2021 Best of Alaska Business Awards
It’s July 1, and for Alaska Business that means only one thing: the Best of Alaska Business awards! You voted, we tallied, and here are the results.
Below you’ll find an extended version of Off the Cuff with Dan Miller; profiles on some of this year’s winners (check back as they’re added throughout the month); quotes from readers about our Best COVID-19 Response nominees; and information on scoring your very own Best of Alaska Business t-shirt and/or hoodie.
You’ll also see the complete list of winners in nearly thirty categories ranging from Best Florist to Best Accounting Firm. Look for your favorites, and make sure to check out any organizations you don’t know; we promise—as do your fellow Alaskans—that you won’t be disappointed.
New Company in 2020
Fine Dining Restaurant
Takeout/Delivery From a Restaurant
Place to Work 1-250 Employees
Place to Work 250+ Employees
Salon or Barbershop
Bank or Credit Union
Editor’s Pick: Best Corporate Citizen
Hundreds of organizations are nominated by our readers every year in this category, which speaks to the priority that many Alaska organizations place on community involvement and support. The editorial team selects the winners based on votes from our readers and our own knowledge of the philanthropic and community-minded efforts of the nominated companies.
A full list of nominees can be found in the print or digital edition.
Listed here, in no particular order, are the Editor’s Picks for the Best Corporate Citizen.
From the Nominator: “They do so much to support the community, especially during COVID. They assisted schools to keep students connected and installed free WiFi hotspots to serve those in need that lost connections due to library closures.”
From the Nominator: “They are a great organization always, but they have really stepped up their game through COVID-19, partnering with even more companies and nonprofits while stepping up for the increased need of their services within our community and state.”
From the Nominator: “For all the hard work during COVID-19 and before, and for giving away free internet when all this started so kids could keep going to school and people could work from home. Literally the most kind thing I’ve ever seen a company do for its community.”
Best COVID-19 Response: Matanuska Telephone Association
Best COVID-19 Response: The Alaska Small Business Development Center
Best COVID-19 Response: Bean’s Café
Best COVID-19 Response: Bear Tooth & Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Best COVID-19 Response: The Alaska Safety Alliance
Best COVID-19 Response: Alaska Regional Hospital
“They provided the safest, highest quality care to COVID-19 patients, while also serving the community [by] keeping us informed and up to date [and] also providing us with a COVID resource hotline for the many questions individuals have. I love their free 24/7 nurse line for the health questions and concerns I need answers to… They also protected their employees by providing them pandemic and COVID pay, providing them with necessary income while their hours may have been impacted.”
Best COVID-19 Response: Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Best COVID-19 Response: Southcentral Foundation
Best COVID-19 Response: ASRC Energy Services
And also: “ASRC Energy Services, incredibly proactive and took care of their employees by acting early and paying for costs associated with quarantining in Anchorage.”
Best COVID-19 Response: Club Paris
Best COVID-19 Response: Altman Rogers & Co.
And: “completed tax work seamlessly while working remotely, mailing tax clients their finished tax returns and didn’t even charge [for] the additional expense.”
Best COVID-19 Response: GCI
Best COVID-19 Response: Altura Bistro
Best COVID-19 Response: Credit Union 1
Best COVID-19 Response: First National Bank Alaska
Best COVID-19 Response: Salmon Berry Tours
Best COVID-19 Response: Alaska Executive Search
“Alaska Executive Search embraced the technology allowing remote work and ensured their candidates were safe on the job. AES employees were encouraged to work remotely as much as possible and a very thorough and structured timeline was put in place for return to the office… This led to a more secure experience for staff, candidates, and potential candidates.”
Best COVID-19 Response: ConocoPhillips
Best COVID-19 Response: Providence
Best COVID-19 Response: Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Best COVID-19 Response: 49th State Brewing Company
“49th State Brewing installed UV-c lights to sanitize the building and UV-c lights in the HVAC system to sanitize the air. Employees fill out daily screening and temp check, walk through a shoe sanitizing bath, wear gloves and masks, and maintain rigorous safety procedures.”
Best COVID-19 Response: Brilliant Media Strategies
Best COVID-19 Response: Northrim Bank
Best COVID-19 Response: The Hungry Robot
Best COVID-19 Response: Cape Fox Corporation
Best COVID-19 Response: PDC Engineers
Best COVID-19 Response: The Alaska Club
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you choose the categories?
Each year, the Alaska Business editorial and management teams evaluate our list of categories for the survey. We consider current business and industry trends and the prior year’s data to refine the category list. We may add a new category if an exciting new business or trend comes to our attention or we may eliminate a category that is no longer applicable to you, our readers. We always take into account your feedback and we always appreciate hearing about categories you’d like to see added or nixed.
Does advertising influence the contest?
The readers’ choice survey is managed by our editorial department and is completely separate from advertising. The readers’ choice survey has no relationship with or effect on advertising, and vice versa.
Can a business or organization be a finalist if it’s located outside of the magazine’s coverage area?
In order to qualify as a finalist in the survey, the business or organization must have a physical presence within Alaska.
When will the winners be announced?
On July 1 you’ll be able to find the 2021 winners in our digital and print editions and on our website.
For now, you can see the full list and writeups of our 2020 winners in the Best of Alaska Business Special Section in our July print and digital editions; you can also find them on our lists page.
What happens if I win?
Winners receive a free digital copy of the Best of Alaska Business 2020 magazine cover design, which also indicates your winning category and your business or organization name. Winners can also purchase a framed award certificate with two window clings. (The framed award certificate is 14×17 inches and features a black wood frame.) The cost is $75 per framed award certificate and includes shipping and handling. Ordering opens on July 1 and closes on October 12. In addition, Best of Alaska Business 2020 winners are provided with an icon for the category they win. These icons can be used on websites and social media to showcase your status as a Best of Alaska Business winner.
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