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Top Business Award Recipients Announced at Alaska Chamber Conference

Anchorage, AK – - 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 were announced Tuesday October 2nd at the Alaska Chamber annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

Joseph E. Usibelli Jr. of Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. (UCM) is the recipient of the 2012 William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year award. The celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan award is presented to individuals who have made substantial and continual contributions of statewide significance while working in the private sector. Usibelli is he President of UCM. His leadership has had a profound impact on the business community of the entire State of Alaska for many years. Joe started his business career more than 30 years ago, working his way through the corporate ladder as a purchasing agent, general foreman, and engineering intern while pursuing his education. For many years he has volunteered his talent, expertise, experience, counsel, intuition, and commitment to his local community and the greater community of Alaska. He has advocated for a highly educated and motivated population of all ages and backgrounds. The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the 2012 Local Chamber of Commerce of The Year award. The award recognizes the consistent community involvement and excellent business reputation. The Juneau Chamber is actively involved in many community events. It has positively communicated their interests, concerns and viewpoints to the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) and to all Alaskans, as well as, to CBJ municipal, State and Federal governments.

Cover Ups is the 2012 Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year Award recipient. The Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year Award, established in 1993, pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Roy, that a company of only 2 ½ employees can have such a profound impact on a community.

Besides donating time and products for many charitable events, Cover Ups actively encourages employees to volunteer, which all of them do. In addition to the community involvement Cover Ups engages in, business and economic development is also a core value.

Recognizing the need for a walking map for the downtown area, Roy and her employees garnered support and shared their vision of what the completed product could be and helped fund and produce it. Also after realizing a tough financial year along with many of her fellow downtown business people, Roy created a committee with several other interested parties to create the “The Lights ARE on” campaign, helping to bring residents downtown and spur shopping activity.

About the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, a private, non-profit corporation, operating since 1952, works to promote a positive business environment in Alaska. The Alaska State Chamber is the voice of small and large business across the state with a Board of Directors comprised of 80 members representing all regions of the state. For more information, go to www.alaskachamber.com.

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