President's Message

Happy Fall!

I want to thank everyone who attended the First National Bank, Business After Hours, on Aug 6 th ! Amazing turnout, considering what a beautiful evening it was! This coordinated with a First National Bank State Board meeting, so lots of guests visiting from all over the state, and Rotary District Governor, Andre’ Layral was also in Kodiak, making his club visits. A very fun evening!

September’s Business After Hours is at Senior Center, September 12 th ! Pat Branson, our Mayor, and also the Executive Director of the Senior Center, always throws a nice party! They have their own kitchen, so always an abundance of great food! The infamous, ‘Whippersnapper Band’ will be playing and providing music! We will have Split-the-Pot, and door prizes! The grand prize is 15,000 Alaska Airlines miles! Guaranteed to be a memorable time! Don’t miss it!

September 26 th is an Open House hosted by new Chamber Members Fusion Marine at the Chamber office conference room! This takes place during the day.Fusion Marine will be displaying their services and products and there will be food and drinks!

Later that evening, also September 26 th , we will be hosting a ribbon cutting. This is at 5:00pm, and it is at Kodiak Furniture and is hosted by the new owners!

I would like to give a shout out, and atta boy, to Aimee Williams for her, “Adjust Your Altitude”, challenge! Aimee is the Executive Director of Discover Kodiak, and also an Ex Officio Board member of the Kodiak Chamber! I do not know numbers, but I do believe over 300 people have assaulted and taken on this challenge!

A new Chamber event was held August 24 th ! “Venture-Thru-Vehicles” took place downtown on our usual Crab Fest site! It wasn’t actually Sarah’s idea, but Executive Director Sarah Phillips ran with it and made it happen. I am very proud of her efforts to put this together and make it happen! We had 33 work type vehicles that kids could climb on, sit in, blast the sirens, turn on the lights, honk the horns and just have fun with. A huge turnout! We had vehicles that you may not ever have seen, like the high tech air port maintenance equipment, police and fire dept rigs, and the brand new Sherp! Sherp is one of our newer Chamber members and that is quite a rig!! This was an awesome, and loud event, and safe to say, should happen on an annual basis! We all had fun!!

Make plans to attend the annual Chamber Dinner October 19 th ! It will be on us before we know it!

Lots going on, as usual!


Lindsay Knight
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Join The Chamber Board | 3 Vacancies
Each year, in an effort to have diverse representation from the business community, seats become vacant for the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. This year, 3 board seat vacancies will need to be filled at the Annual Meeting on October 15th.
In the past year, the Chamber has experienced a membership resurgance! In conjunction with a new Strategic Plan, more services have been offered and are looking to be offered to each of our members. Will you be a part of the changes happening at the Chamber?
What should I know about the Chamber?
Mission: To provide business development for an economically strong and diverse Kodiak region.
Core Purpose : Educate. Support. Grow
Core Values: Embrace diversity, member-driven, anchored in the community, business champions, forward thinking. 
Who can be on the Board?
Do you know someone that would be interested in serving on the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Board? Nominate yourself or someone else as a Chamber Board Member.
Board members can be business representative from any industry within the Kodiak Community. Not sure if you qualify? Call or email Sarah at (907) 486-5557 or
What is the Board responsible for?
This is your opportunity to help affect the economic development and business community in Kodiak! Board members are responsible for setting and financially prioritizing the goals and objectives of the organization.
The Board meets once a month on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at noon in the Chamber of Commerce Conference room. Lunch is provided for each meeting.
How does one apply to be on the Board?
Fill out an application and return it to Sarah Phillips in person or via email no later than the end of business on September 15th .
What happens after the application?
The Chamber must fill 3 vacant board seats. If more than 3 applications are received, a vote from the membership will take place. Voting is conducted by a mail or email ballot sent out to the full membership on September 16th with profiles of each candidate. The winning candidates will be notified on October 16th and sworn in at the Annual meeting on October 19th.
Business After Hours |
Senior Citizens of Kodiak
September 12th from 5:30-7:00 PM
Kodiak Senior Center | Senior Citizens of Kodiak
302 Erskine Ave

Senior Citizen's of Kodiak invite you to visit the Senior Center on September 12th from 5:30-7:30. There's more to discover than you know!

