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EasyPark Accepting Food Donations to Pay Parking Citations in August and September!

Published August 14, 2017

From August 14 – September 15, 2017, EasyPark will accept food donations in lieu of payment for parking citations as part of a community food drive effort with Food Bank of Alaska, who provides food assistance to Alaskans in need.

“EasyPark values service agencies who provide back to the community,” says Parking Director Brian Borguno. “Providing assistance by accepting food items for parking citations is a good start to combat our local hunger problem.”

Donation values that are being accepted in lieu of payment are the following:

  • Macaroni & Cheese $2
  • Small canned meat $3
  • Large canned meat $5
  • Dry cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc. $5
  • Jam & Jelly $5
  • Pop Top Cans or Boxed Meals $6
  • Large Canned Fruit $6
  • Peanut Butter $6
  • Coffee $8
  • Case of Top Ramen $10
Those who are interested in participating will need to bring their donations to the EasyPark office located at 440 B Street Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

For more information visit: http://www.easyparkalaska.com/latest-news/17-08-09/EasyPark_to_Host_%E2%80%9CForget_the_Fine%E2%80%9D_Community_Food_Drive.aspx


 

Open the Door to Bonding

Published August 14, 2017

Surety Bond Guarantee Prior Approval Program

The SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help your small business get bonded!

Please join us if your small business has:
• Limited financial resources
• No prior bonded work experience
• Been in business less than three years
• Been previously denied surety credit
• Desire to increase its current bonding capacity

SBA bonding specialist Linda Laws will present via webinar to discuss the following:
• What contract bonds are and why they are required
• How to get pre-qualified
• Working capital & bank support
• Program eligibility
• Required information
• Application process & fees

This webinar workshop will be broadcast live at both AGC Anchorage and Fairbanks locations. SBA representatives will also be present to answer questions.

When: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Where: Associated General Contractors (AGC) Anchorage
8005 Schoon St.
Anchorage, AK 99518

AGC Fairbanks
3750 Bonita St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Register: https://sba-surety-bonds.eventbrite.com

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Grow Your Business with SBA

Published August 14, 2017

Did you know the SBA can help you gain access to business counselors, business loans, and government contracting opportunities for free?

Learn how your current or future small business can benefit from SBA’s three C's: Counseling, Capital, and Contracting.

This seminar will answer questions related to all of SBA's programs and services and teach you how to find the resources to start or grow your existing business.

Find out just what the SBA has to offer.

Seating is limited. 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, August 31, 2017

Where: Alaska SBDC
1901 Bragaw St., Ste. 199
Anchorage, AK 99508

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register: https://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/6712

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12th Annual Parcel Post Dinner Auction

Published August 14, 2017

MTC has been helping low-income seniors in Anchorage since 1977, allowing them to continue to remain independent and stay in their homes as long as possible. Our much needed services include:

  1. The MTC handicapped-accessible VAN takes seniors to medical appointments, shopping and provides opportunity for socialization with others in the community through weekly excursions, educational opportunities and socials events.
  2. Our DEAP Dental Assistance Program provides vital dental screenings and financial assistance to low-income seniors.
  3. PATCHES is a temporary emergency program offering a safety net of up to $250 for auto/home repairs, utility shutoff, and even rent or a bus pass to qualifying seniors.

Our annual fundraiser is critical to these services which have recently gone through significant funding cuts and now rely on the Community’s GENEROSITY more than ever.

Please consider supporting the important work that Mabel T. Caverly Senior Services provides to seniors in our community through a donation or sponsorship to this year’s FUNDRAISER. All donations will be acknowledged at our event, on our Facebook page and in our Newsletter distributed to over 2,000 businesses, individuals and professionals.

Ticket price of $30 per person includes dinner, one beverage and dessert, along with our world famous Parcel Post Auction featuring parcel post wrapped packages from all over the world, collected and donated by friends and supporters of Mabel T. Caverly while traveling.

Mabel T. Caverly Senior Center
911 West 8th Avenue, Suite 104
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-276-1496
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IN ADDITION TO THE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, there are several ways you can help make a difference IF YOU’RE UNABLE TO ATTEND.

*FUND A NEED: WHETHER THE VAN, DEAP OR PATCHES, YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN HELPING US SECURE FUNDING FOR THESE YEARROUND SERVICES.

*ADOPT A SENIOR: SENIORS COME TO OUR DOOR EVERY DAY AND TOO OFTEN WE HAVE TO TURN THEM AWAY. HELP US TAKE CARE OF OUR ELDERS YEAR ROUND WITH THIS PERSONAL OPPORTUNITY TO HELP FUND A SENIOR’S NEEDS.

Please feel free to call us at 276-1496 with any questions. Donations can be mailed to the office at 911 West 8th Avenue, Suite 104, Anchorage, AK 99501, THEY CAN BE DROPPED OFF or we can make arrangements to pick them up.

Thank you for your CONTRIBUTION AND FOR LETTING OTHERS KNOW ABOUT MTC AND THE WORK WE’RE DOING IN OUR COMMUNITY. We look forward TO SEEING YOU ON SEPTEMBER 21ST!

