KODIAK CHAMBER of COMMERCE
’s Forward Movement
P romoti November 2007
Inside this Issue: Kodiak Chamber of Commerce holds Annual
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce holds
Annual Recognition Dinner
New Member Spotlight: Gwyn’s
Cookery & More
Monk’s Rock Celebrates
Economic Development News
Career Guide at the Kodiak Job Center Kodiak Chamber of Commerce President John Whiddon (left)
focused on youth employment administers the oath of office to new Chamber Board members
Page 7 (from left to right) Bob Brodie, Mike Terry, Dawn Acosta and
New Member Spotlight: Party Jack Johnson.
Page 8 The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Recognition Dinner on
November Business After Hours October 6, 2007. Elections for the Board of Directors were held and the following
Page 9 new directors were elected:
Kodiak College Upgrades to Microsoft
Office 2007 Bob Brodie Associated Island Brokers
Dawn Acosta United States Postal Service
Page 10 Jack Johnson Best Western Kodiak Inn
Employer Tip of the Month Tuck Bonney Alaska Pacific Seafood
New Member Spotlight: Bases Loaded Mike Terry Classic Cakes Bakery (re-elected)
Each will serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors.
PIKE Sponsors Page
Every year the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce recognizes both Chamber
Page 12 members and others for their efforts in promoting the mission of the Chamber of
New & Renewing Members Commerce and for service to the community.
The Business of the Year award is presented to a Chamber member who through
Page 13 their business practices helped to promote the goals and objectives of the Chamber of
KNWR Visitor Center Opening Commerce. The business undertook the promotion of a new product, service or
Royall T’s Breaks Ground program that promotes the economic well being of not only the business but the
Continued on page 6
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John Whiddon is a publication of the
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
John Whiddon, President - Island Seafoods, Inc.,
Mike Terry, Vice President - Classic Cakes Bakery
Don Rush, Secretary/Treasurer - Providence Kodiak
As many of you are already aware, 2007 clear direction that will result in a Island Medical Center
Patricia Branson, Past President -Senior Citizens of
has been a year of considerable change and membership oriented approach to all Kodiak, Kodiak Marketing & Consulting
positive growth for our Chamber. To name Chamber activities. Board Members:
Dawn Acosta, U.S. Postal Service
a few of the milestones and The overall consensus from the group Tuck Bonney, Alaska Pacific Seafood
Bob Brodie, Associated Island Brokers, Inc.
accomplishments: we have a completely was that all Chamber activities must directly Greg Deal, Wells Fargo
Dave King, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
new staff; there are several new Board benefit and strengthen our membership and Craig Johnson, Edward Jones Investments
Jack Johnson, Best Western Kodiak Inn
members; we have achieved financial our organization. Andrew Teuber, Jr., Kodiak Area Native Association
stability as an organization; we are working The Comfish committee has met several Board Representatives:
Rick Gifford, Kodiak Island Borough Representative
on a change in direction with Comfish; and times and determined that we can and Linda Freed, City of Kodiak Representative
Darron Scott, KEA Representative
Kodiak was recently designated as a "Coast should continue Comfish but with a Captain Mark S. Carmel, USCG ISC Representative
Captain Andrew J. Berghorn, USCG Air Station
Guard City". different format and focus. The focus will Representative
To expand a little, we were fortunate to change to a seafood industry forum and Chamber Staff:
Debora King - Executive Director
bring Deb King on board in March as seminar format. Next year should feature Trevor Brown - Economic Development Specialist
Pam Foreman - Community Relations Director
Executive Director and then Trevor Brown the congressional debates as a highlight Jessica Isaako - Secretary/Receptionist
Sue Blaser- Accounting Assistant
returned as Economic Development event. You will get updates as more details
Specialist shortly afterwards. Pam Foreman become available.
moved over from her position at the KICVB Our Chamber has worked very closely Chamber Activities:
to take the Community Relations Director with the Coast Guard to promote the "Coast Chamber Support
Community Relations & Development
position. With Sue and Jessica rounding out Guard City" designation. We are developing Executive
the team, we have what is probably the a plan to design and install signs at various New Business
strongest team of professionals in recent places around Kodiak that states clearly that Publication Information:
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Mike Terry as vice-president and Don Rush the Chamber staff can now focus their time
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solid group of business men and women This ties in directly with the strategic a paper copy of “Currents” for $25 per year.
