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Business Insurance Must-Haves

Business Insurance Must-Haves

Insurance is an essential component of operating a business, according to Alaska’s commercial insurance experts. Some types of coverage are mandated by law, while others are necessitated by industry, financing, and other standards.

Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg

This month’s coverage of the Pacific Northwest-Alaska Connection is just the tip of the iceberg. We are going to spend the next year gathering stories to tell about this topic in the 2015 special section. I’m thinking of little vignettes, spotlights on companies that have been here for years, like Odom, Osborne, and Oles, Morrison, Rinker, and Baker. Connections with communities like Bainbridge, Bellingham, and Blaine. Investments by companies headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as well as Seattle and Portland. We’ll try to identify, locate, and quantify the goods and services, the give and take.

Corporate Sponsors of the Iditarod

Corporate Sponsors of the Iditarod

For the past forty-one years, the Iditarod, also known as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” has been a tradition revered by Alaskans. The long-distance sled dog race, which winds from Anchorage to Nome, not only showcases the talents of mushers who battle hazardous weather conditions, dangerous obstacles, and sheer exhaustion, but serves as a tribute to the resiliency, skillfulness, and strength of those who live in the Last Frontier.

Are we really on the same page?

In most organizations I find many different opinions on whether or not everyone is on the same page. When I ask managers I usually get a resounding yes. When I asked the people in the trenches what the mission of the company is they often look at me like my dog used to—with a cocked head and a “huh, what do you mean?” response.

Crude Crossing

Crude Crossing

One of Alaska’s biggest planned construction projects in 2014 will be largely out of sight. That’s because it’ll be on the bottom of turbulent Cook Inlet.

Apples to Androids

Apples to Androids

Today’s business is no longer attached to desktop computers and landline phones as every level of employee increasingly works on or corresponds through wireless devices. The market has responded to this change, offering a wide array of smartphones and tablets that can help with increasing productivity and communication. A quick review of a few recent versions of tablets and smartphones offers a comparison for savvy business people to step up their wireless productivity.

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