Business meetings and seminars for the week of Nov. 4


2012 Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention and Tradeshow, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 11, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. Sixth Ave. “The Business of Mining” is this year’s theme. The event features short courses, technical presentations, an industry tradeshow and a rock and gem show. (563-9229,


Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management, 9 a.m. daily through Friday, Hilton Hotel ballroom, 500 W. Third Ave. This event brings together tribal members from across the state to build tribal capacity in village-based environmental programs, learn critical environmental health skills, formulate and implement solutions and much more. To register, visit or email

Profit Mastery, noon-4:30 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. The Small Business Development Center will host Profit Mastery from noon- 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Nov. 13 and 15. All four days are required. Profit Mastery will help you make better business decisions by increasing your financial knowledge. After taking this class, participants can join the weekly networking group: Profit Mastery Users Group. To RSVP, visit or call 274-7232. $200 covers all four days. (274-7232,


Commonwealth North welcomes Margie Brown to the podium, noon-2 p.m. at the Dena’ina Center, to discuss how ANSCA corporations are reversing the historical business model in Alaska and strengthening our economy in the process by importing profits into Alaska instead of the exportation of wealth out of the state. Brown is a Yup’ik and Native Alaskan leader who was intimately involved in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and is now president and chief executive officer for Cook Inlet Region Inc. Register online. (

Business Planning 101, 5 p.m. four Wednesdays in November, YWCA Women’s Economic Empowerment Center, 324 E. Fifth Ave. Effective business planning is the key to a successful business. This course takes students through the entire process of conceiving and planning a business start-up. The four-week course will provide the framework for writing a detailed business plan. $350. (644-9611,

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber, noon to 1 p.m., Bear Mountain Grill, 12300 Old Glenn Highway. The guest speaker is Dr. Jim Browder, the new superintendent for the Anchorage School District. $3-$16. (694-4702,

Legal Aspects: LLC’s, 1:30-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Presented by attorney Andrew Mitton. Forming an LLC is probably the least expensive insurance you can buy to protect your assets. Learn how LLCs work, the factors to look at in deciding whether you need an LLC, and how to maintain and manage your LLC. Vellum, LLC is an Alaska law firm providing services to small businesses and their owners. Preregister online. Prepayment of $20 required. (274-7232,

QuickBooks 2011:  Intermediate, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Alaska SBDC, 201 N. Lucille Street, Wasilla. Those wanting to attend this workshop should have either taken the QuickBooks: Beginning workshop or be familiar with and have used QuickBooks software. This hands-on (computers provided) workshop will provide information on tracking sales, accounts receivable, accounts payable and reporting capabilities. Preregister online. Prepayment of $150 required. (373-7232,

Signature Series: Supervisor Boot Camp, 9 a.m. to noon, Coastal Villages Building, 711 H St. Invest three hours and walk away with the ability to effectively supervise your employees. This intensive session presents crucial training needed by all levels of supervisors. Attendees will learn about the role of the supervisor; strategies for hiring the right person; motivational skills; when and how to discipline employees; coaching for success and team building. Presented by Richard Birdsall. $129. (276-4769,

Starting a Business, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Basic issues faced when starting a small business will be covered such as business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. Free. (274-7232,


Join the Alliance for a breakfast forum featuring House Speaker Mike Chenault and Sen. Cathy Giessel, who will provide their “2012 Election Wrap-Up” focusing on the Alaska State Legislature. 7 a.m., Petroleum Club, 3301 C St. Doors open at 6 a.m. $20 per person. Register online. (


Special Anchorage Chamber of Commerce forum, “The Environmental Protection Agency’s Critical Role in Alaska,” is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Egan Center. Earlier this year, the EPA imposed cleaner fuel restrictions on large ships traveling within 200 miles of the coasts of the U.S. and Canada. These new restrictions have generated concern from the cruise industry as well as several lawmakers, who argue that they will raise costs for vacationers and Alaskans who depend on oceangoing vessels for basic goods. Dennis McLerran, EPA’s Alaska regional administrator, will discuss the regulations and how they could affect local businesses. There will be no “Make it Monday” forum on Nov. 12 due to the Veterans’ Day holiday. Register online by 5 p.m. Nov. 12. (


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