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September 2012

  • Export Finance Briefing

    Mark Your Calendar for Export Finance Briefing in Kodiak!

    Interested in finding out about federal programs available to finance your export business? Mark your calendar and make plans to attend upcoming executive briefing that will provide you with the information and contacts. You'll hear directly from the experts, and will have the opportunity get your questions answered.

    This event is brought to you by WTCAK, the U.S. Small Business Administration.
    Pru Balatero, Small Business Administration: SBA's Export Financing Program.
    Greg Wolf, World Trade Center Alaska: Alaska's International Trade.
    Date: September 12
    Time: Noon - 1:30PM
    Place: Kodiak Best Western Hotel, Harbor Room
    Cost: $15 (includes light lunch)
    For more information or RSVP, please contact World Trade Center at 907-27-TRADE.

  • Candidate Forum
    The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will present a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm in the Borough Assembly Chambers for City Council, Borough Assembly, and School Board Candidates.
  • Think Twice Before Using a "Free" or "Inexpansive" Website

    Think twice before using a “free” or “inexpensive” website

    By Maggie Wall


               “I see so many nice looking websites that you can get for free. All I want to do is get my website up fast and these deals look too good to pass up.” So said a friend of mine recently.

               I’m not going to tell you to not use one of those free websites; for some of you that may be just the ticket.

    All I’m saying is, think twice—or more—before you commit yourself to one of those “Download Now”, “Get Online Instantly” websites and the businesses that provide them.

                    Here’s one good reason to give this some thought…It’s like so much of life and running a business. Until you do some research and spend some time talking with someone who knows the ropes, you have no clue how much you don’t know.

    “I recommend that unless you are planning to do only

    the absolute most basic things with your site,

    that you pay the extra bucks to get a premium site



    There is a lot involved in having a successful website and a positive online experience—positive for your customers and positive for you, who pays the bills for the site. It’s not necessarily difficult—but it can take time to learn the basics, especially if you are not familiar with a lot of the online stuff.

    Having said that, let me tell you that one of the best—absolute quickest and easiest way to get your business online—is to use a WordPress site, of which there are literally thousands of free sites or “themes” available for downloading. (Themes are what they call the various designs for websites.) There are also what is called “custom” and “premium” WordPress themes.

    I recommend that unless you are planning to do only the absolute most basic things with your site, that you pay the extra bucks to get a premium site which will come with many features that you will want to use that are not often in the freebies.

    The theme package for my leghead.com site cost about $75 and it saved me literally a hundred hours of work. How much is 100 hours of your time worth? A lot more than $75.

    Realistically, you likely will want to pay to have someone design a custom site or alter a premium site to do just what your business needs (not cheap, but worth every penny). Either way WordPress is flexible enough to grow with you and your business.

    The difference in time and results between free sites and a premium or custom site is worth the extra money you’ll pay. This truly is one of those cases where you pay for what you get and you get what you pay for.

    “If you can use Word or Xcel, you can use a WordPress site

    once it’s set up for you—the basics are that easy to figure out.


    One of the biggest advantages of using WordPress is that once it’s up and going, you or someone on your staff can make many of the basic updates. That saves you having to always hire or wait on someone to add a new photo, an article, or new product page to your business site. If you can use Word or Xcel, you can use a WordPress site once it’s set up for you—the basics are that easy to figure out.

                    My LegHead.com siteis built on a premium WordPress theme. I am constantly tweaking and testing the site--adding new things, trying new ways to do this or that.

    If you subscribe to the site you’ll get an automatic email whenever I post something new. That is one of the “built-ins” of this theme that you don’t get with most free sites. Those who subscribe have probably noticed that the site looks better and constantly has more new information and materials. That is the joy of a WordPress site—it’s easy to work with and to expand once you get the basic site up and running.

    Next month we’ll look at what you must know about retaining ownership and control of your website.  Chances are:

    1) you don’t have control of your site and

    2) you don’t actually own your site--and you don’t even know it!

