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August 2012

  • Crab Fest Sale

  • Thank you to New and Renewing Members
    Welcome New Chamber Members


    Adventure Guides Kodiak
    Justin Melin & Jason Humphreys


    Thank You to Renewing Chamber Members


    Alan Austerman
    DeeAnn Valdivia
    Richard & Susan Rohrer
    Alaska Waste/Kodiak
    Rick Vahl
    Kodiak Electric Association INC
    Darron Scott
    Red Hook Construction
    Dayton Wandersee
    Senior Citizens of Kodiak INC.
    Pat Branson
    Consumer Direct Personal Care
    Christine Morton
    Harvey Flying Service
    Steve Harvey
    Arctic Physical Therapy
    Todd Cook
    Kodiak Athletic Club
    Lindsay Knight
    Kodiak K- Nine Kuts
    Liz Naughten
    Avis Rent-A-Car
    Terry O'Neal
    Sweeney Insurance, INC. & Allstate Insurance Company
    John Sweeney
    America Legion Post 17
    Lynette Ponte
    Darlene Williamson
    Petro Star INC. dba. North Pacific Fuel
    Pat Tabon
    U.S. Coast Guard Base Support Unit
    Capt. Jerald Woloszynski
    GCI Kodiak
    John Burnett
    Kodiak College
    Barbara Bolson
    Scott's Heating and Plumbing Services
    Scott Pillans
    Orpheum Theatre
    John Fletcher
    Shelikof Lodge
    Linda Salem
    Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Janet Buckingham


  • New Member Spotlight




    Created by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), Leisnoi, Incorporated is the Native village corporation representing shareholders and descendants from the community that once existed on Woody Island near the city of Kodiak.

    Under ANCSA, Leisnoi received approximately 50,000 acres of land on Kodiak Island. The land stretches from Termination Point on the west side of Monashka Bay to Cape Chiniak. Much of the corporation’s land borders the Kodiak road system. The company’s primary enterprise is managing its land which includes timber harvesting in the Chiniak area.

    Through its timber contractor, A-1 Timber, Leisnoi has harvested almost 2,000 acres. The forest management plan includes about 4,000 additional acres for harvest over the next five years.  Though timber operations slowed in 2011 when disagreements flared between Leisnoi’s management and A-1 Timber, the harvest program is back at full production capacity in 2012.

    Ultimately, in 2011, shareholders voted to replace the Leisnoi Board of Directors with a new slate of candidates that promised more transparency for shareholders and fewer confrontations with business partners. The effort succeeded in settling a lawsuit with A-1 Timber that re-invigorated the logging operation, providing a significant revenue source for Leisnoi.

    “Leisnoi’s leadership made a commitment to shareholders that we will engage them and grow our corporation through ethical and honest business practices,” said Debbie Lukin, President of Leisnoi, Inc. “I’m confident we will build a strong foundation upon which Leisnoi can begin the steady progress toward fulfilling that commitment.”

    Among the initial steps for the new Board of Directors in 2012 was to establish a Lands and Natural Resources Committee made up of Board members and shareholders. The committee will closely analyze land management issues and make recommendations to the Board.

    The Leisnoi Board is interested in achieving the right balance for its land. The Board recognizes the land’s economic potential, but also realizes shareholders appreciate the land for its beauty and subsistence resources and the corporation wants to be a good neighbor.   

    In 2012, Leisnoi implemented a multi-year effort to re-plant the logged areas, including those tracts previously harvested in the 1990s. An estimated one million seedlings will be planted over the next three years. Over the course of the program, the corporation intends to plant more than two million seedlings in the Chiniak region. While its corporate headquarters is in Anchorage, Leisnoi’s land management office is located in Kodiak.

    For more information on Leisnoi, visit www.Leisnoi.com or call 907-222-6900.


  • Samson PIKE Sponsorship


     We are excited to announce that Samson Tug and Barge are added the Partner's In Kodiak's Economy (PIKE) Sponsorship to their membership.

  • Maggie Wall

    Do you really need a website?
    Even if you market solely on-island, you’ll benefit from a business website
    By Maggie Wall

