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2017 Ravn Alaska Safety Forum
Published June 28, 2017
The 2017 Safety Forum is fast-approaching and we are excited to share this opportunity with all of you. The Forum will focus on Safety, Just Culture, Human Factors, and Professional Development in Aviation and allow for interaction with industry-leading experts. We hope you'll join us and take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Please register as soon as possible, seats are limited!
The Forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14 and end 2:00 p.m.
The location of event: 4700 Old International Airport Rd. Anchorage, Alaska 99502
Lunch will be provided by Peppercini's Deli and door prizes will be given following the presentations.
Increase Work Life Balance, Reduce Stress and Promote Good Health in Workplace
Published June 20, 2017
First Friday with the SBA
Please join the SBA and guest speakers Rhiannon and Larry Irvine, owners of Muscles in Motion Lifestyles and Fitness, as we discuss how to increase work-life balance and productivity in your small business while reducing stress and promoting good health in the workplace.
This discussion will include:
• Wellness tips to help relieve stress
• Ways to help increase productivity in the office
• Ways to improve circulation while sitting at your desk
• Better eating habits to create energy throughout the day
• How to effectively incorporate these concepts into your business or with your staff
When: Friday, July 7, 2017
Where: SBA Alaska District Office 420 L Street, Suite 300 Anchorage, AK 99501 Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Grow your Business with 8(a) Contracting
Published June 6, 2017
Join us for a free and informative workshop on the 8(a) Business Development program.
Part I: Is 8(a) Right For You? Presented by the Alaska Procurement Technical Assistance Center Part I addresses questions of whether or not your small business is ready for the 8(a) federal contracting program. Different aspects of the program will be discussed to see if your small business will benefit from 8(a) contracts and business development.
Part II: 8(a) Orientation Presented by the SBA Alaska District Office
Part II provides an overview of program eligibility, application, and compliance requirements.
If you cannot attend in person, you can participate via webinar. The SBA will email the webinar information prior to the start of the event so please register to ensure you get the login information and any updates regarding this event. There will be a 15 minute break in between part I and II.
When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Where: Alaska PTAC 1901 Bragaw St., Room 199 Anchorage, AK 99508
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Alaska USA Foundation donates $75,000 to local military and youth programs
Published June 6, 2017
Alaska USA Foundation has donated $75,000 among five community service programs.
$50,000 was donated to the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) of Alaska to help support military service members and their families. The funds will aid in the operation of the more than 30 programs ASYMCA provides, including hospital morale visits, Operation Holiday Joy, and Operation Kid Comfort.
$10,000 was donated to Stand Down, Inc. to help in-need and homeless veterans access vital medical, dental, mental health, and substance abuse services.
$5,000 was donated to the Great Alaska Council in support of Boy Scouts of America. The funds will provide Scouts without financial means or transportation the opportunity to attend day camps.
$5,000 was donated to Alaska Legal Services to provide high quality legal services to low- income veterans and families, as well as disadvantaged people and communities.
$5,000 was donated to Camp Fire Alaska in support of youth development programs that service more than 5,000 youth annually in the state of Alaska.
Wisdom, Wealth and Wellness
Published June 6, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 2-4 pm
Denali Tower 2550 Denali St. 16th floor
Doing Business with the Alaska Department of Transportation
Published June 5, 2017
Winnie Cichosz, contract compliance & DBE certification officer from the Alaska Department of Transportation, will provide training on the DBE application process and discuss the benefits of the program.
If you cannot attend in person, you can participate via webinar. The SBA will email the webinar information prior to the start of the event so please register to ensure you get the login information and any updates regarding this event.
When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Where: Small Business Administration 420 L Street, Suite 300 Anchorage, AK 99501
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AKST
Alaska USA welcomes new Financial Advisor
Published May 26, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has hired Mike Klopfer to serve as Financial Advisor in Anchorage, Alaska. “Mike is going to make a great addition to Alaska USA Financial Planning and Investment Services,” said Julia Niziolek, Executive Director, Insurance and Investment Services. “He has a proven track record of helping individuals and organizations successfully plan, and realize their financial goals, and will continue to provide this important service for Alaska USA members.” Klopfer holds a degree in Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has served as a financial planner since 2003. Learn more at alaskausa.org/investment.
Alaska Railroad launches Catch the Train Photo Contest
Published May 18, 2017
Beginning today, the Alaska Railroad will launch its third-annual Catch the Train Photo Contest through its website and social media channels with a new partnership to celebrate the centennial of Denali National Park and Preserve. The grandprize winner, to be chosen from the 12 finalists via a public online vote, will receive the honor of the Alaska Railroad calendar’s cover, $1,500 and the Railroad’s new Denali Getaways package. This new package commemorates the park’s centennial with round-trip rail travel for four to Denali and overnight accommodations at the Grande Denali Lodge. For additional rules and regulations, visit www.alaskarailroad.com/catchthetrain.
Shoot for the Troops
Published May 18, 2017
Kumin Hires Youngest Associate in 40-year History
Published May 15, 2017
Kumin has promoted architect Sarah Salazar to Associate, making her the youngest Associate in Kumin’s 40-year history. She joined Kumin in 2010, relocating from New Mexico, where she managed large-scale military projects for the USAF. During her seven years in Alaska, she has taken on increasing responsibilities within Kumin and the design community. She is the 2017 President of the AK Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and held leadership positions in AIA since 2012. Her Alaskan design projects have taken her from Anchorage to Tununak to Ketchikan. In addition to mentoring younger staff members, Sarah volunteers in community-wide cleanups, Bike to Work Day Treat Stations, local marathons, triathlons and business soccer teams. She is a licensed Architect in Alaska and New Mexico.
