May 2013

  • Message from the President

    Chamber Members,

    Spring is here and the Chamber would like to thank everyone who participated in Community Clean-Up on May 11th. Due to weather on May 4th the Clean-Up day had to be rescheduled for the 11th. The Chamber and Leisnoi Incorporated proudly sponsor this event.

    Thank you everyone that came to the Credit Union 1 Business After Hours on April 18th! CU1 raised over $6000.00 for the Leo's Club! That's amazing and a big thanks! The Leo's Club provides the young people with an opporunity for development, contribution, and individuality.

    Congratulations to the Chamber Staff for a very successful ComFish and congrats to Michael Nelson for winning the Era airline tickets. Thank you to Laine Welch for coordinating the great line up of ComFish forums and thank you to Greatlander Publication, United Fisherman of Alaska, National Fisherman for sponsoring these forums.

    CRAB FEST IS HERE May 23rd-27th. This is the biggest event the Chamber puts on and is not only great fun for the entire community but also brings many visitors to Kodiak benefiting our local businesses. Come to the Chamber booth and stock up on your Crab Fest t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other goodies.

    I would like to welcome our newest Chamber members:

    Constance Olsen with Omega Enterprises
    Susan Killary with Stringbeadz by Susan

    Greg Deal


    Alaska 1 Realty Darlene Williamson

  • Crab Fest 2013 Has Arrived

    2013 Kodiak Crab Festival is running Thursday, May 23rd through Monday, May 27th. Join us Memorial Day Weekend for great food, rides, games, grand parade and more!

    Schedule of Event Forms
    Click here for the most up-to-date Crab Fest Schedule of Events will be posted on the Crab Fest Events page and listed in the Crab Fest Guide in the Kodiak Daily Mirror.

    Crab Fest Merchandise
    Visit the Chamber Office to purchase all your Crab Fest gear...t-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, fleece jackets, pins, posters, and more! VISA and MasterCard accepted. You can also purchase Crab Fest merchandise at our online store.

    Crab Fest Pre-Sale Tickets
    Crab Fest pre-sale ride and game tickets are on sale now at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and businesses around town including Associated Island Brokers, Best Western Kodiak Inn, Cost Savers, First National Bank, Grand Slam Toys & Cards, KeyBank, Kodiak Daily Mirror, KMXT, KVOK/KRXX, Mack's Sport Shop, Norman's, Residential Mortgage, Senior Citizens of Kodiak, Shelikof Lodge, Sutliff's True Value, and Western Alaska Fisheries. A sheet of 45 tickets (35 ride tickets and 10 game tickets) is just $40. Golden Wheel rides and games will be at Crab Fest all five days.

    Volunteers Needed

    Would you like to volunteer in the Chamber's "Crab Festival Headquarters" booth? Booth volunteers announce upcoming events on the loud speaker, answer questions, and sell Crab Fest merchandise. Our past volunteers can assure you it's great fun! The booth is open during regular festival hours (Thursday:12pm-8pm, Friday-Sunday: 10am-8pm, Monday: 10am-5pm) and volunteers typically work two hour shifts. Please email the Chamber at with your availability if you're interested in volunteering.

    Visit the Crab Fest web page or contact the Chamber at 486-5557 or with all your Crab Fest questions.

  • Economic Development Report

    Kodiak Housing Task Force Report - By Joe Bailor

    After conducting the housing and economic survey in January, we could plainly see that our community identified affordable housing as a major issue. After some consulting with community leaders, we decided the best approach was to host the inaugural meeting of the Kodiak Housing Task Force committee on April 17, 2013. Invitations were extended to a wide variety of community members and leaders. Those in attendance were: Jerome Selby, Carol Austerman, Aaron Griffin, Rich Walker, Eloise Lenhert, Darlene Williamson, Capt. Jerald Woloszynski, David Anderson, Bob Brodie, Melanie Calderon-Ladislao, Robenett Sagalkin, Duane Dvorak, CDR Daryl Schaffer, LCDR Andrew Brown, Mark Anderson, and Melissa Griffin. One of the critical members of the task force that was missing was Kevin Arndt - someone who could represent the builders and developers in the community. The committee decided that in order for the task force to continue moving forward, they would need a few builders & developers at the table and set a follow-up meeting for May 14.The committee discussed a wide variety of community housing facts and ideas (listed below) that would help the group develop strategies towards the goal of improving affordable housing over the next few years.

