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Top 49ers Reservations Still Being Accepted for Oct. 1 Event

All are invited to see this year's leading companies.

Reservations are still being taken for the Top 49ers luncheon at the Dena'ina Center on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. , which runs from noon to 1 p.m. with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. The Top 49ers luncheon will be on the third floor in the Tikahtnu (Cook Inlet) Ballroom. Inhouse catering is by Savor & Alaska.

The Top 49ers celebrates the Top 49 Alaskan-owned and -operated businesses in the state, based on gross revenues. This year 2008 revenue figures were used.

"It's amazing what these companies do," said Jim Martin, vice president and general manager of Alaska Business Monthly. "They are home grown and some of the wealthiest in the state. This year one company had 2008 gross revenues of more than $2 billion. We have never seen that kind of prosperity from any company in our 26 years of doing this listing."

All of the companies featured employ Alaskans, and many have Outside subsidiaries as well. But regardless, money comes back to Alaska through the operation centers they have here.

"It's a reversal of sorts," added Martin. "In the past, large companies came to Alaska and took money out of the state, as well as provide jobs in state. Now we're seeing large companies headquartered here, bringing Outside money back into the state, while still providing jobs here."

This is the first year ABM and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce joined together to present the 49ers. In the past, it was done during the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's Monday forums.

"We decided these companies have a statewide presence and the Alaska State Chamber was a better partner for this kind of program," said Martin. "It's win-win for both of us."

Companies that made the list reside all across the state, including Anchorage, Barrow, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Healy, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Nome, Palmer and Prudhoe Bay.

Reservations are required for the Oct. 1 Top 49ers luncheon. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. To make reservations, call 907-276-4373 or 1-800-770-4373.

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