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April 2013

  • Message From the President

    Chamber Members,

    I am honored to begin my term as president of the Chamber of Commerce, and look forward to working with you.

    ComFish will be held, April 11th through 13th. I invite you to stop by the Convention Center, it will be packed with exhibitor booths and our annual fishery forums will be held daily in the Kodiak Inn Harbor Room with discussions and topics relating to the fishing industry.

    Our April Business After Hours will be at Credit Union One on Thursday, April 18th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This event serves as Credit Union One Member Appreciation Night with the goal of raising money for a local non-profit. This year CU1 is raising money for the Kodiak Lions Club youth program - the Kodiak Leo's. There will be free hors d' oeuvres, beer, wine, and prizes, but the silent auction will be the highlight of the evening featuring items donated by local businesses. All proceeds benefit the Leo's and Credit Union One will match all funds raised during the evening.

    Business After Hours are one of the many ways the Chamber of Commerce can help you promote your business; they are well attended and give you a chance to meet a wide variety of business owners, managers and community leaders, along with showing off your business or organization. Contact Summer at the Chamber office if you have an interest in hosting one.

    Let's not forget about Community Clean Up Day which will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 9-2 at the Kodiak High School, Leisnoi will be sponsoring the event again this year.  I would encourage everyone to take part in this wonderful event, which will help keep Kodiak a beautiful place to live and work. Bring the family out to pick up some trash and stop by the high school at noon for your free hot dog and soda provided by the Lion's Club.


    Greg Deal

  • ComFish Alaska April 11th-13th


    Kodiak Harbor Convention Center
    Thursday, April 11th - 10am to 5pm
    Friday April 12th - 10am to 5pm
    Saturday, April 13th - 10am to 4pm




    Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Welcomes
    Comfish® 2013 Exhibitors

    ~AK Dept. of Fish & Game ~ Alaska Boat Brokers ~ ASMI ~ Bulletproof Nets, LLC ~ Camco Lubricants ~ CASCADE Engine Center, LLC ~ CDC/NIOHS/OD ~ Cook Inlet Reg. Citizens Ad. Council ~ Diversified Business Comm. ~ Division of Economic Development ~ Filtration Solutions ~ Fitch Fuel Catalyst ~ Harris Electric Inc. ~ Kleen Pacific LLC ~ KMXT ~ Kodiak Chamber of Commerce ~ Kodiak Crab Festival ~ Kodiak Island Mobile Screening ~ Kodiak Marine Supply ~Kodiak Seafood & Marine Science Center ~ Kodiak Maritime Museum ~ Llebroc Industires ~ MACRO Global Inc. ~ Mustad Longline Inc. ~ NOAA Fisheries ~ NOAA U.S. Department of Commerce ~ Pacific Fishing Mag. ~ Petro Marine ~ Petro Star Inc- North Pacific Fuel ~ Prince William SOund RCAC ~ Radar Marine ~ Renewable Resources ~ Rings Around the World, Ltd. ~ Samson Tug and Barge ~ Satellite Alaska ~ USCG Commsta ~ Wesmar ~

    Please stop by and visit the exhibitors during Comfish® 2013


    HAPPY HOUR 4-5 Thursday & Friday

    Sponsored by Kodiak Diesel and Samson Tug & Barge



    Kodiak Inn Harbor Room

    Sponsored by Greatlander Publishing

    ComFish Forums (Subject to Change)
    10 -11:00am Alaska Fishermen's Fund: Hurt While Fishing? Medical benefits have been increased to $10,000
    Presenter: Velma Thomas, Program Coordinator, Workmen's Compensation Division, Alaska Dept. of Labor

    11:30- 12:30pm Market Updates/Spotlight on China
    Presenter: Quentin Fong, Seafood Market Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant/Marine Advisory Program

    1:00 - 2:30pm Catch Shares are Coming to the Gulf! Plans are underway for Gulf groundfish trawlers & pot cod boats.
    Presenter: Duncan Fields, N. Pacific Fishery Management Council, Others TBA. Moderated by Julie Matweyou, Alaska Sea Grant/MAP

