President's Message

Dear Chamber Members,

I hope you are having a happy and productive Spring! The Chamber has been busy the past few months putting together ComFish 2018, which took place last weekend. Our hard work paid off with a sold out trade show and some of the best attended fisheries forums in recent memory. I also had a great time watching the shark dissection performed by Arthur Shultz and organized by Ground Fish Databank and the local processors. I would like to thank our PIKE Sponsors for your continued support in making ComFish possible. For those of you interested in learning more about PIKE Sponsorship, I encourage you to visit our recently updated sponsorship page on our website. As you will see there are many benefits to becoming a Sponsor of the Chamber. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or our staff at the Chamber office with any questions.

I would also like to thank the Kodiak Island Brewing Company for hosting a fun and jam packed Business After Hours last month. It is always great to see so many of our members and new faces out at our events! If you are interested in hosting this year, we still have a few more months available. Be sure to reach out to Dana ASAP.

As the days get longer I always enjoy the opportunity to be out and about around town. The Chamber is excited to support several initiatives aimed at beautifying Kodiak and respecting our environment. Mark your calendars for our annual Community Clean Up Day taking place May 5th, details coming soon! Additionally, the City of Kodiak ordinance reducing the use of disposable plastic shopping bags will go into effect on Earth Day, April 22nd. In response to this ordinance, we have added a special item, a reusable shopping bag, to our Crab Festival merchandise inventory, which is now available at the Chamber office and online . Details of the full ordinance can be found on the City of Kodiak website .

Lastly, a quick reminder that the 60th Kodiak Crab Festival is now just a short two months away! Visit our website to sign up for booths, participate in the parade, or get a local event added to the official calendar of events! During Crabfest week, I am especially looking forward to a screening of the Alutiiq language revitalization documentary “Keep Talking, Niugaa, Yugaa” on May 26th at the Auditorium. For more information on the film go to keeptalkingthefilm.com

Quyanaa – Thank you ,

Stacey Simmons
President

Pictured above: A crowd gathers as Arthur Shultz performs a dissection of a salmon shark.
Our Sponsors
Business Spotlight: Midtown Auto Repair

Midtown Auto Repair has been busy this month swapping out winter tires for summer tires to meet the state deadline of April 15th. They are currently offering a limited time only $60 special available for residents who make the swap early. However, this shop, a staple of the Kodiak business community since 2006, handles much more than tires.

Midtown was started by Aaron Walton with help from Dan Roher. Today the shop is owned by Aaron and Michelle Walton. Aaron grew up in Kodiak, graduated from Kodiak High School, and after a tour in the Marine Corps, found his way back to the island. Upon reentry to civilian life he studied at UAA completing their automotive program. Aaron worked at a few repair shops right here in town, “I started at the very bottom, washing cars for $7.50 an hour” Aaron recalls.

Aaron quickly had dreams of owning his own shop. He saw a community need for an independent shop that was working at the level of a professional dealership. After completing introductory business courses at Kodiak College, he was able to make that dream a reality. Today, his high standard of service allows Midtown to offer Toyota warranty repairs, as well as recall work on Dodge, Jeep, and Chevrolet.

Midtown’s focus has always been on new and current technology. They have the expertise to handle newer vehicles that have complex programming and electronics. Aaron stays up to date with current automotive trends, citing visionaries like Elon Musk and shifts towards hybrid and electric cars, as well as one day automated cars. Planning for what is on the horizon, Aaron sees Midtown as positioned to really be a “shop of the future”.

Aaron encourages customers to plan ahead as well, stressing the importance of regular maintenance, a large part of the services Midtown offers. “I always compare car maintenance with going to the doctor. If you don’t take care of your car it won’t take care of you.”

A full list of services offered is available on Midtown’s website , as well as online appointment booking. Be sure to also follow their facebook page for updates on sales and specials.

Pictured above: Two employees working in the shop at Midtown Auto Repair.
Connecting with the Coast Guard

Summer is right around the corner and that means transfer season! Each year the Coast Guard Spouses Association puts together welcome bags that are distributed to Coast Guard families arriving in Kodiak. The bags are meant to give families a glimpse into what their new home has to offer and help orient them to all the services and selection available in town.

Both businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to submit something to be included in the bags. This can be anything from fliers and brochures, to coupons and swag. Those participating must be able to provide 185 of whatever item they choose to include.

Items can be dropped off with Tabitha Cagle-Vogan at 326 Center Street Suite 208, Monday through Thursday between 8:15am and 1:30pm. All items must be submitted by April 30th, and no late items will be accepted. 

Pictured above: Spread of materials included in Spouses Association Welcome Bags. 2016.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Chamber News & Views

Receiving personal service is an often cited by consumers as the reason why they choose to shop local, and radio advertising can be a great way to let potential customers get to know you personally. As a Chamber Member, you can elect to be featured for free on our weekly radio segment, Chamber News & Views.

Chamber staff pre-record short two minute interviews that air on 98.7 KVOK and 100.1 KMXT, covering simple information like a bit about your business, how and when you opened, what services you offer, where you’re located, and the best way for customers to get in touch with you. It's also a great way to share any special news you would like to promote, this can be anything from extended hours to new inventory to website updates.

After they air, interviews are archived on the Chamber of Commerce SoundCloud. With this platform they can be shared on social media, websites, and email. Click here to take a listen to past episodes.

To be featured on News & Views, contact Dana at the Chamber office to set-up a time to record. For a full list of Chamber Benefits download our Member Benefits Flyer .
Pictures from ComFish 2018
For more pictures from the event visit our facebook page !
Board of Directors
President Stacey Simmons 
Past President Rick Kniaziowski                                  
Vice President Julie Bonney                  
Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Sanford
Board Members               
Susan Johnson · Ellen Simeonoff · Tyler Kornelis ·
Aaron Walton · Brian Lickfield · Lindsay Knight ·
Alex Turner
City of Kodiak Representative Mike Tvenge
Kodiak Island Borough Representative Michael Powers
USCG Base Representative Capt. Jeffery Good
USCG Air Station Representative Capt. Mark Morin
KEA Representative Darron Scott
Discover Kodiak Representative Aimee Williams