 


 

Nonprofit Technology Lunch

Published August 8, 2017

Thursday August 24 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 

324 E 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (YWCA Conference Room)

This is a casual lunch hour discussion on new technology offering for the non-profit sector including answers to these questions:

  • Why is Hardware as a service (HaaS) a good value for nonprofits?
  • What lower-cost licensing options are available with Tech Soup and Office 365?
  • How do you protect your organization from ransomware and other network threats?

Speaker. Mark Mathis is a leader of technology and expert on network infrastructure, licensing and products. With more than 25 years in IT, Mark is a great resource for Alaska small businesses and the non-profit sector.

Lunch. Who loves pizza? Lunch is on us. We will be serving pizza and soft drinks for all of the attendees that preregister.

Door Prize. Our event wouldn't be complete without a fun door prize. Must be checked in by noon to qualify. Door prize is drawn at 1:00 p.m.

Space is limited to qualified non-profit organizations.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technology-lunch-for-nonprofits-tickets-36524696350

 


 

Trunk Or Treat at The Arc

Published August 7, 2017

What: A trick-or-treating community event, car-to-car with games, food and fun!

When: Saturday, September 16; 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: The Arc of Anchorage, 2211 Arca Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508

About the event: This carnival-type event allows people of all abilities to enjoy a trunk-or-treating experience in a flat parking lot space before the cold of October sets in. With the recent closure of Trick-Or-Treat Town, The Arc wants to step up in the community and provide an event that not only brings joy to the community, but also is a fundraiser to support a holiday giving program for individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. This event uniquely provides an accessible-friendly alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating events that require individuals to navigate steep driveways and stairs.

Cars are parked in accessible-friendly rows in The Arc of Anchorage parking lot. Vehicles are decorated to be family-friendly and with a fun, Halloween theme or theme of a group’s choosing. Vehicles are decorated and manned by volunteers and a portion of ticket sales provides candy, healthy treats or a small prize to be given away at each booth to every guest.

Carnival-style games, activities, a buffet treat station, food/vendor sales and other booths will provide additional income to fundraise for The Arc of Anchorage.

Admission & Game Tickets: Admission tickets and game/activity tickets will be sold at the door and online through Eventbrite: https://trunkortreatak.eventbrite.com

Volunteers: The event is completely supported and run by volunteers! Shifts are available here: http://signup.com/go/GkVZZss

Host a Trunk Station: Businesses, community groups and organizations can host a trunk station, no fee. Decorations and Halloween costumes are required though! Register: https://goo.gl/forms/E3UWGCGXS0vTOdfb2

 


 

Sonosky Chambers New Partners

Published August 7, 2017

The Sonosky Chambers law firm is pleased to announce that Rebecca Patterson and Kendri Cesar have become partners in the firm. Rebecca and Kendri are both graduates of Harvard Law School. Before joining the firm Rebecca clerked for U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason and Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti, and Kendri clerked for Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael Jeffery in Barrow and worked as committee staff in the Alaska Legislature. Kendri is also a member of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Both are active in all aspects of the firm’s Alaska Native rights practice.

The Sonosky Chambers law firm is also very proud to announce that, effective August 1, 2017, longstanding partner Marissa Flannery has accepted an appointment as Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and that associate Maile Tavepholjalern will also be joining Marissa at the Consortium. ANTHC is the largest tribal health care provider in the United States and has worked with our law firm since ANTHC’s inception in 1997. The Sonosky Chambers firm wishes Marissa and Maile the very best in their new positions, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them, with ANTHC and with all of our tribal clients to better the health care and self-governance of the Alaska Native community.

 


 

Business Loans - What Lenders Look for and Tips for Winning Them Over

Published August 7, 2017

Take the next step in starting or growing your business and join us for an interactive session where you’ll learn:

  • How to get access to capital through the use of SBA Guarantee Loan Programs
  • Criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request, also known as The 5 C’s of Credit
  • Preparing to meet with your lender and what lenders look for
  • Resources to help you prepare Webinar will be available
Seating is limited. 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. Register to ensure you receive the login information and any updates regarding this event.

When: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Where: Kodiak Public Library 100 E Marine Way, Ste. 300 Kodiak, AK 99615

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Register: https://sba-biz-loans-kodiak.eventbrite.com

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Mt. View Community Council Meeting: F-22 EIS Public Outreach

Published August 7, 2017

Public hearing at Clark Middle School, 150 Bragaw Street, Anchorage on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the F-22 pattern proposal to help alleviate noise levels in Mountain view and surrounding areas.

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Teaming Arrangements - First Friday with SBA

Published August 1, 2017

Please join the SBA and guest speaker, Sarah Curtis Associate at Holland & Knight, LLP, as we discuss good practices for teaming agreements and the ostensible subcontractor rule.

Webinar will be available

If you cannot attend in person, you can participate via webinar. Webinar access information will be sent automatically with registration.