    Maggie Wall recently completed her Master’s Degree in Internet Marketing with a 4.0 GPA. Her business Magpie Publishing & Production designs websites and coaches people how to get their business online and to attract online customers (487-4040). She also produces The LegHead Report located at leghead.com.

  • Spotlight of Kodiak Pet Supply

    Kodiak Pet Supply Grand Opening set for Saturday, Sept. 15th!

    The Kodiak Veterinary Clinic is proud to announce the grand opening of the Kodiak Pet Supply store located at 1914 Mill Bay Rd. (in the other half of the Kodiak Vet Clinic building) on Saturday, Sept. 15th, 2012.  Join us from 10am to 3pm to check out Kodiak’s new source for Grain Free Pet Foods, All Natural Treats, and quality Pet care supplies and Toys at an affordable price!  

    Take advantage of our in-store specials, coupons, and enter our drawing to win free prizes and services including free bags of pet food, Toys, Treats, and Veterinary Services from the Kodiak Vet Clinic!


    Kodiak Pet Supply will focus on providing our clients with the best tools available to pamper their favorite pet through proper nutrition, supplementation, exercise, activity, and grooming.

    Kodiak Pet Supply will feature a large selection of delicious and healthy premium brand pet foods such as Ideal Balance, Canine Caviar, Innova Prime, and California Naturals as well as several brands of pet treats including WildCatch Alaskan Salmon Jerky, Yummy Chummy Halibut Treats, Pegetable Dental chews, Fruit Snacks, and more!  All Diets and treats are American made with premium all natural ingredients!!!

    Along with proper nutrition, keep your pets active with Chuck-It Toy Launchers, Kong Cat and Dog toys, and Kyjen Squeaker Matts.  Traveling soon?  Kodiak Pet Supply offers a full line of airline approved Vari Kennel Pet carriers, travel kits, and Sherpa brand small pet travel bags.

    For your pet’s overall healthcare needs, the Kodiak Pet Supply will carry a large selection of petcare items, such as Furminator grooming tools, Miller’s Forge Nail Trimmers, Greenies Dental Treats and Pill Pockets, CET Oral Care Kits, Baskerville Muzzles, Clicker Training Supplies, Tuff-Lock Collars, Easy Walk Harnesses, and a whole lot more!

    The Kodiak Pet Supply will offer Product Loyalty reward programs, monthly In-Store specials, manufacturer rebates and coupons, and a mark-down clearance section for special bargains.

    Store hours will be Tuesday thru Friday from 11:30am-5:30pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-3pm.

    For more information about our products, services, and special promotions, visit us on-line at kodiakvet.com(click on the pet supply tab) or “Like Us” on our Kodiak Pet Supply page on FaceBook.

    Kodiak Pet Supply

     Contact: Dave Berg, General Manager

    Michelle Leitheiser, Sales Associate


     Email: kodiakpetsupply@yahoo.com

  • Thank You To New and Renewing Members

    Welcoming Our New Chamber Member


    Floral Expressions by Silvia Cavan  

    Thank You to Our Renewing Members

    Greg Deal Community Bank President
    Wells Fargo
    Borghy Holm
    Healthy Tomorrows
    Jamie Flores
    Harbor Enterprises Inc. dba Petro Marine Services
    Joyce Gregory, Assistant VP
    Key Bank National Association
    Kelly & Angie Huffaker
    Comfort Inn Kodiak
    Dustin Roberson
    World Wide Movers Inc.
    Janelle Peterson
    Get on Net
    Paula McCann
    Valdez Convention & Vistors Bureau
    Sven Haakanson Jr & Carol Austerman
    Alutiiq Musuem 125
    Mark Liland
    Northern Air Cargo 400
    Ellen Simenoff
    KVOK/KRXX Hot 101.1
    Ryan Sharratt
    Alaska National Mortgage
    Cheryl Christofferson
    Koniag, Inc
    John & Maureen Eaton
    Darlene Turner
    A Smiling Bear Bed & Breakfast
    April Eads
    Food Services of America
    Ila Dillion, President
    Seldovia Chamber of Commerce
    Martine Chenet
    Mill Bay Coffee & Pastries
    John F Kozub
    Anne Kalcic
    Fuller Boatyard Inc.


