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Meet the Lenders One-on-One

Published February 15, 2018

Connecting Entrepreneurs with Lenders

March 6
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is pleased to present this lender-borrower matchmaking event. The event’s “one-stop speed dating” format sparks lending relationships across the region. SBA encourages entrepreneurs at any stage of business development, from startups to expanding businesses, to attend this free event.

Entrepreneurs will have 15-minute pitch periods with a variety of lenders in one-on-one meetings. The lenders can schedule more detailed interviews with entrepreneurs whose proposal may be a match with their lending portfolio. In addition to lenders, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration - AK District Office, Alaska Small Business Development Center, and SCORE will also be available to provide assistance.

Due to school traffic, the gates to the parking lot may be closed. To avoid the gates, plan to enter to the parking lot from Bragaw Street or via Reka Drive. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes prior to the start of the event.



Published February 14, 2018

The new restaurant design at 8936 Lake Otis Parkway includes a modern layout, new technology features and menu innovations, including gluten-free bread.

Anchorage, Alaska – The Subway® restaurant at 9000 Lake Otis Parkway has closed and a new Subway® restaurant is open in its place, next door at 8936 Lake Otis Parkway. Last night the eatery unveiled its new Subway® Fresh Forward design at a ceremonial ribbon with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community.

The new restaurant is designed to offer guests an enhanced Subway® experience, delivering bold and playful décor, new menu options and a flexible, comfortable environment for dine in or on the go and it opened to the public this morning, February 14th, at 10:00 a.m.

“Elevating the overall customer experience has been and continues to be a key focus of ours,” said Steve Adams, President of Subway of Alaska, Inc. “We’re giving our guests more of what they love about Subway® - like highlighting our fresh baked bread, cookies and some of our veggies in modern displays—while providing them with modern features that they have not yet seen from us—like self-ordering kiosks and Alaska’s only touch-screen drive thru.”

The Lake Otis Subway® Fresh Forward design features self-ordering kiosks, designated pre-order pick-up areas, Wi-Fi, USB charging ports, and Alaska’s only touch-screen drive-thru ordering system. Gluten-free bread is also available at this location. Learn more about Subway’s Fresh Forward design here.

The 8936 Lake Otis Parkway Subway® hours are 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Saturday, and 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Sunday. Guests can pre-order their meals using the Subway® App. The app can be downloaded via Google Play and Apple Store.

Subway of Alaska, Inc. is celebrating 30 years in Alaska in 2018. The company was founded by Steve Adams and his mother, Bobbie Adams. The last line of the partnership agreement reads, “With Divine help this business venture will succeed.” Locally there are 66 Subway® restaurants in Alaska which provide hundreds of local jobs in Alaska communities.

Subway® restaurants, which was founded almost 52 years ago by then 17-year old Fred DeLuca and family-friend Dr. Peter Buck, is still a family-owned business with thousands of dedicated small business owners around the world. Globally there are 44,080 restaurants in 112 countries. Subway® is the largest worldwide quick-service restaurant.


Alaska Railroad Easter Train

Published February 13, 2018

The Alaska Railroad will again offer a special event train for all ages ahead of Easter. The Alaska Railroad Easter Train will offer two departures on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and will travel 2.5 hours round-trip from Anchorage to Indian. During the journey, families can celebrate the arrival of spring in Alaska while visiting with the Easter Bunny, being amazed by the onboard magician and enjoying an array of complimentary goodies as the train travels along the coastline of Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm.



New research about millennials in Anchorage

Published February 13, 2018

On the heels of the Economic Forecast Luncheon, AEDC is releasing its first-ever Millennial Workforce report on Monday. They surveyed Anchorage millennials to find out what factors hold the most importance when choosing a job, what millennials think are the most frustrating factors in a job, what management qualities are most important to them and what community amenities are most important to them.

While there are always obvious limitations to survey samples, this is the type of information that can help Anchorage as it tries to attract young professionals to stay in Anchorage, and even to choose to move to Anchorage from other cities. For a city that’s trying to remain attractive and to prosper in a statewide economic downturn, this information can be vital.

Would you be interested in including a link to the research in the next Anchorage Chamber of Commerce newsletter? You can find an embargoed copy of the report at the link here, it’s good to go public on Monday.


