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Today's newsletter narrative is in response to a very vibrant facebook conversation about the type of businesses that should be allowed in the Buy Alaska membership. It is a subject matter that I am certain was discussed at length when the program was created almost 20 years ago and the decision that was made then is the same philosophy we follow today; - we promote businesses in Alaska, as opposed to Alaskan businesses (or buying local, instead of buying from locals).

The facebook thread specifically addresses Costco as an entity that should not be part of the program (although many Alaskan businesses buy from Costco and then resell their wares). Segregating the businesses we allow to become Buy Alaska members is a slippery slope indeed. As Arthur stated in the conversation, once we start eliminating companies that aren't locally owned, where do we stop? Sam's Club (naturally also out), Fred Meyers (out), Carrs Safeway (out), in fact, in Anchorage alone, your general grocery shopping would be limited to the Red Apple Market, New Sagaya and the Natural Pantry. Interestingly enough, I don't believe that any of those entities view Costco as a competitor. When applying the restrictions to other industries, the impact is equally drastic. Chain hotels that aren't owned locally (out), Walmart (naturally - out), Sears and JC Penny (of course out), Nordstrom (OMG - painful, but out), as would be every other clothing store that belongs to a non-franchised chain. The examples work in every industry. It would be virtually impossible to get local kiln dried lumber, because SBS, Home Depot and Lowe's would not be eligible as well and we haven't even gotten to oil companies and tourist industry providers like Princess and Holland America.

To muddy the water even more, how should we handle businesses that are owned by Alaskans who move out of state?

Yes, the small, locally owned Alaskan business is near and dear to our hearts. We recognize and understand the essential role they play in our economy and their importance in the sustainable growth of the state. However, large corporations are vital to our infrastructure and frankly, I don't think it's appropriate to leverage their resources, buying power and economic impact and then not invite them to an Alaskan party because they are not local.

What Buy Alaska does is provide a platform for businesses in Alaska to interact and be found. In doing so we are inclusive, rather than exclusive and offer an identical amount of space to the Athabaskan basket weaver in a village, whose granddaughter is updating her profile, and to a worldwide entity like Costco. How often, if ever, will those two entities have equal amounts of marketing power?

As long as you provide services and goods that we can purchase within the borders of this great state, we at Buy Alaska love you all the same!

It's the time of the year for the Seward Harbor Opening Weekend

Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd.  Featuring:

  • Sailor's Breakfast from 8:30-10am at the Sailing, Inc.
  • On-The-Water Boat Show
  • Mariner's Swap Meet
  • Jewelery Showcase Fundraiser
  • On-The-Water Boat Parade
  • Blessing of the Fleet
  • Cruise for Art a fundraiser
  • Wine & Appetizer Reception
  • Fish Fry
  • William H. Seward Yacht Club Breakfast
  • Remote Controlled Sailboat Race
Visit http://directory.seward.com/, or www.sailinginc.com for details


Here are two more golf tournaments for your golfing and business networking pleasure:

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

Friday, June 4th at Moose Run Hill - 7AM shotgun start.

Tournament concludes with a BBQ, fun prizes and player gifts!

A portion of the proceeds of the tournament will be donated to the three Hero's Homes located on Elmendorf AFB.  Hero's Homes provide free housing to families of injured military members returning from the Middle East, in an effort to support their recovery.  There are two ways you can participate in this effort: You can either walk the course and donate your cart fees or; if you wish, you can use your cart but donate an additional amount to your entry fee in support of Elmendorf's Hero's Homes.

11th Annual AT&T Golf Tournament

Benefiting APRN, KNBA, and Koahnic Broadcast Corp. Native Program Fund!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 ~ Anchorage Golf Course

7:00 AM Shotgun Start, Four Person Scramble

Lots of great prizes, with sponsorship opportunities still available!

For more information call 793-3527



Thursday, June 3, 2010 

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

B.P. Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. in Anchorage

Looking for new markets? Then this event is for you. Experience a half day of executive-level presentations from experts in the field of Export and International Business!!

Topics will include:

  • Learn the ropes of exporting
  • Understand the rules of export licensing
  • Find loan programs specifically designed to help you develop or expand your Export activities
  • Learn how to avoid duties and taxes for your products when you are selling to the world, and much more...
(This event is free to the public)

Webinar access will be available for people who are from out of town and would like to attend this event. 

