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August 2013 E-Currents Newsletter

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August 2013 
E-Currents Newsletter
 
In This Issue
Hospice & Palliative Care
Article Headline
Magpie Publishing & Production
Kodiak Home Party Consultants
Vizhunz BAH Pictures
Andrew Airways
Visit Rotary Park
Thank You Members
May Board Meeting Minutes
Quick Links
Important Dates to Remember
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting
 
Monday, August 19th at noon
Chamber Board
 
Board Officers
President Greg Deal- Wells Fargo
Vice President Rick Vahl- AK Waste
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 
Representatives  
Discover Kodiak 
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,

 

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Grand Opening Celebration for Threshold's "Recycle Haven."  There was a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 2 pairs of round trip ticket to Anchorage on Era Alaska, Split-the-Pot, a live remote with KVOK/Hot 101.1, and wonderful refreshments which had everyone excited about recycling.

 

The Business After Hours on Friday July 26th,was hosted by Vizhunz Salon Unlimited. The awesome weather and the great view of the channel made for a wonderful event.Terri had great door prizes with a grand prize of $100.00 gift certificate to the salon. 

 

Let's not forget about the great job of the organizers for Relay for Life, they raised over $51,000.00 to help fight against cancer.

 

 

Lastly,  don't forget to check out the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce's new website at www.kodiakchamber.org   If you had any changes that need to be made on the business directory please contact the chamber staff.

  

We hope everyone is having a great summer and hope to see you at upcoming chamber events!

 

 

 

Greg Deal

President

 


Business After Hours

No Business After Hours for August.
 

Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak
   

     Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak has opened its doors and been providing services to the Kodiak community since April of 2013. We provide a range of free support services to families facing life-threatening illness and loss including; respite care, transportation, errands, and in home tasks. We also have a Spiritual Care team, visitors program, and we will be offering bereavement services to families for 13 months following the death of a loved one.

 

     Hospice began its formation in 2011 with a group of community members who saw the need to support families caring for end-of-life loved ones at home. This 5 member board received support from a number of community organizations including the Kodiak Senior Center, Kodiak Area Native Association and Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center who donated office space, human resource assistance and a grant to help get the organization started. It took almost two years to complete the paperwork and training needed to begin providing services.    

 

The program currently has 19 trained volunteers available to serve clients. There are other volunteers who assist with training and special event planning and preparation. The Hospice of Kodiak Board of Directors consists of 9 members. President Kathy Nussbaum, Vice President Jessica Skonberg, Secretary Alan Schmitt, Treasurer Jenny Stevens, Chaplain Elden Simonson, Jacque Jones, Elaine Loomis- Olsen, Kathyrnn Hollis-Buchanan, and Gary Elmore. The Hospice Director and Volunteer Coordinator is Christy Kamai.

 

Our office is currently housed with the Providence Palliative Care department at
 
204 Rezanof Drive.  Our hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Because our services are free of charge, we are required to raise 100% of the funding needed to sustain our program. Our biggest fundraiser is an annual Heart For Hospice Ball which provides local businesses, organizations and individuals a chance to sponsor this popular event. This year's valentine themed evening featured fine dining from the Kodiak Inn, entertainment by the Dan Mac Trio, dancing, a dessert auction, a raffle and door prizes donated by 23 local businesses. Watch for Heart for Hospice Ball 2014 and other fundraisers that benefit this important community organization.

 

For more information about our services or becoming a volunteer please call Christy Kamai at 481-2450, visit our website at www.hospiceofkodiak.org or email us directly at info@hospiceofkodiak.org. We can also be found on Facebook.

   

 

Threshold's Grand Opening Celebration Pictures
 

Magpie Publishing & Production
Maggie Wall

How Businesses Use the Internet & Social Media Marketing

 

    Here are some interesting statistics on how businesses use the Internet and social media to attract and connect with consumers.

    As you glance at these figures compiled by Digital Sherpa (digitalsherpa.com) you'll see that Kodiak is NOT the norm. But more and more local businesses are getting online.

    You'll also note that savvy businesses owners are learning that they can greatly increase their exposure and sales by getting their businesses online and being active with social media such as Facebook and having a regularly updated blog.

     A useful tool for helping people understand your business or for you to understand things on the Internet is what's called an "Infographic." A portion of Digital Sherpa's Infographic summary of Internet usage and social media is shown here. That's the source of the information in this article.

 

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You can see the entire interesting and informative Infographicby clicking on this link

Here are some interesting statistics about businesses.

