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ALASKA CHAMBER | It's Your Business July 13-27, 2016


It's Your Business
July 13-27, 2016  
In this issue:
Finance Committee
1:30 p.m., July 19
Alaska Chamber President & CEO presents to the
Seward Chamber
July 15, Noon-1 p.m.
2016 Alaska
Business Week
Coffee with
Senator Sullivan
July 27, 4:30-6 p.m.
2016 Fall Forum
October 11-13
Welcome new members!
Mical Kupke, MD/MPH
 Thank you
LEAD sponsors!
Thank you
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Native
Medical Center
Arctic Information Technology
ATCO Structures
and Logistics
Denali Daniels & Associates, Inc.
Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Inc.
Northrim Benefits Group, LLC
Parker Horn Company
Power Systems
& Supply
Prince of Wales
Chamber of Commerce
Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.
The Wilson Agency
Early bird registration for Fall Forum now open
Be the bird that gets the worm! Early bird registration for the Alaska's Chamber's 2016 Fall Forum is NOW OPEN! Join us in Kenai, Alaska on October 11-13 for two day's of illuminating panel discussions, breakout sessions and camaraderie, organized by one of the largest statewide membership organizations! Register now at early bird rates, available through August 19.

The event will be held at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska with accommodations provided by a variety of Kenai and Soldotna 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. 
Submit a position now through August 12
The Chamber's policy platform is created by YOU - the workers, patrons and employers that allow Alaskans 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 August 12.
To find our whether an issue of concern is already a position of the Chamber, view our 2016 Priorities and Positions here.

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 Curtis W. Thayer with questions here.
Great work deserves statewide recognition
Do you know a small business that understands the importance of helping the community? Perhaps your local Alaska chamber of commerce has done an exceptional job on behalf of its members this year? Maybe a you know a great Alaskan whose contributions to Alaska go above and beyond?
If you can answer these questions please don't hesitate - nominate today! Nominations for our 2016 Top Business Awards are being accepted now through August 12.
To nominate, visit our Top Business Awards page 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.
The award recipients will be announced and honored during the Top Business Awards Reception at the 2016 Fall Forum on Wednesday, October 12  at 7 p.m. at The Cannery Lodge in Kenai, Alaska.
Alaska Airlines wins Freedom Award
Please join us in congratulating long-time Alaska Chamber member, Alaska Airlines, for winning the 2016 Freedom Award!
Out of the more than 2400 nominated only 15 companies were selected to receive this year's award. This is also the first time the award has been presented to a company in Alaska. The 2016 Freedom Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on August 26 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Instituted in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given to employers by the U.S. government for their support of National Guard and Reserve members.
For more on the award, visit Alaska Airlines' blog story here.
Member spotlight: Tyler Rental, Inc.
For more than 25 years, Tyler Rental, Inc. has been setting the standard in the construction and industrial equipment rental industry. Their expertly-trained staff, top quality equipment and dependable service have made them the leader in their business.
Serving Southeast Alaska and Washington, Tyler Rental, Inc. prides ourselves on meeting the needs of all our customers-homeowners, contractors and industrial projects. They offer a complete line of tools and equipment rental including a wide array of Industrial supplies and products.
Visit them online at tylerrental.com.
Free IMAGE Training and Forum
On behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Seattle and Anchorage, you are invited to an ICE presented IMAGE Training Forum for local businesses to be presented in Anchorage, Healy, Fairbanks, Kodiak and Juneau. See below for details.
There will be presentations on how to properly complete a Form I-9, use of E-Verify and additional information on Immigration related employment issues, among other topics.
The IMAGE training and forum is offered free of charge to all employers.
Thursday, July 28
9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Embassy Suites
600 East Benson Boulevard
Healy Friday, July 29
10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Doors open at 10:15 a.m.)
Motel Nord Haven
George Parks Highway
Fairbanks Monday, August 1
10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Doors open at 10:15 a.m.)
Noel Wien Library
1215 Cowles Street
Kodiak Thursday, August 4
10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Doors open at 10:15 a.m.)
Kodiak Public Library
612 Egan Way
Juneau Wednesday, August 10
10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Doors open at 10:15 a.m.)
Mendenhall Valley Public Library
3025 Dimond Park Loop

Please RSVP for all seminars no later than July 25. For the Anchorage Forum please register here. For all other locations RSVP to Special Agent Jill Peoples or Special Agent Tim Brady.  Indicate which location you will attend.


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