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October 2010

  • December Business After Hours

    We do not currently have a business scheduled to host the December Business After Hours. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours on either Thursday, December 16th or Friday, December 17th, please contact Lindsey Howell 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 . Thanks!

  • President's Message by Lindsay Knight
    Hello Everyone,

    I do believe fall is here!! Make sure you visit our fellow Chamber member businesses to stock up on those needed winter supplies!!

    I'd like to personally welcome Josh Bell, featured last month, and Lindsey Howell, our new Community Relations Director!! These two are awesome; do make a point to come meet them!!

    I salute Trevor, Josh, and Pam for our Candidate Forum that was held last month! Hope you all listened in. I congratulate all our local winners on their election results! Another election is coming up November 2nd so make sure you get out there and vote!!
    Our Business After Hours is a biggie this month! The much anticipated Alaska Airlines
    BAH will be held at Jack Johnson's (also on your Board) Kodiak Convention Center. This was very well attended last year and I am sure it will be again! Hope to see you all there!!


    October 23rd is our Coast Guard Appreciation Event at the Elks lodge at 6:00pm; thank you Luis (Elks Exalted Ruler). Scott Williams will be hosting and, I have to tell you, Scott is one of the stand ups of the island. He will entertain you, as well as honor our Coast Guard brothers and sisters!!

    Hard to believe Halloween is upon us! Trick-or-Treating in downtown Kodiak is on Friday, October 29th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm! This is a really fun event for the kids and a great way to start up the holiday season!!

    I would like to welcome our new members, Mel Stephens and Marjorie O'Keeffe at Polaris Properties, LLC and Norm Wooten.

    We are YOUR Chamber of Commerce; make sure to participate and communicate!

    Lindsay Knight

  • Thank You to Our New and Renewing Members!


    Please join us in welcoming our new members!

    Mel Stephens &
    Marjorie O'Keeffe
    Polaris Properties, LLC
    Norman Wooten


    And a big Thank You to our renewing members!

    Verlin Pherson
    Scuba Do
    Martha Garcia
    Martha's Place
    Mike Terry
    Light House Service
    Dan Boyette
    Gci Dba Alaska United
    Wes Nedrow
    Nedrow Enterprises
    Allen Parker, Pres.
    Int'l Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union
    Gwyn Lofberg
    Gwyn's Cookery & More
    Nell Ulrich
    Copper Valley Chamber Of Commerce
    Anne Kalcic
    Fuller Boatyard Inc.
    Charlene Chase
    Rc Enterprises Inc.
    John Butler Shirley Jones
    John's Heating Service Inc.
    Tim Blott
    Ocean Beauty Seafood/King Crab Inc.
    Father John Dunlop
    St. Herman's Theological Seminary
    Luke Fulp
    Kodiak Island Borough School District
    Elke Carros
    Russian Heritage Inn
    David Ballew
    E. Kim Davidson
    Wild Trader's Inc.


  • Chamber Welcomes Lindsey Howell

    Lindsey Howell joined the Chamber of Commerce as the new Community Relations Director in September after moving to Kodiak from Cleveland, Ohio.

    For the past six years Lindsey worked for Judson Services, a network of nonprofit senior living and nursing communities in Cleveland, where she served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources. Along with performing a variety of HR functions such as employee relations, training, recruiting, and worker's compensation, Lindsey also oversaw the planning and organizing of all employee-related events and organized and published the company-wide employee newsletter twice a month.


    Lindsey received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo and her Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University. Outside of the office, Lindsey enjoys hiking with her dog, Maggie, biking, and, skiing.

    Lindsey is thrilled to be able to bring her skills and experience to the Chamber of Commerce and she looks forward to working closely with the local businesses and residents of Kodiak. Lindsey is excited to be assisting with the coordination of Chamber events and she is especially looking forward to her first Kodiak Crab Fest!

    Please join us in welcoming our newest employee.

  • Chamber News & Views – A Free Benefit to You!
    Remember that, as a Chamber Member, you have the free benefit of highlighting your business via the Chamber's weekly radio program, "Chamber News and Views." You select the information that will be discussed in this two minute interview whether it be promoting an upcoming event at your business or simply reminding the community of the products or services you offer. 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. 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.
  • Trick-or-Treat Downtown - Friday, October 29th


    Downtown businesses will be hosting the annual Trick-or-Treat Downtown on Friday, October 29th from 3:30 to 5:30pm. All of Kodiak's goblins, ghouls, and other trick-or-treaters are invited to wander through participating businesses looking for treats.

    We are hoping all businesses that have participated in the past will do so again this year and, of course, we welcome any new participants!


    It's easy to participate - just be well supplied with candy and ready to greet many visitors! The ad will direct trick-or-treaters to look for the "Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here" sign displayed in the door or window of participating businesses. The Chamber will email the welcome sign out to businesses in a separate email.

    Additionally, the Elks Club will be hosting a Halloween Carnival, complete with games, candy, and music from 4pm to 6pm for all the trick-or-treaters and their parents.

