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April 2012

  • Volunteer for Junior Achievement in a Village

    Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

    Kodiak Junior Achievement is visiting the villages April 16 through the 19th and is in need of additional volunteers to teach the lessons, which are taught to grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. These trips are a great volunteer opportunity for business professionals. The students really appreciate having business leaders and educators visit their schools. It's only a one day commitment but the experience they will remember forever!

    For more information or to volunteer, contact Stephanie Mode, Community Outreach Coordinator for Junior Achievement of Alaska, at 907-344-0101 or smode@ja-alaska.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Smarty Pants Graphics New Member Spotlight


    Smarty Pants Graphics
    2705 Mill Bay Road, Suite 4 (in the Brechan Building)
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    Have you been looking for a graphic designer to help promote your business? Look no further than our newest Kodiak Chamber of Commerce member - Smarty Pants Graphics, owned by Kadie Walsh.

    Kadie recently took the leap of faith to follow her heart and start her own business to help meet a growing need for local graphic design work and website design. Here's some background info on Kodiak's newest local business owner.

    Kadie Walsh has always loved art - viewing it, creating it, and simply being inspired by being around it. Before arriving in Kodiak in 2004, Kadie studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. She then went on to develop an appreciation for the business side of art in 2010 while launching Dake Schmidt Photography.

    During her past eight years in Kodiak, Kadie has been employed with a variety of local businesses including Mack's Sport Shop, the Buskin River Inn and Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. During those previous work experiences, she has developed a keen skill with customer service, sales, and the tourism industry. Kadie is an active member with the Crab Festival Committee and KMXT's Community Advisory Board. As an avid sport fisherwoman, you can expect to find Kadie on the riverbank each summer yelling with joy, "Fish On!"

    During her employment with the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kadie realized that more graphic artists are needed in town to help promote local services to both locals and visiting tourists. Inspired by her partner's success with Memory Makers Tour and Guide Service, Kadie took the leap of faith and decided to start her own graphic design business last June.

    Kadie enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for Kodiak through the medium of graphic design for the benefit of a thriving local business economy. Merging her love of art with the thrill of entrepreneurship, Smarty Pants Graphics provides innovative advertisement ideas including logo design, business cards, rack cards, posters, banners, magazine ads, vector graphics and web design. Additional services include special event pieces, custom packaging, calendars, photo collages, and large format printing up to 42" wide. If you have other graphic design projects in mind, contact Kadie and let her creative magic bring that idea into reality!

    Smarty Pants Graphics is located at 2705 Mill Bay Road, Suite 4 in the Brechan Building between Safeway and Wal-Mart. For more information or project price quote, contact Kadie Walsh by phone at 942-2621 or by e-mail at justgoodshit@hotmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Be sure to check out her gorgeous website at http://smarty-pants-design.com/.

  • Six Biggest Lessons Learned by Small Businesses

    Six biggest lessons learned by small businesses
    And how to apply them to your business

    By Greg Deal

    Chances are you have read plenty of advice about how to run a business. It's easy to find helpful hints and inspiring success stories. But what about the mistakes you should take care to avoid?

    As a banker I've seen well-intentioned, capable small business owners face some of the same challenges in a wide range of fields. To help you learn from their experiences, I'd like to share with you the six biggest lessons these business owners have revealed to us. Each of the six missteps are preventable, from strategic decision-making to everyday banking:

    1. Going it alone. Some entrepreneurs trust only themselves, a partner, or a spouse when facing key decisions. However, it's best to include at least three other people in your decision-making: an attorney, a CPA, and a financial advisor or banker. This team of advisers should be dedicated to helping you succeed and communicating with each other to accomplish this goal. Without their specialized expertise you may not have the experience you need to understand all your options and choose the right path.

    2. Wearing all the hats. "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself" may sometimes be true, and for a cash-strapped start-up it's certainly cheaper. But as your business grows, it's essential to get help. Responsibilities such as bookkeeping, taxes, and payroll take up time you could spend serving your customers. Even more importantly, getting them wrong can be dangerous. Hiring a professional not only helps prevent errors, but shifts much of the risk to someone else.


