President's Message
 
Happy New Year Chamber Members!

I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas and holiday season!! I guess it is back to reality for all of us.

Congratulations to Kelly Champagne, for winning the overall photo contest for the Chamber of Commerce Relocation Guide! Congrats, Pancho Valladolid, for his amazing cover shot photo!

January is the month everyone resolves to get in shape, and do we have a deal for you! Tracy Chandler is hosting the year’s first Business After Hours at Balanced Approach!! Never been there? Here is your chance! The BAH is January 8 th , from 5:00-7:00pm! There will be food and drinks and door prizes and the usual, Spit-the-pot!! The Chamber half of Split-the-Pot goes to the Chamber Scholarship fund! Tracy will be offering 25% off membership packages this evening as well. Should be fun, please plan to attend!
I would like to thank Grand Slam Toys and Games for hosting the Dec 6 th Business After Hours. Unfortunately I had a schedule conflict and could not attend, but I understand it was a big success and I hope a lot of you did some Christmas shopping!

Comfish 2019 will take place March 28 th -30 th ! Comfish is in it’s 40 th year, it is Alaska’s premier Commercial Fisheries Trade show! Comfish brings together every kind of fishing vendor, gear, government agencies, nonprofit involved in every aspect of commercial fishing. A part of Comfish I enjoy is the public forums, to educate and inform us about a wide variety of topics concerning commercial fishing. Kodiak Morning Rotary will be doing the annual Pancake feed, at the Elks Club, on Saturday, March 30 th !!

Frank and Sarah have done a great job recruiting new Chamber members! Do you have friends who are not members yet? Have them call Sarah, at the Chamber office, 486-5557! Are you already a member? Consider upgrading to become a PIKE member. Again, call Sarah for details. More members means more voice in everything business!

2019 Crab Fest Logo and Poster Contest is coming to a close soon. The entrees are due January 8 th , submitted to the Chamber Office. You could win 200.00, but more significant... you could be become a part of Crab Fest History!! See Sarah for more details!

Sincerely,

Lindsay Knight
President
Our Sponsors
Relocation Guide Photo Contest Winners
This year, the Chamber was excited to offer two photo contests in conjunction with the Relocation Guide. Many photographers submitted their best photos to vie for the $800 worth of prizes. Each contest winner was determined by no less than 25 different voters.

The first contest was to determine the photo that would grace the cover of the 2019 issue of the Guide. Pancho Valladolid won the cover contest with his beautiful night shot of the harbor! He took home $400 to B&H Photo, and rumor has it, he's already bought some new gear, allowing him to keep taking great photos!

The same voting format was followed for the Overall Best Photo that was submitted for the Relocation Guide. Although their was fierce competition, the voters felt like the unique and fun shot compiled by Kelly Champagne deserved the win! Kelly was awarded a $400 check from the Chamber, for her Spring Flowers in Xtra-Tuffs shot.

Congratulations to both Pancho and Kelly, and a big thank you to all artists willing to share their amazing Kodiak photos! Look for the work of all the photographers in the 2019 Relocation Guide in February!
Entrepreneurial Workshop
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce partnered with KANA to host a two-day Entrepreneurial Workshop, December 7 th and 8th. Representatives from Spruce Root, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, and the Alaska Business Enterprise Institute, an arm of the University of Alaska Anchorage, provided attendees with the basics of starting up a new business.

Eight bright, imaginative and creative participants learned about formulating ideas, checking out customer interests, competitor activities and how to develop initial business plans. The facilitators shared some basic business financials such as how to calculate a break-even point and the importance of attaining the “Triple Bottom Line” where impacts on the economic, environmental and social/culture are all considerations.

Business ideas ranged from homeopathic aroma therapy to indoor, kitchen hanging herb gardens to expanding an already successful dance studio. Some attendees were strictly exploring ideas and welcoming input from others in the workshop. All participants were challenged to prepare a 60-second “elevator Speech” to sell their idea. Kudos to all on a job well done.

The Chamber wants to express its appreciation to Spruce Roots, the Business Enterprise Institute, Tyler Kornelis (KANA Economic Development and Chamber Board member) and Koniag for offering their Conference Room for the Workshop.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
Upcoming Business After Hours
Business After Hours is a social/networking event that is free and open to all!

When: January 8th
Time : 5:00-7:00 PM
Where: A Balanced Approach
3833 Rezanof Drive

This month, A Balanced Approach will be hosting an evening of health and wellness! Join us on January 8th to learn all about the comprehensive wellness programs they offer, and why they love what they do. A Balanced Approach will be offering 25% off package purchases during this event! We'll be enjoying treats from the Balanced Habits Kick Start Program, and giving away door prizes. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to tour the facility, meet instructors, and do a little networking!