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Published February 6, 2018

Alaska Departments of Health and Social Services and Labor and Workforce Development as well as other state and federal agencies dedicated to meeting the workforce needs of Alaska businesses while improving hiring outcomes for individuals with disabilities and veterans are teaming to bring you the BEST(Business Employment Services Team) Employment First Job Fair on March 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the University Center Mall.



Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

Published February 6, 2018

March 22nd
BP Energy Center

Come learn about social media to market your business. Three major things to be covered:

1. Why use Social Media to Market your Business
2. How to position yourself as the Expert in your Industry using Facebook
3. How to track the effectiveness of your Marketing Dollars

Target audience:
● Small businesses with a limited marketing budget whom have little to none social media presence.
● Women business owners
● People looking to start a new business that doesn’t have a marketing plan.

Guest Speaker: Joseph Lurtsema has been an Entrepreneur for over 5 years and is sharing his success with others by increasing his clients’ online presence and profitability. He teaches Social Media Marketing to businesses all over the World with webinars, on-site classes, and other media outlets. He owns & operates his successful Online Marketing Agency, Lurtsema International LLC. He will give you practical tips using one of his Accounts in real-time.

Ms. Marichu Relativo, Alaska District Deputy Director, will be hosting this event and proving information on SBA’s programs and services.

Webinar will be available (registration required to receive the link)

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Alaska Railroad Kid's Valentine Train

Published February 6, 2018

The Alaska Railroad will again offer a special event train for all ages ahead of Valentine’s Day. The Kid’s Valentine Train will offer two departures on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and will travel 2.5 hours round-trip from Anchorage to Indian. All passengers, especially those traveling with their little valentines, will revel in the fun of a magician, candy, balloon animals, snacks and live music.


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Little Shop of Horrors

Published February 6, 2018

With infectious music that combines rock, Motown and Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors is the sci-fi smash that has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for more than 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin”) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. Feed your need for musical hilarity with this tongue-in-cheek delight. Presented by the Anchorage Concert Association. Tickets available at CenterTix box office (263-ARTS) and Feb. 20-25, 2018.



SBP Spirit of Tomorrow Award Nominations Open!

Published January 22, 2018

The Anchorage School District’s School Business Partnership is seeking nominations for this year’s Spirit of Tomorrow Awards. Awards are given to educators, businesses, organizations and students for their outstanding involvement with the School Business Partnership program and their commitment to further educate and connect tomorrow’s leaders.

Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 2, 2018.




Avitus Group Announces New Service; Launches Avitus Professional Acceleration Providing Training & Consulting to Business Community

Published January 16, 2018

Avitus Professional Acceleration Aims to Strengthen Employees’ Individual and Team Development, Leadership, Management and Foundational Skills




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Alaska Airlines Club 49 Constituent Fare

Published January 15, 2018

The Alaska Airlines Club 49 Constituent Fare Discount offers Club 49 members convenient and affordable last-minute travel to Juneau during the legislative session. A unique discount code was sent via today’s Club 49 Insider email, which you can redeem for a one-time 30% discount off the 7-day and 3-day advanced-purchase fares to Alaska’s capital city. If you missed your Insider, or if you’re not a Club 49 member, call our Customer Care department at 1-800-654-5669 to get your code, and sign up for your free travel benefits today.


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Alaska USA FCU announces new executive appointments

Published January 15, 2018

 Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed five individuals to executive level positions.

Rachel Norman has been selected for the new position of Chief Administration Officer. Norman has been with Alaska USA for more than 24 years, most recently as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.

Norman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.

Brenda Lind has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Personnel. Lind has been with Alaska USA for more than 27 years, most recently as Manager, Personnel.

Clinton Hess has been selected to fill the position of Vice President, Financial Analysis. Hess has been with Alaska USA for more than 12 years, most recently as Manager, Financial Analysis.

Hess holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, and a master’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University.

Athar Nazir (shown at right) has been promoted to the new position of Vice President, Special Credits Operations. Nazir has been with Alaska USA for six years, most recently as Manager, Special Credits Operations and Administration.

Nazir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in finance.

Leisa DeYarmon has been selected to fill the new position of Vice President, Special Credits Collections. DeYarmon has been with Alaska USA for five years, most recently as Special Credits Operations Manager.