     Imagine having a 24-hour custom-built advertisement and marketing tool for your business that you can change as much or as little as you want. It would provide basics like hours of operation and key business products and services. It can answer customer’s questions, provide them with more information, and detailed materials on the products and services you recommend. They can shop and compare prices 24/7 without you needing to staff those weird hours.
     There’s a lot to be said for having a website, but as someone who is a website designer with a Master’s Degree in Internet Marketing, I’ve got to tell you, you really need to crunch the numbers to see if a website is right for your business right now.
     Let me explain. I predict that a website will be a necessity for Kodiak businesses in a few years, but it may not be something you need right now. Or maybe you can benefit from a simple website that could be updated and expanded at a future point.
    It’s likely that a simple one or two page website that’s optimized for cell phones, ibooks, etc. will be a good investment. Think of it as a custom-made advertisement and resource tool for your customers. Keep it simple and keep costs down. Include hours of operation, a map, contact information, a few photos of your main product or service and train your customers to use their cell phones to check out your site.
    On the other hand, it probably isn’t cost effective to spend several thousands of dollars (or more) to build a site that does all kinds of things you don’t really need, to be there for customers who aren’t likely to look at your site.
    Ask your customers. Would they like to see you get a website? How would they use it? What would they look to find on the site? How can you help them in their shopping and purchasing experience?
    Consider how much time and money you have to dedicate to your new website. Just because you build a site doesn’t mean hoards of people will rush to it. You need to draw people in. You do that by building up relationships and providing services and information that makes people want to know what you’ll come up with next.
    Train them to keep checking out your site by making regular posts, using lots of photos, and providing creative ideas on how to use your product or how your service will solve a problem. This all takes time. Either you or someone on staff will need to make it a priority. Or you could hire it out.
    This website stuff may sound like a lot of work and money, but there are systems and tricks for keeping up with your customers using social media and for keeping your site fresh and inviting. Once you start using your website, you’ll likely find it to be an amazingly creative and effective way to promote your business.
    If you do off-island business, or if you could convert your product to off-island sales, you really should be transitioning into web-based sales. If you operate a visitor-based business, you need a website with a good on-line marketing plan to draw in and book visitors ahead of their arrival.  If you’re an artist, or sell handcrafted items, just imagine how much your business could expand if you could reach collectors and buyers from all over the world.
    There is no rush. You are better off to take the time to research, ask questions, and consider many options than to go out and “get a site built so I can get online”.  It’s important that your new website work for both your customers and for you. Take the time you need to get it right.
    Maggie Wall holds a Master’s Degree in Internet Marketing. Her business Magpie Publishing & Production designs websites and coaches people how to get their business online and to attract online customers. She also produces The LegHead Report located at leghead.com.

  • Sweeney Insurance












  • Kodiak Alaska's Emerald Isle

    Discover the land, sea, wildlife and people on Alaska's largest island in this stunning pictorial. Kodiak is most famous for its brown bears and abundant wildflowers but there is more to the story of this rugged island. Carol Sturgulewski's lyrical text also explores the roles of fishing, climate and history of this crossroads of cultures. Over 100 photos, many taken by local island photographers, will show you a side of Kodiak that you never knew existed.



    The "Kodiak Alaska's Emerald Isle Book," Second Edition is now available at the Chamber for purchase.

  • Economic Development Report by Lale Gurer


    The seafood industry (processing) is the largest private sector employer in Kodiak in terms of wages, accounting for 28% of all regional wages, and 21% of all employment. In 2010, 3360 Kodiak residents (active permit holders + estimated crew) fished commercially and, earned total of $118 million.

    Commercial fishing has long been a key element of Kodiak’s economy.Its fishery is among the most diverse in the state.   In 2011, the ex-vessel value of Kodiak fisheries was $ 178 million. Due to an increase in halibut and salmon prices, fishermen earned almost 35 percent more for their seafood in 2011 over 2010.


    Port of Kodiak Harvest by value, 2011

    In 2011, ground fish represented over three quarters (75%) of the region’s commercial catch in terms of volume and 44% of the ex-vessel value.  The next largest fishery was salmon comprised 28% of the total value.


    Port of Kodiak Harvest by volume, 2011

  • August Business After Hours

  • July Chamber Board Meeting Minutes
  • President's Message

    Hello Everyone,

    I would like to say thank you to everyone, who attended the July BAH at Northern Exposure! Unfortunately, Trevor and I were both out of town. Summer, Lale, and Laura told me that it went really well. Congratulations for 35 years in business! An excellent achievement goes out to Janet!

    I hope you all got to meet Pittbull!  I’m afraid I was not back for this event either. Great job Kodiak Wal-Mart on your successful event! Thank you Scott and Wal-Mart for your generous donations of $25,000.00 to the Senior Center and $10,000.00 to the Baptist Mission Food Bank! Very much appreciated!

    Our August BAH is at Residential Mortgage with Carrie Morton, always a good time and great event. This will be on August 31st, 6:00-8:00pm! Split the Pot and refreshments and Carrie always has awesome food and door prizes. Carrie’s event is going to be at the new Brewery!! So head over to the Brewery, NOT Residential Mortgage!

    Thank you to Samson Tug and Barge for upgrading your Chamber Membership to a Pike Sponsor!

    I’d like to welcome new Chamber Members, Justin Melin and Jason Humphreys of Adventure Guides Kodiak! They offer full and half day excursions of the Kodiak road systems, rivers and creeks. They specialize in silver salmon fishing September thru November. Welcome to the Chamber guys!

    Don’t forget to vote August 28th!

    Be involved with YOUR Chamber of Commerce!