    2:30 - 3:00pm Catch Shares, Communities & Conservation: Challenges, Solutions & Perspectives - Speakers from both coasts will share their experiences.
    Presenters: Leesa Cobb, Executive Director, Port Orford Research Team; Ed Backus, Vice President/Fisheries, Ecotrust; Nick Muto, Chair, Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association; Becca Robbins Gisclair, Fisheries Advisor to Alaska Marine Conservation Council. Hosted by Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC)


    10:00- 11:00am Halibut Surveys Will Expand in 2014 - Boats Are Wanted to Participate!
    Presenter: Claude Dykstra, Survey Manager, International Pacific Halibut Commission

    11:30 - 12:15pm Making Your Fishing Boat More Fuel Efficient - Operating techniques, maintenance and outfitting can help maximize fuel efficiency, without costly new hulls, engines or equipment. Big advancements are being made around the world to reduce vessel fuel consumption. Your ideas are encouraged! Presenter: Terry Johnson, Alaska Sea Grant/Marine Advisory Program

    12:15 - 1:00pm Monitors for F/V Doors, Hatches, Slack Tanks, Updates on PFDs
    Presenters: Ted Teske, Chelsea Woodward, NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health)

    1:30 - 2:30pm From Their Labs to Our Lives - Red king crabs eat their babies, blue king crabs don't. Golden king crabs appear resistant to ocean acidification. Updates from the nation's top crab lab on Near Island!
    Presenter: Dr. Bob Foy, Director, NOAA/Kodiak

    3:00 - 4:00pm Pebble Mine: Permitting & Planning Updates - EPA Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment; new DNR permitting Presenters: Anders Gustafson, Renewable Resources Coalition: Lindsey Bloom, Trout Unlimited

    Saturday, April 13

    10:00 - 12:00 Strains, Sprains and Pains - Ergonomics for Commercial Fishermen - Learn ways to reduce back problems, carpal tunnel, etc. through ergonomics...and how simple changes on deck and with tools can reduce injuries and increase efficiency.
    Presenter: Jerry Dzugan, Executive Director, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA).

    12:30 - 1:30pm Marine Debris: Updates for Kodiak Fishermen & Community - The March 2011 Japanese Tsunami sent nearly 2 million metric tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. Island Trails Network is coordinating marine debris clean up.
    Presenters: Andy Schroeder and Tom Pogson, Island Trails Network.

    2:00 - 3:30pm Kodiak Canneries: A Historical Perspective
    Presenter: Toby Sullivan, Director, Kodiak Maritime Museum; Anjuli Grantham, Alaska Historical Society; Rick Metzger and Wallace Fields, longtime Kodiak salmon fishermen

  • Business After Hours
  • Crab Fest is Right Around the Corner!

    It's hard to believe 2013 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 22nd.

    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 17th.

    Is your group planning to participate in the 2013 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 pullovers, sweat & yoga pants, pins, magnets, key chains, and posters) will go on sale at ComFish Alaska April 11th through the 13th. Be the first to get your Crab Fest gear! After ComFish, merchandise will be available at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Office.

    Please contact Summer at the Chamber at 486-5557 or Summer@kodiak.org or visit the Crab Fest Website for more information.

  • New Member Spotlight

    Tammy Isbell Mary Kay, Independent Sales Consultant

    Tammy Isbell grew up in the states but now calls Kodiak home. Tammy's husband is in the Coast Guard and over the last 10 years their family has been moving all over the western hemisphere. This is their second tour of Kodiak and they plan to stay. Tammy graduated from cosmetology school at Poway Beauty Academy in San Diego California in 2005. She received her cosmetology license from the State of California, with a focus on hair, skin and nails. When her family was stationed in Florida she worked in a salon as a hair stylist while starting her own wedding business that delivered her special touch of hair style and make-up to brides on their special day. As a beauty stylist, Tammy has tried various brands of make-up and discovered she personally liked Mary Kay. Eventually she saw the benefit of using Mary Kay and decided to shift her business towards consulting and sales.

    As a Mary Kay independent sales consultant, Tammy enjoys meeting with interested clients to help find the best skin care system, so they can achieve the highest quality results. She also assists with proper application of products and color selection. Tammy stocks all of Mary Kay's current skin care systems and cosmetics, on island. Her goal is to deliver the product you order, on the same day. Tammy enjoys selling Mary Kay because when you take good care of your skin and feel pretty, you feel better about yourself and she enjoys helping her clients feel beautiful! Tammy says, "Mary Kay skin care and cosmetics are so wonderful. They always have new and exciting products. Mary Kay spends time and money testing products to make sure their products will deliver what's promised. Mary Kay has an extensive selection of skin products for every age and skin type."

