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Alaska Chamber News July 3 - July 17, 2013


E- News                                                                  July 3 - July 17, 2013
In This Issue
Happy Independence Day
1 Spot Left for Seward
Bristol Bay Must Be Thoroughly Studied
Tourism, It's Your Business
Worker's Comp Workshops
Alaska Chamber Annual Awards
PNWER Annual Summit

Committee Meetings 


Local Chamber Committee 
July 15
-Date Change-
11:00 am
Membership Committee 
July 15
4:00 pm
Finance Committee 
July 16
1:30 pm
 Events Committee 
July 18
10:00 am




Upcoming Events
Annual Fall Conference
October 15th
Fairbanks, AK
Legislative Policy Forum
October 16th
Fairbanks, AK

New Members
Lead Sponsors
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Exxon Mobil

Pioneer Natural Resources
Walsh Sheppard
Wells Fargo

Alaska Communications
Holland America Line
The Pebble Partnership


Alaska Railroad
Tower Hill Mine
TSS, Inc.

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Happy Independence Day

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."  

~Erma Bombeck


The Alaska Chamber offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and reopen Friday July 5th.


Happy 4th of July!

Late to the Party? Register for last spot for Seward Outreach Trip.

Due to a last minute cancellation, one spot has opened up for the Alaska Chamber Seward Outreach Trip next week.


This event is a chance to learn more about the Seward economy, its business issues and opportunities while also allowing members to let the community know about their companies, their issues and the opportunities their communities provide for expanded business. And have a lot of fun!



Motor Coach Trip to Seward Windsong Lodge 

Seward Welcome Reception 

Icicle Seafood Tour 

Cruise Ship Terminal Tour 

Aurora Energy Coal Terminal Tour 

Fox Island Networking Dinner Cruise 

Seward Pub Crawl 

Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery 

AVTEC Marine Academy 

Alaska Chamber Board Meeting 

AKRR Aurora Car Return Trip to Anchorage


 Full Agenda


Contact Ryan Makinster today at 907.278.2727 or rmakinster@alaskachamber.com to grab the last spot! 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Bristol Bay mining proposal must be thoroughly studied says Washington Post

In a recent editorial the Washington Editorial Board says, "...the environmentalists are right to insist that the landscape be preserved. If it's a choice between habitat and mine, habitat should win.


Yet the mining companies insist that there is no such choice. All they want, they say, is a fair and thorough evaluation of their claims. That is reasonable. If complete federal reviews find that the companies can't protect the fishery, regulators can reject the project. But, given the potential economic value of the mine, they should hear the companies out."


We couldn't agree more. Everyday the Alaska Chamber advocates for responsible and safe resource development, but those that oppose the Pebble Project want to circumvent the process and insist is it an "either/or" proposition, while we say it can be a "both" proposition. We won't know until the Pebble Project has a chance to go through the process set out under Federal and State regulations.


Glad to see a Washington D.C. news outlet in get it.


Read the full editorial here

Alaska Chamber campaign promotes a pro-business environment


The Alaska Chamber recently launched a pro-business informational advertising campaign focusing on the positive impacts businesses and pro-business policies have on Alaska.


In addition to a series of radio ads highlighting the benefits of the oil and mining industries, the campaign also highlights the benefits of tourism and its affect on the state and Alaskans.


Radio Ads


I'm in the mining business!


I'm in the oil business!


Visit "It's my Business!" on Facebook

Workers' Comp Workshops for new small business owners, employers

The Workers' Compensation Division will hold workshops around the state to provide information about the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act. The workshops are free and open to the public. New small business owners and employers are encouraged to attend. 


"Our staff will discuss which entities must be covered and how the process works," said Mike Monagle, Workers' Compensation Division director. "These workshops are a great opportunity to get more detailed information and to ask questions." 


Ketchikan - Monday, July 8 

Noon-1 p.m. 

Ketchikan Job Center 

2030 Sea Level Drive, 2nd floor 


Petersburg - Tuesday, July 9 

Noon-1 p.m. 

Petersburg City Council Chamber 

12 South Nordic Drive 


Juneau - Thursday, July 11 

Noon-1 p.m. 

AK Department of Labor and Workforce Develop.

1111 West 8th Street, Room 303 


Anchorage - Thursday, July 25 

9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Midtown Job Center 

3301 Eagle Street, Room 208 


Kenai - Wednesday, August 14 

10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Peninsula Job Center 

11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 2 


Call 907-269-4002 for more information. 

Alaska Chamber Annual Awards submission forms available online

Do you know a great Alaskan who should be recognized?


Maybe a small successful business that also understands the importance of helping the community or a local chamber of commerce who excels for their members and their community?


This years recipients for the William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of The Year will be announced Tuesday, October 15th during the Awards Gala at the Annual Fall Conference in Fairbanks.


To recognize the outstanding members of the business community, we need your help.  We need you to nominate the person, company or chamber that you think best represents the high standards of excellence for these prestigious awards.


Past Winners and Submission Forms:

Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year

Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year

William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan

PNWER Annual Summit comes to Alaska

Come to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit in Anchorage, AK from July 14-19.


The PNWER Summit is a forum for Canadian and American jurisdictions in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States to strengthen relationships, to find cross-border solutions to common challenges, and to advocate for regional interests.


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