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Chamber Goes To Work

Southeast Alaskas Island News of Thorne Bay, Alaska

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Now that the 2009 Island Guide is safely put to bed & delivered to the Island, the chamber board and staff are getting to work on the rest of the 2009 Program of Work.

Earlier this month, the Chamber facilitated meetings of P.O.W. business owners with representatives from the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Alaska Small Business Development Center. Business owners who need any kind of assistance with their business can still contact Isaac at 1-800-478-7232. He is available with continued assistance on a large list of business issues, including low-budget marketing, tax considerations, working with banks, or writing a business plan.

The Chamber wrote a support leter to the legislature for the IFA in regard to its efforts to maintain or increase the Northern run to Wrangell and Petersburg.

The Chamber hosted the latest meeting of POWCAC on Tuesday, January 27th. Board members and some of our Thorne Bay members provided a very nice spread for a full meal deal for the luncheon, and we thank member St. John's by the Sea for the use of their facility. The 30 people in attendance would never have made it in our Chamber office!!

In concert with POWCAC, the Chamber has sent invitations to the Governor & all of our Alaska Delegation to come to Prince of Wales on May 1st, 2nd, & 3rd for an all-Island event. The Chamber high-lights these events in a separate article. Preparation and planning for this event will take up the bulk of time and effort of the board from now until the completion.

Events that have been on the annual task list for many years will be carried out in 2009: the annual scholarship underwriting for Island Graduates, the Highway cleanup for the International Marathon, and the daily maintenance and updating of the Chamber website & community calendar by the office manager.

The Fair and Logging Show was dropped from the Chamber calendar after the 2008 event. Too few volunteers, diminishing interest among the communities & too many negative impacts to the faithful few remaining on the committee were the reasons for this decision. The Chamber saved the event after it was dropped by the previous sponsors for similar reasons. Any group that is willing to save the event, or parts of it, can contact the Chamber for information & the benefit of experience.

The 2009 Program of Work is a document in the process of review & the Board seeks its members' recommendations on actions that will help our members sustain or grow their business on Prince of Wales & deal with present economic challenges.

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Original Publication Date: February 2, 2009

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