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Alaska Credit Union League Donates $16,000 to Alaska Business Week

Published April 25, 2017

The Alaska Credit Union League donated $16,000 to Alaska Business Week to support and promote the business education of Alaska’s future leaders and entrepreneurs. The Alaska Credit Union League has supported the Alaska Business Week program since the program started in 2010. The donation will support the League’s mission to improve people’s financial lives through education.

About Alaska Business Week
Alaska Business Week is a one-week summer program for Alaska high school students. The program teaches participants basic principals of private sector business and important leadership skills they will need for their post high school plans. Participants live on a college campus, work as teams on a dynamic business simulation, develop a new product concept, and present their results with the guidance of a mentor from the business community.

Learn more at alaskacreditunions.org.

 


 

City-Wide Cleanup Young Alaskans Style with the Anchorage Young Professionals Coalition

Published April 25, 2017

The newly formed Anchorage Young Professionals Coalition (AYPC) is hosting its first community project, City-Wide Cleanup Young Alaskan Style, on Saturday, April 29th, noon to 5:30pm. The event begins with a cleanup and is followed by a social. This event supports the Mountain View Community Council's Annual Cleanup as part of Anchorage Chamber’s 2017 Citywide Cleanup Week. AYPC is composed of 11 community groups and seeks to engage young professionals in Anchorage by creating and sharing opportunities to get involved in the community while meeting new and amazing people! More info & the event can be found on AYPC's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AncYoungPros/.


 

Europe: America's Partner, America's Problem

Published April 25, 2017

Join the Alaska World Affairs Council on Friday, May 5th from noon to 1:00pm at 49th State Brewing Co for a fabulous discussion on “Europe: America’s Partner, America’s Problem”. This program will feature Constanze Stelzenmueller, a renowned expert on transatlantic foreign policy and security strategy. This event is open to the public with check-in beginning at 11:00am. Tickets start at $10 per person for members of the Alaska World Affairs Council with complimentary admission available to current students and active-duty military personnel. Lunch will be available for purchase directly from 49th State Brewing Co. For more information and registration, visit: http://www.alaskaworldaffairs.org/.

 


 

How cool is that? Innovation in the Arctic

Published April 25, 2017

Join the Alaska World Affairs Council on Friday, May 12th from noon to 1:30pm at the Downtown Hilton for an engaging conversation on “How Cool is That?” featuring Arctic innovators from Alaska, Norway, and Iceland. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about exciting innovations happening NOW in the Arctic worldwide! This event is open to the public with check-in beginning at 11:30am. Tickets start at $15 per person with complimentary admission available to current students and active-duty military personnel. For more information and registration, visit: http://www.alaskaworldaffairs.org.

 


 

WorldMatters: Alaskan Entrepreneurs in the Global Market

Published April 25, 2017

Join the Alaska World Affairs Council on Wednesday, May 17th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Cyrano’s Theatre for an exciting evening featuring Alaskan entrepreneurs doing business in the global market. This panel will include a diverse range of perspectives and will be moderated by The Boardroom’s CEO and Co-Founder, Katherine Jernstrom. This event is open to the public and begins with a social mixer in the lobby at 5:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person for members of the Alaska World Affairs Council and $15 per person for non-members. For more information and registration, visit: http://www.alaskaworldaffairs.org/

 


 

National Small Business Week Celebration

Published April 14, 2017

In celebration of National Small Business Week 2017, the SBA Alaska District Office and SCORE will host an award ceremony to recognize the outstanding work of Alaskan small businesses and SBA resource partners.

National Small Business Week, held the first week of May each year, is the SBA’s hallmark opportunity to applaud the achievements of exceptional companies across the country. Dozens of events nationwide will recognize businesses, resource partners, and leaders in the community who support the impact of small businesses.

The Alaska celebration will commence with presentations from congressional offices followed by a panel of former Small Business Person of the Year winners and an award ceremony.

We invite you to join us for this exciting celebration. As seating is limited, we encourage you to register early.

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Where: King Career Center 2650 E Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99508

Time: 8 a.m. to noon Doors open at 8 a.m. for registration, continental breakfast, and networking.  Program starts at 9 a.m.

