Thirty-nine years ago I leapt off the cliff, creating a business that offered Alaskan employers and employees “growth”—in profits, productivity, success, and employee and career satisfaction. The last thing I wanted to do was become an HR “type.” I didn’t like paperwork. And then I found out what HR can be and do for Alaska businesses and employees.
In 1987, Junior Achievement began the Alaska Business Hall of Fame to honor outstanding individual leaders of Alaska business. Since then, the Hall of Fame has become one of the state’s most prestigious events, inducting new laureates on an annual basis.
Charles “Chuck” Robinson was a monumental figure in the development of communications in Alaska. Starting shortly after Alaska became the 49th state, Robinson worked at statewide White Alice Communication System sites for the military and continued his endeavors in the Last Frontier in telecommunications for the next five decades, serving as the president and CEO of Alascom; president and CEO of Pacific Telecom; and founder, chairman, and CEO of Alaska Communications Systems.
All twelve of Alaska’s Native regional corporations offer a wealth of programs to help shareholders and descendants learn new jobs and skills, further their education, and learn more about their traditional cultures. It’s one of the things that sets these corporations apart from others in the Lower 48, and it’s an integral part of their dual corporate mandates to create wealth for shareholders via for-profit ventures and to foster shareholders’ educational, cultural, and social needs.
Member of Alaska's business community weigh in on their perspectives for the coming year.
Many small businesses are donating their time and money in manifold ways to support communities throughout Alaska. For these companies, charitable giving is essential—even in challenging economic times. Altruism adds tremendous value to recipients and brings gratification to donors. Corporate philanthropy not only benefits Alaskans today but well into the future.
Alaska’s employment rate may be on the decline, but there are still more than a few job hot spots within the state’s industrial segments and a slew of hands-on training and educational programs for to help job hunters become qualified for these often high-demand, high-pay positions.
Who remembers high school and all of the classes you endured? You likely maneuvered through a diverse curriculum and swath of subjects. Oh, so many subjects. Not to mention social interaction and the emotional ebb and flow of peer connectivity. Toss in the computer age and the growth of social media, and high school becomes a whirlwind of data, burgeoning intellect, and social maturation, all swirling through a torrent of adolescence.
Vote this November in the General Election. Registered voters should turn out in force to make a difference with their votes. In the August Primary Election only 88,817 of 515,714 registered Alaska voters cast ballots—a 17.2 percent turnout. As an aside to contrast this year’s poor Primary Election participation, in Alaska’s 1992 General Election, 82.9 percent of registered voters cast ballots—the highest percentage of voters so far.