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Welcome to our Second Annual Best of Alaska Business Issue!


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Being the best at anything is difficult. It’s easy to float through life, never taking chances, just getting the job done—but reaching the peaks of greatness requires a mix of initiative, ingenuity, strategy, and creativity. Being the best takes strength and the ability to think independently and take risks.

In our second annual Best of Alaska Business issue we honor Alaska businesses and their employees who take the extra steps every day to reach the highest heights of their respective fields. You remember the bank teller who gave you an extra sincere smile, making your day just a little more pleasant: that bank is represented here. You contribute to making your community a better place by attending fundraisers and donating to philanthropic organizations: those organizations are here. The coffee shop you count on to get your day started with a hot, rich cup of coffee is here. All because you took the time to vote for the Alaska organizations that help make your business, your community, your economy—and your life—better by demonstrating the qualities it takes to be the best.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Denali, St. Elias, and Foraker recipients who offer up the very best Alaska has to offer through a hardy work ethic, dedication to community, and inspiring commitment to greatness.

This year we invite you to join us on July 13 to celebrate in person and meet with your favorite business owners, operators, and employees at our first-ever Best of Alaska Business Party at 49th State Brewery (one of our readers’ absolute favorite places to mingle and a multiple-category winner), where we’ll spend an afternoon drinking, dining, dancing, and celebrating business in Alaska.

Also in the July issue we explore Alaska telecommunications efforts in our Telecom & Technology Special Section, offer up some tips to visiting Southcentral Alaska, and discuss the business of Urgent Care. (And make sure you read our insider’s view of the Alaska Zoo—it’s not-to-be-missed!)

It’s been quite a month for us here at Alaska Business, and I can’t say enough how proud I am to be part of such a hard-working team, each of whom works every day to give our readers the best.

Happy Best of Alaska Business Month,


This article first appeared in the July 2017 print edition of Alaska Business.

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