State Chamber prepping for conference, trade show in Juneau

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show on Sept. 20-22 at Centennial Hall.

State Chamber president and CEO Wayne Stevens said this will be an opportunity for business leaders from all over the state and beyond to share information and gain insights on how businesses and government are all intertwined.

The theme is "Alaska + Business = Economy 'Back to the Basics.'" Stevens said this theme is designed to reflect the importance of how businesses and government both need to be successful to help each other continue to be successful.

Stevens explained the theme means that a successful statewide business community needs businesses providing jobs. Employed people are needed to pay taxes, which allows the state and federal governments to do the jobs they are required.

"It's important to note it's all intertwined," he said. "If we don't have a healthy economy, nobody wins."

He also explained how government's reliance on business successes to operate is also a part of this intertwining.

"Businesses don't pay taxes on losses," he said.

Several presentations are scheduled to address these issues and others. This includes several prominent speakers.

For example, Wells Fargo director and senior economist Scott Anderson will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday.

While some of the events will be for Chamber of Commerce members only, others are open for the public to purchase tickets for. These events include meals, receptions and workshops. Day registrations for non-Chamber members are also available.

Stevens said a number of these discussions, such as those by Anderson and Gov. Sean Parnell, will be engrossing for everyone.

"For small businesses, there's training programs Monday they may want to see," Stevens said.

Information, schedules and registration can be found at www.alaskachamber.com.

The statewide trade show rotates locations each year between Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and other communities. It was last here in 2004. Stevens said having the location here helps ensure that Juneau chamber members can participate.

"We're glad to be here in Juneau and look forward to great conference with lots of out-of-towners," Stevens said.

• Contact Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or at jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.



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