The Anchorage ATHENA Society is a program of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce that works year-round to encourage the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the business community. The group has grown to almost 300 women and works to raise scholarship funds for high school girls to attend camps where they learn leadership skills and gain business expertise.
Each March, new members are inducted into the society at the Anchorage ATHENA Society Luncheon which honors women business leaders. More than 400 people attend the luncheon each year and hear from many inspiring women from the Anchorage community.
Since 1958, the Anchorage Chamber has helped preserve the cleanliness and beauty of its city through the Citywide Cleanup. Thousands of volunteers come together to collect millions of pounds of trash and dispose of it at local landfill stations. This week-long event is a great opportunity for member businesses of the Anchorage Chamber to pitch in and show the beauty of Anchorage to our residents and visitors prior to the busy spring and summer season.
Citywide Cleanup brings together nearly 400 local businesses, organizations, schools, and citizens of the Municipality of Anchorage. Many businesses allow employees time to collect trash around their business and some end the event with a company get together making for a great team-building and corporate responsibility event.
The 2020 Citywide Cleanup Week will be April 25 through May 9. Stay tuned for the Citywide Cleanup Kickoff Event as well!
The Anchorage Chamber's Super Sweeper program helps teach school-aged kids the value of a clean city and community service. The event is Anchorage School District’s way of getting involved in Citywide Cleanup. Nearly 80 schools participate in order to teach students stewardship and the value of keeping our city clean.
This program kicks off the Anchorage Chamber's Citywide Cleanup Week and motivates the rest of Anchorage to participate in Cleanup Week. Starting at 10 A.M., parents assist their children in picking up trash around their schools and neighborhoods, returning the full bags of trash to the school before 2 P.M. Every student from each school who collects trash is eligible to win a $50 Fred Meyer gift card.
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Following a sold-out year in 2019, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) is proud to host the fifth annual statewide Young Professionals Summit in Alaska’s workforce. The Summit offers young professionals from across Alaska opportunities for professional development through a series of interactive sessions, discussions, and activities.
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The Anchorage Chamber is excited to offer a new event to its members this year! Join us for the first Anchorage Chamber Ptarmigan Cruise! This will be a day filled with adventure, sightseeing, and, most importantly, networking.
The Chamber Ptarmigan Cruise will be a fun way to meet fellow members, expand your business network, and build relationships while taking in some of the most amazing sights our state has to offer. Attendees will be from small to large businesses alike, so come ready to expand your client base.
The Anchorage Chamber’s Military Committee plays a leadership role in strengthening the relationships between the local military and business communities by hosting the largest military appreciation event in the state: Military Appreciation Week. This week gives the business community an opportunity to thank and recognize the military community for their service and business.
Military Appreciation Week kicks off with the annual Military Appreciation Luncheon, held from noon to 1 p.m. every June with over 500 attendees. All branches of the Armed Forces will be present and honored for their service to Alaska. Door prizes will be given out to the troops in attendance, including two tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.
Anchorage Chamber’s Military Appreciation Week concludes with a picnic held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buckner Fitness center on JBER. The Anchorage Chamber works closely with other organizations to provide a variety of family fun activities during the afternoon of the picnic, such as competitive sporting events and corn hole for the adults and bouncy houses for the kids. This event is three-hours of food, music, and fun for the entire family. Each year the Anchorage Chamber solicits nearly 150 volunteers from its membership to serve over 5,000 local service members and their families.
Anchorage Chamber Gold Pan Awards is one of the organization's longest-running civic programs. It was established in 1957 as Anchorage's number 1 premier business awards event. For over 60 years, Gold Pan Awards have been awarded to those who have shown business and entrepreneurial excellence, as well as a loyal commitment to Anchorage through community service.
2019 GOLD PAN AWARD FINALISTS
- Alaska Regional Hospital WINNER!
- The Odom Corporation
- Nine Star Education & Employment Services
Distinguished Community Service of a Large Business with over 30 Employees
- 49th State Brewing Company WINNER!
- Food Bank of Alaska
- Providence Health & Services Alaska
Distinguished Community Service by an Individual, Organization or a Small Business with fewer than 30 employees
- BOMA Anchorage WINNER!
- American Red Cross
- Upper One Studios
- Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center WINNER!
- Alaska Escape Rooms
Ambassador of the Year Award
- Cassie Thomspon WINNER!
- Dawn Carmichael
- Larry Cleland
Every December, the Chamber hosts a Holiday Business After Hours in the Chamber boardroom. This is our way to say thanks for a great year and is a great opportunity for members to mingle. We also hold a drive to give back to the community and give away tons of great door prizes!
The annual Bowl-A-Thon is the fundraiser and financial backbone of our Military Appreciation Week and takes place the first Saturday in February at Center Bowl. Local businesses purchase lanes for the event and spend an afternoon with some of our local service members. Sponsors have the option of donating bowling spaces to service members and/or sending employees to bowl. Participants will have numerous opportunities to mingle with military personnel and help the military and Anchorage business communities connect.