    3. Keeping your head down. Focus and dedication are watchwords for the successful entrepreneur. But business owners also need to make time to seek wisdom in the wider world. For example, some business owners may not be aware that there's a fairly simple way to get their website ranked higher on Internet searches. If you are seeking wisdom every day this is the kind of useful information you will find. Research and planning for the future can seem like secondary concerns, especially when you're not sure where to go for information. Whether your quest for knowledge includes online research, trade shows, Chamber meetings, or networking with peers, it's a vital investment to make. Otherwise you risk missing out on ways to improve your business, such as funding opportunities for small businesses or educational resources to help you tackle tomorrow's challenges.

    4. Running lean on cash. Small businesses need at least three months of cash flow in reserve to be ready for seasonal fluctuations or the inevitable dry spell. It is often difficult to do so, especially if you developed frugal habits when you just were getting started. Making a commitment to put cash away monthly can help, and so can a line of credit. Think of it as a sort of insurance policy: if you don't make the investment, the results could be devastating.

    5. Avoiding credit applications. This mistake is a close cousin to the one above. Minimizing your debt may be a good goal for your personal life, but most businesses will require some level of borrowing capacity at some point. Applying for credit before you actually need it, and making a point of tapping your credit regularly and repaying promptly, will help you build a solid credit history and a source of ready cash when you do need it. In many cases, if you wait until you actually need credit it can be harder to get.

    6. Combining accounts. Not separating business and personal accounts is a common error. It's an easy one to make when you're starting out and want to "keep it simple." However, co-mingling your credit cards and bank accounts makes it nearly impossible to get a sense of your business cash flow. It's even worse for doing your taxes, let alone justifying business expenses in case of an audit. Establishing dedicated business accounts lets you start building a credit history in the business' name, which can make it easier to secure financing.

    Do any of these sound familiar? To avoid these and other pitfalls, take a long look at the way you work, and make sure you are following business practices that will keep your business headed towards success.

    Greg Deal is Wells Fargo's Kodiak Community Banking President. He can be reached at 486-3126 or Gregory.d.deal@wellsfargo.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Kodiak Bay Bounce New Member Spotlight

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    Bay Bounce is Kodiak's premier indoor play center and party location. We offer themed parties for all occasions, so all you need to bring is the refreshments and of course the CAKE! There are inflatable attractions for young ones from 12 months to 12 years. So escape from the cold and rain and party with us!

    Our Bouncers are simply the Best! We purchase high quality durable bouncers from manufacturers in the United States. Superior design, quality and safety rules are what make our bouncers great for you and your family and will ensure your kids have a blast and stay safe at the same time.Bay Bounce is also a proud member of SIOTO.org or the Safe Inflatable Operators Training Organization which provides standards and accountability for inflatable bouncer companies.

    Would you like the whole place for yourself? Throw out the red carpet for that someone special with a private party where we will cater specifically to you! A personal party planner will assist you in creating the best party on the island! If you have any questions about booking a party, give us a call, e-mail us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or ask us on our Facebook page.

  • Community Clean-Up on May 5th


    Community Clean-Up Day is Saturday, May 5th from 9am to 2pm. Stop by the Kodiak High School to check in and pick up your trash bags, bring your recyclables, drop off household hazardous wastes, and get a free hot dog and soda at noon. More information to come.

  • President's Message

    Hey Everyone!

    I think Spring is here! At least I think we are all enjoying the abundance of daylight hours!

    I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Choose Respect March! This march is just one way Kodiak and the rest of Alaska is speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault.

    Mark you calendars for 2012 ComFish Alaska, running April 12th through 14th! The Convention Center will be packed with exhibitor booths and fishery forums will be held daily in the Harbor Room. Thank You, Laine Welch, for all your efforts to put the forum schedule together again this year! Stop by the Morning Rotary Pancake feed, at the Elks, on Saturday morning April 14th! Enjoy some of Dianna's mouth watering sourdough pancakes with proceeds going to Rotary scholarship funds.


    Our April Business After Hours will be at Credit Union One on Thursday, April 19th, from 6pm to 8pm. This event serves as Credit Union One Member Appreciation Night with the goal of raising money for a local non-profit, this year being the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). There will be free hors d' oeuvres, beer, wine, and prizes, but the silent auction will be the highlight of the event featuring items donated by local businesses. All proceeds benefit FCCLA and Credit Union One will match all funds raised during the evening.

    Please join me in welcoming our newest Chamber Members: Charlie Ahn, with Blue Ocean America, LLC; Dayton Wandersee, with Red Hook Rental Company; and Dana Horn, with Bloom Salon and Spa.

    We are YOUR Chamber of Commerce and are here to serve you. Get involved and share your input!


