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FROM THE EDITOR: 'Tis the Season

So long 2012


Holiday parties abound in December, and we've seen a growing trend for a couple of months now. I guess you could say we started on the first Wednesday of October with our famous Top 49ers Awards luncheon. By the last Friday of October we were at Golder's annual chili feed. I've never tasted so many different kinds of chili in my life, or known there were so many different recipes. I learned that not only do the folks at Golder Associates know how to make chili, they know how to throw a party, as do many other firms in Alaska. Among luncheons, receptions, open houses, retirement parties, dinners, charity balls and flat out holiday parties, there's hardly time for work. Enjoy as many as possible this month, because come January we may all be working our way back up from the bottom of the ravine after falling off the fiscal cliff.

As we go to press for the December issue we wrap up another year of Alaska Business Monthly, and what a great year this has been. In the spirit of changing things up, we've moved the Conventions, Meetings and Corporate Travel special section to December, complete with an extensive directory to go with the articles.

We're happy to present our second annual Philanthropy in Alaska special section this month, opening with an article showing the correlation between philanthropy and business success. It is guest authored by long-time Alaskans Patty Ginsburg and Cassandra Stalzer. Ginsburg is a writer and communications consultant; Stalzer is the communications manager at Rasmuson Foundation and manages the statewide campaign for Pick.Click.Give. Together they have written a primer for companies laying out what to do and how to do it: "Alaska Philanthropy: Doing good, doing well: (page 74). Ever wonder why you should get your company and employees involved in philanthropy? You will know after reading not only this article, but the entire special section, where you can rad about raising money, feeding children, United Way, Sam Allred and Kindness for Kids, and nonprofit organizations that influence public policy. Plus three more philanthropy stories are on the website.

This month there are quire a few interesting articles to read in the magazine, as always. In fact, there were so many good ideas that I assigned too many stories to fit in the magazine, you'll find those extras on the website as exclusive content.

Enjoy reading these on your tablet, phone or computer. It's our gift to you. Happy Holidays!

This originally appeared in the December 2012 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.
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