“As Alaska USA grows, the credit union looks towards individuals that can maintain the high standard we set for member service and employee management,” said Geoff Lundfelt, President and CEO. “Alaska USA prides itself in developing as many of those individuals as possible in-house. Not only have these executives proven themselves to be consummate professionals, but they bring an in-depth knowledge of Alaska USA and the necessary skills to make the credit union even better moving forward.”



ATHENA nominations are now open!

Published January 9, 2018

Nominations for Anchorage ATHENA Society members are solicited from the community at large. Inductees are selected based on the recognition of their outstanding leadership and excellence in their business or profession, their community service outside of job requirements and that they are known for assisting women to reach their full leadership potential. They also must be an Anchorage resident. The nominations are screened by a selection committee comprised of past award Recipients.

The 2018 Luncheon is Monday, March 18, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at the Dena’ina.



Alaskan-owned CPA Firm Grows with Recent Acquisition

Published January 9, 2018

Anchorage, Alaska – December 30, 2017: Altman Rogers & Co. announced today its acquisition of Daniel, Hewko & Tharp CPA’s. Effective January 1, 2018, the newly combined firms will continue to be known as Altman Rogers & Co.

“This strategic acquisition provides tremendous opportunities to broaden our professional services offered to our combined client base,” said Joseph Moore, Tax Principal and Chairman of the Board of Altman Rogers & Co. “We are all excited to combine the proficiency of Altman Rogers & Co. with a firm that has the stature and reputation of Daniel, Hewko & Tharp CPA’s.” Charlotte Tharp, CPA, and Cheryl Bowers, CPA, along with the rest of the support staff from Daniel, Hewko & Tharp CPA’s will continue providing professional accounting services at Altman & Rogers Co.

“The acquisition will bring benefits to the clients and employees of both firms,” said Grant Todd, President and Managing Principal of Altman Rogers & Co. “Our clients, which include individuals, businesses and public sector entities, will have access to increased levels of services and expertise in addition to greater opportunities for growth and expansion of our services. By building on both firms’ strengths and reputation as CPA’s, business advisors and management consultants, we will be able to continue to attract the most talented accounting professionals in Alaska.”

“We are very excited to provide our clients increased services and new opportunities, “said Charlotte Tharp, CPA and President of Daniel, Hewko & Tharp CPA’s. “As some of the principals of our firm transition to retirement, the opportunity for our clients to continue to receive high-quality accounting services was a very high priority. With this transition to Altman Rogers & Co. we are confident our clients will continue to have unparalleled accounting services from a cadre of experienced accounting professionals at an Alaskan accounting firm that focuses on their individual needs.”

Founded in 1991, Altman Rogers has been providing audit, tax planning and preparation services, accounting, and management advisory services to State and Local Governments, School districts, Non-profits organizations, Native corporations and individuals throughout the State of Alaska for over 25 years. “Combining the talents of our two firms will bring a wealth of new offerings to our accounting services that many of our clients have been seeking,” said Grant Todd.

Established in 1981, Daniel, Hewko & Tharp CPA’s is recognized for its broad range of expertise in all areas of taxation as well as its experience in accounting services and management consulting.

As a result of this transaction, Altman Rogers & Co. will further enhance its position as the largest Alaskan-owned and operated CPA firm. The firm will continue to offer professional services at professional standards its clients have come to rightly expect.



Alaska Railroad Catch the Train Photo Contest Winner

Published January 9, 2018

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Today, Tuesday, Jan. 2, the Alaska Railroad announced David Blazejewski of Anchorage, Alaska as the grand prize winner of the Catch the Train Photo Contest. David Blazejewski’s photograph was selected by the public through online voting via the Alaska Railroad Facebook page. His image of the Alaska Railroad next to the Alaska State Fairgrounds garnered more than 1,000 votes. David Blazejewski will receive the honor of having his photograph featured on the cover of the Alaska Railroad’s 12-month 2019 calendar, as well as $1,500 and the Railroad’s Denali Getaway package, which includes round-trip rail travel for four to Denali National Park and overnight accommodations at the Grande Denali Lodge.

All Catch the Train Photo Contest finalists were selected based on artistic merit, originality, subject and style of the photo submitted. Each finalist will have his or her photo featured as a month of the 2019 calendar as well as displayed in the Alaska Railroad’s 2018 Panoramas onboard magazine. They also receive travel for two on the Alaska Railroad route of their choice.

