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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News July 30, 2009


State Chamber Anchorage Regional Office Moves

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Anchorage Regional office is now located at 630 East Fifth Avenue, Suite 102. The offices are in the Wells Fargo Fifth Avenue branch. Our phone numbers remain the same. The general phone number is 278-2722, for Cheryl Eluska 278-2727 and for Mary Pignalberi 278-2733. Please stop by and visit Cheryl Eluska and Mary Pignalberi in the new office location. Once we settle in, we will host an open house to show case our new office space. Special thanks go to our Wells Fargo and to Capital Office Systems for working with us to develop the new office space.

Alaska State Chamber Fall Conference and Business Trade Show

Riding the Wave: Setting a Course for the Next 50 Years

Lands End Resort

Homer, Alaska

September 21-23, 2009

Conference Details

Our 50th Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show is scheduled for September 21-23, 2009 at the Lands End Resort in Homer.  The Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show will feature timely topics important to the future of Alaska business. Below is an overview of the conference, a more detailed agenda will be available as speakers confirm their participation:

v Enhance your organizations' leadership skills at the Association Management Training; designed for directors, small business leaders and executives of local chambers during the day of Monday, September 21st.

v The opening reception will kick off with refreshments and networking at the Pratt Museum on the evening of Monday, September 21st.

v Meet with business leaders of the Pacific Northwest at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Programs.

v Find great opportunities at the Business Trade Show; where your organization can offer business products and solutions to business leaders across Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

v Participate in the Voice of the Local Chambers presentation to learn more about local and regional concerns and developments.

v Interact with our Congressional Delegation during the live AT&T Video Teleconference.

v Participate in the Member Business Forum, designed to initiate legislative policy discussion and provide an opportunity for members to share their thoughts.

v Attend the Awards Reception and enjoy refreshments in our Trade Show area.

v At the Awards Banquet we will announce our annual raffle winners and present awards to recognize the William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year, the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year and the Local Chamber of the Year recipients.

Your participation in the AlaskaState Chamber of Commerce organization enhances our ability to promote a positive environment for Alaska businesses.


We are proud to receive the support of the following businesses for our 50th Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show:  AT&T, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Homer Chamber of Commerce, Pebble Limited Partnership, Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo.

To show your support for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and imprint your company brand, consider being a conference or trade show sponsor or co-sponsor. You can view the sponsorship menu on our website at www.alaskachamber.com. Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities are invited to contact Cheryl Eluska at celuska@alaskachamber.com or (907) 278-2727.

Statewide Business Trade Show Registration

Join the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce as an exhibitor at our annual business trade show. The trade show is an exceptional opportunity to promote your products and services to business leaders and key lawmakers from across Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Visit our website, www.alaskachamber.com, for detailed information about trade show booth package and registration prices. Interested businesses are invited to reserve their trade show booth on-line.  Register for the trade show here.  For questions please contact Cheryl at celuska@alaskachamber.com or (907) 278-2727.

WPX Delivery Solutions is offering a special rate for Alaska State Chamber members to ship their trade show materials to and from Homer throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Please contact Christine Landry at (800) 562-1091 ext. 1033 or e-mail clandry@wpx.com to arrange transportation of your trade show materials.

Annual Fall Conference Registration

Attend the Annual Fall Conference and learn to build a stronger organization at our Association Management Training Workshop, learn about vital public policy issues facing legislators, civic and business leaders, speak with our state and congressional lawmakers and voice the issues that present the greatest challenge to your business. Registration pricing includes incentives for early bird registration before August 17th; member, non-member, spouse, annual awards banquet only and opening night

reception only rates.  Register for the conference here. Travel pricing includes incentives for travel on Alaska Airlines and ERA Aviation as well as special rates for accommodations at the Lands End Resort.

Please contact Teri Engebretson at info@alaskachamber.com or (907) 586-2010 regarding registration and payment questions.

Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf:

Creating Economic Opportunities, Jobs and Domestic Energy for the Entire Nation

Last fall, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce adopted as one of its top five Legislative Priorities "Support for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Waters". That Legislative Priority statement follows:

"The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce strongly supports offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, ChukchiSea, Cook Inlet and the NorthAleutianBasin in Bristol Bay. The Chamber asks the Alaska Congressional Delegation and Governor to support responsible development of these valuable resources and organize a concerted effort to encourage Congress and the Federal Administration to enact offshore revenue sharing for states and local communities."

We encourage State Chamber members to send a letter to Secretary Salazar at the Department of the Interior urging the Department to act expeditiously and take all reasonable and appropriate steps to review, revise, and finalize the environmental analysis underpinning the 2007-2012 leasing programs off the coast of Alaska.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for a draft letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior asking that agency to expeditiously review, revise and finalize the environmental analysis underpinning the 2007-2012 leasing programs off the coast of Alaska.

If you can, please personalize the draft with your own thoughts on why the 2007-2012 Five-Year OCS program should be kept intact. Your communication might even be as simple as a note saying, "Please keep the 2007-2012 Five Year OCS program intact; our country's economy and our national security depend on increased DOMESTIC energy production." By sending this letter to Secretary Salazar, we show our support for the protection of energy consumers, the creation of jobs and strengthening the economy.

State Chamber Membership Directory Now On-line

The printed membership directory for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is now on our website Here. Utilizing a new reader program feature, we are able to provide an electronic version of the printed directory on-line. It adds a news dimension for visitors to the website who do not have ready access to the printed version. Take a look and let us know what you think about this method of using the directory. Your feedback and input helps us as we develop our website into a more dynamic tool for our members.

For those who may have missed back issues of our quarterly newsletter "Business to Business" those issues are all posted on the website. The most current issue is in the new reader program and back issues are in traditional .pfd format. The newsletters are located on the website Here.


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