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October 2011

  • 2012 Crab Fest Poster Contest
  • Pacific Seafood Celebrates 70 years of Growth

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Friends and employees of Pacific Seafood will gather this week to celebrate the company's 70th anniversary. What started in 1941 by Croatian-born Frank Dulcich Sr. and his son Dominic as a small fish market on the corner of 34th and Powell on Portland's east side has grown to be one of the largest seafood companies in North America.

    The company now employs more than 2,000 employees and has processing plants stretching along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Mexico and distribution facilities in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Texas, and participates in the global seafood trade market. Pacific Seafood CEO Frank Dulcich, son of Dominic Dulcich and the third generation of Dulciches to lead the company, says it has never fully outgrown its humble beginnings as an immigrant-owned Portland neighborhood fish market.


    "We're one of the largest names in seafood that no one's ever heard of," said Dulcich. "We have never sought to be the biggest, simply the best. Many companies focus on growing in size and in the process lose sight of the quality of their products. At Pacific we are constantly asking ourselves how we can improve."

    Pacific Seafood is now an industry leader in sustainability, employee training and food safety. The company has implemented a cutting-edge recycling program that has reduced processing waste tenfold. Plastic pallet wrap from Pacific Seafood's plants is recycled into products like siding and decking, and it has replaced traditional packaging with recyclable packaging.

    In 2011, the company was named one of Oregon's healthiest employers in the 1500+ employee category by the Portland Business Journal. Pacific University, with accreditation through a partnership with Ashford University, offers more than 600 training and leadership development classes for Pacific employees.

    In addition to the implementation of cutting-edge deep-freezing technology, the company focuses on food safety through an advanced software traceability program developed internally

    "We are attempting to revolutionize our industry," said Dulcich. "In order to ensure the safety of our customers, we track every fish we catch from the ocean where it is caught to the store where it is purchased."

    Pacific Seafood has received certification from the British Retail Consortium to begin exporting to the world's largest shrimp market, the only BRC certification on the West Coast.

    This month the company is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a gathering of friends and family, and by sharing its story. To see photos and learn more, visit Pacific Seafood online at www.pacseafood.com, or visit them on Facebook.

    Pacific Seafood is a member of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association and is active in promoting a healthy and sustainable seafood industry by supporting fisheries awarded Marine Stewardship Council eco-labels.


  • Trick-or-Treating Downtown
    Downtown businesses will be hosting the annual Trick-or-Treat Downtown on Monday, October 31st from 3:30 to 5:30pm. All of Kodiak's 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.

    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 486-6434 or bzimm@ptialaska.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

  • The Chamber Welcomes New Economic Development Specialist

    Lale Gurer recently joined the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce as the new Economic Development Specialist. She was born and raised in Turkey. Lale moved to Kodiak three years ago to conduct her master research in the area of seafood processing at Fishery Industrial Technology Center. After her graduation she decided to pursue a second master degree in seafood marketing and business at UAF. She is now at the stage of completion of her degree.

    Lale stated that her Kodiak experience has been great so far. She has been enjoying the friendly community and natural beauty of the island. She likes fishing, walking, and spending time outdoors.

    During her college years, she worked at the family business and she believes this experience helped her to understand every aspect of running a small business. With her position, she looks forward to working with local businesses and governments. She is excited to attend the upcoming Marine Expo and help to organize Alaska's longest running Commercial Fishery Trade Show, ComFish Alaska, here in Kodiak.

    Please join us in welcoming Lale Gurer.

  • President's Message

    Hello Everyone,

    I do believe fall is here! Make sure to visit our fellow Chamber member businesses to get those needed winter supplies.

    Congratulations are in order to Alaska Aerospace and the Kodiak Launch Complex for another successful rocket launch! You guys did an incredible job including the Kodiak community to observe and take part in the launch. Thank You for your hospitality.

     I would like to thank everyone who attended our September Business After Hours hosted by the Best Western Kodiak Inn at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. A great time was had by all!


    Thank You Trevor and Lindsey from the Chamber; Mike Wall and Pam Forman from KMXT; and GCI for an awesome job on the Candidate Forum. I feel one of our main responsibilities as a Chamber is to provide our members with as much information as possible so that you can vote informed and intelligently at the polls.  I hope you all made it out to the polls on October 4th.


    I would also like to commend Rich, James, Wes and the rest of the team at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. You guys are doing a great job covering the elections. Thank You!

    Our Business After Hours is a biggie this month! The much anticipated Alaska Airlines BAH will be held on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. This was very well attended last year and I am sure it will be again. Hope to see you all there!

    Our annual Coast Guard Appreciation Event will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 6pm at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. Come help us honor our Coast Guard brothers and sisters!

    It's hard to believe Halloween is upon us. Barb Zimmerman, along with help from your Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, are hosting Trick-or-Treat in downtown Kodiak on Monday, October 31st from 3:30-5:30. This is a really fun event for the kids and great way to start up the holiday season!

    I would like to welcome the North Pole Community Chamber of Commerce as our newest Chamber member.

    We are YOUR Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to participate, communicate, and make the most of your membership!

    Lindsay Knight

  • October Business After Hours

    Join us on Thursday, October 20th as Alaska Airlines hosts Business After Hours at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

  • Coast Guard Appreciation Event

    Save the Date - Saturday, October 22nd

    On Saturday, October 22nd, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will host the 22nd Annual Coast Guard Appreciation Event "We Applaud You" at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center starting at 6:00pm. This event provides the Kodiak community an opportunity to 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 Guard 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 or email chamber@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make your reservations today.

    Thank you to our Coast Guard Appreciation Sponsors, BP and KeyBank, along with our PIKE Crown Sponsors.


  • Thank You to our New and Renewing Members

    Welcome New Member:


    Marilyn Zrucky

    Thank you to our renewing Members:


    Laine Welch
    Kim Piper & Chelsea Lau
    Sharon Anderson
    Ron and Judi Acarregui
    Dick Powell
    Tomio Demura
    James Eggemeyer
    Rolan Ruoss & Jo Murphy
    Verlin Pherson
    Allen Parker


  • September Chamber Board Meeting Minutes

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    Click here to view the September 2011 Chamber Board Meeting minutes.