All of the finalists’ photos can be viewed on the Alaska Railroad Facebook page ( For additional information about the Alaska Railroad’s Catch the Train Photo Contest, visit



Alaska USA Mortgage Company loan originator wins award

Published January 9, 2018

Alaska USA Mortgage Company Mortgage Loan Originator Steven Kihn received the Associate of the Year award from the Anchorage Home Builders Association (AHBA).

The award is given to individuals that display a proven track record of hard work and dedicated service to the home building industry.

“Steve’s commitment to give back to the community and to building strong business partners is admirable,” said Colleen Harrington Baer, Regional Vice President, Alaska USA Mortgage Company. “The amount of time he devoted to the Homebuilder Association outside of work is a testament to his incredible work ethic and to his passion for the industry.”

AHBA is a non-profit, member-driven organization that promotes policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1959, AHBA has been representing the home building and remodeling industry and promoting safe, affordable housing, serving its members, the housing industry and the public at large.

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Chevron’s 2017 Fuel Your School program

Published December 19, 2017
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This year, $100,000 was generated through the Fuel Your School program to help fund 125 classroom projects, including 62 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to help connect real-world experiences to classroom learning for 13,339 students at 61 public schools in Anchorage.

In total, $5,898,262 was generated through the 2017 Fuel Your School program, helping to fund 7,391 eligible classroom projects and benefitting 764,817 students in 17 U.S. markets.



Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new executive appointments

Published December 11, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed two individuals to executive level positions.

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Jessica Graham has been selected to fill the new position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel. Graham comes to Alaska USA with 14 years of in-house corporate law experience, most recently as General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer, Koniag Native Corporation. Graham also clerked for the Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Tom Newins has been selected to fill the position of Chief Operations Officer. Newins comes to Alaska USA with more than 25 years of executive-level credit union experience, including President/CEO of a credit union with more than $1 billion in assets.

Newins holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with honors from the Western CUNA Management School.

“Jessica is the ideal candidate to support the continued growth and expansion of the credit union while ensuring that Alaska USA’s regulatory compliance remains exceptional within the industry,” said Geoff Lundfelt, President, Alaska USA. “And Tom’s experience and track record with credit unions present him as the best person to strategically lead our operations management. We’re extremely pleased to have Jessica and Tom as part of Alaska USA’s leadership team.”


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Anchorage Museum "Yoga in the Galleries"

Published December 7, 2017

12:10 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Yogis of all levels have another venue to practice their yoga – the Anchorage Museum.

Taught by Sami Glascott, a certified yoga instructor and founder of Unravel, LLC, the 50-minute lunchtime sessions are open to yogis of all levels. Participants are guided through various aspects of yoga, including mindfulness, meditation, breathing and moving postures of both yang-style vinyasa and yin yoga.

The Anchorage Museum’s “Yoga in the Gallery” is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Art of the North Galleries, which opened to the public in September. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat, although a limited number of mats are available for those who forget.

Each session is $18, museum members receive a 10 percent discount). Museums across the around the globe have added yoga and meditation into their spaces. The Anchorage Museum started the program this fall to expand gallery programming and to take advantage of the Art of the North Galleries grand space and abundant natural light.



Alaska USA Foundation donates $42,500 to local Alaska nonprofits

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Published December 7, 2017

Alaska USA Foundation contributed $42,500 to support a variety of non-profits that are vital fixtures in the communities they serve.
Recipients of the Alaska USA Foundation donation include Girl Scouts of Alaska, American Diabetes Association, Special Olympics of Alaska, Children’s Lunchbox, Together, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska.

“These non-profits do an exemplary job of serving different groups in the community,” said Dan McCue, Executive Director, Alaska USA Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our members, we can provide the funds to help keep these important programs going strong.”



Incredible Tales from Alaskans Who Helped End the Cold War

Published November 28, 2017

The Alaska World Affairs Council invites you to join us for a conversation on "Incredible Tales from Alaskans Who Helped End the Cold War || The Inside Story of Melting the Alaska-Russia Ice Curtain." Featuring Alaskans who were key players in melting the Alaska-Russia Ice Curtain in the mid-1980s. They will discuss how Alaska helped end the Cold War, launching a 30-year era of productive commercial and personal relations across the Bering Strait.

