Business meetings, events and seminars (11/4/13)


• Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. Sixth Ave. This year's theme is "Mining in Alaska: Build it, Keep it, Grow it." The convention will feature technical sessions, short courses, a trade show, special banquet, rock and minerals show, networking opportunities and more. (563-9229,


• Association of Information Technology Professionals' November dinner, 6:30-8 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. The group will hear about hot trends and topics in Alaskan information technology. $22. (240-2260,

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber lunch forum, noon-1 p.m., Eagle River Ale House, 11901 Old Glenn Highway. The guest speaker will be Superintendent Michal Gilligan, Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. $3-$16. (694-4702,


• The Resource Development Council's next breakfast meeting is on the topic of "Minding its "Cs" and "Qs": How Alaska Airlines is Responding to Travel Needs" with subtopics including Club 49 and the Q400 aircraft. Joe Sprague, vice president, marketing with the airline will speak. To guarantee your seat, register by Tuesday. Doors open at 6:30 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center. Register online,, or call 276-0700, ext. 6.

• Alaska Professional Communicators' luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Kinley's, 3230 Seward Highway. In 2010 Mary Katzke and her 10-year-old son, Corin, sold everything and began the adventure of a lifetime: 28 countries and a world education later, Katzke and her son share their adventures in the documentary "World School." Hear about their travels and how the trip came together as Mary Katzke gives a presentation and takes questions. $19-$25. (

• Fall Business Mixer: Fresh Business Trends in Anchorage, 5:30-8 p.m., Anchorage Community Works, 349 E. Ship Creek Ave. Mix and mingle with UAA MBA students, alumni, faculty, local business owners and entrepreneurs. Hear business leaders talk about how they got started and how they are cashing in on the latest business trends. This event is free and open to everyone. No registration necessary. (274-7232,

• Legal Aspects: Buying and Selling a Business, 2-3 p.m., Anchorage SBDC, 430 W. Seventh Ave. Must attend in person. Andrew Mitton, a local attorney with Vellum LLC with more than 16 years of experience, will cover the negotiation process, the transaction documents, owner-financing, and business valuation methods. This workshop is for business owners and anyone who is considering buying a business. Preregister at and prepayment required, $20. (274-7232,

coming up

• The Anchorage Chamber's final debate series of 2013 will be a discussion on the fiscal future of Alaska and the maximum sustainable yield proposal. Scott Goldsmith, UAA economist, and Brad Keithley, president of Keithley Consulting, LLC, will argue that MSY is the best solution. Jonathan King with Northern Economics and Andrew Halcro with the Anchorage Chamber will argue it is not. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, in the Dena'ina Convention Center. RSVP by 5 p.m. Friday. (, 272-2401)

• Commonwealth North will host a panel discussion on Alaska energy projects Wednesday, Nov. 13. Panel experts will discuss the status of major energy projects in Alaska that have received significant state funding. The panel will address the current status of these projects and the key decision points and hurdles these projects face on the way to completion. The major energy projects to be discussed are: Alaska South Central LNG Project; Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline; Alaska Interior Energy Plan; Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project; and Cook Inlet gas exploration. Panelists are Larry Persily, Tim Bradner, Mark Foster, P.E., Scott Goldsmith, Ph.D., and Harry Noah. The event is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Dena'ina Convention Center. RSVP at