    Along with being a Mary Kay independent sales consultant, she's the new chairperson for the Coast Guard Spouse's Association Welcome Committee. She's extremely excited about this position. To Tammy, Kodiak is one of the most exciting places in the world. Her goal, as the Welcome Committee chairperson, is to ensure each new Coast Guard family arriving to Kodiak is personally greeted by a committee member upon arrival. Tammy is an energetic person who wants to share all of the exciting activities and businesses available to them on Kodiak Island.


  • Economic Development Report
    Selling the Rock - 50 ways to Reach Us!

    By Joe Bailor

    Advertising and marketing for any business can be challenging, especially in Kodiak! As a manager or owner, you probably question yourself frequently on those pesky advertising and marketing questions, like: Should I advertise? How should I advertise? How much should I spend on advertising? How do I reach a certain group of people? and many other questions. A marketing professor of mine told me that at least 50% of all advertising is absolutely worthless, but the problem is that managers and owners can rarely tell which 50% is the worthless part! We have all heard stories of the business that did little advertising and sales were great, and others where thousands were spent on a big weekend sale campaign and came away with a less than stellar turnout! Marketing in Kodiak can be frustrating, especially with communication patterns changing. Smartphones, Hulu, internet, Face Book and other social media has slowly turned our attention away from newspapers, radio and television. The good news is that these new social media present a whole new advertising medium that is generally free or low-cost. Most businesses understand that they need to tap into social media to communicate with new and existing customers alike, but I would strongly suggest that you continue to utilize some of the seemingly antiquated ways of marketing to reach the Kodiak audience. In my recent Chamber of Commerce survey, top 3 responses for addressing community concerns were social media, newspaper and radio. This indicates that Kodiak has added social media as a communication tool, while still utilizing the newspaper and the radio. Below, I have included a list of 50 different ways of promoting and marketing your business or organization to the people of Kodiak. This is not an all-inclusive list of course, but it does highlight a vast array of ways to market in Kodiak. Remember to set a budget for your advertising, promotions and marketing, spend a portion of it on your regular modes of advertising and some on new ways to reach the people of Kodiak.

    1. Newspaper
    a. KDM Display ads
    b. KDM Special theme sections
    c. KDM Classified
    d. KDM Inserts ($440 for up to 8 pages)
    e. Greatlander Bush mailer or Commercial Marine display ads (rates start at $250 for 1/8 page B & W ad)
    f. GBM or GCM inserts ($825 for all households in 99615)

    2. Radio
    a. KVOK hotline ads
    b. KVOK Regular promo ads
    c. KVOK Special theme promos
    d. KMXT Underwriting (sponsor a program)

    3. Social Media
    a. Facebook page
    b. Facebook friends of Kodiak
    c. Facebook Swip-Swap
    d. Facebook create a new special interest page
    e. Facebook ads - CPC (cost per click) or CPM ( per 1000 views)
    f. Google advertising - similar to FB

    4. Internet
    a. Website
    b. Email
    c. Special interest Blogs
    d. You Tube video - "How To" or something you have filmed
    e. You Tube share interesting video


    5. Sponsorship
    a. Youth sports team
    b. Crab fest parade float
    c. High school sports team (banner)
    d. Crab fest event
    e. Community event or race

    6. Outdoor
    a.Crab Fest parade handouts - t-shirts, coupons, beads, etc.
    b. Vinyl banner - high school, sports teams, by business, etc.
    c. Vinyl car decals
    d. Car magnets
    e. Flyers on cars
    f. Sandwich boards
    g. Lawn signs
    h. Crab Fest booth
    i. Helium balloon
    j. Air filled advertisement
    k. Bulletin boards
    l. Flyers to all kids in school (non-profit event or kids program)
    m. Convention Center Electronic Bulletin Board

    7. Mail
    a. Bulk mail postcard (approx. $60 for 350 for Chamber members)
    b. Bulk mail letter (approx. $90 for 350 for Chamber members)
    c. Postcards through Vista Print - approximately 100 - $80, 500 - $285, 1000 - $500 for printing and mailing

    8. Miscellaneous
    a. Coupons
    b. Back of Safeway receipts
    c. Promotion giveaways - T-shirts, pens, etc.
    d. USCG welcome aboard event
    e. Donate products or service
    f. Presentations and consultations to community groups
    g. Standout business cards
    h. Join your local Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Rotary, Elks, etc.

