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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News - March 22, 2010

State Chamber Membership Directory Now On-line

The printed membership directory for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is now on our website Here.  Utilizing a new reader program feature, we are able to provide an electronic version of the printed directory on-line.  It adds a news dimension for visitors to the website who do not have ready access to the printed version. Take a look and let us know what you think about this method of using the directory.  Your feedback and input helps us as we develop our website into a more dynamic tool for our members.

ASCC & The Foraker Group to offer health benefits

Alaska State Chamber members now have option to purchase a plan aimed at helping employees live healthier lifestyles

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce recently joined with The Foraker Group to offer a health benefit plan designed to reduce health care costs, while providing incentives to employees to engage in healthier lifestyles.

According to Foraker President and CEO Dennis McMillian, The Foraker Group Benefit Plan has been available to Partners of that organization for over a year. This new collaboration with the ASCC brings the plan to its members and in some cases makes health insurance available for those who could not previously purchase it for employees.

"We are very pleased with this collaboration," McMillian said. "It brings more organizations into the group which ultimately will make this a more affordable plan for everyone."

Click here to view the Health Insurance Brochure.

Click here to view The Foraker Group Benefit Plan Broker List.

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Anchorage Chamber Earns Four Rating

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce was recently recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with its "Accreditation with Four-Star" distinction.

Such accreditation defines excellence and honors chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities.

The accreditation process involved a lengthy review of all Anchorage Chamber programs and services, as well as internal operations. Accreditation places the Anchorage Chamber in the top 4 percent of the 6,936 chambers nationwide, and the four-star distinction puts the organization within the top 1 percent. The Anchorage Chamber is the only accredited chamber of commerce in Alaska.

NMS nationally recognized as leading diversity owned business:

Leads Alaska businesses in national listing

ANCHORAGE - NANA Management Services (NMS) has again been recognized as one of the top minority-owned businesses in the country. This is the second consecutive year that NMS has achieved this honor from DiversityBusiness.com in its annual "Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the U.S." list. The award is based on the company's business performance, annual gross revenue and status as a minority-owned business.

NMS ranked 41st in the list of 500 minority-owned businesses in the nation; top among Alaska businesses with the third highest ranking for an American Indian/ Alaska Native owned company behind The Flintco Companies, Tulsa, Okla. (third overall) and Tiger Natural Gas, also from Tulsa and ranked 40th. Other Alaska companies receiving the award are Ahtna Technical Services and Kanaak Corporation ranked 68th and 110th, respectively. According to DiversityBusiness.com, more than 650,000 businesses were considered for the listing.

"NMS is honored to be counted as a top business in the country and the leading diversity owned business in Alaska," said Penny Cotten, vice president of marketing communications, NMS. "This award recognizes NMS' focused and continual efforts to attract and retain a diverse workforce."

DiversityBusiness.com provides its list of top diversity-owned businesses as a resource of legitimate small businesses servicing the technology, manufacturing, food service and professional service sectors. The list is provided annually to large organizational buyers looking to do business with minority-owned companies.

Businesses interested in learning more about NMS should visit its Web site at www.NMSUSA.com.

About NMS

NMS is a limited liability company, owned by NANA Development Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation subsidiary, and Sodexo. NMS clients include the oil and gas industry, federal, state, and local governments, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, senior living centers, air carriers, the telecommunications industry and more. NMS provides management and services in food, facilities, camp services, lodging, security and workforce solutions. More information on NMS and their services is available by visiting www.nmsusa.com.

About DiversityBusiness.com

Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness.com, with more than 46,000 members, is the largest organization of diversity-owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness.com provides data collection services on diversity and its research has been published by Forbes magazine, BusinessWeek and thousands of other print and Internet publications. The company is a leading provider of supplier diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed diversity magazine, DiversityBusiness.com, in the United States.

Local Agencies Promote Anchorage First

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) along with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and the Chugiak/Eagle River Chamber of Commerce launched Anchorage First, a campaign targeting Alaska's quietest retail months. The campaign is meant to build consumer confidence and provide a boost to the local economy.

Campaign organizers are encouraging local residents to invest in the community by shopping locally, instead of online or out of state.

"We're not asking people to spend irresponsibly or beyond their means," says AEDC CEO & President Bill Popp. "While we are all aware of what the national headlines read, Anchorage is in a better position than most cities and this proactive campaign has great benefits for the community."

Businesses wishing to participate are encouraged to visit www.GoAnchorageFirst.com for campaign information as well as application and submission guidelines.

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