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January 2013

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    Girls Night Out
    Feb 2nd 6pm at the Convention Center.
    This event will feature an evening of beauty, wine, all things lovely and divine
    *A glamorizing evening for ladies to be pampered
    *Glamor and Boudoir photo sessions
    *Pre-photo shoot hair and make-up service by salon artists
    *All inclusive photo session packages available
    *Music, beverages, and appetizers

    Ladies will be attending with their friends, mothers will bring their daughters and all will partake in a glamorizing event.
    At the event those participating in the photo sessions will be able to order print packages that will be ready for Valentine's Day as gifts.
    Beauty Bundle Deal (may be purchased individually or as a package):
    *Entry: $20 pre-event price includes beverage and appetizer.

    *Photo Shoot Prices: $84 pre-event ticket purchase,
    What to expect:
    While ejoying your photo session at Girls Night Out either Adina Preston or Diane Gross will be your photographer. In the photos you should plan ahead and bring whatever you want to wear. There will be a few items available to use. Photos are going to be taken in a private dressing room area with only you and the photographer. You will receive 5 shots that are yours, one will be printed and ready for you to give for Valentines Day to your special sweetie! You will have access to the web site and be able to purchase more photos too.

    *Hair/Makeup=$70 pre-event ticket purchase
    What to expect:
    When receiving your glamorizing hair and makeup service the talented beauticians from Vizhunz salon will be transforming you into the beautiful YOU that you are. These artists bring a depth of style wisdom that will be sure the dazzle you. You will be pampered at you at your personal beauty station while they listen to your style preferences.

    *Nail Shellac:
    While sitting at your beauty station prepping for your glamorizing photo session have your nails pampered. Receive the newest shellac technique by Deb Eggemeyer, $20 show special (nails must be bare).

    Spray Tan:
    "Get pampered before your photo shoot and receive a spray tan session by Summer Spray, Kodiak Mobile Spray Tans by Summer Wood for $20. Summer uses Norvell Skin Solutions for a natural beautiful sun kissed glow ensuring a glamorous look.

    After your relaxing hair and makeup beauty session you will be ready for a private photo session.

    *Pre-purchased Beauty Bundle Deal: $224.00 (includes entry, one glass of wine, appetizers, hair and make-up, and photo session).

    Ticket sales: Contact Melody Vahl 907.947.5491 or see Facebook: Go Go Girl Events




    VFW State Mid-Winter Conference February 8th, 2013


    The Kodiak VFW post 7056 is requesting quality items for this year's annual auction on February 8th, 2013. VFW Alaska state convention auction proceeds from this important event will help veterans and their families in Alaska. Donations are tax deductible. Please submit donations certificates no later than February 1st, 2013.  Please contact Dave Masinter at (907) 512-7011 for any questions.

  • Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting with RE/MAX
  • December Business After Hours Pictures
  • Economic Development Report
    KODIAK GROWS UP - By Joe Bailor
    The experts have been talking about it, we've heard about it on the news. What does a bunch of Baby Boomers entering retirement have to do with Kodiak? The State Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released their population projections for the next 25 years last April. At first glance you might not see anything significant in the above chart, but if you look closely you will see some numbers that should make you stop and think.

    The state is projecting that Kodiak's population will remain relatively flat over the next 25 years, our population actually decreasing by 1.2% by 2035. The median age of our population will increase by 5.4 years from 32.7 to 38.1 years. A shocking statistic comes from our elders, family, friends and neighbors who are, or will be, over 60 during this time period. The state is projecting that our 60+ population on Kodiak will almost DOUBLE over the next 12 years. By 2025 our 60 and above borough residents will grow from 1,562 to 3,045, going from 11.4% of the total population to 22.2% of the population. Just think, almost 1 in 4 people on this island will be over 60 years old in just 12 years! Another startling statistic above is that our primary workforce age groups (ages 15-59) will decrease from 8,825 to 7,532 individuals by the year 2025, a 10% loss in our primary workforce!

