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December 2010

  • A Great Holiday Gift Idea!
  • Happy Holidays!

     

    Happy Holidays from your Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Staff!

    ~Trevor, Josh, Lindsey, and Nora

  • Highlight your Business on the Radio for Free!
    Get the word out about what your business or organization is doing around the holidays! Are you collecting donations of food, clothing, or cash for Kodiak families in need? Are you holding a special holiday sale or offering new products around the holidays? Whatever it is, take advantage of your Chamber Membership with a FREE, two-minute radio spot on both KMXT and KVOK/KRXX with the "Chamber News and Views" radio program!  There's no need to drive anywhere, we interview you in the comfort of your business location. And forget about stage fright; this is a pre-taped interview, edited to make you sound your very best! Chamber News and Views is an excellent opportunity to reach a large listening audience. And this benefit doesn't end after the holidays!  Chamber News and Views runs every week all year so let us know when you have something new and exciting to share!  Please contact Lindsey at the Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in participating in a "Chamber News and Views" interview or have any questions about the radio program.
  • Member Monday December 6th
  • Thank You to our New and Renewing Members!
    Please join us in welcoming our new members!
     
    Mike Brown
    Salty Fly Safaris
       
     
    And a big Thank You to our renewing members!
     
    Greg Hathaway
    Trident Seafoods Corp.
     
    Kriss Larsen
    Spenard Builders Supply
     
    Tom Walters & Mike O'Connor
    Katmai Wilderness Lodge, LLC
     
    Don Rush, CEO
    Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center
     
    Marion & Marty Owen
    Galley Gourmet, Inc.
    Mike Brown & Stacy Ross
    Kodiak Lions Club
    Randy Ensign
    Net Systems, Inc.
     
    Matt Jamin
    Jamin Law Office
    Greg Wolf
    World Trade Center Alaska
    Ann Gilley & William Bethea
    Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
     
    Margo Carmichael
    Kodiak Crime Stoppers, Inc.
    Jerome Selby
    Kodiak Rotary Club Tues Noon
    Karren Rasmussen &
    Karina Nelson
    Kodiak Transfer, Inc.
     
    Mike Campbell
    Alaska Food For Less
    Deb Milam
    First American Title Insurance Company
    Ron Sears
    Southern Alaska Forwarding
     
    Emil Christiansen Sr.
    Old Harbor Native Corp.
    Debra Davis
    Kodiak Marine Supply
    Lindsay Knight
    Kodiak Athletic Club
     
    Scot & Leslie Cummings
    Culinary Horizons

     

  • Economic Development News by Josh Bell

    Tourism, like many other Kodiak industries, is based on natural resources.  Tourists come to Kodiak to view the scenic beauty, hike, camp, visit historical and cultural sites, view and photograph wildlife, hunt, and fish.  The visitor industry in Kodiak has remained relatively steady for the past five years.

    Kodiak's visitor industry is seasonal, with approximately 76% of all visitors arriving during the summer months.  The total number of visitors to Kodiak is approximately 30,000 (includes intra-state visitors).  The economic downturn has not affected Kodiak's tourism industry as much as it has in other parts of the state.  With this in mind, Kodiak's tourism has increased in the past year with a double digit increase.  Estimates are that Kodiak's tourism is up approximately 15%.


    This chart shows the change in bed tax for various boroughs and cities.  Kodiak's bed tax yield was substantially higher for 2010 considering the economic downturn that the country has faced.  The numbers for 2010 are $168,267 compared to $146,385 for 2009 and $146,438 for 2008.  Kodiak's percent in change is up 15% from last year while the average across the state is down 16% from last year, and about 30% between 2007 and 2008.  The only other communities with increases are Valdez and Barrow (oil business) and Nome (new mining business).  According to the State Assessor's Office, Kodiak is the only borough actually showing an increase due to tourism.