·  4 in 5 small businesses use the Internet
·  98 percent use social media as a marketing tool
·  Businesses that have a blog get 55 percent more website visitors

Here are some common mistakes small businesses make on their websites:

·  Poor quality website  [Do yourself a favor and get a good website from the get-go.]
·  Using third-party web / blog sites [Like a lot of those Get a Free or Get a Cheap website companies you see online. My advice is: Know your website builder!]
·  No search engine optimization
·  No social media marketing [Kodiak has a very active Facebook community.]
·  No new information  [Regularly updated websites rank higher on Google and give viewers more reasons to keep checking back to see what's new.]
·   No site maintenance  [WordPress sites are simple for you to maintain once you get trained.]
    One of my goals when I went to grad school to learn Internet Marketing was to get Kodiak businesses online. It still is
    The big advantage is that with a website and proper training in Internet Marketing skills, we can start bringing customers from all over the world to our local sites to purchase Kodiak goods.
    Some businesses are better suited to the international marketplace than others. However, since the end of phone books as we have known them is now on the horizon, it's vital that Kodiak businesses have at the minimum a simple website that is optimized for use with smart phones.
    Stay tuned...as they say in radio and tv...because I'll be working with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce to coach members on getting online. Right now we're thinking of a workshop for Chamber members.
    If you've got questions, or ideas on what you'd like to learn more about, feel free to contact me at 487-4040.

 

       

    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.

 

 

 

Kodiak Home Party Consultants
 

 
 

Vizhunz Salon Unlimited BAH Pictures
 

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andrew airways

Looking for something fun to do in Kodiak, let Andrew Airways take you on a a spectacular 4 hour V.I.P. bear viewing adventure which provides you with the incredible sights of the Alaska Peninsula and Katmai National Park area.

So book your tour and let our experienced Bush Pilots and Guides take you for a tour of Kodiak's natural beauty and wildlife.


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Call & let them help you arrange your next adventure in the great outdoors of Alaska - anything from Kodiak Bear Viewing Adventures, Kodiak fishing & hunting trips, Kodiak river float trips, Kodiak flight seeing trips, and much, much more

For more information about the exciting adventures you can have with Andrew Airways, please e-mail them at info@andrewairways.com
  or call them at 907-487-2566.

 
 

Rotary Park
 
 

Thank You to New and Renewing Members

New Members

KODIAK REGIONAL  
AQUACULTURE  
ASSOCIATION
Kevin Breenan &  
Trenten Dobson

 
KODIAK HOME
PARTY    
CONSULTANTS
Jennifer Cozad
Renewing Members

HARBOR ENTERPRISES
INC. dbs PETRO MARINE
Jaime Flores
ASSOCIATED
ISLAND  
BROKERS 
Bob Brodie &
Melanie Ladisao 
SOUTHWEST
ALASKA
MUNICIPAL
CONFERENCE
Andy Varner
DISCOVER KODIAK 
Ginny Austerman
 
KONIAG, INC.  
Cheryl Christofferson

 
NORTHERN AIR CARGO  Mark Liland
 
SALTY FLY SAFARIS   
Micheal D. Brown
 
THE FRAME SHOP    
Sarah Culbetson
 
SELDOVIA CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE
 
Ila Dillion, President
 
KODIAK PSYCHOLOGY
SERVICES
Evelyn Wiszinckas, PhD
Lanie Welch
Darlene Williamson
ALASKA AIRLINES
Tim Thompson 
ORPHEUM THEATRE 
John Fletcher
 
KODIAK ELECTRIC  
ASSOCIATION INC.
Darron Scott
ARCTIC PHYSICAL  
THERAPY
Todd Cook
ABBA FATHER'S
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
CHURCH

Pastor Rony Harden Sr.
WATER OF LIFE
Cecile & Todd Hiner

 
MAJDIC AND SONS  
CONSTRUCTION 
Mark & Mary Jane Majdic
 
U.S. COAST GUARD AIR STATION 
Capt. Melissa Rivera
 
KODIAK CHRISTIAN
SCHOOL

Steve Steffensen
AVIS RENT-A-CAR
Terry O'neal
WESTWARD SEAFOODS
dba WESTERN ALASKA
FISHERIES

Murry Park
COMMUNITY BAPTIST  
CHURCH 
Ayn DuBois
 
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
ALASKA

Mark Anderson
 
SWEENEY INSURANCE,
INC & ALLSTATE
INSURANCE COMPANY 
John Sweeney
 
HEALTHY TOMORROWS
Borgy Holm
JOHN & MAUREEN
EATON
RED HOOK CONSTRUCTION 
Dayton Wandersee
 
HARVEY FLYING
SERVICE

Steve Harvey
PETRO STAR INC. dba
NORTH PACIFIC FUEL

Pat Tabon
SHELIKOF LODGE 
George Backus
 
U.S. COAST GUARD BASE
SUPPORT UNIT

Capt. Jerald Woloszynski
 ALUTIIQ MUSEUM
Carol Austerman
VALDEZ CONVENTION &
VISITORS BUREAU

Paula McCann
KVOK/HOT 101.1 
Ellen Simeonoff
 
WORLD WIDE MOVERS INC. 
Dustin Roberson
 
ALASKA AEROSPACE
CORPORATION

Judy Godin
 


Board Meeting Minutes
 
 

 

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