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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News August 04, 2009


State Chamber solicits Nominations for Annual Awards

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its prestigious annual awards. The awards are the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan, the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year and the Local Chamber of the Year. Presentations of the awards will be made September 22, 2009 at the at the Chamber's 50th Annual Convention and Business Trade Show in Homer.

The Celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan award is given to individuals who have made substantial and continual contributions of statewide significance while working in the private sector. Each year, nominations are kept strictly confidential and the selection is made with voting by all past chairs of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. The recipients of the Outstanding Alaskan of the Year form an impressive list of Alaskan's "Who's Who" and dates back to its first honoree in 1964.

The Bill Bivin award, established in 1993, pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. The business is recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation and established leadership in their field.

The Local Chamber of the Year award is bestowed upon an Alaskan chamber for consistent community involvement and an excellent business reputation.

The Nomination packet is on-line at our website Click Here for Applications

Deadline for submitting applications is the close of business on Friday August 7, 2008

A complete list of previous award recipients Award Recipients

Southcentral Economic Summit on Tourism -

Save the Date!

Thursday, Aug. 20, 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Dena'ina Convention Center

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), along with several other organizations and sponsors, invites you to participate in an important discussion of economic trends and impact on the future of Alaska tourism.

Listen, participate and help determine our next steps, including the level of political support necessary to begin to reverse the negative trends. Invited guests and panelists include members of Alaska's business community, tourism industry and political leaders.

RSVP by Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, Contact Kelli Hoglin (907-257-2345, khoglin@anchorage.net).

Please note: There is no charge for the Tourism Summit. However, if you plan to attend the ACVB Membership Luncheon from Noon - 1:00 p.m., normal luncheon fees apply. This special luncheon will lead into the Tourism Summit with a 3-year economic forecast for Southcentral Alaska presented by Bill Popp, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

Developing Membership Benefit Opportunities

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and National Healthcare Access Inc (NHA) are exploring ways to provide added membership value by potentially offering Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance tailored exclusively for the members of the State Chamber. NHA is a full service benefits agency that specializes in chamber and association benefit strategies.

Before we begin this process, we need your help.

Below is a link to a very short survey that will enable NHA and the State Chamber to determine the level of interest from its members. This information will also help in designing the benefits packages that will be offered.

Please complete as much or as little of the survey as you'd like. Your candid and thoughtful reply will help our evaluation. Most people are able to complete this survey in less than five minutes. Your response and any comments will be treated with utmost confidentiality. After the results are tabulated and compiled, NHA will furnish a report to the Alaska State Chamber to guide our discussions on next steps.

Thank you for your time and input, here is the link. Your quick response is much appreciated.


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