Matt Moir
    ALASKA PACIFIC SEAFOODS
     
    Dennis McMillian
    THE FORAKER GROUP
     
     
    ST. MARY'S SCHOOL
     
    Nick Szabo
    SZABO MARINE SERVICES
     
    Walter Davis
    AUSTERMAN DAVIS ASSOCIATES, LLC
     
    Deb Kennedy
    WILDERNESS BEACH LODGE
     
     
    Chris Lynch
    THE ROOKERY
     
     
    Jennifer Ryan
    ALASKA USA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
     
    Jeff & Angie Johnson
    KODIAK VETERINARY CLINIC
     
     
    Arnold Tweten
    KODIAK RENTAL CENTER
     
    Bob Brodie
    ASSOCIATED ISLAND BROKERS INC.
     
    Paula Cullenberg
    FISHERY INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER (FITC)
     
    Bob Stanford &
    Olivia Terry
    ISLAND AIR SERVICE
     
    Jay Stinson
    PELAGIC RESOURCES, INC.
     
     
    John Whiddon
    PACIFIC SEAFOOD
     
     
    Norman & Janice Botz
    ROADS END RESTAURANT
     
    Carol Ann Lindsey
    HARBOR ENTERPRISES INC. dba PETRO MARINE SERVICES
     
    Kris Sockwell
    SAMSON TUG. & BARGE CO. INC.
     
    Al & Barbara Large
    COST SAVERS dba NICKEL & DIME
     
    Kevin O'Leary
    SUNRUNNER ALASKA CORP. dba KODIAK ISLE, LLC
     
    Bob & Janet Johnson
    TUNDRA PLUMBING & HEATING, INC.
     
    Vern & Debra Hall
    RONDYS INC.
     
    Al Burch
    BURCH BROTHERS FISH, LLC
     
    Dawn Acosta
    KODIAK AUTO DETAILING

     

  • May Chamber Board Meeting Minutes