Alaska USA FCU Receives Lender of the Year Award
Published May 15, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has received the Small Business Administration’s 504 Alaska Lender of the Year award for 2016. The award is given to the lender with the highest number of approved 504 program loans in a calendar year. The 504 program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing for small businesses and is designed to contribute to the economic development of communities.
“It’s a real honor to have received this award,” said Dave Hamilton, Executive Director, Business and Commercial Services. “Alaska USA is committed to providing financial capital to Alaska’s small business owners so they can continue to grow and create jobs.”
Learn more at alaskausa.org.
Alaska Railroad launches new menu & adventures for summer
Published May 10, 2017
The Alaska Railroad has long been an idyllic way for visitors to experience the grandeur of the Last Frontier. While daily summer trains connect passengers from Seward, Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, the Alaska Railroad is also a source for exciting culinary and travel experiences. This summer, the Railroad is offering a revamped onboard dining menu and a number of new excursions for passengers. Beginning in mid May, passengers can enjoy a selection of new, locally sourced menu items developed by the Railroad’s new partner Executive Chef, Alexa Stallone. Blending local ingredients with hearty classics as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, new culinary offerings include: Snowbird Barley prepared with coconut milk and barley from Alaska Flour Company and Reindeer Bolognese sourced with Alaska reindeer and pork sausage from Indian Valley Meats tossed with penne pasta, and much more.
RIM Promotes Jason Arnold to Associate
Published May 8, 2017
RIM is pleased to announce that Jason Arnold, AIA CDT, has been promoted to Associate in the Alaska office. For the past nine years, Jason’s talents and enthusiasm have been leveraged across a range of project types. He has taken on key leadership roles in the professional community through involvement with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA)—serving as the Alaska State IDP Coordinator since 2011. He is also RIM’s liaison for the annual summer-long Bike Anchorage event, where he has coordinated a treat station for the past few years. In addition, Jason’s active involvement in Habitat for Humanity, Bean’s Café, and City Wide Clean Up encourages other RIM staff to participate. And in March of 2017, after months of intense studying, Jason successfully passed the Architecture Registration Examination and earned his architectural license in Alaska. Congratulations, Jason!
144 Activities in Town Square ParkPublished May 2, 2017
Calling all Anchorage businesses and organization to join Anchorage Downtown Partnership's 144 Activities in Town Square Park! This summer Anchorage Downtown Partnership hopes to activate the space in the park with fun, energetic activities that bring in new visitors and positive energy. We are asking Anchorage businesses and organizations to host "an activity in the park".
For $99, an organization can use the park for a day, accompanied with our "space activation trailer" filled with summer games and toys (frisbee, corn hole, hula hoops, chalk, cheese, checkers, etc.). If a business or organization wants to host a different kind of event (ice cream social, company picnic, live music, etc.) we help to facilitate the planning of the event. We also will advertise your activity on our various marketing channels.
How to Start or Grow a Veteran-Owned BusinessPublished May 2, 2017
Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial training program designed for veterans and their dependents that have already made the transition back to civilian life.
The curriculum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.
Veterans of all eras, plus service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses are eligible to enroll in classes. Lunch and materials will be provided.
When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
1016 W. 6th Avenue, Suite 303
Anchorage, AK 99501
Contact: SBA Alaska District Office
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new Executive Director of Insurance and Investment Services
Published May 2, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Julia Niziolek has been selected for the position of Executive Director, Insurance and Investment Services. She previously held the position of Manager, Administration and Compliance, Alaska USA Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.
“Julia brings a wealth of experience to the position,” said Brian Wolf, Chief Operations Officer. “She’s previously held various insurance licenses and she has also been actively involved in the development and management of the credit union’s Financial Planning and Investment Services, making her the clear choice for Executive Director.”
Niziolek has more than 13 years of experience in different sectors of the financial services industry. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Learn more at www.alaskausa.org.
Fifth-Annual Beer & Bacon Festival
Published May 2, 2017
Saturday, July 29
The Lakefront Anchorage
$50 per person | $30 for children, pregnant women or designated drivers
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy tickets to the 2017 Beer & Bacon Festival at The Lakefront Anchorage – which is pretty close. For the fifth year in a row, The Lakefront Anchorage invites locals and visitors alike to join a milestone celebration of the finer things in life at the 2017 Beer & Bacon Festival, bringing together a winning combination of local brews and gourmet bacon dishes on the banks of picturesque Lake Hood. Enjoy live music from Hawaiian reggae band H3 while Alaska’s premier brewers and chefs delight your taste buds in hopes of being named the festival’s finest brew or most delectable bacon dish by your votes. The festival will also feature a bacon-eating contest for the title of Bacon King or Queen, lawn games and more.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $30 for children, pregnant women or designated drivers. Tickets cover food and 20 beer samples at the festival as well as the chance to win various prizes. A portion of ticket sales will go to the Alaska Multiple Sclerosis Center, supporting individuals with MS through programs, workshops and referral services.
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.
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.
Denali Park Strip, West 9th Avenue, Anchorage
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.
Go Global, Get Going, Get Paid - Anchorage
Published March 14, 2017
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.”
Arctic 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.
Arctic 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.
First Friday with SBA
Published January 3, 2017
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
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.