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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News - September 10, 2010


Invitation from Chair and Incoming Chair

Fellow Chamber Members,

Have you registered for the 51st Fall Conference and Business Trade Show scheduled for September 20-22 in Juneau Alaska?    The agenda is packed with topics important to the Alaska business and the future of Alaska's economy.   

We would like to encourage all of you to attend and to recommend this conference to your business associates and other who are interested in Alaska's business future. 

At a time when it seems that business is challenged not only by the economy but by major policy changes on both the state and federal level, it is more important than ever that we educate ourselves and defend the interests of business and Alaska's prosperity.  This conference will help provide you with the tools, the network, and the resources to do just that.

The agenda will feature sessions addressing the impact of health care reform on your business; what can be done to grow Alaska's economy; Alaska's rural education system; jobs and safety in the oil and gas industry; and the challenges of the mining industry. 

Scott Anderson, PhD, Wells Fargo Director and Senior Economist is keynote speaker during lunch on September 21st and the recipients of the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, the Alaska Chamber of the Year, and the Alaskan of the Year will be announced at the Awards banquet Tuesday evening.

One of the first Alaska Gubernatorial debates will be featured at lunch on September 22nd.

Available on Monday are workshops with a focus for small businesses.  Workshops topics include developing a marketing strategy, social medial and your business, customer Service, financing your business, and wellness programs to lower insurance costs.

Following the conference members of the State Chamber will visit Sitka as part of our rural outreach program.

Registration and more information is available online at www.alaskachamber.com

We look forward to seeing you in Juneau,

Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

Caroline Higgins
2009/10 Chair

Kip Knudsen,
2010/11 Incoming Chair

Alaska State Chamber Fall Conference and
Business Trade Show

Alaska + Business = Economy "Back to the Basics"

Centennial Hall & Juneau Arts Center
Juneau, Alaska
September 20-22, 2010

Our 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show are scheduled for September 20-22, 2010 in Juneau at Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts Center.  The Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show will feature timely topics important to the future of Alaska business.

Empower your organization by attending one of our Training Workshops.  Choose the track that best fits your needs.  We will also have a workshop for Executive Directors of chambers of commerce presented by Renee Sinclair from the US Chamber of Commerce.  Workshop Flyer

Register for the fall conference here.  Travel pricing includes incentives for travel on Alaska Airlines as well as special rates for accommodations at the Westmark Baranof Hotel; for discount codes and reservation numbers view the Conference Flyer.  Please contact Shelly Tammen 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.  For information about trade show booth packages and registration prices, view the Trade Show Flyer.  Registration ends September17! Register for the trade show here.  Please contact Cheryl Eluska at celuska@alaskachamber.com or (907) 278-2727 with questions regarding the trade show.  Only 14 booths left.

We are proud to receive the support of the following businesses for our 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show:  ACS, AT&T, Alaska Municipal League, Alaskan Brewing Company, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Canadian Consulate, ConocoPhillips, Denali Drilling, Inc., ExxonMobil, Goldbelt, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Petro Marine Services, Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Princesses Cruises and Tours, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo and  the Yukon Chamber of Commerce.

For information on available sponsorships and sponsorship benefits, view the Sponsorship Flyer.  Please contact Cheryl Eluska at celuska@alaskachamber.com or (907) 278-2727 for more information regarding sponsorships.

State Chamber Rural Outreach Trip to Sitka
September 23rd

This year the members of the State Chamber will be traveling to Sitka, Alaska for our rural outreach trip on September 23.  Some very special places on earth seem to be forged for the curious and adventurous souls who demand diversity and grandeur in their travels.  Those who venture for out-of-the-ordinary, majestic and lush places, Sitka proudly beckons.  For the seekers of treasures, natural, cultural and historical, Sitka is that treasure island.

With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water's edge, Sitka is considered Alaska's most beautiful seaside town.  Yet Sitka's hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past.  In a young state whose history is filled with tales of boomtowns and ghost towns, Sitka has the distinctive character of a place that has been settled for thousands of years.  These ancient lands, home to the Tlingit Indians, celebrated their life and culture long before Russians or Americans walked on the rocky shores and today Tlingit living culture is deeply rooted in this small seaside city.

State Chamber members will tour Sitka, learn about the Sitka economy and meet with local chamber members, city staff and elected officials.  For more details on the trip and itinerary, click here to see the trip agenda.  If you are planning on participating, please e-mail Cheryl Eluska  at celuska@alaskachamber.com.  This will help our hosts in Sitka appropriately prepare for transportation and meals during our visit to Sitka.

Alaska Business Monthly's Top 49er Companies Announced Oct. 5 at Hilton Anchorage
Alaska Business Monthly's Top 49ers Listing, which congratulates the Top 49 Alaskan-owned and -operated businesses in the state, this year based on 2009 gross revenues, will be announced at a joint luncheon, co-sponsored by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Anchorage Hilton.  Doors open at 11:30 and the program will run from noon to 1 p.m.

Last year, for the first time in the 25-year history of the top 49ers luncheon, a corporation, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., topped the $2 billion mark and three companies topped the $1 billion mark. This year's theme - Top 49ers: Still Growing Strong - illustrates the strength of these homegrown companies, most of which have shown an increase in gross revenues for 2009 over 2008 figures.

Cost per table of 10 is $300 and for single registrants $30.  Reservations are required.  To make a reservation or to get more information, call Elaine Collins at 276-4373 or 1-800-770-4373.

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