Nov 28 2011
Chamber Sponsoring Economic Development Summit Wednesday
Monday, 28 November 2011

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            The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Small Business and Economic Development summit on Wednesday at the Kodiak Inn. Lale Gurer is the new economic development specialist with the chamber, and is organizing the event.

            The chamber is partnering with the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference and the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. But, the Federal Reserve representative won't be the only banker speaking. Amanda Clayton of Key Bank and Mark Anderson of First National Bank of Alaska will be on a panel discussing how financial institutions can assist small businesses.

            Also speaking will be Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby and Will Anderson of Koniag Incorporated. Glenn Haight, the development manager for the state's Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development will also give a presentation.

            Gurer says two local business owners will talk about successful business formation. They are Ben Millstein of Kodiak Island Brewing Company and Barbara Hughes of Pickled Willies, a relatively new business in town.

            The summit will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Harbor Room of the Kodiak Inn. It's free to attend, but preregistration is required. It can be done online at the chamber of commerce website. Here's a copy of the agenda: pdf econ_summit_agenda 206.51 Kb