RSVP: https://small-business-week-event.eventbrite.com

For more info: Charles Niemann / (907) 271-4841, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

Memorial Day Ceremony

Published April 14, 2017

The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) invites the public to a one-hour Memorial Day ceremony to honor and remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in devotion to liberty, freedom and democracy. The ceremony includes patriotic music, spiritual words, distinguished speakers and laying of the wreaths to honor the fallen. Confirmed keynote speakers include U.S. Marine Corps veteran and U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

Monday, May 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
FREE
Denali Park Strip, West 9th Avenue, Anchorage


For more information, contact MOA Military & Veterans Affairs Commission Chair Pam Beale, 907-720-3923, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new Vice President of Secondary Marketing

Published April 14, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Jayson Schmett has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Secondary Marketing. He previously held the position of Secondary Marketing Operations Manager.

“Jayson’s leadership qualities and his ability to anticipate the needs of our members and professional partners is a great asset to the company,” said Steve Larson, Executive Director, Mortgage and Real Estate Lending.

Schmett has been with Alaska USA for 13 years, holding a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming.

 


 

Midnight Sun Home Care Acquires Home Care Division from CareNet, Inc.

Midnight Sun Home Care, a premier senior care company in Anchorage, is pleased to announce the acquisition of another highly respected local provider’s in-home care division. CareNet, Inc. was recently approached by a national franchise for acquisition of their home care division, but chose instead to sell their home care line of business to Midnight Sun Home Care, citing the agencies’ similar values, philosophies, and Alaskan business roots as deciding factors.

CareNet, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is owned by local residents and registered nurses Brett and Lorna Mills. CareNet, Inc. will continue to offer private nursing care management, but will no longer offer in-home caregivers. They will refer those looking for in-home caregiving services to Midnight Sun Home Care.

“CareNet, Inc. has had the privilege of caring for seniors in the Anchorage community for 21 years,” says Owner Lorna Mills, RN. “We are excited to see our non-medical home care services continue under the Midnight Sun Home Care banner.”

The acquisition will provide Midnight Sun Home Care clients and their loved ones with additional coverage as the agency’s staff expands. The transition will also allow CareNet, Inc.’s caregiving staff to continue working for a locally owned company.

“We are honored to have been specifically chosen by CareNet, Inc. to carry on their in-home caregiving services, and we are excited to welcome CareNet’s dedicated caregivers to our team as we continue providing care for Alaskans by Alaskans,” says Kevin Turkington, Founder and Owner of Midnight Sun Home Care.

 


 

YWCA Alaska EconEquity Luncheon

Published April 7, 2017

Please join us for this year's EconEquity Luncheon. The Luncheon is a forum for discussing solutions to the barriers facing working women in Alaska and inspiring actions that will benefit the community. This year, the luncheon will feature keynote speaker Natasha Lamb, Managing Partner and Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:00-1:30 PM The Hotel Captain Cook
For more information on tickets, visit www.econequityluncheon.eventbrite.com.

 



Go Global, Get Going, Get Paid - Anchorage

Published March 14, 2017

Lee Gibbs, U.S. Small Business Administration –Office of Int’l Trade; John Brislin, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.; and Debbie Franklin, U.S. Commercial Service-AK will be providing answers to your questions about exporting your small business product or services. Why export when I am already successful selling domestically? It's a big world, what country do I choose to business with? How do I know this is a legitimate buyer and sales opportunity? How do I get paid in a timely manner? I need greater capacity, what are my financing options? Is there a way to mitigate risk and ensure payment? SBA / Alaska District Office 420 L St. Ste 300, Anchorage AK 99501 FREE Contact Nelida Irvine 907-271-4027 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

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Lead on, Aliy! Aliy Zirkle teams up with ANDVSA to help end violence in Alaska

Published March 7, 2017

Popular Iditarod contender Aliy Zirkle has announced an effort to fund youth education and violence prevention programs designed to promote healthy, safe, and strong communities across Alaska.

Backed by sponsor Matson, Zirkle is partnering with Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) to support and expand youth programming statewide, including rural villages along the Iditarod route, communities Zirkle has come to know well over her years of racing.

“The support and care I’ve received in the villages over the years has been phenomenal,” Zirkle said. “I’ve been looking for a way to give back; and, if I can help get more kids involved in this program that strengthens their communities as well as themselves, it’ll be a start.”

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Glenn Newkirk PR FINALArctic IT Appoints Glenn Newkirk to Sales Team

Published February 22, 2017

Arctic Information Technology (Arctic IT), the award-winning managed services provider in Alaska, announces the addition of Glenn Newkirk to its Platform and Infrastructure sales team. In this role, Newkirk will apply his passion for technology and his customer-first philosophy to further the growth of TotalCare by Arctic IT, the company’s managed services offering.

