Thanks for becoming a member of the Girdwood Chamber of Commerce! Below you’ll find a list of resources and opportunities for members.
The 2019 Membership Drive has begun! Don’t forget to renew your membership during September, in order to be included on the 2019 Business Directory & Map. The deadline for map advertising and listing renewal is September 30, 2018.
Membership lasts for a calendar year, from January to December. Membership and advertising drives for the next year happen in September, and the printed Map & Business Directory is finalized throughout the final quarter and published in late December for the full membership year. Website listings and advertising can be purchased at any time throughout the membership year.
2018 Business Directory & Map
The printed maps are stored at the Alyeska Resort Project Office, 184 Olympic Mountain Loop. Pick up as many as you think you’ll be able to distribution. The maps come in bundles of 50 maps, and boxes contain 600 maps or 12 bundles. Please make sure you fill out the log sheet with your name and the number you took, so that we can track and order the right amount of maps next year.
Planning for the 2019 map has begun! If you have suggestions or changes for the map, please let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To update your listing, make sure you renew your membership, and include your changes on the membership form.
Board of Directors
2018 Board of Directors
Sasha Swift, Alpine Air Alaska
Laurie Barter, iBuyFlowers
Lisa Kruse, Phillips Cruises & Tours (Past President)
Robin Moore, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Amanda Clayton, Alaska Wild Guides
Girdwood Chamber By-Laws were updated in November 2017. Download the latest version (PDF).
The board wants to hear your feedback so we can better plan for 2019 and make sure we’re serving you to the best of our ability! Take a quick survey and let us know how you feel about your membership and what you’d like to see us work on in the new year.
Meetings & Events
The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and also hosts several workshops related to small business ownership and marketing throughout the year. Bookmark the Events Calendar for the meetings and workshop schedule, and to RSVP for the events you’d like to attend. Workshops are usually free and members can bring guests! All members are welcome to attend the regular board meetings as well.
January Board Meeting
January 16, 3:00pm, Girdwood Library Community Room
On the agenda: Annual meeting planning, 2018 financial report
Past Workshops & Events
September 19, 2019: Annual Member Social
During the membership drive, the Chamber hosts a social and networking event for members. It’s the place to renew or start a new membership, join fellow members for an evening of networking and socializing and enjoy a few snacks and drinks! This year, the Member Social took place after the September Board meeting in the Girdwood Library Community Room.
May 16, 2018: Industry Day
Chamber businesses got a chance to present about what’s new for their businesses this summer at the annual event, held on May 16 at AWCC’s Bison Hall. Attendees heard about new and updated adventures and activities, accommodations, transportation and tours, and dining. Special thanks to those who donated food, prizes and transportation to make the event a success!
February 14, 2018: Legal Aspects of LLCs
In partnership with the Alaska Small Business Development Center, the Chamber hosted attorney Andrew Mitton and a workshop all about LLCs: What they are, whether you should form one, and how they can benefit your business. Check out the notes from the presentation. If you missed it, the SBDC hosts classes like this one each month; visit their website to find out about the next one.
January 17, 2018: Business Blogging 101
Nicole Geils presented on blogging to generate traffic and drive leads from your website. Her workshop focused on creating blog posts that resonate with your target audience and to understand why blogging, social media and SEO work so well together. Take a look at the handout.