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questions and comments to:
board as we establish policy and provide Chamber activities must directly benefit and
support to Deb and her staff as they fulfill strengthen our membership and our
their roles at the chamber. organization. As President, my goal for this
Dennis McMillan with the Foraker year is to ensure the Board provides solid
Group facilitated a very productive strategic leadership and that the Chamber is able to KODIAK
planning session two weeks ago. The board fulfill its mission statement: "Provide CHAMBER
reached consensus on our overall strategic development of a strong and diverse OF COMMERCE
agenda and at the next meeting will develop economy for the Kodiak region through
an operational plan that sets the course for active leadership and membership 100 East Marine Way, Suite 300
Kodiak AK 99615
Deb and her staff for the next 12 months. involvement." (907) 486-5557
The main objective in determining our fax: (907) 486-7605
strategic plan was to identify issues that All the best,
were measurable and achievable so that the
board can see progress over time. I feel that John Whiddon website:
we can now provide Deb and her team with Island Seafoods
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New Member Spotlight:
Gwyn’s Cookery & More
Opening this week, a brand, spanking new 20’ mobile catering kitchen called Gwyn’s Cookery & More. Owned
by Gwyn Lofberg, the Cookery will offer lunches on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and dinners on Tuesday and
Thursday each week. Lunch is served from 11am to 1:30pm and dinner from 4pm to 6:30pm. Gwyn’s Cookery &
More will offer a wide variety of “Americano” style meals including everything from super sandwiches to pasta and
“At the Cookery, we believe change is good” says Gwyn. “What does that mean for you? It means lots of new
food selections every month for you to try.” The Cookery menus feature a wide variety of foods such as
sandwiches, salads, homemade bread & desserts, pasta dishes, chicken dishes and all the sides. Dishes such as
Halibut Florentine and Jack Halibut Melts will feature locally caught and processed seafood.
The mobile kitchen will also feature Oven Ready Meals - a whole meal deal where the entree is either baked and
ready- to- eat or purchased chilled or frozen so you can bake it later. A great convenience for families that want
homemade meals without the fuss.
Gwyn’s Cookery & More is also looking to help local small business owners like the charter boat operators and
B&B owners. Box lunches, snack packages and a variety of other food services will be available for business
charter captains who need to feed their hungry customers. The Cookery will deliver the meals to the Harbor by
7:30am each day. Gwyn has developed a specific menu that can be pre-ordered by a B&B guest and can be
delivered to the B&B for the guest to enjoy after a long day of fishing or hunting.
The business will also offer catering services for events big and small, from business lunches to weddings.
Gwyn, who has been cooking since the age of 8, was trained at the University of Johnson & Wales School of
Culinary Arts then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in dietetics. “It’s a good combination for me, classic
cooking technique with scientific knowledge of foods. I believe you’ll see the proof in the quality of the food
served at the Cookery!”
Look for the Cookery & More next to Cost Savers on Mill Bay Road. You can reach Gwyn at 486-2204 or 942-
2204. Check out her website, complete with menus, at www.cookeryandmore.com.
Monk’s Rock celebrates 10th Birthday
Monk’s Rock Bookstore and Coffee
House celebrated their 10th birthday last
month by inviting Chamber members to a
reception at their 202 E. Rezanof Drive
location. Visitors munched on delicious
sandwiches and baklava while being
entertained by the St. Innocent’s Academy
singers. Monk’s Rock will be happy to fax
you're their menu and take lunch orders for
your office over the phone. Call 486-0905
for more information.
Manager Marina Hoffman(left)
and Heather Alexander of Monk’s
Rock Bookstore and Coffee
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Economic Development News
By Trevor Brown
Economic Development Specialist
The Kodiak Gold Card has arrived!
Are you participating in the Gold Card Program yet?
If you would like to get a few more patrons through your
doors this year, sign up for the gold card program today.
Cost to your business? Absolutely nothing!
Here's how it works: Members of the Chamber of
Commerce contact us to let us know that you want to
participate in the Gold Card program and what special
you will be offering. We list you as one of the
participating merchants in the Gold Card ad in
Wednesday's paper and Voila! You have customers
coming in the door to check out your specials.
