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December 2013 
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In This Issue
Senior Citizens of Kodiak
It's All About Fish Important Dates
LS Construction
Economic Development
Website Bits and Pieces
Wells Fargo BAH Pictures
Thank You
Board Meeting Minutes
Quick Links
Important Dates to Remember

Board of Fisheries Reception

January 7th 5:30-7:00pm
Fisheries Research Center

Chamber Board Meeting

January 20th
Conference Room
12:00pm


Business After Hours

Kodiak Athletic Club
January 31st
5:30-7:30pm

Chamber Board

Board Officers
President Greg Deal- Wells Fargo
Secretary/Treasurer Darlene Williamson- Alaska 1 Realty
Past President Lindsay Knight- Kodiak Athletic Club

Board Members 
Cheryl Blondin- Credit Union 1 
Julie Bonney- Alaska Ground Fish 
Bob Brodie- Associated Island Brokers  
Bub Cassidy- Borough Manager 
Aimee Kniaziowski- City Manager 
Rick Kniaziowski- Horizon Lines 
Charlie Powers-Parks & Rec. 
Tyler Randolph- State Farm 
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Darron Scott- Kodiak Electric Association 
Capt. Melissa Rivera- USCG Air Station 
Capt. Jerald Woloszynski - USCG Base Support Unit  
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Message from the President

Chamber Member,

 

First I would like to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may we all look forward to for a wonderful New Year. During this Holiday shopping season stay warm & safe and remember to support our community by visiting local vendors & businesses.

 

Wells Fargo Sponsored the November Business After Hour and I want to thank my wonderful staff who prepared the delicious food and created a warm and inviting atmosphere for our Chamber and Community Members. I am both proud and humbled by how the Kodiak Community comes together to support each other.  I appreciate the BAH opportunity to share Wells Fargo's contributions to community organizations, and highlight the important services they provide.

 

Best Western Kodiak Inn sponsored the December Business After Hours on Thursday, Dec 5th. The Johnson's and staff always do a wonderful job on the wine tasting event every year. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was festive.

 

For your last minute Holiday shopping don't forget our various holiday bazaars this month.  They are a great way to support local vendors and artists in our community.

 

Lastly, while you are out shopping stop in at Henry's for some great food, and try your hand at pull tabs, and help support the Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Chamber and I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Greg Deal

President 

 

 

Senior Citizens of Kodiak 

 

Senior Citizens of Kodiak, Inc. (SCOK) recently celebrated their 40th anniversary and recognition of achieving their third national accreditation through the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)/National Council on Aging (NCOA).

     SCOK became the first senior center in Alaska to become nationally accredited in 2003 and repeated that achievement in 2008.  The agency was one of the first 100 senior centers out of 15,000 across the country to become nationally accredited.

     " The self-assessment process that is the preface for being nationally accredited takes staff, Board of Directors and community members and has them divide up into 9 different committees which are formed around the nine different standards which are examined in great detail during the self-assessment process," said Pat Branson, SCOK Executive Director for 25 years.  "Those standards all have to be met with at least a minimum score.  You cannot score high in one and low in another. Those standards represent an agency's body of work and include planning & purpose; community connections; governance; administration & human resources; program development & implementation; evaluation; fiscal and asset responsibility; records & report; and facility and operations.  As one board member said of the self-assessment manual that was submitted for review, "this is an encyclopedia of our agency.'"

     Those nine committees met throughout six months and reviewed and updated agency policies and documents.  Required documents were submitted to the NISC Coordinator and then on site and off-site reviewers were chosen to review the more than 300 page manual. 

     "We had everything that was needed and the NISC coordinator indicated our self-assessment manual was one of the best she had seen," noted Branson. "There are about 25 NISC peer reviewers and a drawing had to be held to see who won to come to Kodiak to do the on-site review.  Christine Beatty from Madison, Wisconsin won that drawing and in early September came to town to complete the review.  She met with committee members, staff and Board and then at the exit interview told us we had passed accreditation for a third time."

     Branson stated the accreditation is good for five years.  "This achievement demonstrates to our funders, locally, statewide as well as privately and to our participants that our agency is accountable in every way with meeting these nine different set standards. We are proud of all the work and community support we received on this achievement. "

  

It's All About Fish  

 

December 16, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. City Council - Borough Assembly Fisheries Work Group @ Borough Conference Room

 

December 17, 2013 at 6 p.m.:  Alaska Board of Fisheries Kodiak Finfish Discussion @ Kodiak Harbor Convention Center 

December 17th agenda:

   Department salmon season wrap up and projections   
   Begin preparing comments on Kodiak area Salmon proposals.  

 

December 18, 2013 at 6 p.m.:  The Kodiak Fish & Game Advisory Committee @ Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center, located at 402 Center Avenue.

December 18th agenda:

   Discussion of Prop 100  
   BOF Kodiak area Groundfish proposals.

 

December 23, 2013: Public Comment deadline for Alaska Board of Fish Kodiak Finfish proposals.  

 

January 7, 2014 at 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Alaska Board of Fisheries Reception at Fisheries Research Center.

 

January 7-11, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.: Alaska Board of Fisheries Kodiak Finfish Discussion @ Kodiak Harbor Convention Center

 

 

 

New Business Spotlight

LS Construction, LLC, is owned and operated by Luke Smith, who founded the company in 1999.  LS Construction operates as a general contractor with residential endorsements, specializing in all vertical residential and light commercial construction.  LS Construction offers a full range of services, from small remodels to complete renovations and new construction, including custom energy efficient homes, custom kitchens, "specialty" acrylic solid surface countertops, custom bathrooms, shower surrounds, roofing, additions, siding and window installation, concrete foundations and slabs, and more.

