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ALASKA CHAMBER | It's Your Business July 26-August 9, 2017


It's Your Business
July 26-August 9, 2017
In this issue:
Alaska Chamber
Presents to Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
August 2
Eagle River, Alaska

2017 Fall Forum
October 10-12
Sitka, Alaska
 Welcome new members!  
 Thank you
LEAD sponsors!
Thank you
AAA Alaska

Ahtna, Inc.

Alaska Power Association

APEA - American Federation of Teachers

Alaska Rubber Group

Armstrong Energy, LLC

Chris Birch

Date-Line Digital Printing

Denali Daniels & Associates, Inc.

Effective Health Design Enterprises

Explore Fairbanks

First National
Bank Alaska

Flowline Alaska, Inc.

Grand Aleutian Hotel

Kenai River Sportfishing Association

Midas Alaska

Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce

Saltwater Safari Company


Southcentral Foundation

Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, Inc. 
Appreciation event delivers thanks to members
Our annual Member Appreciation Reception was a hit with nearly 100 attendees turning out to join us aboard Holland America Line's Pacific flagship, ms Amsterdam, while it was docked at the Port of Anchorage for the day.

While on board, members enjoyed mingling over hors d'oeuvres and drinks, which was then followed by tours of the ship's common areas. In addition to Chamber members, we were pleased to welcome Senator Dan Sullivan's wife, Julie Sullivan and Governor Bill Sheffield.

A big THANK YOU to Holland America Group's Ralph Samuels and Allison Hovanec and CLIA's John Binkley and Lanie Downs for hosting and sponsoring a wonderful event.

The annual reception is our way to thank both long-standing and new Chamber members for all of their help and support throughout the year in promoting a healthy business environment in Alaska.
Maximize your chamber membership
Whether you're new to the Alaska Chamber, or you've been a member for years, Membership 101 is designed to help you maximize your Chamber membership. Learn about all the membership benefits, our various events, meet the Chamber staff, introduce your business and learn how to make the benefits of chamber membership work for you! The event is FREE, but RSVP is required.
Who: Alaska Chamber Members
What: Business Bites: Membership 101
When: Tuesday, August 1
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch begins at Noon
Where: Alaska Chamber 
471 West 36th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99503
RSVP: As lunch will be provided, please RSVP here
 Snag early bird registration for Fall Forum
Be the bird that gets the worm! Early bird registration for the Alaska's Chamber's 2017 Fall Forum is NOW OPEN! Join us in Sitka, Alaska on October 10-12 for two day's of panel discussions, breakout sessions and camaraderie, organized by one of the largest statewide membership organizations! Register now at early bird rates, available through September 1.
The event will be held at the Harrigan Centennial Hall with accommodations provided by a handful of Sitka hotels. Reserve your accommodations today!

Don't just attend - donate or become a sponsor! If you would like to promote your business by donating an auction item or becoming a sponsor, contact Brandy by email or by phone at (907) 278-2727.

Leading up to our Fall Forum are two critical processes we need YOUR help with, our Top Business Awards and Position Submissions. See below for details. 
Nominate for our 2017 Top Business Awards
Do you know a small business that understands the importance of helping the community? Perhaps your local chamber of commerce has done an exceptional job for its members? How about an Alaskan whose contributions to Alaska go above and beyond?

If you can answer these questions please don't hesitate - nominate today! Nominations for our 2017 Top Business Awards are being accepted now through Friday, August 4.

To nominate, visit our Top Business Awards page here or click on any of the award categories below and be redirected to their respective submission forms. View nomination examples as well as past recipients. Once submitted, you will receive an email with a copy of your nomination. Award recipients will be announced and honored during our 2017 Fall Forumon Wednesday, October 11 in Sitka, Alaska.
New positions accepted through August 4
The Chamber's policy platform is created by YOU - the workers, patrons and employers that allow Alaskans to live and thrive. Each year at our Fall Forum, the general membership of the Chamber convenes to adopt the policy positions that shape our advocacy efforts.

NOW is the time to submit a position to establish the legislative priorities of the organization for 2017. Proposed positions will be accepted through Friday, August 4.

To find our whether an issue of concern is already a position of the Chamber, view our 2017 Priorities and Positionshere.

Positions must be submitted using our online position submission form. There you can view a position submission example as well as the Chamber's process and rules, principles and faqs. Once submitted, you will receive an email with a copy of your submission.

When in doubt, ask! Email your questions to Curtis W. Thayer or Ben Mulligan.
Member spotlight: Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino
Located in the Tacoma suburb of Fife, Washington, is  the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, the best gaming in the Northwest!

Whether you're looking to escape "every day life" or a fun-filled adventure, the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino provides exceptional hospitality, divine dining and countless entertainment options. 

Their guest rooms are adorned with an inviting balance of classic and contemporary furnishings, Wi-Fi, 42" flat-screen televisions with a wide variety of select movie channels. Ask about their spacious suites complete with luxuriously comfortable beds, sleeper sofas, two 50" flat-screen televisions and a separate gathering areas. In addition to a casino and entertainment venue, amenities include multiple dining options, an outdoor pool and free parking.
Book a stay at the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino now by visiting them online at emeraldqueen.com
Input needed to reform marine highway system
For more than 50 years, state ferries have provided essential transportation services and statewide economic benefits. However, service levels and reliability have declined due to budget reductions and an aging fleet. The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) Reform Project addresses a broad range of ferry operations, management, and governance issues, including the following questions:
  • What can be done to generate more operating revenue while still providing affordable service?
  • How can Alaska provide a more predictable and sustainable flow of necessary public funding to support the AMHS?
  • What operating efficiencies could be implemented to reduce or control costs while still providing essential levels of service?
  • In planning for the long-term sustainability of AMHS, how do we define "essential service" for the widely varying needs of the 33 communities served directly by the system?
Please visit amhsreform.com to join the project mailing list and provide feedback about the value of AMHS. The site will be regularly updated with meeting notices and project documents. The draft Phase Two report will be available in September, positioning AMHS for implementing budget and legislative changes in the upcoming year.
Homer Chamber announces new Executive Director
Debbie Speakman was named the Executive Director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

Speakerman replaces Karen Zak who served as the executive director since February 2015. Zak stepped down on July 7 to return to her roots in meeting and event management. 

Speakman is already working part time for the Homer Chamber and will join the team full time on August 1.

The Homer Chamber is  a volunteer partnership of the business community uniting the efforts of business, industry and individuals to ensure a healthy economic base while improving the quality of life in our community.
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