Due to the Labor Day holiday September’s work shop will be held on the second Friday.

When: Friday, September 8, 2017

Where: U.S. Small Business Administration 420 L St., Ste. 300 Anchorage, AK 99501

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Register: https://first-friday-sept.eventbrite.com

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Alaska USA Foundation raises over $69,000 for nonprofits

Published August 7, 2017

The Alaska USA Foundation launched the third annual Members Making Change donation drive, online and in Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branches. The drive raised over $69,726 in donations from the credit union’s generous members. The collected funds will be used to assist nonprofit organizations that provide needs-based programs for children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families.

The Alaska USA Foundation was established in 2003 to support 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that provide needs-based services to children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.5 million to these organizations and is honored to assist those that provide direct services in support of its mission.

 


 

Anchorage Museum Grand Opening Weekend

Published July 28, 2017

The grand opening for the new 31,000-square-foot Rasmuson Wing and the Art of the North exhibition, the new Alaska exhibition, and the expanded Discovery Center is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-17. Polar Nights kicks off this weekend also with half-price admission to galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. Polar Nights runs Friday evenings through April. Find a grand opening weekend events schedule of at anchoragemuseum.org/grandopening.

 


 

Youth Fundraiser

Published July 28, 2017

This fundraiser is to assist youth with schools supplies, cap and gowns, and other items for the 2017/2018 school year. Visit our websites: envisioneesak.com and thegapprogram.com.

 


 

"Vetrepreneurship" Workshop for Veterans

Published July 18, 2017

Boots to Business Reboot

What is a Vetrepreneur?

A Vetrepreneur is a Veteran who becomes an Entrepreneur post military service. Veterans represent 6% of the U.S. Population, and account for 13.5% (3.7 million) of all U.S. small businesses. Enroll today in the “Free” Boots to Business Reboot training program to start, or continue, on your way to achieving your dream of business ownership and success.

What is Boots to Business Reboot?

Boots to Business Reboot is a workshop that provides Veterans of all eras, Service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves), and their spouses an introduction to entrepreneurship. In the Boots to Business Reboot workshop, current and existing Vetrepreneurs will learn:

  • Steps to Small Business Start-Up
  • Basics of a Winning Business Plan
  • What Lenders and Investors Look For
  • Legal Entities and Protection
  • Assembling Your Power Team
  • Business Model Development and Implementation

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Where: Anchorage Chamber of Commerce 1016 W. 6th Avenue, Suite 303 Anchorage, AK 99501

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Register: https://sbavets.force.com

Questions: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 907-271-4850

Space is limited, so please reserve your place in this free workshop now!

 


 

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union welcomes new VP of Special Credits

Published July 13, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Chris Brown has been selected for the position of Senior Vice President, Special Credits.

“Chris brings a great deal of experience to the position,” said Wayne Bailey, Chief Lending Officer. “He’s no stranger to the world of financing, and has proven leadership skills that will greatly benefit Alaska USA.”

Brown has more than 23 years of lending and collections experience, including 18 years with Ford Motor Credit. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Advertising and Public Relations degrees from Michigan State University.

Learn more at alaskausa.org http://www.alaskausa.org.

 


 

Making Strides Annual Cocktails Kickoff

Published July 13, 2017

Cocktails Kickoff is August 17th from 5:30pm-8pm at 49th State Brewing Co. Tickets are $25 and are available at https://goo.gl/MoiDt3. Admission includes appetizers and Benefactor Vodka cocktails from 5:30pm-7pm. There will be a silent auction, photo booth, great raffle items, and our new 2017 merchandise! Come out and sign up for the Making Strides Event (walk or 5k run) while enjoying some good company. The money raised through this event and Making Strides will go towards breast cancer research and local patient programs. Now that's something to "cheers" to!

 


 

Better Business Bureau 2017 Torch Awards

Published July 6, 2017

Better Business Bureau's annual Torch Awards honor businesses, individuals and charities that demonstrate excellence in the marketplace. Categories include Business of the Year, Charity of the Year and Exceptional Employee Award.

For more information and eligibility:https://www.bbb.org/northwest/programs-services/2017-torch-awards/entries. Deadline is August 14, 2017.

 


 

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.

 


 

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


Shoot for the Troops is a 100-shot sporting clays tournament. All proceed form this tournament help to fund the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska programs across the state including: Teddy's Child Watch, Food Pantries, Operation Kid Comfort, Y on Wheels and Operation Holiday Joy. For more info, contact Sarah Riffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

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 Park

Published 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.

Please contact Rosie Frankowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-250-3453 for more information.

http://anchoragedowntown.org/events/144activitiesintownsquarepark
 

 

How to Start or Grow a Veteran-Owned Business

Published 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

Clark Bihag – 907-271-4850 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 

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
1-6 pm
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.

https://5th-annual-beer--bacon-festival.ticketleap.com/5th-annual-beer--bacon-festival/dates/Jul-29-2017_at_0100PM

 


 

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.
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.

 



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.

 


 

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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