    Lindsay Knight

  • Crab Fest is Right Around the Corner!

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    It's hard to believe 2012 Crab Fest is less than two months away!

    Is your group interested in being a Vendor at Crab Fest? Click here to download the Vendor Handbook and Application. Being a Vendor at Crab Fest is a great way to fundraise for your organizations and to get your name into the public. The deadline for Vendor Applications is April 23rd.

    Is your group hosting an event during Crab Fest? Let us help you advertise for free by including it in our online schedule of events and in the Kodiak Daily Mirror's Crab Fest Guide. Click here to download the Schedule of Events form. If you would like to run additional advertising in the Mirror's Crab Fest Guide, contact the Mirror at 486-3277 before May 16th.

    Is your group planning to participate in the 2012 Crab Fest Grand Parade? Click here to download the Parade form.


    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. They are sheets of 45 tickets (35 ride tickets and 10 game tickets) for $40.

    Crab Fest Merchandise (shirts, hats, fleece jackets, pins, magnets, key chains, and posters) will go on sale at ComFish Alaska April 12th through the 14th. Be the first to get your Crab Fest gear! After ComFish, merchandise will be available at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Office.

    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 or visit the Crab Fest Website for more information.

  • ComFish Alaska April 12th - 14th

    Kodiak Harbor Convention Center
    Thursday, April 12th - 10am to 5pm
    Friday April 13th - 10am to 5pm
    Saturday, April 14th - 10am to 4pm




    Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Welcomes
    Comfish® 2012 Exhibitors

    ~ Accupoint Inc. ~ Advanced Power System Int'l ~ AK Dept. of Fish & Game ~ AK Seafood Marketing Institute ~ AK Boat Brokers Inc. ~ AK Division of Economic Development ~ All Pro ~ CDC/NIOSH ~ Cook Inlet Keeper ~ Cook Inlet RCAC ~ Filtration Solution Worldwide ~ GCI ~ Glendinning Marine Products ~ John Deere ~ Horizon Lines ~ Kleen Pacific LLC ~ Kodiak Chamber's Crab Fest Booth ~ Kodiak Community Health Center ~ KMXT Kodiak Public Broadcasting Co. ~ Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center-UAF ~ MARCO Global Inc. ~ National Marine Fisheries Service/Kodiak ~ NOAA Fisheries - Office for Law Enforcement ~ National Fisherman ~ North Pacific Fuel ~ Port of Bellingham ~ Pacific Fish Magazine ~ Petro Marine Services ~ Prince William Sound RCAC ~ Renewable Resource Foundation ~ Radar Marine Electronics ~ Totem Ocean Trailer Express ~ Samsun Tug & Barge ~ SCANIA ~ USCG Communications Station ~ WESMAR ~

    Please stop by and visit the exhibitors during Comfish® 2012

    Kodiak Inn Harbor Room 

    Wednesday, April 11th

    6pm- 8pm  Get Engaged in the Process:  A Workshop for Fishermen & Community
    Doors open at 5:30pm: Come Early for Complementary Seafood Chowder & Conversation.
    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council oversees fisheries in federal waters, which produce 80% of Alaska’s seafood landings.  The NPFMC is holding its June meeting in Kodiak! This workshop will provide the information and tools you need to understand and effectively participate in this important meeting.
    Presenters: Dan Hull, NPFMC Member and Commercial Fisherman; Denby Lloyd, former NPFMC Member/former Commissioner; ADF&G; Stosh Anderson, former NPFMC Memberand Commercial Fisherman; Matt Moir, current AP Member; Becca Robbins Gisclair, current AP Member

    Sponsored by Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Alaska Sea Grant


    Thursday, April 12th

    10am – 11am  Alaska Salmon Markets – Past Trends & Future Opportunities
    Rising prices…shifts in pinks from canned to frozen…declines in sales to Japan…increases to Europe….reprocessing in China…A 20 year overview of Alaska’s salmon markets and a look toward the future.
    Presenter:  Dr. Gunnar Knapp, Fisheries Economist, University of Alaska/Anchorage

    11:30am – 1pm  Three Topics on Fishing Safety

    Advances in fishing safety! 
    Vessel hatch and door monitors, tank monitors, lazarette alarms, E-Stops and other new life saving items from the NIOSH fishing safety team (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Skiff capsizings and falls overboard lead to the majority of fatalities in the Alaskan fishing industry in recent years.  Learn about comfortable PFDs and what specific things fishermen said about them.  What is your PFD Policy?