    These numbers should be a warning sign that prompts our community to start preparing for the next 25 years. Do we have enough appropriate housing for our elders? Will we have a greater need for public transportation? Will we have enough health care professionals to meet the need in our community? If our population remains flat and our primary workforce (ages 15-59) decreases by 10%, who will fill the 1300 jobs that may be open? Easy solutions are not close at hand, however we do need to start the dialog in our community. The community and its leadership must be proactive and open to creative solutions to meet the needs of our community for the next 25 years.


  • Thank You to New and Renewing Members

    New Members

    Orion's Sports LLC

    Steve & Sharon Wielebski

    Guardian Landing

    Tracy Mertens

    Renewing Members

    The Local Pages

    Marica Henderson

    Kenai Chamber of Commerce

    Tina Baldridge

    KMXT FM/KMXT LPTV-Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corp.

    Fred Hawley

    US Travel

    Penny Lampl

    Net Systems Inc.

    Kirk Rsmussen

    Water of Life

    Cecile & Todd Hiner

    Int'l Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union

    Eric Hansen

    Hope Community Resources, Inc

    Stephen Lesko

    Elliott Sales LLC a divison of Geigner

    Deb Main

    Galley Gourmet, Inc

    Marion & Marty Owen

    Kodiak Motors, Inc

    Debbie Refior


  • Chamber Board Elections
    As a reminder, the deadline for Chamber Board nominations is Monday, January 14th.

    The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual election of Board Members in early February. The nominating committee is accepting applications for three vacancies for the three-year term seats. If you are interested in running for a seat on the Chamber Board, complete the attached nomination form and either drop it off to the Chamber office, fax it to 486-7605, or email it to chamber@kodiak.org .

    Nomination forms must be received by the Chamber no later than Monday, January 14, 2013. Ballot sheets will be mailed to all Chamber Members in early February and the selected Board Members will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Dinner on February 15th.
    Please contact the Chamber at 486-5557 with any questions. Thank you.

  • Support the Chamber with Pull Tabs at Henry's
    For over 16 years, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has held a gaming permit and has partnered with other local non-profits in the pull-tab operation at Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant. The funding   that we receive from this gaming activity makes up a significant portion of our overall budget and enables the Chamber to fulfill our goals and objectives. An important issue that the Chamber faces is the rising costs of doing business, not only for our own organization, but for our membership. We actively seek out alternative funding sources in order to keep our general membership dues affordable for all. Membership dues have not increased in several years, the cost of booth space at Crabfest and Comfish has remained fixed, and in some cases even lower rates have been implemented. We are here to serve our membership and our community in the most cost effective way possible. Hats Off and Thank You! to Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant, not only for great food, but also for providing us with a means to fund operations and keep working for you, our membership. So, next time you visit Henry's, stop by the pull tab operation to play a game of chance or even just say "Hello".
  • Member Spotlight

    Island Trails Network


    The Island Trails Network is a Kodiak-based community organization dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting sustainable trails, waterways, shorelines and access through action advocacy and education. We are a 501(c)3 corporation with a full-time staff of three: Andy Schroeder, Founder & Executive Director; Tom Pogson Director of Marine Programs, Education and Outreach, & Nick Kesling, Action Coordinator.

    As a trails organization, we focus our actions on urban trail development and multi-use trail hardening programs. Examples of urban trail projects include trails on Near Island, Ft. Abercrombie SP, and Island Lake. Multi-use trail hardening projects are underway or completed at Anton Larsen Bay, Spruce Island, the Karluk Portage, and Summit Lake reroute. Marine debris removal and recycling has been a big focus for ITN since 2008; we have removed and recycled 80,000 pounds of debris in the last 4 years with projects at Pillar Creek, Shuyak Island State Park, Halibut Bay, Tugidak Island, and a pilot program to compensate set netters for marine debris collected and delivered to us for recycling.

