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January 25th, 2019
Your First Step Toward Business Growth: SWOT Analysis
By: Bridget Weston Pollack -  October 25, 2018 Blog

Choosing the right direction for the future of your company can be a daunting task. Should you add services? Is your team staying competitive? How can you improve cash flow?

All of these questions and more can be answered by performing a regular SWOT analysis.

First Chugiak-Eagle River Young Professionals Group Event Happening Tonight
February 6th Lunch Forum

Presentation by: Andy Pennington with the Anchorage Daily News

"What is up at the ADN? This will be a look at where we were, what we are up to and where we are headed. The media business is in a constant state of change and we will take a look at how we will be navigating it. "

Thank you to MTA for being the January 2019 Lunch Forum Sponsor

Business Input Needed

RE: Administrative Order No. 266 - Regulatory reform for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

Project Coordinators with DHSS are currently reviewing existing regulations to ensure they are up-to-date, clearly and plainly written, carry out their statutory purpose, take into account the costs imposed on Alaskans, particularly small businesses, and that they facilitate implementation of the law in the most reasonable and cost-effective manner possible.
If you can identify regulations that may be particularly challenging to owners of businesses in Alaska that are regulated by DHSS (medical providers, child care centers, counselors/therapists, etc.) and happen to have any suggestions on those regulations that should be reviewed for repeal, email with commentary and it will be forwarded to the Project Coordinator.
Earthquake Assistance
Deadline to apply for Individual Disaster Assistance is January 29th, 2019
Business Space for Lease Soon

Location: Lower Level available soon, presently Acute Family Medicine
11470 Business Blvd.
Approx. 2800 sq. ft.

If interested contact Linda Miller, Clinic Director and Marketing Coordinator
Wasilla Physical Therapy
(907) 376-7334
From the desk of Anchorage Assembly Representative Fred Dyson -

The Anchorage Municipality annual real property assessment notices are to be sent to local property owners by January 15th.  Homeowners with property damage due to the November 30 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have thirty days (until February 15th) to appeal the Anchorage Assessor's 2018 evaluation.  Pictures and damage estimates will assist in appealing to the Assessor.  Most appeals are resolved by the Assessor's office.  If a homeowner is not satisfied by that process, a further appeal can be made to the Board of Equalization.
The Board of Equalization is comprised of private citizens appointed and approved by the Anchorage Assembly to hear valuation appeals brought forward by property owners.  This adjudicatory board hears arguments on appealed property assessments to determine fair and equitable resolution of appeals.  While the Board of Equalization is not part of the Municipal Assessor's Office, the Assessor's Office provides staff support to the Board.  The Board of Equalization meets as needed.
The real property appeal form can be found at
Additional information can be found on the Anchorage Municipal website
Thank you for becoming a NEW Member or RENEWING your Chamber Membership!

Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency, Inc.
Rulien + Associates, LLC.
Northwest Carpet Company
Alaska USA Mortgage
Birchwood ABC PTA
Anchorage Daily News
ServPro of North Anchorage
Our Thanks Also to the Generous Donors of Door Prizes at the Chamber Lunch Forum Wednesday January 16th, 2019:

Jessica, Stu, and Jackie - MTA
Kaleigh Wotring - The Echo/ER Printing
Kay Shearer - Alaska USA Mortgage
Amy Armstrong
Julie Estey - MEA
Sherri Sapp - RE/MAX
Dawn and Christy - Northrim Bank
Sandra Porter - ER Good Deals Magazine
Eva Loken - Somer's Realtors

"It Pays to Come to Chamber!"

Member News, Discounts & Advertisements
The Alaska SBDC is Hiring
The Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is seeking an Anchorage Business Advisor to help provide support and guidance to Alaska’s small business owners and entrepreneurs. Competitive salary, great benefits, and the chance to help "grow, connect and celebrate Alaska’s small businesses.” Plus, you get to work with a pretty fantastic team (if we do say so ourselves)!

ERHS Robotics

The November 30th earthquake caused two of the robotics events to be canceled, so the teams didn't get to play until mid-December at the Southeast FTC Qualifier Tournament in June au.  

For more information on tournament and winners Click Here

All three teams will be competing in the Alaska State Championship Tournament next month, February 1-2 at the UAA Wells Fargo Arena. 

Thank you for supporting the ERHS Robotics teams.  

Matthew R. Prnka,
Eagle River HS, Anchorage School District
You're Invited!
Are You Being Found? 
The first step to having a successful online presence is getting found. It sounds simple, but factors like reviews, local listings and how you rank on search engines all have a major impact on potential customers’ purchase decisions.

Join us on January 30 and let us give you the tools to benchmark how your business is found online and identify simple opportunities that you can complete on your own to improve your online presence and drive new business.
During this summit, we will cover:

  • Search engine result rankings – what they mean and how your business fits in
  • Opportunities to improve your search rankings you can do on your own
  • Review site management and best practices
Wednesday, January 30
7:30 am
Harry J. McDonald Center
13701 Harry McDonald Rd
Eagle River, Alaska
Breakfast will be provided
Event is free of charge
RSVP Below as space is limited
Recognizing Alaska’s teachers for over 20 years.
Each year across Alaska, teachers, community members, spouses, students and others nominate hundreds of teachers who are making a difference and inspiring students. Some are nominated for their kind gestures and ability to listen. Others are nominated for helping their students build award-winning robotics. Whatever the reason, the BP Alaska Teachers of Excellence program has proven there are no shortage of great teachers in Alaska. Do you know a great teacher?
Please help us spread the word:  BP is accepting nominations for the 2019 BP Teachers of Excellence program, which recognizes Alaska teachers’ exceptional work. In addition to honoring teachers for the 24th year, the program is also accepting nominations for unsung heroes in Alaska’s schools, such as principals, counselors, teacher assistants or others. Anyone can nominate a BP Teacher of Excellence or a BP Educational Ally, by visiting . The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2019.
The program honors K-12 teachers and other school staff from public or private schools across Alaska who have made important contributions to education and their communities. BP will select one Teacher of the Year, to be announced at the awards ceremony in May. Educational Allies will also be announced and recognized at the award ceremony. 
Since the program’s inception in 1995, BP has recognized 750 Alaska teachers and still receives nearly 1,000 nominations each year.
For more information:
Follow us at  @BP_Alaska