Alaska Business Monthly's Best of Alaska Business 2016
Thank you to our readers who helped us select the winners of Alaska Business Monthly’s first annual Best of Alaska Business Awards, which we are revealing in a special section that begins on page 39. The success of all the winners and their exceptional dedication to Alaska business holds great promise for Alaska’s future and the economy.
Through the challenges of getting something new, such as this special section, off the ground, I offer heartfelt gratitude for all the material everyone contributed. We received truly inspiring comments and phenomenal artwork.
Congratulations to all the recipients of the Denali, St. Elias, and Foraker awards in Alaska Business Monthly’s first annual Best of Alaska Business Awards! Kudos to those winning an award in more than one category: Bristol Bay Native Corporation and its Bristol Bay Development Fund, the Municipality of Anchorage and its 49th State Angel Fund, Glacier Brewhouse, Odd Man Rush Brewing, Peppercini’s Deli & Catering, and Simon & Seaforts.
You’ll have to read the magazine to find all the categories and winners, plus almost two dozen great articles and our monthly fixtures. Be sure to look for two additional special sections: Telecom & Tech and Building Alaska. The team has put together another really great magazine—enjoy!
Susan Harrington, Managing Editor
This article first appeared in the July 2016 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly.
UPDATE: The Winners List
Alaska Business Monthly is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Best of Alaska Business Awards. Winners were selected by the magazine’s readers through a survey conducted earlier this year and published in a special section of the July issue of Alaska Business Monthly. Three winners in each of sixteen categories were selected for a Denali, St. Elias, and Foraker award, signifying Alaska’s top mountain peaks and top business honors.
“Alaska Business Monthly is excited to present the first ever ‘Best of Alaska Business Awards’ representing some of the best Alaska has to offer in sixteen diverse categories. Check out ABM's complete coverage of the ‘Best of Alaska Business’ in the July issue on newsstands and in mailboxes everywhere,” says Alaska Business Monthly General Manager Jason Martin.
Winners are listed below:
Best Alaska Job Opportunities for College Grads: Denali: Healthcare; St. Elias: Oil & Gas Industry; Foraker: Engineering
Best New Alaska Business Trend: Denali: Breweries; St. Elias: Locally Grown Food; Foraker: Restaurants & Food Trucks
Best New Alaska Start Up: Denali: Odd Man Rush Brewery; St. Elias: Bambino’s Baby Food; Foraker: 49th State Brewing Company
Best Town to Grow a Business: Denali: Anchorage; St. Elias: Eagle River; Foraker: Wasilla
Best Business Breakfast: Denali: Snow City Café; St. Elias: South Restaurant + Coffeehouse; Foraker: Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant
Best Business Lunch: Denali: Glacier Brewhouse; St. Elias: Simon & Seafort’s Saloon & Grill; Foraker: Bear Tooth Theatrepub
Best Coffee Shop for Business Meetings: Denali: Kaladi Brothers Coffee; St. Elias: SteamDot Coffee; Foraker: Jitters
Best Restaurant for a Business Dinner: Denali: Simon & Seafort’s Saloon & Grill; St. Elias: Glacier Brewhouse; Foraker: Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Best Business Take-Out: Denali: Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria; St. Elias: Peppercini’s Deli & Catering; Foraker: The Brown Bag Sandwich Company
Best Catering: Denali: Peppercini’s Deli & Catering; St. Elias: Alaska Coastal Catering, LLC; Foraker: Diane’s Wild Fork Catering
Best Alaska Business App: Denali: My Alaska Air; St. Elias: The Alaska App; Foraker: Alaska Railroad Corporation
Best Alaska Angel Investor: Denali: 49th State Angel Fund; St. Elias: Bristol Bay Development Fund; Foraker: Alaska Venture Partners, LLC
Best PR Activity to Raise Money for Charity: Denali: Take the Polar Plunge for Alaska Special Olympics; St. Elias: Run with the Reindeer at Fur Rondy for US Marine Corps Toys for Tots; Foraker: Covenant House Sleep Out Alaska
Best Brewery in Alaska: Denali: Odd Man Rush Brewing; St. Elias: Midnight Sun Brewing Company; Foraker: Alaskan Brewing Company
Best Distillery in Alaska: Denali: Alaska Distillery; St. Elias: Anchorage Distillery; Foraker: Port Chilkoot Distillery
Best Place to Work in Alaska: Denali: First National Bank Alaska; St. Elias: Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic; Foraker: Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Winners will each receive an award plaque in addition to being part of the special section of the July issue of the magazine, which includes comments from winners along with eye-catching artwork. Several companies received awards in more than one category and two of the categories polled for leading trends. The survey was rolled out in February and ran through April, with winners determined by readers responding to the online survey via akbizmag.com, Alaska Business Monthly’s Facebook and Twitter pages, the Alaska Business Monthly digital edition, and email invitations.
Martin says this year’s contest was so successful that the magazine will be doing it again next year and urges people to keep an eye out for Alaska Business Monthly’s second annual ‘Best of Alaska Business Awards’ survey beginning in February 2017.
About Alaska Business Monthly
Alaska Business Monthly was established in 1984 and is Alaska's premier business magazine and website. Its goal is to promote economic growth in the state by providing a through and objective discussion and analysis of the issues and trends affecting Alaska's business sector and by featuring articles on the individuals, organizations, and companies that shape the Alaska economy. Alaska Business Monthly emphasizes the importance of all enterprises, from the large multinational corporations that do business in the state to the numerous sole proprietorships. Learn more at the company's website.akbizmag.com and on its Facebook (facebook.com/AKBusinessMonth) and Twitter (@AKBusinessMonth) pages.