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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News September 09, 2009


Governor Parnell to Speak at State Chamber Fall Conference and Trade Show

Governor Sean Parnell will speak on his administration's upcoming agenda and touch on issues affecting Alaska's business community. His remarks will precede an update from the team leaders of the LEGACY Project Mark Davis and Mark Kelsey. Governor Sean Parnell is Alaska's tenth Governor. Parnell was elected as Alaska's Lieutenant Governor in November 2006 and ascended to the office of Governor in July 2009.

The Parnell administration is currently focused on two priorities; creating economic opportunity and safe, healthy families. Parnell is devoted to ensuring a stable, steady economy and to helping Alaskans build a good life in the 49th state.

Governor Parnell was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1992 at the age of 29. He was re-elected in 1994 and served one term in the Alaska State Senate from 1996 to 2000. Parnell served on the House Finance Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Energy Council, and chaired numerous budget subcommittees. He has been an attorney since 1987 and is admitted to practice law in Alaska and Washington D.C.

Still Time to Register for Fall Conference in Homer
Alaska State Chamber Fall Conference and Business Trade Show
Riding the Wave: Setting a Course for the Next 50 Years

Lands End Resort
Homer, Alaska
September 21-23, 2009

Our 50th Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show is scheduled for September 21-23, 2009 at the Lands End Resort in Homer. The Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show will feature timely topics important to the future of Alaska business. PLEASE NOTE: the Association Management Training workshop flyer, the draft agenda and a list of things to do while in Homer are now available on our website, www.alaskachamber.com.

Sponsorships are still available!!
We are proud to receive the support of the following businesses for our 50th Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show:

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Homer Chamber of Commerce
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Kachemak Bay Title Agency
Land's End Resort
Pebble Ltd. Partnership
Petro Marine
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
Wells Fargo
Yukon Chamber of Commerce.

The following sponsorships are still available:

Awards Reception Hosted Bar $1,000
Awards Banquet Hosted Bar Co-Sponsor $1,000
Awards Banquet Co-Sponsor $3,500
Board Meeting Refreshments $ 500
Name Badges $3,000
Voices of Local Chambers $1,000

You can view the sponsorship benefits and menu on our website at www.alaskachamber.com. Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities are invited to contact Cheryl Eluska at celuska@alaskachamber.com or (907) 278-2727.

On-line conference registration ends September 17th!! Register for the conference here. Travel pricing includes incentives for travel on Alaska Airlines and ERA Aviation as well as special rates for accommodations at the Land's End Resort. Please contact Teri Engebretson at info@alaskachamber.com or (907) 586-2010 regarding registration and payment questions.

Your participation in the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce organization enhances our ability to promote a positive environment for Alaska businesses.

Business Trade Show
Our trade show is an exceptional opportunity to promote your products and services to business leaders and key lawmakers from across Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest. There are only 7 booths left! For detailed information about trade show booth packages and registration prices, visit www.alaskachamber.com. On-line trade show registration ends September 17th!! Register for the trade show here. Please contact Cheryl at celuska@alaskachamber.com or (907) 278-2727 with questions regarding the trade show.

WPX Delivery Solutions is offering a special rate for Alaska State Chamber members to ship their trade show materials to and from Homer throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Please contact Christine Landry at (800) 562-1091 ext. 1033 or e-mail clandry@wpx.com to arrange transportation of your trade show materials.

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and
Alaska Business Monthly
join forces to present Alaska's "Top 49ers"

Two of Alaska's most-respected organizations have joined forces to present this year's Top 49er Luncheon. Alaska Business Monthly and the Alaska State Chamber will co-host and present the Top 49 Alaskan-owned and -operated businesses in the state, for 2008. Always anticipated each year, the Top 49er presentation offers a snapshot, and in-depth look at the viability and resourcefulness of Alaskan business enterprise in the State.

This is the first year ABM and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce have joined together to present the 49ers. "We decided these companies have a statewide presence, and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce was a good partner for this kind of program," said Jim Martin, Vice President and General Manager of the Alaska Business Monthly. The Chamber's long-time association as a voice and advocate for Alaskan business are well known. "It's win-win for both of us."

The companies featured employ Alaskans, and many have Outside subsidiaries as well. "It's amazing what these companies do," said Jim Martin, Vice President and General Manager of Alaska Business Monthly. "These home-grown corporations are some of the wealthiest in the state, and in the case of one company, had 2008 gross revenues of more than $2 billion. We have never seen that kind of prosperity from any company in our 25 years of doing this listing."

Wayne Stevens, President/CEO of the Alaska State Chamber, said "In a year with many concerns and challenges for business in the State, we see in the Top 49ers, leadership and vitality that will continue to set the pace for Alaskan business growth into the future. We're also encouraged to see more large Alaskan companies headquartered and remaining here, which brings outside revenue, and jobs back into the state."

The luncheon is scheduled at the Dena'ina Center on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. For more information, or to make reservations, call Alaska Business Monthly at 907-276-4373 or 1-800-770-4373.

Mark Your Calendars
OCTOBER 28& 29

Do not miss the most important membership meeting of the year. Join Alaska State Chamber Members, Board Members and Local Chamber Members in determining our 2010 Legislative Priorities.

Positions must have statewide impact and be consistent with the State Chamber's mission. Each position submitted must have a representative available at the Tie-In to make a live presentation, which explains the reasoning and support for the position. Each position must maintain close adherence to the format suggestions, especially financial impact; and strict adherence to the submittal deadline of October 12, 2008.

All priorities and positions that are adopted at the Tie-In will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for ratification at the Board meeting on October 29.

Posted Sept. 10, 2009
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