- Jim Stimpfle, a Nome realtor whose stories of interactions with Russia through his Native wife’s family inspired him to engage in “Balloon Diplomacy” and other efforts to open the Strait. Stimpfle has visited Russia many times and helped convince Nome merchants to accept Russian rubles.

- Dave Heatwole, a former Alaska oil company executive who caught the “Russia bug” through the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and traveled numerous times to Russia as one of the few Alaska businessmen who were successful working there. Heatwole even met his wife working in Russia.

- Elena Kostonko-Farkus, West High School’s Russian language teacher and founder of the Anchorage public school Russian immersion program. Farkus moved to Alaska from Magadan, Russia, in 1992, operated a Russian bookstore in Anchorage and promotes Russian cultural understanding.

-David Ramseur, long-time Alaska journalist and author of a new book, Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier, moderates the panel discussion.

Tickets are available for $10 for members and $15 for the general public. High school, full-time university students, and active-duty military qualify for complimentary admission with advance registration. Please visit our website to learn more about the confirmed speakers and registration.



Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members raise $77,900 in annual food drive

Published November 7, 2017

Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members contributed $77,900 to support community food banks during the annual Cash for Cans food drive.

The credit union and the Alaska USA Foundation teamed up for the fundraiser, collecting cash donations at Alaska USA branches. Alaska branches collected $49,400, which will benefit the Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage, Fairbanks Community Food Bank, Palmer Food Bank, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, MatSu Food Bank, Kodiak Island Food Bank, Homer Food Pantry, Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau, the Salvation Army in Ketchikan, and the Lions Club in Bethel.

“Cash for Cans continues to be a successful fundraiser, year after year,” said Phenie Miller, Senior Vice President, Branch Administration. “It’s all thanks to the generosity of our members. I’m proud to serve a community of people that step up to help others in such a meaningful way.”

About the Alaska USA Foundation

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 $1.7 million to these organizations and is honored to assist those that provide direct services in support of its mission.

Learn more about the Alaska USA Foundation at

Media Contact:
Dan McCue
Executive Director Alaska USA Foundation
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
(907) 786-2807

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Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Announces Executive Appointments

Published November 6, 2017


Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed three individuals to fill executive positions within the organization.

Joel Swanson has been selected to fill the position of Senior Vice President, Branch Administration. Swanson brings more than 17 years of professional experience, including 10 years with Alaska USA. Most recently he served as Vice President, Electronic Services.

Sonya Watkins has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Branch Administration, Alaska Region. Watkins has worked for Alaska USA for more than 23 years, primarily serving in positions of branch and area management. Most recently she served as Area Vice President, South Anchorage.

Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been selected to fill the position of Vice President, Electronic Services. Pavlas has worked for Alaska USA for 9 years in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently she has served as Card Products Manager.



Ravn Recruits Top Airline Professionals to Take Alaska’s Largest Regional Airline to ‘the Next Level’

Published September 26, 2017

Alaska’s leading regional air transportation and logistics company announced that effective immediately, it has reorganized its senior management team and installed a simpler and more efficient leadership structure following its successful recruitment of some of the airline industry’s most seasoned and successful professionals.

Ravn’s leadership reorganization will simplify the Air Group’s multi-layered executive management by eliminating several senior roles, and replacing them with a single, group-level officer team that will oversee FAA-approved leaders as well as managing the company’s three separate airlines: Hageland Aviation, Corvus Airlines, and Frontier Flying Services. 

The corporate reorganization and recruitment efforts were led by Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s recently-appointed president and CEO. 

“Operating with a ‘one company’ mindset, instead of three, will turbo-charge Ravn’s ability to capitalize on the vast potential of Alaska’s transportation and logistics market, drive a safety-first and customer-focused culture, and help our team create a world-class airline,” said Pflieger.

Members of Ravn’s newly-constituted executive team are: 

  • Steve Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
  • George Snyder, Acting Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Safety
  • Len Sloper, Senior Vice President, Airports, Cargo and Real Estate
  • George Nichols, Chief Information Officer
  • Wendy Yow, Vice President, Human Resources

Rounding out the airline’s new executive team will be a Chief Commercial Officer, for whom the company is actively recruiting.>

“Ravn has an Alaska-proud past tied to an incredibly bright future. While I have no doubt that our new world-class leadership team will take us to even greater heights, I also want to extend Ravn’s thanks to our outgoing executives from Corvus, Hageland and Frontier. Our company is extremely grateful for their hard work, dedication and assistance during this leadership transition. Mr. Jim Hajdukovich, Mr. Jim Hickerson, Mr. John Hajdukovich, and Mr. Walter Dallis, all played key roles in getting us where we are today,” said Pflieger.