    Advocacy at ITN takes many forms. We have been strong advocates for an inter-connected series of trails and paths to make walking and biking on Kodiak easier and safer. More recently, we have been involved in phase I of a Safe Routes to School program aimed at identifying barriers to safely walking or biking to school in the Kodiak Island Borough School District. ITN's strong advocacy for completion of a small section of the Kodiak Bike Path from Pier 2 to Deadman's Curve includes presentations at City Council work sessions, and encouraging the public to participate in planning process for the bike path project. ITN is an active participant in the Kodiak Island Borough's comprehensive trails plan. The Kodiak Island Outdoor Film Festival, hosted by ITN, is now an annually scheduled event at the Kodiak Convention Center every April.

    ITN's public education programs include trail building workshops aimed at providing volunteers with professional trail crew skills, promoting the goals of Tread Lightly, which is aimed at minimizing adverse impacts on the outdoors while recreating, several water safety education courses, and the coordination of local marine debris art projects such as "Ophelia" the marine debris Octopus, created by Bonnie Dillard and her students from Kodiak HS.


    Much of ITN's funding comes from grants and contracts for trail projects, safe routes to school studies, and marine debris removal and recycling projects, but we also have an active membership program. Anyone can become a supporting member safely from our website, IslandTrails.org, or contact us for more information about becoming a member and making donations.

    In 2013 there are lots of exciting programs in place at ITN that will create opportunities for partnerships with land management agencies, and exciting volunteer events for groups and individuals.

    Because of concern over the marine debris resulting from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami, we are launching Kodiak Coast Clean Up in June 2013, an effort to remove marine debris from all the beaches on the Kodiak Road System with an emphasis on a volunteer network to clean the beaches, sort the debris, and send it to Washington State for recycling. Volunteers are needed starting July 7th to staff the marine debris clean-up and recycling program on Tugidak Island. We are looking to expand and further develop the Set Netter Pilot Program to clean many more miles of Kodiak's coastline and recycle the debris off-island. We want to get more set netters involved and expand the program to include compensation for other users willing to deliver sorted debris that can be recycled. We have applied for funding to develop a permanent marine debris sorting and recycling facility on Kodiak to handle the increase in Tsumani-generated marine debris expected on Kodiak's shores in 2013 and over the next few years. You can also follow us on Facebook "Island Trails Network".

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  • Message from President


    I truly hope everyone had a GREAT holiday season! I know I did, but now it's time to focus on a brand new year with new goals and aspirations.

    The Chamber started our year with an awesome Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Paula Laird and her RE/MAX of Kodiak real estate business!

    The Business After Hours this month is at Kodiak Athletic Club on January 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Joel and Martine with Mill Bay Coffee will be catering, so the food will be yummy! I will have door prizes which include an ERA, round trip ticket to Anchorage! I will also give away membership prizes, and Athletic Club shirts. Beer and wine will be served, with Mike Brown bartending for the Kodiak Athletic Club. I have found that plane tickets and drinks greatly improve attendance to the BAH! Also, did you miss our one time only, one day sale on Jan. 1st? For those who missed the sale, we will offer a second chance to save $150.00 on your annual membership at KAC when you attend the BAH!

    The Chamber is accepting nominations for 3, three year Chamber Board open seats. Being on the Board is informative, helps you stay dialed in on what is going on in the business world, you can influence Chamber direction, and oh yeah, it's fun. Nominations close on January 14th, so get your name in! The elections will be in early February. Our annual dinner is February 15th and the elected will be announced and sworn in at the very next Board meeting.

    Come to the KMXT/Kodiak Athletic Club 5th Annual Bench Press Contest on Feb. 15th
    We are holding it at Kodiak High School, at 1pm on the basketball court. This is a fund raiser for KMXT, so if you know someone in it, go ahead and pledge them 50 cents a rep or a fixed amount. It is always an exciting event!

    I would like to welcome Orion's Sports LLC with Steve and Sharon as well as Guardian Landing with Tracey Mertens to our Chamber Membership.

    We are your Chamber of Commerce; let us know how we can serve YOU in the New Year!

    Lindsay Knight