President's Message

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I love November! I am thankful every month, but I think November is a particularly good month to let everyone in your life know that you are thankful!

The Chamber has two photo contests going on this month. They both run from the 1 st to December 16 th ! The first is for the cover shot of the new, ‘Relocation Guide’, and you could be the winner of a $400 Visa/Master Card gift card! The second is, Kodiak’s best images featuring work and play! These will be featured in the 2020 Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Relocation Guide! Awards to the top three winners, a $350 Visa/Mastercard gift card, a $200 gift card for 2nd and $50 dollar for 3 rd place! Sounds like an awesome challenge for the ‘Kodiak Camera Club’!  There are a lot more details, please call the Chamber office to find out how YOU can win this contest! 486-5557

The Kodiak College Annual Scholarship Fair is Friday, November 8 th at Kodiak College! Looking for a scholarship for your education or craft or trade? We will be there from 6:00-7:30 Friday night!

Kodiak Galley Tables is up and rolling! Never been to one? They are a laughfest! At the Kodiak Convention Center, the next one is Friday, November 8 th ! Doors open at 7pm and, “Mama Said”, is the theme of the November gig! This is the 7 th season and they are always looking for story tellers, got a story to tell? Get in touch!

The Global Entrepreneurship Week/Alaska Start- Up Week is in Kodiak, Nov 18-24 th ! The kick off will be November 18 th , at the Brewery, where start up entrepreneurs can meet up with local business owners for brainstorming and ideas! Do you have a business idea? Come run it by the people who are already in business!! The Chamber office will have more details for the rest of the conference, just call in your questions.

The Annual Chamber Dinner was a sold out, huge success! My compliments to Chamber Executive Director, Sarah Phillips, and her team, for organizing and delivery of an awesome, fun event!  Key Note, Glenn Reed was delightful and entertaining. The Kodiak High School Culinary students busted their butts and delivered a wonderful dinner, as well as all the serving and busing.
Congratulations to Julie Bonnie and Patrick Cummings for re election, and new Board member, Tyler Wallace. They will be sworn in at the November 13 th Board meeting.

KVOK’s “Christmas In Kodiak” starts soon! Listen to KVOK for details and savings!

Thanksgiving Day is November 28 th this year! Eat a lot, be thankful and kind, be safe, and come see me on Friday the 29 th for the Annual Kodiak Athletic Club, Black Friday Sale! Don't forget the rest of the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials while you Shop Local!


Lindsay Knight
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Is Your Business Open or Having Specials?
As the Holiday Season approaches, consumers are looking for information about our local businesses. We want to help them find YOU! We will be posting specials on our social media and email blasts!

Please respond by 11/25 to the below questions so that we can let the community know which of our businesses are open or having specials.

  • Will your business be open Nov. 28th, 29th and/or 30th?
  •  Will your business have any Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday sales?

Please email Jena  or call (907) 486-5557. Please send images of specials if you have them.

Make your mark on Kodiak Crab Festival History! Participate in this long standing Kodiak tradition by entering your artwork in our logo and poster contest. The winners of each contest have the opportunity to win $200 and Crab Fest Merchandise!

This year, the theme is "Sea What Matters" - What matters most to you, the sea, preserving the beauty of Kodiak, recycling, spending time with family... we want to SEE it in 2020!

For full details and rules about the logo contest -

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All logo submissions for the 2020 Crab Festival must reach the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce office, 100 Marine Way, by 5pm on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2020
New Membership Benefit!
Guardian Flight is now offering Kodiak Chamber Members and their employees a discount on our membership program through an affinity plan. The affinity discount is a savings of $25 off the annual membership cost of $125. This means that for $100 a year, Chamber Members and their employees can protect the entire household from all out of pocket cost from being transported by Guardian Flight in Alaska or one of their sister companies in 37 other states.

Chamber Members using the plan code 15185 on a paper application or 15185-AK-BUS online will be able to receive the discount. 
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce not one, but two photo contests!

CONTEST#1 – The 2020 Chamber of Commerce Relocation Guide Cover Contest
Open from November 1st – December 16th, this contest is specifically to be featured on the cover of the 2019 Relocation Guide. The winning image will be on the cover and the winner will receive a $400 Visa/Master Card gift card.

CONTEST #2 – The 2020 Chamber of Commerce Annual Photo Contest
Open from November 1st – December 16th, this contest is to find Kodiak’s best images featuring work and play in Kodiak and to have those images fill the pages of the 2020 Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Relocation Guide. The 1st Place winner will receive a $350 Visa/Master Card gift card, 2nd Place winner will receive a $200 Visa/Master Card gift card, 3rd place winner will receive $50 Visa/Master Card gift card.