  • August Board Meeting Minutes
  • Economic Development Report

    Before the end of the year, energy generated by wind turbines will make significant new contributions to electrical grids in communities and villages across the state. The renewable energy generated provides, in part, an answer to issues regarding diesel fuel costs and potential natural gas supply shortages that have plagued power providers in recent years.
    Utility scale wind farm projects in South-central Alaska and the Interior will garner most of the attention this summer, but they are by no means the only places where wind is making a difference in energy production. In Kotzebue and on Kodiak Island, local utilities are adding new turbines to already existing wind farms.
    The Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) is also upping its wind power production with the addition of three new units to its Pillar Mountain Wind Project, a wind farm that began operation 2009 with three General Electric 1.5 MW SLE wind turbines. The new GE turbines will double the wind farms output to 9MW. They are expected to begin commercial operation by the first week in September. In combination with the two hydroelectric turbine generators at Terror Lake with another slated to come on line soon, the Kodiak utility is making big strides towards fulfilling its vision of achieving 95 percent renewable energy production by the year 2020.

    Currently, wind power accounts for just less than 10 percent of KEA’s production, hydro energy accounting for more than 76 percent of production, and diesel generation contributing just over 14 percent of total output. With the three-turbine configuration, KEA has been able to displace about 900,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually. The new wind turbines will double the output for the Pillar Mountain Wind Farm, saving even more money for KEA and its ratepayers. Part of the wind farm expansion includes the installation of a battery back-up system that will in combination with Terror Lake provide grid stability when wind conditions are slack.

    Reprinted from The Alaska Business Magazine, originally written by Gene Storm.

  • Poster Contest

  • Best Western Kodiak Inn Business After Hours

  • Letter From President

    Hello Everyone!

    The happening event for August was Carrie Morton, and Residential Mortgage LLC, Business After Hours!  Carrie hosted  at Ben Millstein’s, Brewery, in his new location in the old Cy’s building smack in the middle of downtown!  The event was also an informal Open House for the Brewery! Mill Bay Coffee catered with a great presentation of food and and Carrie bought the beer! (she bought the food too) . I would say at least 120 attended, we had at least 80 Chamber members and Ben had his usual Friday night crowd.

    This Month’s BAH will be hosted by the Johnson family and Kodiak Best Western! The event will be held on September 28th, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Harbor Convention Center. Best Western will cater the food, and of course, they will present their usual wine tasting event. We will have door prizes, split the pot, and lots of fun.

    Calling out to all artists and photographers we want you to get involved in the Crab Fest Poster Contest! I know it is a long time until May, but the contest for the art work for the poster starts now! You could win $250.00 in cash prize as well as lots of exposure to the community!

    We do appreciate our Coast Guard in Kodiak, and on Oct 6th will be the annual, Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner! The  event will be held at the Kodiak Convention Center! The festivities starts at 6:00 pm, don’t miss out!

    We would like to welcome new Chamber Member, Sylvia Cavan and “Floral Expressions”!

    As you know Henry’s for their awesome cuisine and refreshments, don’t forget to try your luck at the pull tab games.  You may be a lucky winner and the proceeds do help to support your Chamber of Commerce.

    Be involved with YOUR Chamber of Commerce




  • Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner October 6th

    Save the Date

     On Saturday, October 6th, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will host the 23rd Annual Coast Guard Appreciation Event "We Applaud You" at the Harborside Convention Center 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 or need help coming up with ideas, 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 Sentimental Journeymen featuring Bianca Clark. 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.

  • Alaska 1 Realty