The Senior Center will be opening its doors and offering tours that showcase the services offered to seniors and their families, as they host our September Business After Hours .

The Kodiak Area Transit System - KATS Bus will be there and questions will be answered about its use.

Come for the information, but we bet you'll stay for the refreshments, entertainment from the talented Whippersnappers Band , door prizes including 15,000 Alaska Airline Miles , and split-the-po t!

This is a FREE event open to EVERYONE !

Come out, have fun, and do some good by supporting Senior Citizen's of Kodiak!
Kodiak Furniture Ribbon Cutting
Chocolate Lovers Fling - Last Chance
  • What - 2019 Chocolate Lover's Fling and Art Auction 

  • When - September 7, 2019 @7PM 

  • Where - Afognak Center

  • Why - Did you not see Chocolate in the name? (but seriously, though, it is fundraiser for Discover Kodiak)  

Want more details?
The event is a chocolate extravaganza where guests sample and vote on the best chocolate creations in Kodiak. Chocolatiers will be competing in several categories with the chance to win great prizes including $500 cash for the entry with the most overall votes. (yes, you read that right, $500 for the best entry)

In addition to tasting the best chocolate creations on the island, there is also an art auction! 

For more information, click a button below. 
First Annual Venture-Thru-Vehicles
Saturday the 24th saw the First Annual Venture-Thru-Vehicles. With 33 vehicles in attendance and a beautiful sunny day over 1,500 people toured the working vehicles of Kodiak.

The biggest hits of the day were the bounce houses, donated and managed by Grand Slam Toys and Games, the Coast Guard helicopter landing on the spit, visits from Kalsin (the Discover Kodiak bear) and Patty (the Chamber Crab Fest Crab),

A big thanks to all companies that donated their time and a vehicle to tour, Venture-Thru-Vehicles simply wouldn't have been possible without you!
Admission to Venture-Thru-Vehicles was free because of the generous sponsorship of Grand Slam Toys & Games, Golden Alaska Excavating, and Highmark Marine.
Hunting Season Special Now at the Chamber
Now through October 31st, the Chamber of Commerce is having a buy 1 get 1 free on all apparel! Wether you are a hiker or hunter, stay safe this hunting season with some blazing "Safety Orange" Crab Fest Gear!
Shop The Rock | Salmon Life
There are a lot of new community members here in Kodiak after our wonderful summer. 

Let's take this chance to let them know that they have local options to get the goods and services that they need right here in Kodiak. Amazon, who?

The Fall 2019 Shop the Rock event will be taking place on Wednesday, September 25th - Saturday, September 28th. These dates will lead up to the Salmon Life events to be held on Sunday, September 29th. 

Fun Run - Last year's 5K fun run was a great success so we are planning on holding another fun run this year. It will start at 9AM. More details to follow.

Is your business interested in participating? Click Here

Have a Food Truck your interested in parking outside a business? Click Here

Want to take advantage of the deals?

Stamp cards will be available at participating businesses and the Chamber of Commerce. Once your stamp card has been filled out, leave it at one of the businesses for your chance to win the prize sponsored by that business!

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SOUTHWEST ALASKA MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE (SWAMC) provides opportunities for Southwest Alaska local governments to come together across the region to foster and support programs and policies that will help the region grow and prosper. SWAMC provides technical assistance to the region by contracting for services within the scope of our mission. SWAMC assistance includes economic development planning, tourism development, business planning and feasibility studies, assistance with grants and proposals, and assistance with promotional and marketing efforts. SWAMC serves the three sub-regions of Southwest Alaska: the Aleutian/Pribilofs, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak. 

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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
Contact Us

Phone: (907) 486-5557
Executive Director: Sarah Phillips
Community Relations: Jena Lowmaster