  • Community Clean Up May 4th


    Community Clean-Up Day is Saturday, May 4th from 9am to 2pm. Stop by the Kodiak High School to check in and pick up your trash bags, bring your recyclables, and get a free hot dog and soda at noon. More information to come.

  • Grant Opportunity

    Alaska can be a tough place to do business. That is especially true in today's global economy, where competition from imports makes the business climate even more difficult.
    A federal grant program is available to help "Made in America" companies become more competitive, and save US jobs. The funds come from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program of the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration to assist a wide range of businesses and service industries.

    Companies that are losing sales to foreign imports, or have been forced to lay off workers or cut back on hours are likely eligible for the TAA grants.
    Alaska's seafood industry is a prime example. Wild salmon faces intense competition from less expensive farmed fish from Chile and Norway. Alaska king crab gets clobbered by Russian product; snow crab sales get squeezed by imports from Eastern Canada. Most recently, Alaska cod markets have crumbled due to enormous amounts of fish coming from the Barents Sea.

    Alaska seafood companies, fish processors and brokers, and other related businesses may be eligible to receive up to $75,000 in grants for a wide range of projects of their choice. The funds enable recipients to develop and complete projects that they might not otherwise have considered.

    For example, with the help of TAA funds, an Alaska salmon processor created a new corporate brand identity, and developed product labels, brochures and other marketing materials in several languages. Sales increased by 20% from increased catalog and internet sales. An Alaska fishing family was able to start marketing their own products by using TAA funds to develop a web presence.
    Other projects can include marketing and branding, designing trade show booths, new product development, site layouts, customer service analysis, custom software creation, manufacturing design and site layouts, and specialized staff training, to name but a few.

    Seafood companies are just one example of the many kinds of businesses and services that may be eligible for TAA grants. Sawmills, farmers, co-ops and trade groups or association members also may qualify.

    Our staff at the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center will work with you at no cost to determine if your company is eligible for TAA grant funding. We help clients develop a strategic plan, and make sure it is accomplished by hiring outside experts to complete the projects. All information is treated as confidential.

    Find more information about TAA grants for "Made in America" companies at www.nwtaac.org or contact Patrick Meuleman, Client Development Manager, at patrick@nwtaac.org .

  • Magpie Publishing's Article

    Simple ways to use social media to get the most out of ComFish Alaska 2013

    By Maggie Wall

    Since many local businesses will be involved with ComFish Alaska this month, I thought I'd offer some ideas for using social media to help you get the most out this special event.  These ideas also work for any big event that happens in town, such as Crab Festival, or that your business is involved in such as the launch of a new product or service.  Whether you're into Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, whatever, these tips will work for you. Just go for it and have fun. The more fun you have, the more fun your social media contacts and customers will have!

    Before the Event

    o Start a few weeks ahead of time letting people know that the event is coming. That means you should be telling your friends and other social media contacts that ComFish is April 11-13. Let them know how much you're looking forward to all the events and the chance to visit the various exhibits.

    o And don't forget to post something about commercial fishing in Alaska and how it is the engine that drives the Kodiak economy.

    o Make up 4 or 5 appropriate comments, get statistics and line up photos that you can use. Then space the posts out over the next couple weeks leading up to the event.
    If you are an exhibitor: Be sure to tell folks you'll be at ComFish and what they can find at your booth. Take photos of the folks who will work the booth and send out a note with photos introducing each person. You could put a page on your website and link your social media comment to it.