Additionally, the Chamber sends an email out to Gold
Card owners, letting them know that week's specials.
Cost to the merchant: ZERO!
The Chamber is also advertising the Gold Card
program on both radio stations and on the web site
The Kodiak Gold Cards are on sale for $20 at The
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and several retailers
around town. Get yours today!
GOLD CARD FAQs:
What does it cost my business to participate?
Nothing, not one thin dime.
What do I have to do? Determine what special you
want to offer Gold Card owners, call Trevor at 486-5557
with the information. We suggest that you make your "Participating in this program really works.
specials run Wednesday through Tuesday to coincide with Just last week I made two significant sales
the advertising in the paper. that I would not have made without the Gold
Card program," says Dan Eubanks of Daniel's
Why would anyone want to buy a Gold Card? Fine Jewelry. "The customers went away
There is a one-time cost of $20 to purchase the card, happy and I sold two pieces of jewelry that
which is good through October 2008. There is the might still be sitting on my shelf today if I
potential of saving hundreds of dollars over that time didn't accept the Gold Card.”
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Career Guide at the Kodiak Job Center focused on Youth Employment
A new position at the Kodiak Job Center, the Career presentations to community groups, and youth are in the
Guide, is dedicated to developing and delivering Alaska high works to help meet the employment needs and challenges of
demand industry information and career activities to youth in the future. Information to help youth make informed
school and young adults to age 24. The goal is to create decisions on career choices after high school will be shared,
interest and provide support in learning about the job market along with what it means to be a good employee and skills
and different occupations within the State of Alaska and needed to apply and interview for jobs.
outside. Collaboration is needed from employers, school district
Activities such as career exploration and planning, staff, community groups, parents, and youth, to assure that
resume building, work ethics and expectations, interviewing our next generation will be ready for the adult world. The
skills, and work searches, is offered to all youth who are Kodiak High School, in collaboration with the Job Center,
interested in preparing for their future. A Job Club is being will be sponsoring a Career Fair, February 8/9, 2008. Along
planned for Kodiak High School students, presentations with college information, input is being sort from
offered to classrooms & community groups, and one-on-one apprenticeship programs, statewide employers, local
career development with youth is available at the Job Center. employers, vocational technical programs, and high demand
The Career Guide will also be available to travel to any industries.
community on Kodiak Island to provide these services to For more information regarding the Career Guide and the
Youth. services that can be provided, please contact Nicola Belisle
Relationships with School District staff, community at the Kodiak Job Center at 486-3105, x4.
service providers, and employers are being developed, and
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Annual Recognition Dinner cont...
community as well. Mike Terry saw a need for a bakery in Darlene is an active Rotarian and Soroptimist. She has
Kodiak that could sell baked goods to local coffee shops volunteered with Teen Court for many years and is a
as well as to consumers. Mike wanted to find a way to driving force behind Kodiak's Habitat for Humanity
serve some of the cultural groups in Kodiak with baked
goods and has developed products for both the Filipino
and Latino communities that are available daily. Classic
Cakes Bakery has developed and promoted locally baked
goods to consumers through their wholesale and retail
Peter Malley (left), recipient of the Chamber of
Commerce Cornerstone award, speaks to
Chamber of Commerce members about the
Wounded Warrior Project. John Eaton (right)
Craig Johnson (left) presents the Chamber presented Malley with the award.
Business of the Year award to Mike Terry of
Classic Cakes Bakery. organization. Darlene gives generously of her time and
Kodiak is a better place because of her efforts.
The Cornerstone Award is presented to an individual in
efforts. Mike and his wife Kim Berry have had a positive the Kodiak community, who through a project, action, or
impact on Kodiak's economy. special concern for the community, took the time and
The Volunteer of the Year is presented to a Chamber energy to develop or pursue that project for the betterment
member in recognition of their dedication to improving the of all Kodiak residents. In the undertaking of the project,
Kodiak community through their contagious spirit of that individual became the CORNERSTONE of the
volunteerism. For many years Darlene Turner has been an foundation that would lead to the successful completion of
the endeavor. Just a year ago, Peter Malley was
instrumental in bringing a group of four Wounded
Warriors to Kodiak to fish. This summer that number
grew to four different groups of 6 to 8 warriors each.