Ravn Air Group is owned by investment affiliates of private equity firms J.F. Lehman & Company and W Capital Partners, with one of the company’s original founders, the Hajdukovich family, retaining a minority interest.



Arctic Information Technology, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with Whanau Tahi, Ltd.

Published September 26, 2017

Partnership provides Native American and Alaskan Native organizations an “outcome-based family engagement platform for social services”




The Equifax Data Breach – What You Need to Know

Published September 19, 2017

The recent Equifax data breach should be a concern to everyone. Morgan Wright, U.S. State Department senior antiterrorism advisor, endorses and owns our IDShield product. Morgan Wright said it best in his interview: "This Equifax data breach is equivalent to all of the hurricanes coming together - in cyber space".

I am making myself available to make presentations to individuals, businesses, and organizations to help educate everyone about what this means. This is a free service and there is no obligation to purchase a plan.

Trish Neal, Independent Associate
LegalShield + IDShield
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Investing in Alaska's Workforce: A Summit on the Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning

Published September 19, 2017

thread teams up with business leaders, city officials, paediatricians, and community members to ask, what happens to Alaska’s workforce without the support of child care? What If the only options available are always full or low-quality? What can communities do to make a difference? What can employers do? And, how does this impact our children’s future? Come and learn how investments in Alaska’s early care & learning strengthens the workforce of today, while laying the foundation of for a strong tomorrow. Learn more at or call 907.265.3100.



Alaska USA Federal Credit Union donates $100,000 to Financial Reality Foundation

Published September 11, 2017

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union donated $100,000 to the Financial Reality Foundation, a local non-profit that provides programs to develop the financial literacy of high school students and lead them to achieving their life-long financial goals.

The donation will support the Financial Reality Foundation’s mission to educate 100% of high school seniors in the state of Alaska with Get REAL Financial Reality Fairs. The fairs consist of interactive simulations that allow students to make real-life choices about a post high school career and how to budget for life events like housing, food, and transportation.

In addition to monetary support, Alaska USA acts as host for Get REAL Financial Reality Fairs, which are staffed by a number of Alaska USA employee volunteers, professional partners, and other actively engaged members of the community.

“Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has a long-standing interest in providing people of all ages a foundation in practical financial education,” said Geoff Lundfelt, President and CEO,
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. “We share the same vision as the Financial Reality Foundation, and want to ensure that all students enter adulthood with the necessary tools and resources needed to make smart financial decisions.”

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AECOM Alaska announces Matt Narus joins company as Senior Project Manager

Published September 5, 2017

AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced that it has hired Matt Narus to support its Alaska operations as a Senior Project Manager. In this role, Matt will manage projects as well as work with our team supporting business activities for our Alaska operations.

“It excites me to announce that Matt Narus has joined the AECOM team,” said AECOM Alaska Operations Manager, Laura Young. “Matt is an adamant professional and brings a tremendous depth of experience that will greatly benefit our team.”

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemistry from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Washington.

Matt comes to AECOM after most recently working at the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) as a Project Manager.



New Subway(r) restaurant to open in Utqiagvik (Barrow) Alaska

Published September 5, 2017

(Utqiagvik, Alaska) August 25, 2017—A Subway® restaurant, which is known for its fresh baked bread and offering a healthier alternative to traditionally fatty fast food, is coming to Barrow on August 26, 2017. The new restaurant is located at 1611 Okpik Street and will feature a metropolitan design in the northern most city in the United States and the 11th northernmost public community in the world. The Alaska city formerly known as Barrow, Alaska, changed its name back to its original name “Utquagvik” in December of 2016. The city formerly known as Barrow will house the northernmost Subway® restaurant in the United States.

Subway® restaurants are famous for their made-to-order Footlong and 6-inch submarine sandwiches. They are served on a variety of gourmet breads that are baked fresh in each restaurant throughout the day. Customers create their own hot or cold sandwiches by choosing from a variety of meats, fresh vegetables, cheeses and condiments, while viewing the sandwich being assembled right in front of them.