Registration is required.  Please, register at 907-644-9611 or at cailleo@ywcaak.org


Mike & Lou Busby, owners of the Chicken Gold Camp  http://www.chickengold.com, reminded me that it is almost time for the

4th Annual Chickenstock Music festival.

June 11th and 12th

Details are available at http://chicenstockmusicfestival.com or http://www.facebook.com/


The UAA Chugiak-Eagle River Campus (CERC) will be delivering the Certified Public Manager® (CPM) course:

Grant Administration

May 28 from 9am to 4pm.

To reserve a seat, call Dian at 786-7608


High School Students Encouraged to attend Alaska Business Week this summer

Alaska Business Week is an exciting and unique weeklong summer program for Alaska high school students brought to Alaska by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.  Following the curriculum of the long-running Washington Business Week program started in 1976, it provides participants with an intensive week of 'discovery learning' on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The program includes a simulated "corporate" environment replicating some of the challenges and opportunities of life after high school, raising students' awareness of career choices, workplace issues, teamwork, money management, networking and more.

High school students in grade 9-12 are encouraged to apply for the first Alaska Business Week, sponsored by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.  Applications and more information are available at the Alaska State Chamber website Alaska Business Week


The camp will be held August 8-14, on the UAF campus, and is open to 100 students from all over Alaska.  Over the course of the week, they will have hands-on experience in running a company - mentored by an outstanding group of business people from major companies.

The $325 tuition covers housing, food and program materials.  The student will need to cover the cost of the trip Fairbanks. Some financial assistance may be available for students unable to pay for the tuition fees.


The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce are combining their lunch on

June 2 with Lisa Murkowski as the keynote speaker

At the Kenai Christian Church

Noon - 1 pm

RSVP 283-7989

Not to be outdone, the Palmer and Wasilla Chambers will have Congressman Don Young speak at their joint luncheon on the same day.

June 2 at the Palmer Moose Lodge

11:45 - 1:30

Contact the Palmer Chamber (www.palmerchamber.org) to get on the list!

Events this Week:

Juneau Maritime Festival

Saturday, May 22

This year's Juneau Maritime Festival Saturday, May 22. The event will coincide with National Maritime Day and is expected to include contests, vessel tours, food vendors, informational booths and activities for kids, as well as representatives from several marine-related businesses and organizations. Check out www.juneaumaritimefestival.org for details

QuickBooks® Training Day 1

Beginning in QuickBooks® on May 26th

QuickBooks® Training Day 2

Accounting for the LLC S-Corp on May 27th

245.00 each, or both days for $399. 

Register online at www.carterusa.us and save up to $10

Each day includes small class size, interactive presentation, refreshments and full lunch. Class size is limited, so register today!

Mark Your Calendars:

Two-day grant writing workshop in Anchorage, June 3-4, 2010

This training is applicable to beginning and experienced grant seekers across all disciplines as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary. More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available from Cathy Rittenhouse  800.814.8191 cathy@grantwritingusa.com

1st Annual Bink's Glacier Melt Salsa Charity Golf Tournament

Benefiting the American Cancer Society

Saturday, June 12th at the Moose Run Hill Course - Four person Best Ball

Cost: $125.00 per person (Price includes greens fee, cart, & Bar-B-Q after tournament)

Door prizes & awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place teams / Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin

Call or email for registration and/or sponsorship information! 907-351-6188, or   Binks_charity_golf@yahoo.com

2010 Colony Days in Downtown Palmer

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Matanuska Colonist 

June 11-13th, 2010

Parade entry forms and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please visit www.palmerchamber.org for more information

2010 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference
June 17-18 Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, AK
Don't miss your chance to hear from some of the best energy efficiency and renewable energy experts from around the world, and learn how your business can tap into the more than $150 billion-a-year clean energy industry.

  • Speakers include:
    David Gottfried, Founder of the U.S. Green Building Council http://usgbc.org/ , San Francisco Bay area
  • Jack Hebert, President and Founding Chair of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center http://cchrc.org/ , Fairbanks
  • Kate Gordon - Vice President, Energy Policy, Center for American Progress http://americanprogress.org/ ; Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Arni Ragnarsson, Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association www.geothermal-energy.org/ , Reykjavik, Iceland
Register TODAY at www.bceaconference.com or (907) 929-7770.


Thursday - Sunday, July 22 to 25 at the Captain Cook in Anchorage

only 50 VIP Passes Available $ 150.00 until March 13, 2010.

