Eleanor King honored with AFN President’s Small Business Award
Anchorage, AK – Oct. 29, 2014 – Eleanor King, owner of King’s Diner in Kodiak, has been awarded the 2014 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) President’s Small Business Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. The award was presented on October 25 during the AFN convention at the Dena’ina Center. Wells Fargo presented King with $1,000 and a beaded salmon skin cuff made by Sugpiaq artist June Pardue.
King was born in Chignik Bay to Iver and Luba Wallin. She honed her cooking skills as a cafeteria cook for the Kodiak School District. In 1983, she and her late husband, Robert, took some college classes, learned how to operate a business, and opened a family-style restaurant called King’s Diner.
Her nomination states: “Eleanor has worked very hard to run a successful local restaurant in Kodiak. She is the first person to work every morning, and you can find her busy in the King’s Diner kitchen every day of the week. She takes great pride in her business and her employees speak very highly of her.”
King actively supports mentally handicapped youth, donates her restaurant space for local fundraisers, and sponsors youth sports teams.
“At Wells Fargo, we work closely with businesses such as Eleanor’s to help them access the capital they need to create and retain jobs, grow their business, and achieve long-term success,” said Darren Franz, Alaska regional business banking manager. “There is no greater satisfaction than to see our customers realize their dream of running a successful business.”
Each year, the AFN President’s Small Business Award recognizes an Alaska Native business owner or manager who succeeds in business through commitment to the community and creating economic development opportunities for Alaska Natives.
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