    Kodiak's share of the Southwest Alaska visitor market is approximately 31% year round.  According to the Alaska Visitors Statistics Program, visitors to Kodiak and other Southwest Alaska destinations tend to stay longer than the average visitor to the state, and are significantly more likely to be repeat visitors.  Additionally, visitors to Southwest Alaska typically spend more than twice as much as the average visitor to other regions in Alaska.  Kodiak still offers visitors a uniqueness of character that other Alaskan communities are losing as they evolve into a mass-market destination.

  • President's Message by Lindsay Knight

     

    Hello Everyone,

    Happy Holidays and may we all look forward to a prosperous and exciting 2011!!

    During this holiday season, please keep in mind the reason for the season. When you do your holiday shopping, try to do it locally. We are all on this Pacific island together!! Let's keep as much revenue here as possible. The Chamber supports Chamber members and families!

    Kudos to the Johnson family and Kodiak Best Western for the November Business After Hours, featuring wine tasting and great food provided by Richard and the kitchens of Best Western!
    There is no Business After Hours in December; however, the January BAH will be at Kodiak Athletic Club, a business I am somewhat familiar with. The date will be announced at a later time.

     

    Our Member Monday on December 6th will feature Joellen Podoll, from Healthy Tomorrows. She will be speaking on, "Improving Kodiak's Physical and Mental Wellness". With a New Year approaching, sounds like a timely topic for the season!! This will be held at the Best Western from 12:00 to 1:00pm!

    I encourage you all to come see the Nutcracker on December 10th, 11th, and 12th!! I will be playing the part of Clara and Fritz's father, among other small parts, and I will be the guy up there who DOESN'T dance well!! We are performing at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium at Kodiak High School! You haven't seen the Nutcracker here since 2007 so come check it out!! Tis the season!

    I would like to welcome new member, Mike Brown and Salty Fly Safaris!! He joined at the Best Western BAH in November. Mike has a professional engineering business and he is also a two time Past President of the Lions Club!!

    We, your Chamber, wish you a Happy Holidays and a Blessed New Year !

    Lindsay Knight
    President

     
  • Shop Local this Holiday Season!
  • St. Mary's Basketball Team Cleans Up Kodiak!
    You may have read the front page article in the Kodiak Daily Mirror last month titled "Trash Cop" which included a photo of Jack Maker, our Kodiak Island Borough Code Enforcement Officer, looking at a pile of trash left on Selief Lane.  The St. Mary's School Basketball Team and parents participated in the Bounty Bag program on November 14th and cleaned up that exact location.  The group collected 95 bags of trash including many heavy objects such as tires, TVs, and even a couch.  Thank you to the St. Mary's Basketball Team for your hard work and efforts to keep Kodiak a beautiful community!

     

    Remember, this is a great opportunity for any non-profit organization or student group looking to raise funds!  With the generous sponsorship of the Kodiak Lions Club, every bag of trash picked up earns you $3.00 as well as the pride in knowing you are supporting your community.  Call the Chamber if your organization is interested in participating in the Bounty Bag program.

     

  • Crab Fest Poster Contest Deadline Extended!

    The Crab Fest Poster Contest deadline has been extended to noon on Wednesday, December 15th.  The Chamber received one outstanding entry; however, we have received feedback that many Kodiak residents were unaware the Poster Contest was underway and, therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline and bump up our marketing efforts.  We also received feedback that our local photographers would like to take part in the poster contest so, new this year, we are accepting entries of original, high resolution photography.  Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested.  Contact the Chamber at 486-5557 for the complete set of contest rules or visit us on Facebook!

  • Crab Fest Logo Contest Underway!

    The Crab Fest logo contest has begun and the deadline for entries is noon on Wednesday, December 15th.  Logo designs must include a crab and reflect some aspect of Kodiak or the Crab Festival.  The slogan will be inspired by the winning logo so this is your opportunity to get creative!  Slogan ideas may be submitted with your logo design but it is not required.  There are no age restrictions and you may submit as many logo designs as you wish.  Entries are due to the Chamber office at 100 Marine Way by noon on Wednesday, December 15th.  Please pass this information along to anyone who may be interested.  Contact the Chamber at 486-5557 for the complete set of contest rules or visit us on Facebook!