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Trans Alaska Pipeline System: TAPS Update

For more than thirty-five years, the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) has sent North Slope crude to waiting tankers in Valdez via eight hundred miles of pipe and pump stations.

Bristol Bay Native Corporation

BBNC’s mission statement is “Enriching our Native way of life,” and Metrokin says it is accomplished through a number of ways. BBNC has followed a goal of paying 35 percent of its net income to shareholders in the form of dividends. Its first dividend paid to shareholders was $0.25 a share in 1978, and in the current fiscal year BBNC anticipates paying $32.40 a share, most recently averaging $17 million in shareholders dividends annually.

Cornerstone General Contractors

The Top 49ers are ranked by revenue, which is one indicator of success, but in the Alaska business community, it’s rarely the only one. What else makes the list? Joe Jolley, president of Cornerstone General Contractors, says, “That’s easy: repeat business, staff retention, and safety excellence.”

Tatonduk Outfitters Limited dba Everts Air

Tatonduk Outfitters Limited, doing business as Everts Air Cargo and Everts Air Alaska, has an origin that embraces the pioneering spirit of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Vitus Energy

While the experience leading Vitus Energy stems from men working in Western Alaska since roughly the turn of the century, the company as currently structured was founded in 2009 and began operations in 2011.

His and Hers Cancer Awareness

There is no such thing as a “good” cancer, an “easy” cancer, or a “safe” cancer. But reproductive cancers can be especially devastating, perhaps because they strike at such an integral part of one’s personal identity.

CORRECTION: Michael Burke

ASRC: Responsible Development Supports Arctic Community

There can be no resource development without some risk. However, responsible resource development identifies risks and takes every step necessary to mitigate the risk until a project becomes feasible, not just in terms of economy, but in safety to people and the environment.

Top 49ers Executive Summary

On September 1, Google’s logo went through another revolution. If a company like Google, whose name has become so engrained in our every day functions that it’s been a verb for years, feels the need to review, rethink, and revise its logo, it only underscores the importance of marketing and branding in today’s business world.

Alaska 2-1-1

In an unforeseeable event or emergency where does one look for help? Not sure where to find the right healthcare or human services assistance? Need a lifeline? It’s as easy as 2-1-1.

Rural Energy Solutions

Energy underpins the health, economic vitality, and overall sustainability of communities and has been identified as a focus area and priority during the US leadership of the Arctic Council.

The Legal Landscape for Alaska Employers Is Changing. Are You Changing with It?

Anyone who works in management or runs their own business knows all too well that the laws and regulations governing employees’ working conditions are complex and constantly changing. This year has brought a number of legal developments that Alaska employers may need to address.

Alaska Permanent Fund: Sweet Deal for Sourdoughs

With so much nineteenth and early twentieth century Alaska lifestyle capturing the public imagination on reality TV, it’s easy to overlook what a twenty-first century kind-of-place the Great Land can be.

Irene Rowan

When Irene Sparks Rowan stepped off a plane in Bethel she carried a white umbrella and wore white boots, a white hat, and a pink raincoat. She was there to start her first job as a teacher at the high school. “I dressed as I had in college,” she says.

Top 49ers—All Alaska—Thirty-First Team 2015

It’s that time of year when Alaska Business Monthly reveals the largest Alaskan-owned, Alaska-based companies. It’s something the magazine has been doing since its first October issue in 1985.
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