    During the Event

    Take photos and video of you and your family at ComFish and share them. Let friends know which events you'll be attending. Suggest they meet you there.
    If you are an exhibitor:

    o Offer a contest at your booth or an incentive for them to come to your forum. Tweet about it.

    o Take and post photos of folks who come to your booth or event.

    o Have someone take a video of you explaining how your product works. Post the video on your website or to YouTube. Be sure the people being recorded know that you plan to post the video. Just ask them while the filming is going on and save that snippet in your files.

    o Or ask fishermen and others who use your product to tell you why and how they use your product. Record it and post it. Testimonials from real users are an excellent way to help promote your product or service.

    o You don't need fancy video equipment, your cell phone will work.

    o Be sure to get emails and contact info from as many people as you can. That way you can follow up with them later.

    After the Event

    Keep the good vibes and fun going AFTER the event. Follow up by posting photos and comments to Facebook. Twitter how much you enjoyed going to the activities. Brag about how great Kodiak's fishing community is and how you are proud to be able to serve them.

    If you are an exhibitor:

    o Make a note of some of the topics people discussed with you and post a link to an article that would answer some of their questions.

    o Send emails to everyone who signed up at your booth. Let them know it was great for them to come and check in with you. Let them know you care and are just an email away (or phone call or     Facebook post) if they have any questions.

    o Be sure to continue to follow-up with your email list. Once a month or so shoot them a quick note with a hint or tip, or include a link to an article or product review that they might find useful.

    o If you've got photos of specific people, send them a copy.

    Most importantly of all...have fun at ComFish and share your stories with your friends, family and customers by posting something to the social media channel of your choice.

    Maggie Wall has a Master's Degree in Internet Marketing. Through her business Magpie Publishing and Production (alaskamagepie.com), she designs websites and teaches people how to get their business online and found by potential customers. She also produces The LegHead Report (leghead.com).

  • Emerging Leaders Dialogue

    Lead:North is excited to invite young professionals to participate in the

    2013 Emerging Leaders Dialogue

    May 19-22 Kodiak, Alaska

    How do we support, build and sustain healthy Alaska communities?

    At this participatory dialogue for Alaska's up-and-coming leaders we will address topics such as:

    • Common hurdles and cross-cutting challenges at work and in the community.
    • Career development and networking strategies for young professionals
    • Handling statewide policy issues and having a role in their resolution

    Participants will join other young professionals from across the state to work toward positive outcomes for key issues facing our communities and our state as a whole. They will learn from the diverse group of individuals while also cultivating their professional networks.

    This year, Lead:Kodiak will host us in their incredible community-and we have timed the Emerging Leaders Dialogue so that those who wish can stay for Memorial Day and the famed Kodiak Crab Festival.

    We hope that you will consider supporting the emerging leaders at your organization by sending them to this important dialogue and/or by sponsoring the 2013 Emerging Leaders Dialogue. Like you, Lead:North is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of Alaska leaders to connect and advance in key policy discussions, political and civic engagement, and professional development.

    Your support makes a big difference for young professionals and for Alaska's future!
    Registration information is included - return the registration form and payment to the Institute of the North or register online at www.institutenorth.org/leadnorth/ELD.

  • March Business After Hours Pictures

  • Thank You to New and Renewing Members

    Renewing Members


    Mack's Sport Shop

    Cara Eastman & Jesse Glamann

    St. Mary's School

    Cathie Nuno

    George R. Rieth C.P.A

    George Rieth

    Alaska Communications System

    Heather Cavanaugh

    B.P.O.E. 1772/ Elks Logde

    Rod Kiefer


    Ben Ardinger

    Scuba Do

    Verlin Pherson

    Kodiak Tax Service

    Jerome Selby

    American Red Cross of Alaska, Kodiak

    Sally Magnuson

    H & R Block

    Patricia Casey, E.A

    Creighton Chiropractic Clinic

    Laura Creighton, DC

    Kodiak Special Olympics

    Dan Canavan

    Radar Alaska Inc.

    Candace Ozols

    Red Hook Rental Company

    Dayton Wandersee

    BP Alaska

    Karen Cowart

    Kodiak Maritime Museum

    Toby Sullivan

    State Farm

    Tyler Randolph

    Providence Kodiak Island Counseling


    Mary Guilas-Hawver

    Kiwanis Club of Kodiak

    George Cusick

    Kodiak Baptist Mission

    Trevor Jones

    Emily's Alterations & Design

    Emily Salter

    LTT. Plumbing and Heating

    Larry Taylor


  • March Board Meeting Minutes


    Click here to view Chamber Board Meeting Minutes

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