Annual Dinner & Award Winners
On October 19th, the Chamber celebrated another year of serving the Kodiak Business Community. Thanks to all who came to celebrate and honor award winners with us!

Bella Aqua photography did a great job capturing the photographic evidence of the evening of fun. To see the full array your mission is to click this link !

Glenn Reed, the President of Pacific Seafood Processors Association, was the Master of Ceremonies and Guest Speaker of the evening along with assitance from Sarah Phillips.

Naturally, this sold out event wouldn't have been possible without our generous Chamber Sponsors: Best Western, Alaska Aerospace, KVOK | Hot 101.1, Alaska Airlines, Kodiak Lions Club, Lynden Transport, World Wide Movers, Koniag, Matson, KANA, BP, Leisnoi, Kodiak Daily Mirror, Providence, Kodiak Athletic Club, Arctic Chiropractic, Bella Aqua Photography, and the Frame Shop.

Business of the Year Award - KVOK & Hot 101.1
The business of the year award recognizes a Chamber member who, in the process of conducting their business, promotes the goals and objectives of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce.

This year we were happy to recognize KVOK & Hot 101.1 – The KVOK staff has shown a complete commitment to promotion of the Chamber over the last year and beyond. KVOK donates and assists the Chamber with the weekly radio show News & Views where members have the opportunity share their news and promotions at no cost. During the weeks without a business speaker scheduled, the KVOK team is quick to offer great recommendations to keep the show consistent with relevancy. The team is also committed to keeping ads from the Chamber timely and relevant, often offering opportunities to reach the community in new ways to promote membership, shop local campaigns, and of course the many Chamber events.

The KVOK team is not simply limited to assisting the Chamber, they genuinely work to promote an economically sound community, often donating to and participating in the core of many community events, assisting with promotion, and reaching out to businesses to promote the very best of Kodiak.

Volunteer of the Year Award - Kathie Morin
Each year this is given to a Chamber member to recognize their dedication to improving the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and the Kodiak community.

Our recipient this year is Kathie Morin. Kathie has given her time to the Chamber for numerous years for many projects, but none more so than Crab Festival. She spent hour after hour in the Crab Fest headquarters selling merchandise, distributing information, and being a general go-to-person. While she wasn’t at the Chamber booth, she was at the Lions booth, helping out for the parade, lying flowers in the graveyard for a memorial service, helping at the parade, or assisting in the arm-wrestling competition. Really Kathie, is there anything you didn’t help with at Crab Fest?

Kathie is an avid Kodiak Lions Club member but can be found helping any organization in need. Not only is Kathie quick to volunteer, Kathie is quick to find others to volunteer with her contagious attitude toward service. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to serve with Kathie in any of her many volunteer capacities, you know that she does far more than her share and is completely deserving of this award.

Service Organization of the Year Award - Kodiak Elks & KAMP
Presented to an organization in recognition of their dedication to the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and Kodiak community through their consistent programs and initiatives to make Kodiak a better place to live and work.

This year we are recognizing two organizations. One well established organization, and another newer organization that has made great strides in a short time.

Kodiak Elks have been in Kodiak since 1956 and has continued to be a Kodiak staple since then. The Kodiak Elks have sponsored many youth related activities over the years including scouting programs, little league baseball and Kodiak Youth Hockey, D.A.R.E., and maintained the Camp Mueller Youth Facility to name a few. The Elks Lodge has long been a community gathering place, whether in the large upstairs rooms or the bowling alley and lounge. The Elks often host public events such as during Mother’s Day, Crab Fest, Veterans Day, concerts, and other special occasions and holidays throughout the year.

Kodiak Area Mentor Program, commonly known as KAMP, is a relatively new nonprofit organization in Kodiak that has done great things in its short-lived history since 2014. KAMP is a faith-based volunteer program to build mentoring relationship with individuals in need of overcoming setbacks. KAMP meets weekly building support systems to break the cycle of addictions, hurts, and other unhealthy behaviors. This all volunteer organization visits people in jail, assists family members afflicted by unhealthy behaviors, and works towards recoveries. As part of the Mayor’s Summit and now Community Coalition with collaboration with other non-profit social service agencies, KAMP has had testimonials on people’s successes and the group provides support groups for parents of addicts, women’s Krafts and women’s celebration recovery step study group. KAMP hosts Friday night support meetings and even provides childcare for those who need it.

Member of the Year Award – Kodiak Police Department
This award is presented to a Chamber Member who through their actions, efforts, and energy has shown an unfailing commitment to bettering the Kodiak community and to promoting the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and its programs.