Peter spearheaded the Kodiak volunteer effort getting
rooms for the groups, finding boats and volunteers to take
the groups fishing and setting the group up to participate
in some of the wonderful things Kodiak has to offer.
Peter's efforts to bring this group to Kodiak gave the
community a chance to shine, truly in the spirit of the
The Member of the Year Award is presented to a
Chamber member who through their actions, efforts and
Jimmy Ng congratulates Darlene Turner, energy had an unfailing commitment to promoting the
recipient of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Chamber and its programs. The Chamber Member of the
Volunteer of the Year award. Year is always looking for ways to make the Kodiak
Chamber of Commerce successful in all its endeavors.
Jack Johnson of the Best Western Kodiak Inn was the first
active volunteer in the community. Not only does she
member to step up to the plate and join as a Crown
serve on the Chamber Board of Directors, but she is also
Sponsor in PIKE program when it was initiated in 2005.
an active member of the Crab Festival and PIKE
Jack and the Kodiak Inn are active in many of the
committees. Perhaps even more important is her service
Chamber activities including Crab Festival, ComFish and
to the community outside the Chamber of Commerce.
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Annual Recognition Dinner cont...
Coast Guard Appreciation. This summer, Jack provided
rooms at the peak of the summer tourist season for the
Wounded Warriors. His commitment to the community
and to the Chamber of Commerce makes it easy to
recognize Jack and the Best Western Kodiak Inn as the
Member of the Year.
Congratulations to the new
Past President Pat Branson (right) presents the Board members and this year’s
Chamber Member of the Year award to Jack
Johnson, Best Western Kodiak Inn.
New Member Spotlight:
Party Connections, LLC
Andrea Bisignani leads an interesting life. An active Located at 2975 B Mill Bay, Party Connections is
duty member of the Coast Guard, currently serving on upstairs from Skater’s Edge. Their phone number is
the cutter Spar, Andrea is also the owner of Party 942-0055.
Connections, LLC. She and her husband Anthony run
the business with enthusiastic help from their son, also
named Anthony. Planning a party? Looking for the
perfect decorations for your event big or small? Party
Connections, LLC has all sorts of supplies for event
Andrea hopes to reach a couple of different markets
with her store. “When we first arrived here, we realized
there was a need for a store that offered things like party
decorations, wedding and party favors, kid’s crafts
supplies and such.” Andrea and Anthony opened the
store in May of 2007 to fill that niche. They offer
products from Hallmark, Noah’s Ark and Bella Bee as
well as others.
Beginning December, Party Connections will have
monthly events for children.
Whether you are a busy mom planning Junior’s
birthday party or you are a caterer looking for an extra Owner Andrea Bisignani points out some of the
platter, Party Connections has a lot to offer. Business special holiday items she has available in the
owners decorating for a store event can call Party store.
Connections for some help too.
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The Best Western Kodiak Inn
cordially invites all Chamber
Members and their Guests
to enjoy an evening of wine tasting
Business After Hours
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Best Western Kodiak Inn
You must be 21 or older. Great door prizes and food.
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Kodiak College Upgrades to Microsoft Office 2007
By Katie Walker, Kodiak College
Due to community interest and a desire to be on the cutting edge, the Computer
Information and Office Systems department at Kodiak College has upgraded to the latest
greatest version of the Microsoft Office Suite: Office 2007.
The first thing you'll notice about the new version is the redesigned user interface.
Word's new "ribbon" is pictured above. The Ribbon is designed to be more intuitive with
command tabs (similar to the former menu items but reorganized) that are placed in the
order the user is likely to use them. Instead of a drop down list of commands, each tab
shows a set of toolbar buttons when you click on it.
Tip: The "Office button" has the same commands the old file
Contextual commands (for working with tables, charts, etc.) appear only when the
related object is selected (tricky for beginners who don't know you have to select an
object before you can do anything with it!).
Dialog launchers are the small arrow symbols in the lower-right corner of the
command sets (e.g. See them above to the right of clipboard, font, etc.?). They provide
The new version of Office takes Galleries to the next level. For example, you'll have a
gallery of Themes to choose the "look" (colors, fonts, etc.) of your Word document,
Excel spreadsheet, or PowerPoint slide. Live Preview allows you to see what the styles
will look like with your content before you commit!
