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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News - July 1, 2010

Alaska Business Week seeks Company Advisors

Be a part of something extraordinary

Make a difference in the lives of our Alaska high school students

Take an active role in the Alaska State Chamber and volunteer as a

Company Advisor for one week this summer

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first Alaska Business Week leadership program on the UAF campus August 8 - 14. This program is modeled after the very successful and long-running Washington Business Week program.

The magic of the program is the direct interaction with business leaders who act as 'company advisors' to the student companies, providing mentoring, oversight and guidance to a group of motivated students as they compete with their peer groups to come up with a winning strategy. Teams are made up of 8-10 high school students from all walks of life and areas of the state. They are each provided with the ground rules, an 8-quarter business matrix to negotiate, and competing with the other student companies to execute what they consider a winning strategy.

This volunteer position as Company Advisor (CA) takes a dedicated individual who is willing to spend an entire week focused on working with students. The position is challenging as well as rewarding, and FUN! At the end of the day, you may wonder if you or the students are getting more out of the experience. As a former Company Advisor, I can personally attest this is a life-changing experience.

Company advisors must be willing to take a week off from work, and devote most of their waking hours for one week to their student company. We have found that most businesses, especially those that have sent their employees through the program, embrace the experience and encourage their employees to participate in this capacity.

Washington Business Week is providing a daylong training session at UAF for the Company Advisors on Friday, August 7, the day before the program commences. A 'CA' manual is also provided to each advisor, and debriefing sessions are conducted with the CAs each day. Seasoned CAs will also be on staff to provide support and guidance to anyone acting in this capacity. The program runs from Saturday, August 8 and ends the morning of Saturday, August 14.

For more information on this worthwhile program, see: www.alaskachamber.com

Be a part of something extraordinary. Contact me today for more information.

Ann Ringstad

907-474-5922 or ann@alaska.edu

Era Alaska becomes the latest sponsor of the

Alaska Business Week Program

Era Alaska announced today it is offering 20 round-trip tickets to qualifying Alaska Business Week students coming from the over 100 communities that they serve throughout the state of Alaska. In addition, Era Alaska is offering a special airfare discount for all other participants and volunteers.

Lori Goodman, marketing director for Era Alaska said, "We want to encourage high school students from the areas we serve to participate in Alaska Business Week. We are pleased to be able to offer these tickets and discounts as our contribution to this very worthwhile program. "

Alaska Business Week is sponsored by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, and modeled after the very successful and long-running Washington Business Week program. It is a discovery-learning program for high school students to be held at the UAF campus August 8-14. This weeklong program is staged at the university to provide student participants the experience of college life and explore their leadership potential. Limited to 100 students, this program includes a simulated 'corporate' environment replicating some of the challenges and opportunities of life after high school, raising students' awareness of career choices, workplace issues, teamwork, money management, networking and leadership potential.

There are a number of opportunities for business leaders to work directly with students to act as mentors throughout the weeklong program. The students present their final work at the end of the program to a panel of judges selected by the Alaska State Chamber.

A reduced tuition for the program is $325, thanks to the generous contributions of many founding sponsors, including Tesoro Alaska, BP, Icicle Seafoods, State Farm, TOTE, GVEA, Alaska Airlines, Era Alaska, Aadlandflint, the Alaska Railroad and the Alaska League of Credit Unions. The tuition covers room, board, program materials, and activity fees on campus for the entire week. Scholarships are also available.

The deadline for applications has been extended to July 31. To register for the Alaska Business Week program and apply for the round-trip tickets, see: www.alaskachamber.com.


Alaskan Brewing Company

Celebrates Grand Opening of new Depot

Alaskan Brewing Company celebrated the grand opening of their new downtown Depot on Saturday, June 26. Hundreds of Juneau locals and guests visited the Brewery's new year-round destination retail location on South Franklin Street to browse two floors of new clothing, outerwear and gourmet items from Alaskan Brewing and other manufacturers from Alaska. Attendees also enjoyed appetizers prepared with Alaskan Beer by Abby's Kitchen while walking through the Brewery virtual tour on the second floor and trying their hand at the Alaskan virtual fishing derby.

 

The successful and fun-filled grand opening was a great way to share the new location with the Alaskan's friends, neighbors and visitors. Alaskan Brewing is proud to bring a locally owned, locally operated business that will be open year-round to the downtown community of Juneau.

 

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