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September 2011

  • Take Advantage of your Membership with "Chamber News & Views"

    Take advantage of one of the many benefits of being a Chamber Member by highlighting your business on the Chamber's weekly radio program, "Chamber News and Views." You select the topic to discuss 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 it's a pre-taped interview edited to make you sound great! Chamber News and Views is an excellent opportunity to reach a large listening audience and at no cost to you. Contact Lindsey at  lindsey@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 486-5557 if you are interested in participating in a Chamber News and Views interview or have any questions about the radio program.


    The following Chamber Members have made the most of their Chamber Membership this year by highlighting their business or organization on Chamber News and Views:

    Humane Society of Kodiak
    Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center
    Pickled Willys
    Ice House
    Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair
    Darlene Williamson, GRI
    Blue Planet Eco-Charters
    Healthy Tomorrows
    Kodiak Community Health Center
    Eyecare Excellence
    Island Trails Network
    The Rookery
    Emerald Isle Framing
    Island Style Mobile Entertainment
    Mack's Sport Shop
    Soroptimst International of Kodiak
    Threshold Services, Inc.
    Kodiak Athletic Club
    AAA Moving and Storage
  • Candidate Forum on September 27th

    The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will present a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, September 27th at the Borough Assembly Chambers for City Council, City Mayor, Borough Assembly, and School Board Candidates.  More information to follow.

  • President's Message

    Hello Everyone,

    I hope you had a great summer! we are about to get busy with Chamber activates again.

    Thank You everyone who attended the August BAH on board the S/V Seamoore hosted by Blue Planet Eco-Charters. Tom and Laura were excellent hosts and a good time was had by all who came by to check out the vessel!

    September Business After Hours will hosted by the Johnson family, the Best Western Kodiak Inn. It will be held on Friday, September 30th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. They will be offering wine tasting, introducing their new Chef, Gil Turturici,with a great spread of hor dourves, and giving away great door prizes. Of course, the Chamber will also be holding Split-the-Pot to raise money for our scholarship. Come join the fun!


    Tuesday, September 27th is our Candidate Forum held at the Borough Assembly Chambers. We will email everyone once the time is confirmed. This forum will include candidates for City Mayor, City Council, Borough Assembly, and School Board and KMXT will be broadcasting. This is a great opportunity to hear from the folks will be running our city and borough government. Do come by, or listen in, so that you can vote wisely. Every election is important and we, as your Chamber, encourage you to be as educated as you can on the issues and the candidates. GET OUT AND VOTE!

    I'd like to welcome the following new Chamber of Commerce Members:

    Barbara Huges and Bill Alwert with Pickled Willys, LLC

    Norman and Janice Botz, with Roads End Restaurant

    Be involved with YOUR Chamber of Commerce!

    Lindsay Knight

  • Pickled Willys New Member Spotlight

    328 B Shelikof Street
    Kodiak, AK 99615
    (907) 512-2038

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    The Chamber welcomes Barbara Hughes, President, and Bill Alwert, CEO/Founder, of Pickled Willys.

    Pickling seafood is an old tradition in Alaska and Pickled Willys' special recipe comes from a long standing family recipe that became so popular we had to start sharing it with everyone! We are the only pickled seafood processing plant in the state of Alaska. Our Seafood Processing Store, located at 328 Shelikof Street, has been open for six weeks but we've been working hard behind the scenes for almost two years to perfect our recipes with the help of Quentin Fong and the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center. Pickled Willys gourmet pickled seafood is made from the freshest Alaskan King Crab, Sockeye Salmon, Ling Cod, and Halibut. We procure directly from our and other Alaskan fishing vessels, and pickle with the finest ingredients. We ship all over the US so your friends and family around Alaska and the lower 48 can also enjoy Pickled Willys. Our company is veteran owned and we're committed to quality products and friendly customer service. Barbara took the Wharton Business School's Small Business Development course and she was recently interviewed by the school for their successful start up of Pickled Willys. 

    Congratulations Barbara and Bill!

  • September Business After Hours



  • 2012 Crab Fest Poster Contest

  • How did Kodiak Rank in the 2011 Alaska Rental Survey?

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    The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section has conducted a rental market survey with Alaska's landlords in order to gain residential unit information for Alaska Housing Finance Corporation since 1993. Alaska Economic Trends magazine published the results of the 2011 Alaska Rental Survey in their August issue.
    According to this year's survey, the median adjusted rents including all survey areas and building types was $1,042 per month, 1% up from the previous year.
    According to the 2010 US Census, Alaska rental prices are high overall compared to the lower 48 but it also costs much more to live in some regions of Alaska than others. Kodiak Island still tops the list for the most expensive city in the state to rent all types of homes. The adjusted median rent in Kodiak Island Borough was reported at $1,172 per month which is 11% higher than the survey total.
    In rental rates for three-bedroom single family homes, Fairbanks North Star Borough was the most expensive at $1,938 and Kodiak Island Borough ranked fifth with $1,753 median adjusted rent.
    For two-bedroom apartments, Kodiak also has the highest median adjusted rent at $1,231 per month, with Anchorage and Juneau following at $1,202 and $1,182, respectively.
    In 2011, market rental survey also showed that areas with high rental rates tend to have lower vacancy rate than the other areas as there are limited number of housing and greater demand. Valdez-Cordova Census Area vacancy rate was reported at 1.2% followed by Kodiak Island Borough at 2.0%.
    Download the full 2011 Alaska Rental Survey article from the Alaska Economic Trends August 2011 Issue at http://laborstats.alaska.gov/trends/aug11art2.pdf.
  • Thank You to our New and Renewing Members
    Thank You to our New Members!


    Barbara Hughes & Bill Alwert
    Norman and Janice Botz
    Thanks You to our Renewing Members!


    Aimee Kniaziowski
    Anne Kalcic
    Rick Gifford
    Mike Murray
    Dennis McMurry
    Martha Garcia
    Curtis Law
    Marc Ignacio


  • August Chamber Board Meeting Minutes

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    Click here to view the August Chamber Board Meeting Minutes.

  • Support the Chamber with Pull Tabs at Henry's

    Not only does Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant consistently provide our community with exceptional customer service and quality food, they have also been partnering with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce for nearly two decades through the pull tab program.  Many of our members may not realize the impact that this partnership has had on the Chamber of Commerce and the Kodiak Community.  The revenues received from this partnership have allowed the Chamber to keep membership dues low as well as fund many programs and events.  A great deal of good has come from the pull tab program because it has allowed the Chamber to put thousands of dollars back into the Kodiak community each year.  We look forward to many more years of enjoying Henry's delicious burgers, steaks, and seafood offerings and continuing this successful partnership.