You can add buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar (see it above the home and insert
tabs?) by right clicking a command and choosing Add to Quick Access Toolbar. There is
also a Mini Toolbar that includes commonly used formatting tools. It appears when you
select text. Office 2007 is a great upgrade!
HOT OFF THE PRESS! Kodiak College is offering a 1 credit course
beginning Monday, November 12 and continuing every Monday and
Wednesday (12:15 to 1:30 pm) through December 12. If you enroll in this
class you will be eligible to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for
only $59.95 (www.theultimatesteal.com). Stop by the campus to sign up for
CIOS A194W Microsoft Office 2007 Tips and Tricks today to learn at
lunch! Call Katie at 486-1212 to sign up today!
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Employer Tip of the Month
Minors and 18 year olds no longer allowed to sell cigarettes
Minors and 18-year-olds may no longer sell cigarettes as part of their job duties effective
October 16, 2007.
Anyone under age 19 with an approved Minor Work Permit from the Alaska Department of
Labor and Workforce Development that includes selling cigarettes as a job duty will no longer
be able to perform that function of his/ her job.
For additional questions concerning this change, please contact Wage and Hour at (907)
269-4909 or the:
Kodiak Job Center
309 Center Street
Kodiak, Alaska 99615
New Member Spotlight:
Bases Loaded, located at 202 Center Avenue, Suite
310 is sports fan’s dream. There are hats from all sorts of
sports teams, jerseys from NFL favorites, major league
baseball hats, NHL jerseys and more. Things you would
expect from a store named Bases Loaded. But Scott also
offers things you wouldn’t expect, like winter jackets, athletic
shoes, brand name hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts and jeans.
The family owned store is open 7 days a week - you
can almost always find Scott around. In addition to making
custom T-shirts, hoodies, bags and sweat pants, Scott also
does a variety of vinyl work. If you need lettering on your
boat, storefront or on a wooden sign, check with Scott -
chances are, he can make it for you. Bases Loaded also print
vinyl banners and window stickers.
If he doesn’t have the jersey or team gear you want in
stock today, he can order it for you. Give Scott a call at 486-
5100 or email him at email@example.com
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KODIAK CHAMBER of COMMERCE
P I K E
PARTNERS IN KODIAK’S ECONOMY
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“Promote development of a strong and diverse economy for the Kodiak region through
active leadership and member involvement.”
William Applebee Red Rooster
Frontier Business Systems, Inc. Robert Allen Wagner
Kodiak Northern Sales Aurora Borealis Radiology Phone Directories
Company of Alaska Hans Tschersich, MD Company, Inc.
Henry’s Great Alaskan Art Moraski & Norman Bath
Bases Loaded Restaurant Old Harbor Native Corp.
Scott Wight Raymond LeGrue Emil Christiansen, Sr.
U.S. Postal Service Nedrow Enterprises Spenard Builders Supply
Bill Kersch Wes Nedrow Kriss Larsen
Kodiak Tax Service Kodiak Marketing and Threshold Services, Inc.
Jerome Selby Consulting Matt Jamin
Kodiak Island Housing Consumer Direct
Authority Dan Ogg Personal Care
Mary Shuravloff Peggy Morris
Katmai Wilderness Lodge
The Polaris Group LLC The Old Powerhouse
Eli Bjornoy Tom Walters & Mike Restaurant
O’Connor Tomio Demura
Rhonda Maker Western Alaska Land Title Little School of Dance
The Treasury Home Company Molly Brodie
Rhonda Maker Tim Hurley
True World Foods- Alaska
John’s Heating Service, Inc. King’s Diner Jean Franquelin
John Butler & Eleanor King
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M/V Lazy Bay LLC Jamin Schmitt St. John
Tony & Tiffane Lara Alan Schmitt
US Travel J.R. Arneson DDS
Penny Lampl Jim Arneson
Opening November 17, 2007
Join the community celebration!
Time: 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Call Tina at 942-0322 for more information
Creating a Winning
With guest speaker
When: November 28, 2007
Where: Room 106, Benny Benson Building
Breaking ground: Royall T’s will be moving to a new
location in the spring - Salmonberry Plaza, located on Mill Kodiak College
Bay Road between Island Espresso and Edward Jones.
The plaza building, owned by Royall, will house Royall Time: 7:15 p.m.
T’s and three other businesses.
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