    SCraMP – Small Craft Motion Program
    A free downloadable iPhone app that monitors vessel stability: rock and roll, pitch, yaw, surge, sway and heave.  Hands on demonstrations and mariner feedback.
    Presenters:  Jennifer Lincoln, Chelsea Woodward, NIOSH; Leigh McCue-Weil, Virginia Tech Dept. of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

    New Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations
    Some new rules start this year!  Latest updates on dockside exams & safety training, life rafts, building to class, load lines, alternative compliance rules, and more.
    Presenter:  Ken Lawrenson, USCG Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator

    1:30pm – 2:30pm  Restructured Observer Program
    Onboard fishery observers will be required on boats 40’ and up, including halibut longliners for the first time. The program is scheduled to start in 2013. Learn what it means for you and your boat.
    Presenter:  Martin Loefflad, Director of North Pacific Fishery Observer Program

    3pm – 4pm  Seafood Market Updates
    Name your fish! Cod, Crab, Pollock Halibut, Sablefish … Learn the current market conditions, challenges and opportunities for Alaska seafood around the globe. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is the state’s lone marketing arm for seafood – what is ASMI doing for you?
    Presenter:  Tyson Fick, ASMI Communications Director

    Friday, April 13th

    10am – 11am  Characterizing the environment of Southwest Alaska
    An overview of the environmental baseline data compiled related to the Pebble Mine Deposit, a five-year research program studying the physical, biological and socioeconomic aspects of the region.
    Presenter:  Jane Whitsett &Mike Heatwole

    11:15pm – 12:15pm  Chuitna Coal Project in Upper Cook Inlet
    Studies done on freshwater fish habitat, proposed plans to protect salmon production both during and after mining; a summary of the project status and outreach done in the past 12-18 months.
    Presenter:  Dan Graham, Chuitna Project Manager

    12:30pm – 2:00pm  State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
    Permitting and state process on both hard rock metal and coal mines – The team will explain differences per the Dept. of Natural Resources and the federal Office of Surface Mining requirements for coal, and take your questions!
    Presenters:  Sharmon Stambaugh, Large Mine Coordinator, Dept. of Natural Resources; Allan Nakanishi, Dept. of Environmental Conservation; Kate Harper, ADF&G

    2:30pm – 4:00pm  Maintaining Working Waterfronts in U.S. Fishing Communities
    Fishing towns are finding innovative ways to maintain their working waterfronts as they face many pressures. Forward thinking- initiatives are stimulating fishing opportunities and increasing the value of catches to fisherman. Hear from people from both coasts and Alaska who are at the forefront of these ideas and innovations. Share in the discussion about common opportunities and challenges for fishing communities.
    Presenter: Dr. Courtney Carothers, Assistant Professor of Fisheries at University of Alaska Fairbanks; Barbara Emley, General Manager for San Francisco Community Fishing Association and Commercial Salmon Troller and Fisherman's Advocate; Robin Alden, Executive Director of Penobscot East Resource Center, a non-profit in Stonington, Maine whose mission is to secure a future for the fishing communities of eastern Maine; Duncan Fields, NPFMC Member and Kodiak community advocate; Darius Kasprzak, President of Alaska Jig Association based in Kodiak

    4:00pm  U.S. Senator Mark Begich
    Open meeting

    Saturday, April 14th

    10:30am – 11:30am  Kodiak’s Boat Yard/Boat Lift
    A community meeting to solicit ideas and generate interest in the new boat yard: How can Kodiak grow its economy by providing services and supplies to boatyard users? What amenities do boat owners want to see added or offered in the boatyard? What strategy should Kodiak adopt to attract more vessels to the boatyard? Should the City invest in a big building at the boat yard ?
    What can the community offer to make outside vessel owners feel welcome?
    Presenter:  Marty Owen, Kodiak Harbormaster

    Noon – 1pm  Counting the Crews
    How can you count a workforce when you don’t know where it is?  Updates on efforts to revive a program to include the economic contributions made by Alaska’s crewmembers.
    Presenter: Terry Haines, veteran fisherman and Kodiak City Council member; others TBA

    2pm – 3:30pm  Ocean Acidification, King Crab in Rehab and more
    The latest research from local labs to your lives!   See what the latest science is saying about changing ocean chemistry and its effects on Alaska’s fisheries… King crab stocks are being rebuilt right here on the Rock!
    Presenters:  Dr. Bob Foy, Director, NOAA Fisheries Lab/Kodiak; others TBA