Price goes up after March 13th.

Purchase your pass online at www.alaskasalsafestival.com

Fall Alaska Wholesale Gift & Food Show 2010

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage

Fall/Holiday/Christmas Wholesale Show

Call Mike Anderson at (907)929-2822, or visit www.alaskagiftshow.com for more information and to register

Winter Alaska Gift & Food Show 2011

January 21, 22 & 23, 2011

Dana'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK

Summer/Tourist Season. Wholesale Show. Call Mike Anderson at (907)929-2822, or visit www.alaskagiftshow.com for more information or to register.


General Interest
Alaska Berry Fairy Boutique
Alaska Farmers Markets
Alaska Dog News
Anchorage Museum
Anchorage Opera
Blaine's Art Studio
Boys and Girls Club Alaska
Buzzbizz Studios
Carl Johnson Photography
Habitat HousewaresGlass Firenze
Green Star
Habitat Housewares
Military Connections
Once in a Blue Moose
Taku Graphics
Wolf Lake Wellness

Travel Info
AK Travel Industry Association
Alaska Wildland Adventures Anchorage Bed and Breakfast
Anchorage Parks Foundation
Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Plan it Today...Play Tomorrow!
Seward City News

Business Info
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
Alaska Small Business Development Center Agnew::Beck Consulting
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Agricultural Marketer
Business Insurance Associates
Carter Financial Group, LLC
First National Bank E-News
Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
Global Food Collaborative
Key4Women Podcasts
National Association of Purchasing Management
PRSA Alaska Chapter
The Funding Exchange
The Value Strategy News
Ted Steven International Airport
Wells Fargo Business Insight
Welcome New Buy Alaska Members

Alaska Cleaning Crew
Anne's Physical Therapy and Massage
Arctic Wild LLC
Delta Bracing
Discovery Toys
Golden Hawk Enterprises
HoneyBear Pillows and Things
MetrOasis® Travel Store
Northern Trust Real Estate and Academy
PJS Taxi and Tours
Shepherd's Home Assisted Living
Valley Business Machines, Inc
Bid Opportunities
A variety of grants are available through Fed Grants.

Visit http://www.grants.gov for details

Department of the Interior, U. S. Geological Survey
  • Sitka Vault Demolition

  • Vessel Charter for Walrus Tagging in the Chukchi Sea

Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

Realign Dog Kennels Access Road and Bus Turnaround


Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Navigation Improvements at the Douglas Harbor in Douglas


Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Paving Projects Buildings 800, 802, 804, 806, Fort Richardson


Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Replacement of Fence and Locking Gate


Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group

Construct an 80'X16' barge landing ramp. Install Geogrid fabric, shot rock ballast & 40ea 16'X24 inch precast rebar concrete planks. Install 3ea 50'X 18 inch driven steel piles beyond ramp to assist freight barge landing


Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,

22-24ft Aluminum Pilot House Crew Boat


Alaska Railroad

Mile Post 52 Slope Stabilization Project





Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service

Analysis of polar bear and brown bear fat biopsies https://www.fbo.gov/spg

Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Upper Silvis Lake Trail Reconstruction


Interior Department Electronic Acquisition System

Shorebird Monitoring at Ikpikpuk R


Department of the Air Force, Pacific Air Forces

Dozer Tracks for Caterpiller


Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office has a requirement for trail marking materials to be delivered FOB destination to Anchorage and Koyok


Department of the Air Force, Pacific Air Forces

Runway Paint


Anchorage School District

Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command

Hotel Lodging In Or Around Bethel


Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

UN Approved Fuel Cans 1&5 Gallon


Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Prepare Geographic Response Strategies for 5 sites along the Cook Inlet Coast of Lake Clark National Park & Preserve


Department of the Air Force, Pacific Air Forces

Eielson Appliance Maintenance


Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

Jenny Creek Bridge, 2 Miles SE of Kake


North Slope Borough Procurement

The North Slope Borough (NSB) is seeking bids for renovation of an existing building into the new Arctic Women In Crisis facility in Barrow


Division of Administrative Services
  • Deep Creek Well Relocation
  • State Office Building Power Wash and Seal
  • Modular Furniture for Bethel - Office of Children's Services
  • Alaska Student Loan Corporation Request For Proposals
  • Kodiak Airport Chemical Storage Building
  • Truck Mounted Live Fish Transport System

University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Beverage Vending Services for the UAF Campus
  • Snack Vending Services for the UAF Campus

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