“Arctic IT has a reputation for excellence,” said Mark Mathis, senior account executive at Arctic IT. “Glenn’s experience in sales and dedication to providing best-in-class service and solutions to his clients will be an asset to our team.”

Glenn adds more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to Arctic IT. After many years at several high-profile food and beverage distributors, Glenn shift his focus to the IT industry; taking a position with a multi-national technology company. He has his bachelor of science from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and serves the community by volunteering as a YMCA basketball coach.

 


 

BruceHellenPressRelease FINALArctic IT Appoints Bruce Hellen as President

Published February 14, 2017

Arctic Information Technology (Arctic IT), the award-winning top managed services provider in Alaska, has appointed Bruce Hellen as president. In this role, Hellen will apply his passions for technology and business development to build upon the company’s position as a market leader in tribal, federal, and managed services technologies. Arctic IT is an 8(a) small business and a wholly owned subsidiary of Doyon Government Group (DGG).

“We are pleased to have Bruce join the Arctic IT team,” said Julie Morman, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Doyon, Limited. “His experience and leadership are tremendous assets, and we look forward to continued successful business results under his guidance.”

Hellen served for 24 years in the United State Air Force. After retiring in 2010 as a Colonel, he entered the private sector as the director of business practices for a $1.5 billion company, primarily focusing on marketing, sales, and branding strategies. Next, he led a major RFID research and development project, resulting in multiple patents and international recognition as the world’s number one RFID implementation program in 2015. Hellen has led multiple organizations of various sizes throughout his military and private sector careers, ranging from small teams to large organizations.

“I look forward to working with the talented and passionate team at Arctic IT. I am committed to the pursuit of excellence in providing IT solutions to our customers with world-class service and support,” said Bruce Hellen, president of Arctic IT.

 


 

China as Number One: So What?

Published February 1, 2017

Join the Alaska World Affairs Council on Friday, April 28th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the Anchorage Hilton for an engaging program titled “China as Number One: So What?” featuring speaker Damien Ma. Ma is a widely circulated author and expert on the Chinese economy. He is currently Fellow and Associate Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute, and has previously served as lead analyst on China and Mongolia at the Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. Ma argues that China’s growth in the next decade will constrain it, and seeks to illuminate the complex truth about modern-day China and its probable future. Doors open at 11:30. This event is open to the public, tickets start at $15 per person with complimentary admission available to current students and active-duty military personnel. For more information and registration, visit: http://www.alaskaworldaffairs.org/

 


 

First Friday with SBA

Published January 3, 2017


Your business is registered in SAM and may qualify or already have a socio-economic contracting certification. So why aren't you getting federal contracts? Come learn about federal government contracting opportunities using various federal data bases. And hear from former JBER contracting officer, Melissa Blair as she reveals tips to search for procurement opportunities and responding to solicitations. The more you know, the better your chances of securing a federal government contract! Register: https://marketing2government.eventbrite.com POC: Clark Bihag / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 907-271-4850.


 

Kumin project selected as 6th most beautiful hospital in U.S.

Published October 26, 2016

Norton Sound Regional Hospital was voted 6th most beautiful hospital in the U.S. during Soliant Health’s 8th annual “Most Beautiful Hospitals” competition. Kumin was Architect of Record, with Mahlum of Seattle as medical planner. The voting shows a high degree of current/former employee satisfaction with the hospital's beauty and functionality. Also evident is a strong sense of community pride in the facility. The new hospital features stunning views of the surrounding tundra, Alaskan native artwork, and state of the art comprehensive healthcare for the Norton Sound region.

 


 

Hire East High School Students

Published October 26, 2016

Do you need music for your event? The East High School Orchestra program's Symphonic ensemble is available for special performances. Our students are wonderful, mature students who are eager to play and earn money to finance our group trip to work with the Orchestra program at the University of Hawaii in March of 2018. All contributions for student players go directly to the performing students trip expenses and the Orchestra program. For more information, please contact Janeen Wilkins, Orchestra Director at (907) 575-1789 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

EasyPark Offers Parking Amenities To Downtown Anchorage Parkers

Published September 20, 2016

EasyPark announces the launch of downtown Anchorage’s first parking Amenities Program. All guests in downtown Anchorage that park in any EasyPark garage or surface lot will have the option of utilizing free services such as personal escort to their vehicle, tire inflation and battery jump starts. EasyPark’s Amenities Program is available 7 days per week from 5am-midnight through our central dispatch center. For those that require any of these services, just call or text the dispatch number 297-4471.

 


 

 

 

 

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