We'll also have the ever popular Split-The-Pot for your chance to win half the Chamber collected cash at the end of the evening. The other half of the proceeds go to the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

Come out, have fun, learn a some new healthy habits, and do some good by supporting one of our locally owned businesses.
What is PIKE Sponsorship?
By: Sarah Phillips

You've probably heard about PIKE sponsors if you've attended any Chamber of Commerce events or done advertising... but what does it mean and what exactly is it?!

PIKE stands for P artners I n K odiak's E conomy, and is an opportunity for our members to further support the mission and goals of the Chamber by offering financial, service, or trade in addition to their business membership. Our PIKE Members are named as sponsors at many Chamber Events, receive tickets to various dinners, discounts on membership and ads, and much more!

We have a PIKE Sponsorship that fits the needs of most members, and they are cleverly named after Kodiak Mountains! Remember that the amounts can be given a dollar donation, service equivalent donation, or trade.

Three Sisters - $1,000
Nearly $500 Value!
Event Sponsorship: Sponsorship includes, logo displayed on promotional materials, event programs, and signage at each event. Choose between:
  • Kodiak Crab Festival 
  • ComFish and Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
Complimentary Items
  • 2 tickets to attend the Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
  • $175 ad space in our Relocation Guide Publication, including 1/12 page ad, 30 word narrative, and choice of 2 categories to be listed in.
  • $50 discount on annual membership dues
Extra Promotion
  • Logo included on the front page of our website and on the Pike Sponsorship Info page
  • Logo included on all editions of our monthly Currents E-Newsletter
  • Logo displayed on a sign displayed in the Chamber office
  • Logo printed in our end of year thank you ad in the Kodiak Daily Mirror
  • Recognized as a PIKE Sponsor at We Applaud You | Coast Guard Appreciation Event and Community Clean Up Day

Pillar - $2,500
Over $500 Value!
Event Sponsorship:  Sponsorship includes, logo displayed on promotional materials, event programs, and signage at each event. 
Choose between:
  • Kodiak Crab Festival 
  • ComFish and Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
  • We Applaud You | Coast Guard Appreciation Event, Community Clean Up Day
Complimentary Items
  • 2 tickets to attend the Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
  • $275 ad space in our Relocation Guide Publication, including 1/6 page ad, 30 word narrative, and choice of 2 categories to be listed in.
  • $100 discount on annual membership dues
  Extra Promotion
  • Logo included on the front page of our website and on the Pike Sponsorship Info page
  • Logo included on all editions of our monthly Currents E-Newsletter
  • Logo displayed on a sign displayed in the Chamber office
  • Logo printed in our end of year thank you ad in the Kodiak Daily Mirror
  • Recognized as a PIKE Sponsor at We Applaud You | Coast Guard Appreciation Event and Community Clean Up Day

Pyramid - $5,000
Nearly $1,000 Value
Named event sponsor at the Chamber’s core events including:
  • Kodiak Crab Festival
  • ComFish Alaska
  • Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner
Sponsorship includes, logo displayed on promotional materials, event programs, and signage at each event.
Complimentary Items
  • 2 tickets to attend the Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
  • $375 ad space in our Relocation Guide Publication, including 1/4 page ad, 30 word narrative, and choice of 2 categories to be listed in.
  • $250 discount on annual membership dues
Extra Promotion
  • Logo included on the front page of our website and on the Pike Sponsorship Info page
  • Logo included on all editions of our monthly Currents E-Newsletter
  • Logo displayed on a sign displayed in the Chamber office
  • Logo printed in our end of year thank you ad in the Kodiak Daily Mirror
  • Recognized as a PIKE Sponsor at We Applaud You | Coast Guard Appreciation Event and Community Clean Up Day

Barometer - $7,500
Over $1,000 Value!
Named event sponsor at the Chamber’s core events including:
  • Kodiak Crab Festival
  • ComFish Alaska
  • Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner
Sponsorship includes, logo displayed on promotional materials, event programs, and signage at each event.
Complimentary Items
  • 2 tickets to attend the Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
  • $550 ad space in our Relocation Guide Publication, including 1/3 page ad, 60 word narrative, and choice of 3 categories to be listed in.
  • $400 discount on annual membership dues
Extra Promotion
  • Logo included on the front page of our website and on the Pike Sponsorship Info page
  • Logo included on all editions of our monthly Currents E-Newsletter
  • Logo displayed on a sign displayed in the Chamber office
  • Recognized as a PIKE Sponsor at We Applaud You | Coast Guard Appreciation Event and Community Clean Up Day