    • Committee must have developers/builders as part of the group. Too many questions regarding construction that only they can answer.
    • Implementation of strategies and proposals would start with generating ideas and then working with appropriate entities towards change.
    • Availability of land is limited. A few developers in community have land available, but don't feel the need to develop.
    • Community has been pushing code limits and the borough has limited code enforcement.
    • Lack of utility infrastructure availability and capacity to land that might become available.
    • Lot development costs are very high.
    • High construction and shipping costs.
    • Spruce Cape and Swampy Acres could be developed, but it needs utility infrastructure and lot development will be expensive.
    • Coast Guard housing development limited due to current regulations and funding availability. Coast Guard assessment of current housing need is an additional 20, 3-bedroom, duplex style homes. Discussed utility capacity, management and maintenance of any new housing development.
    • Committee suggested that some goals and strategies that work towards affordable housing would take more than 3 to 5 years, especially the development of infrastructure.
    • Contamination problems exist on some available land.
    • Current building costs are estimated at $125 to $150 per square foot.
    • Availability of condos, townhouses, or small homes in the $200-275K range is very limited and consensus is that there is a market for that type of housing.
    • Borough is releasing some land soon - group talked about restrictions placed on who could buy lots (can the borough legally restrict?) and that land must be developed within a certain time.
    • Talked about zoning density and increasing density will provide more affordable housing faster. Current changes in the code will increase building costs (engineering and sprinkler requirements).
    • Discussed Military Facility Zones in conjunction with the borough to develop housing, utilizing a public - private partnership.
    • Increased housing pressure due to large number of construction projects in town from 2010 to 2015.
    • Senior population in Kodiak will double over next 10 years.
    • Housing market is slow for homes over $300K, brisk for those between $200-300K.
    • Talked about the possibility of opening up land on the backside of Selief lane, water and power are currently there.
    • Rental market in community is overcapacity and people have left community because of lack of housing. Committee felt that development of any type of affordable housing would relieve pressure in the market.
    • When interest rate start going up, it will knock a number of potential buyers out of the market.
    • AHFC has land on Pillar that could be developed in the future
    • Density changes need to take into consideration location, transportation and walkability.
    • Revitalization incentives of older housing developments in Kodiak.
    • Non-conforming homes within borough code are allowed to remain in perpetuity unless they are destroyed or abandoned.
    • Proposed tax holiday on affordable property developments.
    • Committee called for borough zoning map and borough community planning documents for next meeting.
  • ComFish Alaska Pictures

  • Good Website Design

    The Importance of a Good Website Design - by Maggie Wall

    Your website is the hub of your online business; it is the virtual representation of your company whether your company exists physically or not. When you are doing business online, people cannot see you physically like how they could if they were dealing with an offline company. Hence, people do judge you by your covers. This is where a good design comes in.

    Imagine your own business. Would you allow your salespeople to be dressed in shabby or casual clothes when they are dealing with your customers? By insisting that your staff dress professionally, you are telling your customers that you care about quality. This works simply because first impressions matter.

    Similarly, the same is the case with your website. If your website is put together shabbily and looks like a 5 minute "quick fix", you are literally shouting to your visitors that you are not professional and you do not care for quality.

    On the opposite, if you have a totally professional looking website layout, you are giving your visitors the perception that you have given meticulous attention to every detail and you care about professionalism. You are organized, focused and you really mean business.

    Why Hire A Designer?

    A lot of online business owners start with no money. They have to do everything themselves -- the preparation of a product, the development of a marketing strategy, the actual building of a website to cater to their product's marketing needs.

    As their business expands over time, they will find that their simple "homemade" site might not be enough to cover everything, and they will have to take a day or two away from other work to dedicate themselves to updating their website.

    Sounds familiar? Chances are, you're someone who is used to keep close tabs on where you spend your money. You may be hesitant to hire someone to do something that you could have done yourself. However, there is a lot more to hiring a designer than just finishing up a job that you don't want to do.

    When you hire a web designer to do your job for you, you are doing more than just handing over the "dirty job" to someone else. In fact, by paying a little money, you can let the designer worry about the annoyances that always seem come haunting when you're halfway through the job. That way, you will be more focused and have more time to spend on your actual business strategy.

    On the other hand, the designers you hire are professionals so they are good at what they do. By outsourcing your web design jobs to them, you won't have to worry when problems surface because you can always get them to fix it for you. Again, they will be able to pinpoint the problem and fix it faster than you probably will be able to.

    Also, the work you pay for will turn out more professional than what you can achieve because the designers have been doing it longer than you have.

    So, remember to not just work your business, but grow your business too!

  • Alaska Communications

    2013 Summer of Heroes Nomination Period Now Open

    Alaska Communications, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska, has launched its annual "Summer of Heroes" program to recognize youth who make a difference in Alaska communities. Now in its third year, the Summer of Heroes program will again recognize six young heroes - five from the public program and one from the internal program (for children of Alaska Communications employees) - between the ages of 6 and 18 who are making a difference in their local communities. Each hero will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to a special recognition ceremony in late August.
    Alaska Communications is asking parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, friends and children to nominate youths who have made an impact in the community. Examples of what defines a local "hero" include those who saved a person's life, made a difference by volunteering, raised funds for a cause, or contributed to his or her community in a way that is above and beyond.

    Nominations will be accepted until July 22, 2013. If you know a youth hero who deserves to be recognized, please consider nominating him or her today at

  • Thank You to New and Renewing Members

    New Members

    Omega Enterprises

    Constance Olsen

    Stringbeadz by Susan

    Susan Killary

    Renewing Members

    Kodiak Arts Council

    Katie Oliver

    Resource Development Council

    Deantha Crockett

    Lightfoot, Inc

    Ken Knowles

    Kodiak United Pentecostal Chruch

    David Bradbury

    Kodiak Public Library Assocation

    Sarah Short

    Brother Francis Shelter

    Monte Hawver

    GCI Kodiak

    John Burnett

    The Foraker Group

    Dennis McMillian

    Natives of Kodiak

    David Anderson

    Pelagic Resources, Inc

    Jay Stinson

    Austerman David Associated, LLC

    Walter Davis

    Subway of Kodiak

    Dan Rohrer

    Odom Company/ Coca/Cola

    Tony Chaco & Dan Armstrong

    Alaska Marine Highway System

    Danielle Adkins

    Ton of Fun

    Kathie Morin

    Alaska Pacific Seafoods

    Matt Moir

    Law Offices of Steven P. Gray P.C.

    Steven Gray





  • April Board Meeting Minutes