  • Credit Union One BAH on April 19th


  • Job Club Workshops provided by KANA

    KANA's Job Club is a program in which individuals are invited to access the KANA computer lab for employment related purposes such as searching for jobs, creating resumes, obtaining information on colleges or trade schools as well as applying for scholarships. In addition to computer lab access, Kana also offers life and employment skills workshops as part of Job Club. Listed below is the April workshop schedule. Most classes are offered at Kana's Near Island office located at 194 Alimaq Drive and, new this month, they will be offering two workshops a month at the KIHA Center located on Woody Way. Job Club is open to the public and not only is there is no cost to participate, but the benefits received by gaining job-related skills and securing employment are great. For more information about Job Club, call KANA at 486-9800. 


    Wednesday, April 4th, 9-11am - Financial Planning & Resume Writing at KIHA
    Friday, April 6th, 9-11am - Customer Serviceat Kana's Near Island Office
    Monday, April 9th, 9-11am - Job Searchat Kana's Near Island Office
    Wednesday, April 11th, 9-11am - Employment Resourcesat Kana's Near Island Office
    Friday, April 13th, 9-11am - Interviewingat Kana's Near Island Office
    Monday, April 16th, 1-3pm - Resume Writingat Kana's Near Island Office
    Wednesday, April 18th, 1-3pm - Financial Planningat Kana's Near Island Office
    Friday, April 20th, 1-3pm - Job Searchat Kana's Near Island Office
    Monday, April 13rd, 1-3pm - Interviewingat Kana's Near Island Office
    Wednesday, April 25th, 1-3pm - Employment Resources & Job Search at KIHA
    Friday, April 27th, 1-3pm - Customer Serviceat Kana's Near Island Office
    Monday, April 30th, 1-3pm - Financial Planningat Kana's Near Island Office

  • Economic Development News by Lale Gurer



    The Kodiak High School offers Career Tech Education programs to its students. The program allows students to develop their job skills which enable them to gain credibility for future job applications. Kodiak High School Career Tech Education (CTE) Program is comprised of nine programs: drafting, welding, automotive, culinary arts, multimedia, maritime science, business and accounting, woods and construction, and health occupations classes. One career technology credit is required for graduation and sixty-three percent of Kodiak High School Students are enrolled in at least one CTE class. Students add value to their overall education by completing CTE programs of study that provide opportunities to earn industry recognized credentials and college credit while still in high school. Many students can be eligible to earn a variety of industry recognized certifications.

    Every year, Career Tech students all over the country are attending Career Tech Student Organizations' competitions in order to present their skills. Career Tech Student Organizations (CTSO's) promote employability skills, emphasize technical training, and offer student opportunities to take part in state level competitions. CTSOs sponsor statewide technical competitions. In 2012, nine Kodiak high school students attended CTSO competitions in Anchorage and Caleb Gordon took first place for architectural drafting.


    The KHS Career Tech budget comprises 14% of the KHS instructional budget while the CTE compromises 63% of KHS students. The KHS Career Tech department also participate in Federal Carl Perkins funding that adds $58,000 to the total annual budget of $93,000/year which is about $196 per student. Unfortunately, most of this budget is consumed by tools and equipment. The Kodiak High School Career Tech students are consistently raising funds through bake sales and other special events to be able take part in CTSO competitions which cost about $900 per student.

    The KHS Career Tech Department, with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, is seeking to establish a funding partnership with local businesses that are willing to match students' fund raising efforts. Please join us in supporting the next generation of skilled workers. For more information or contributions, please contact KHS Career Tech Director Barry Altenhof at baltenhof01@kibsd.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Lale Gurer at lale@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • New and Renewing Members

    Welcome to our new Chamber Members...


    Charlie Ahn
    Dayton Wandersee
    Dana Horn

    And thank you to our renewing Chamber Members...


     Ben Ardinger
     Jeffrey Barnhart
    Kenton Braun
    Andrew Teuber, CEO
    Brian Keith
    George Rieth
    Cara Eastman &
    Jesse Glamann
    Jimmy Ng
    Jared S. Decker
     Thomas & Laura Kelly
    Wallace Fields
    Sam Amato
    James E. Carmichael


    Mike Renfro &
    Alan Higgenbotham


  • March 2012 Board Meeting Minutes