Crown - $10,000
Nearly $2,000 value!
Named event sponsor at the Chamber’s core events including:
  • Kodiak Crab Festival/Parade
  • ComFish Alaska
  • Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner
Sponsorship includes, logo displayed on promotional materials, event programs, and signage at each event.
Complimentary Items
  • Crab Fest T-shirts
  • 2 tickets to attend We Applaud You
  • 4 tickets to attend the Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
  • $650 ad space in our Relocation Guide Publication, including 1/2 page ad, 60 word narrative, and choice of 3 categories to be listed in.
  • Annual Chamber Membership Dues
Extra Promotion
  • Logo included on the front page of our website and on the Pike Sponsorship Info page
  • Logo included on all editions of our monthly Currents E-Newsletter
  • Logo displayed on a sign displayed in the Chamber office
  • Recognized as a PIKE Sponsor at We Applaud You | Coast Guard Appreciation Event and Community Clean Up Day

To become a PIKE Sponsor with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, reach out to Sarah at crd@kodiak.org or call (907) 486-5557.
2019 Crab Festival Logo & Poster Contests

“Seas the Day – Crabè Diem”

Make your mark on Crab Festival History! Enter your designs in the 2019 Kodiak Crab Festival Logo & Poster Contest! 

Logo Contest - If your design is selected, you will have your artwork displayed on the 2019 Crab Festival shirts, buttons, pins, and promotional advertising. Winner receives $200 and a selection of Crab Festival Merchandise. Be sure to follow full contest details to be considered.

Poster Contest - Artwork in all mediums will be accepted, including and not limited to paintings, prints, photography, digital illustrations, and high-quality photographs of a 3D piece. Work should be representative of Kodiak and marketable to a wide audience. The winner will receive $200! Be sure to follow full contest details to be considered.

The Crab Fest Committee has selected the slogan “Seas the Day – Crabè Diem” for 2019 Kodiak Crab Festival.

All submissions for the 2019 Crab Festival must reach the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce office, 100 Marine Way, by 5pm on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.
Maritime Assessment

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce was invited to participate in a brief Maritime Assessment by the Southwest Alaska Municipal Council (SWAMC), funded by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The intention of this assessment was to review and summarize current resources and challenges in the City of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough maritime industry. The assessment is prepared for the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce supported by the Alaska Sea Grant, the University of Alaska, the Alaska MAKE Partnership and Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. 

The focus of the Chamber’s involvement was to assist in performing interviews with businesses across the local maritime industry. Chamber staff and two representatives from SWAMC conducted interviews with 29 businesses covering different facets of the industry in the week allotted, December 17 – 21. Fishermen, fishery associations, boat repair facilities, transport/logistic companies, electronic/radar support companies, the United States Coast Guard and many more were among those interviewed.

Information from these interviews were combined with government and business documents, web sites, surveys and observations to create a detailed report of the services, opportunities and challenges that are currently part of the maritime industry environment that exists in Kodiak. The report recipients include the City of Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Borough, but results will also be made available to the general public.

The Chamber believes that the report will provide insights into new business opportunities as well as ways current businesses may grow to fill the maritime needs in our community. Stay tuned for the report to be available in upcoming E-newsletters.
ComFish 2019

Planning and registration for ComFish 2019 are underway. This year’s ComFish will take place March 28, 29, and 30. The Chamber is proud to host this important Commercial Fisheries Trade Show every year. In its 40 th year, this long running trade show brings together gear vendors, government agencies, and nonprofits involved in every aspect of commercial fishing. Forums on relevant topics are organized every year for the purpose of sharing ideas and fishing information with the public.

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce works with community partners to offer a variety of fun and informative events surrounding the ComFish trade show. The first meeting of the beloved “Fish Committee”, made up of local fishery experts, will be January 4 th . The Committee helps identify those forums and other activities that add to the color of ComFish.

Registrations are already flowing in. There are a total of 43 exhibitor booths available and 17 have already been reserved. We encourage you to get your registrations in early to get the best and most visible booth spaces.

Registrations can be accessed by clicking at this link to our Chamber website.
We look forward to seeing you at ComFish 2019!

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Board of Directors
President  Lindsay Knight
Past President Stacey Simmons                                  
Vice President Brian Lickfield                  
Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Sanford
Board Members               
Susan Johnson · Ellen Simeonoff · Tyler Kornelis · Julie Bonnie · Alex Turner · Ginny Shank
City of Kodiak Representative Mike Tvenge
Kodiak Island Borough Representative Michael Powers
USCG Base Representative Capt. Jeffery Good
USCG Air Station Representative Capt. Bryan Dailey
KEA Representative Darron Scott
Discover Kodiak Representative Aimee Williams
Contact Us

Phone: (907) 486-5557
Executive Director: Frank Schiro
Community Relations Director: Sarah Phillips