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Alaska Chamber News June 19 - July 3, 2013


E- News                                                                      June 19 - July 3, 2013
In This Issue
Mining, It's Your Business
Alaska Ranks #4
Seward Outreach Trip
Petro to Speak in Wasilla
Alaska Chamber Annual Awards
EPA Deadline Extended
CEA President to Visit AK
PNWER Annual Summit

Committee Meetings 


 Events Committee 
June 20
10:00 am


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

New Members
Cruz Construction
Juneau Electric
A & A Roofing
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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Alaska Chamber pro-business campaign adds mining industry radio spot


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 tourism industries, the campaign recently added a radio ad extolling the benefits of the mineral extraction industry 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

Alaska ranks #4 on most entrepreneurial states list

CNN money recently ranked Alaska as one of the most entrepreneurial states in the country.


According to the web story with information provided by Rachael Petro, President and CEO of the Alaska Chamber: 


Niche businesses that cater to Alaska's robust tourism industry do particularly well here. Think bed & breakfasts, food and craft stores, and restaurants.


Cities like Anchorage are helping encourage the startup scene by offering $13.2 million in loans to small businesses.

Read the whole story here. 

2013 Rural Outreach - Seward

Only 3 spots left

Travel with the Alaska Chamber to Seward, AK to strengthen relationships with organizations, individuals and businesses in the area as well as network with other Chamber members and the community. 


This event is a chance to learn more about the Seward economy, its business issues and opportunities while also allowing members to build relationships...and have a lot of fun in the process.



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



Would you like to highlight your business at this sold-out event?

Sponsorship Opportunities



Contact Ryan Makinster at 907.278.2727 or rmakinster@alaskachamber.com for more information


Thank you to our sponsors!

Rachael Petro to speak at Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce


On Tuesday, June 25th, Rachael Petro, President and CEO of the Alaska Chamber, will give a brief overview of the Alaska Chamber, its new brand identity, its current advocacy role and the recently released pro-business campaign.  If you are in the area, stop by for a fun and informative presentation.


 GWCC Lunch and Learn

June 25th

12:00-1:00 pm

(doors 11:30)

Grand View Inn & Suites

2900 E. Parks Hwy

Wasilla, AK 99654


Members $7 / Non-Members $10

Lunch Additional $15


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



EPA extends Bristol Bay assessment deadline
The EPA recently extended the deadline to make your voice heard regarding  the revised assessment of the Bristol Bay region.

The revised assessment remains a conclusive-driven document in search of support. The document continues to be flawed as it does not contain site specific development and mitigation plans, and is based on a hypothetical project that is misleading and inaccurate.


The Alaska Chamber maintains that any project in Alaska should be allowed to be vetted through existing permitting processes, and be properly evaluated through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


Please consider submitting written comments by
Sunday, June 30
discouraging the EPA from preemptively vetoing projects in the Bristol Bay area. 


Tell the EPA to stop undermining existing regulatory processes and avoid setting a dangerous precedent for development in Alaska and throughout the U.S.


See sister organization RDC's Action Alert and talking points here. The Alaska Chamber's letter is posted online here.
Consumer Energy Alliance president to visit Alaska

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.


More Information






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