In addition to submarine sandwiches, the new Subway® restaurant at Barrow will also offer breakfast, a variety of salads, soups, chips, soft drinks, milk and sliced apples.

“I am excited to be able to bring Subway® restaurant’s delicious, nutritious product to the people of Barrow,” said John Masterson, local resident of Barrow and co-owner of the new sandwich shop. “I look forward to seeing my neighbors and invite everyone to stop by and try our world-famous submarine sandwiches.”

Subway® Founder Fred DeLuca was a 17-year-old student when he co-founded the Subway® chain in 1965. With a $1,000 loan from family friend Dr. Peter Buck, he started the venture as a way to finance his college education. Today, there are 44,566 Subway® restaurants in 113 countries around the world. 



bty Dental is on the list of INC Magazine's 2017 5000 fastest growing companies in the United States!

Published September 5, 2017

We want to thank Anchorage for making btyDENTAL one of the fastest growing private companies in America according to INC. 5000 btyDENTAL has proudly served the Anchorage community with dental services for the past 10 years. Over the past decade, we have educated and cared for the oral hygiene of a diversity of Alaskans. We are continuously improving and expanding our services - we now offer dental services in eight locations within the municipality with extended hours of operation. We also accept walk in and same day appointments. 

It all started here in Anchorage with a desire to better meet the needs of our Alaskan community. We will continue to serve Alaskans with more accessible and affordable dental services. Thank you for your continued support.



Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s Connected History

Published September 5, 2017

The Alaska World Affairs Council invites you to join us for a conversation with Katie Ringsmuth, PhD and Paul Dunscomb, PhD on "Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s Connected History." This program will be hosted at 49th State Brewing Co Anchorage, food and beverages at this program will be available for individual order and purchase from 49th State Brewing Co.

Katie Johnson Ringsmuth, PhD, is the sole proprietor of Tundra Vision and teaches U.S., Alaska, and World History at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ringsmuth is currently working with UAF, NPS, Trident Seafoods, and the Alaska Association of Historic Preservation to collect, interpret, and share the stories of cannery workers from the historic NN Cannery at South Naknek. She has curated several history exhibitions, including Home Field Advantage: Baseball in the Far North and Wrangell Mountain Skyboys. She has authored five publications for the National Park Service, with the sixth—At Work in the Wrangells: A Photographic History, 1895-1966—due out later this year.

Paul Dunscomb, PhD is the UAA Department of History Chair as well as a Professor of East Asian History. He worked in broadcast television for several years before beginning graduate studies in history. He lived in Japan for two years while working on his Ph.D. dissertation. While his initial research focused on Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922 and Japanese Imperialism his most recent work attempts to bring not only Postwar Japan but events of the last two and a half decades into focus. His current work examines the crisis in Japanese professional baseball of 2004 as a means to understand the nature of change in Japan during the early Heisei period (1989-2009).

Admission tickets are available for $10 for members and $15 for the general public. High school, full-time university students, and active-duty military qualify for complimentary admission with advance registration. Please visit our website to learn more about the speakers and registration.



Armed Services YMCA Of Alaska

Published August 23, 2017

During the month of December the Armed Services YMCA will send a gift shipment to Alaska-based service members deployed during the holidays. These heroes have to spend the holidays overseas, away from their family—this season let’s show them how much they mean to our community!


  • Set a goal! Determine how many of the 3,500 deployed Alaskan troops your organization can help provide care packages to.
  • Decide if you are going to only accept cash donations, or if you are also going to accept in-kind donations if items from the Wish List.
  • Contact the ASYMCA at 907-552-9622 for marketing materials that can be branded with your company logo and personalized for your campaign.
  • Share the marketing materials with your group/ company, employees, friends, and neighbors. Make donation stations easily accessible.
  • If accepting in-kind donation items, be sure they are items off the established wish list. This ensures that everything will fi t in a medium size fl at rate USPS shipping box.
  • Set up your packing date and communicate this date with the ASYMCA so they can staff volunteers on site to help you.
  • The ASYMCA will pick up your boxes and/or donations and make certain that they’re in the hands of deployed military Alaskans in time for the holidays.



Outlook Law, LLC, Attorney Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List

Published August 22, 2017

Outlook Law, LLC is pleased to announce that Christine Williams has been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. PRESS RELEASE



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.



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.

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