This year we have chosen Kodiak Police Department for their unfailing support efforts of the Chamber and Kodiak Community. Many of you know that the Chamber hosted the first Annual Venture-Thru-Vehicles this year, but the idea was conceived and brought to the Chamber by KPD’s very own Shane Parker. Shane, along with KPD wanted to offer Kodiak a new event downtown to bring the community together and discover the working vehicles of Kodiak, a side of Kodiak many of us forget. Through partnership with KPD, Shane’s idea came to fruition, and has become a new Kodiak event.

Kodiak Police Department’s service to the Chamber is not limited to Venture-Thru-Vehicles, KPD actively sits on the Crab Festival Committee, consistently patrolling the area, promoting events, providing roadblocks, and clearing areas of parking before our big events. Beloved community event simply wouldn’t happen without the efforts and extra hours of the Kodiak Police Department.

Naturally, the KPD does so much more for the community than their regular duties and helping the Chamber: School visits, safety tips for businesses and the community, “Pie A Cop” for relay for life, bicycle rodeos, Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Alaska, fostering dogs in dispatch, the St. Jude’s Radiothon, downtown trick-or-treat, and maintaining a rockin’ Facebook page! Seriously, KPD is absolutely everywhere!
Cornerstone Award – Cost Savers
The cornerstone award is presented to a Chamber Member that through their history of service have truly established themselves as a cornerstone of the community.

The beginning of this year marked a tough time for the community of Kodiak, the Federal Government shutdown negatively impacted many Kodiak residents. During that time, Barb and Al Large made significant donations to food pantries throughout Kodiak, and although they didn’t have base access, they reached out to their contacts to be sure the base food pantry even received not only the resources they needed, but also extra treats. These donations came at a time when Cost Savers was making less profits than they needed but sacrificed even more to help the community. Cost Savers is just one example of the phenomenal businesses and people within Kodiak.

Cost Savers is being honored, not just because of one major act of generosity over many missed paychecks, but because of their continual pattern of generosity. Whether encouraging the community to don ugly Christmas Sweaters, sponsoring clubs and organizations, giving gallons of last-minute bottled water to help Community Clean Up Efforts, or finding those bulk items we all find ourselves in desperate need of! Cost Savers is rooted in the Kodiak Community.

President’s Award – Aimee Williams & Sarah Phillips
The President’s Award is presented to a Chamber member or individual who gives back to the Kodiak Community while promoting economic growth and development of business.

Aimee was honored with the President's Award because of her consistent and unfailing commitment to the Chamber, serving on the board, heading the Small Business Committee, and tireless volunteer work which is in addition to her Discover Kodiak projects including the first Adjust Your Altitude Challenge, inspiring the Kodiak Community and visitors alike to explore our beautiful island trails!

Director’s Award – Camilla Jordan
The Director’s Award is presented to an individual with unfailing commitment to the success of the Chamber of Commerce.

As many of you know, the Chamber operates with a small staff of three, that for a few months this year was actually only two. We are honoring Camilla Jordan because although she is not actually a member with the Chamber she has stepped in multiple times throughout the year to lend a hand whenever needed. She spent countless hours folding crab fest shirts, resulting in what we're calling folder’s elbow, painstakingly ironed chair sashes, and stepped in to decorate and hand out door prizes at the Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner. Many of you have probably already been proposition and pressured to buy split-the-pot tickets from her at a Chamber event. She really is the Vana White of split-the-pot, and we wouldn’t have nearly the scholarship funds for the year without her!
Christmas in Kodiak Special Now at the Chamber
Now through the end of the year, the Chamber of Commerce is having a buy 1 get 1 free on all apparel! Time to give the gift of Crab Fest Gear!
Chamber Advocates for AMHS
Each year, the Alaska State Chamber hosts a Fall Forum for their membership. October 28-30 Sarah Phillips, the Executive Director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce attended to continue advocacy efforts for the Alaska Marine Highway System. The efforts have resulted in a favorable outcome with the Alaska Chamber of Commerce adopting the following position in support of the AMHS:

Position Title: Support a reformed, right-sized and sustainable Alaska Marine Highway System as a critical component of the statewide intermodal transportation system and economy of Alaska.

Position Statement: Support the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) mission to provide consistent, reliable marine transportation services to Alaska communities for the benefit of the statewide economy. Support initiatives to reform and right-size the operations with executive governance that will control costs similar to the proposal developed by statewide business and community leaders at
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Board of Directors
President  Lindsay Knight
Past President Stacey Simmons                                  
Vice President Julie Bonney                  
Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Sanford
Board Members               
Patrick Cummings · Ellen Simeonoff · Tyler Kornelis · Alex Turner · Ginny Shank · Sarah Culbertson · Daniel Eubanks ·
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
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Phone: (907) 486-5557
Executive Director: Sarah Phillips
Community Relations: Jena Lowmaster