 

Smith got his start in construction at a young age, learning from family members who worked in the industry, and has been working full time in construction since graduating from high school.  Smith now has a team, ranging from two to four people depending on workload, that collaborates with customers to design and implement each project.  Smith focuses on getting to know each customer and developing trust and long-term relationships by employing an honest, straightforward and trustworthy approach. 

 

LS Construction is located at 1815 Mill Bay Road in Kodiak, and can be reached by e-mail at lsconstruction@gci.net or by phone at:  907-486-2746.

 

 

You want to open your own business and don't know where to start?

 

You've heard that successfully starting a small business requires up-front planning. Do you know where to start or are you spinning your wheels? Check out the U.S. Small Business Administration's 10 Steps to Starting a Business
the Alaska Small Business Development Center's Business Plan Guide and Business Plan Cheat Sheet to help frame your thinking. Both sites summarize key consideration for starting your new business, and will help you think more strategically about your new venture. Alaska SourceLink offers reference materials starting your own business, as well as Alaska Department of Commerce's Establishing a Business in Alaska - Handbook
 

 

Other helpful links:

State of Alaska - Business  

Alaska Small Business Development Center  

 U.S. Small Business Administration 

Alaska Source Link 

U.S. Internal Revenue Service   

 

You're ready to apply for your business license and start thinking about ... taxes?

 

Business License

The State of Alaska issues business licenses through the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, which provides an online application. When you fill out application form you will need to select a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code to, which describes your line of business. THESE CANNOT BE CHANGED LATER, and if you want to update your line of business code the only alternative is to purchase a new business license. You can use keywords to search available line of business code choices within NAICS;  keep in mind that NAICS codes are 6 digits, with the first two digits determining the line of business, and the last four digits describing business activities within the line of business. You also have the option of registering your business name  with the State of Alaska.

 

Taxes
Your business will need to have a federal tax identification number associated with it, either
your Social Security Number if you are a sole proprietor with no employees, or an Employer Identification Number or EIN.  If you are doing business within Kodiak City Limits you will also need to register with the City of Kodiak for sales tax purposes, and will need to provide your NAICS code on the application. If you operate a B&B, hotel or motel you should also refer to the 

 

What's that, you need a storefront?

 

As you think about where to locate your business remember to check current Kodiak Island Borough zoning requirements and review the current zoning code provisions. Zoning provisions in the Borough code are currently being reviewed and updated and questions can be directed to the Community Development Department.Another great resource useful for assessing the lay of the land is the Map and GIS Center  available on the Kodiak Island Borough website. 

 

If you need to set up utilities for you new location here's the scoop:

 

Water/Sewer - The City of Kodiak provides water and sewer services within City limits and to a limited extent just beyond City limits, the City of Kodiak provides water and sewer services. http://www.city.kodiak.ak.us/pub/Pages/default.aspx.  

Garbage - the Kodiak Island Borough is ultimately responsible, and utilizes a contractor, Alaska Waste,  to administer the program.

 Electric - Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) provides electricity throughout the Kodiak road system.

 

Congratulations, you've just opened your business!

 

Join the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and become part of a vibrant network of Kodiak businesses! Who joins the Chamber? Check out our membership directory or come meet us in person at the next business after hours on January 31, 2014 at Kodiak Athletic Club.

 

 

Website Bits and Pieces: Hints for Understanding Websites

 

By Maggie Wall


I know it's hard to wrap your head around websites. There's a lot to learn, and the more you learn, the more you realize that you've only tapped the tip of the iceberg.

                And then, dog-gone-it you no sooner get to feeling good about things then they upgrade, change the rules, and come up with some new trend and you feel like you're starting from the beginning again.

               

Here are a few things I've come across the past few weeks that are important to keep in mind.

 

1)    Really, don't sweat it.
You'll never keep on top of it all, so just decide what the most important aspect is for you and your business and focus on those few things. Let the rest slide, or put them on your list labeled: "I'll Keep Tabs on This, but Will Focus on My Few Key Things."

2)    Google is your friend.
There are a gazillion articles and videos online that will help you learn whatever you feel the need to learn. A lot of them can be very simple to understand, especially if you search for "newbie" or "beginners" or similar words.

3)    Just because you have the world's best looking and working website, that doesn't mean you'll have tons of visitors.
It's not like that movie. If you build it, they won't necessarily come rushing to you. You have to work the site. Get the word out that you have a site. There are tricks for doing that and most things can be done for free, if you're willing to put the time into it. If not, consider hiring someone to help you out. Just make sure you do your due diligence to ensure they know what they're doing.

4)    Be very wary of people you don't know wanting to sell you things online.
Whether it's a so-called "free" website or a listing in some so-called "authority" online directory, if you don't know them, or know someone who has had a positive experience with them, you are best to not deal with them.

The more I work online the more I become aware of all the scammers out there. It's very frustrating for people who thought they were doing the right thing for their business who find out they have gotten ripped off, or worse yet, locked into some contract for work that doesn't need done but that they will be paying for each month for the next 3 years.

 

There are a lot of good resources online for learning what to look out for. Or give me a call and I'll provide free advice on options, or questions to ask before making a decision to purchase something.

 

5)    Don't be afraid to do business online, just make sure you do your due diligence.
There are a lot of really great businesses that offer cool resources and services that could help your business. I always suggest shopping local first, and if you do buy services online, be sure to do some research and ask lots of questions. You'll be glad you did. 

 


Maggie Wall has a master's degree in Internet Marketing. Her business Magpie Publishing & Production (Alaskamagpie.com) designs websites and coaches people how to get their business online and to attract online customers (487-4040). She also produces The LegHead Report located at leghead.com.

 

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