    We know that this event has been greatly enjoyed by many Kodiak families in the past and we thank everyone for making it a success. Hope for good weather!!

    Please contact Barb Zimmerman at Sutliff's True Value with any questions.

  • Horizon Lines Receives 2010 Quest for Quality Award

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    Horizon Lines, Inc., the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, has been awarded a 2010 Quest for Quality Award from Logistics Management magazine, ranking in the top three for honors in the ocean carrier category.


    Horizon Lines scored above average in all areas-customer service, on-time performance, value, information technology, equipment and operations. Logistics Management, a monthly publication for supply chain professionals, conducts the Quest for Quality survey every year, asking qualified buyers of logistics and transportation services to evaluate their service partners.

    This marks the third time in the past four years that Horizon Lines has won a Quest for Quality award. It comes after the carrier was named on the first ever 50 Green Supply Chain Partners list published by Inbound Logistics, a monthly magazine for logistics and transportation professionals.

    - Biz Journals (press release) Source: www.bizjournals.com

    Congratulations to Horizon Lines!

    Download the full PDF report at http://lm.ehpub.com/images/site/LM0810_Quest.pdf.

  • Economic Development News by Josh Bell
    Alaska's 10 Year Industry Forecast

    Between 2008 and 2018, Alaska is projected to recover from the aftermath of the recent recession and add 33,670 jobs, an increase of 10.5 percent. This compares to a 10.1 percent gain from the United States as a whole.

    Alaska's industry forecast is the result of varying rates of growth in different industries. Relatively slow growth is expected in most of the largest sectors including government, retail trade, finance, and education. Somewhat stronger growth is expected in small to medium size industries such as metal mining; utilities; and professional, scientific, and technical services. Exceptional growth is forecasted for the health care related industries.


    2008 - 2018 Projected increases

    • Health care and social assistance expected to grow by 9,400 jobs or a 26.5% increase
    • Construction will likely recover and add jobs by 1,960 or a 11.3% increase
    • Slower growth expected for retail, wholesale, and leisure and hospitality by 2,970 jobs or a 8.2% increase
    • Metal and coal mining jobs likely to increase by 360 jobs or a 17% increase
    • Oil and gas employment will grow slowly*
    • Seafood processing and packaging employment will be up and down with an increase of 290 jobs or a 3.2% increase
    • Transportation and warehousing growth will be lower than in recent years but project 2,490 jobs or a 10.3% increase
    • Education growth rate will be sub-par with 2,100 jobs or a 7.4% increase
    • Government estimated to grow by 8.4 percent
      • Public-sector jobs are projected to grow modestly during the forecast period (excluding education, hospitals, railroad transportation, uniformed military, and the U.S. Postal Service)
      • State government employment is anticipated to grow by 9.8%
      • Federal and local government jobs are forecasted to grow by 7.5 to 7.8 percent
    • Professional, scientific and technical services expected to grow by 1,630 jobs or a 12.3% increase

    Alaska is expected to recover from the recession and grow at a modest rate for the remainder of the forecast period. Health care related industries will benefit from the rapid growth in the population of older age Alaskans. An expansion of infrastructure, resumed construction growth, promising new mines, increased mining and oil exploration, and a gradual return of tourists will help Alaska maintain positive growth in the aftermath of the recession.

    *Oil and gas is an integral part of Alaska's economy. Only about 4 percent of Alaska's total employment is in the oil and gas industry, but revenue generated from oil and gas royalties and tax filters through the rest of the economy and has a huge impact on Alaska's overall employment.  The Alaska Department of Revenue projects a steady decline in oil production, but oil and gas employment is projected to grow slightly. Growth is possible because future production will likely be more labor intensive as oil companies pursue methods to get at oil that is difficult to reach.

    Article By Kelsey Kost and Todd Mosher, Economists from the Alaska Economic Trends Sept. 2010

  • Coast Guard Appreciation Event - October 23rd

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    Save the Date!
    On Saturday, October 23rd, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will host the 21st Annual Coast Guard Appreciation Event "We Applaud You" at the Elk's Lodge starting at 6:00pm. This event provides the Kodiak community an opportunity to salute and recognize Coast Guard personnel for their hard work and dedication to making Kodiak a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. The Coast Guard attendees are selected by their individual command and are often the men and women who work behind the scenes to get the job done.


    A popular part of the evening features door prizes donated by area businesses and only the Coast Guard guests receive door prize tickets. Making a donation is a great way to show your appreciation for the Coast Guards as well as have your business recognized at the event. If you are interested in donating a door prize, please call the Chamber.

    This year's Coast Guard Appreciation Event will feature a variety of foods and desserts from chefs and restaurants around town and entertainment by Tim Snodgrass. Tickets are $50 per person and are on sale now. Remember, the price of your ticket buys your dinner as well as the dinner of one of our Coast Guard guests. Call the Chamber at 486-5557 to make your reservations today.

  • Business After Hours - October 21st