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THE AWARDS

What are the Gold Pan Awards?

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce business community will come together on Friday, November 18, at the Dena'ina Center to celebrate this year's finalists and recipients. The Gold Pan Awards will recognize business excellence, entrepreneurial excellence, and distinguished community service. This year we'll have an entirely new category for our nonprofit members that help us support local businesses!

As we continue our efforts to support the business community, we'll offer opportunities to win prizes, purchase auction items, and more, with proceeds helping us with future programming.

PLUS! A chance to win two roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines in a game of heads or tails. Rings will be available at the event - $30/each or 3 for $75. Only 300 are available, so you'll want to purchase them early. They're available for purchase in advance or at the event.

2022 Gold Pan Awards

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DATE & TIME

Friday, November 18

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

LOCATION

Dena'ina Center

Third Floor Ballroom

THEME

Chamber Met Gala: Art of our Community

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The 2022 Gold Pan Awards Finalists Are...

What does the selection process look like?

The goal of this event is to highlight local businesses of excellence, and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce strives to keep the integrity of this process by implementing a selection committee every year. The committee signs an agreement stipulating the following requirements and procedures.

Committee Objective:

The Anchorage Chamber Gold Pan Selection Committee reviews all Gold Pan Award nominations and decides the finalists and winners in each category. They are responsible for picking the best candidates from the nominations submitted to be honored at the Gold Pan Awards. The Gold Pan Awards honors the best in the following categories: Distinguished Community Service for Large Business, Distinguished Community Service for Small Business, Entrepreneurial Excellence, Business Excellence, and Non-Profit Above & Beyond. A Chairman's Award and Ambassador of the Year may be awarded per the staff and Chamber President's recommendations. The Gold Pan Award event is typically held on a Friday in November.

Requirements:

  • Committee members will include:
    • Chamber staff members (at least three, including the President)
    • Members of the Board of Directors (5 including the chairman and both D.E.I. committee chairs)
    • Members of the Young Professionals Group Executive Board (Chair and Vice Chair)
  • The nomination submission deadline will be at least one month before the Gold Pan Awards.
  • Chamber staff will download and email all nomination forms to each committee member one month before the event.
  • Committee members will have one week to review all nomination submissions.
  • All committee members will meet virtually to discuss the nominations and vote for the finalists and winners. It is each participating member's responsibility to come prepared to discuss their favorite nominees.
  • The committee should only consider information expressed in the nomination form when deciding (unless there are extenuating adverse circumstances in the press).
  • The committee should also strive to diversify award finalists and winners.

Voting Process:

  • There will be two rounds of voting:
    • First, each committee member will place three votes in each category. 
    • The three companies with the highest number of votes are the finalists for each category
    • Then, from the list of 3 finalists, each committee member will cast their vote for first place and second place 
      • a first-place choice receives 2 points, and a second-place pick gets 1 point
  • The company with the highest number of points is the Gold Pan winner
  • The Anchorage Chamber President will break any ties
  • Gold Pan Finalists are announced to the public, but Gold Pan winners are to remain secret and will be revealed at the Gold Pan Awards Event

NOMINATIONS

2022 Gold Pan Awards Nomination Form

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for the 65th Annual Gold Pan Awards. This year, we've added a new category to acknowledge non-profit organizations that go above and beyond their day-to-day operations to help the business community.

Please do not submit multiple nominations or letters for one nominee. Instead, please include quotes or recommendations from others in the correct box.

Nomination Submission Deadline: Friday, Sept. 2nd

Nomination Form Rules:

  • Companies are allowed to nominate themselves.
  • You can nominate Companies and businesses in multiple categories as long as they fulfill the requirements.
  • Nominations for Gold Pan Awards are open to Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members.
  • All nominees must be members in good standing.

 

The selection committee will judge each nomination on the following criteria:

  • An established track record of sustained history as an established business or organization
  • Sustained expansion, whether reflected in the number of employees, locations, or the number of members in the community served
  • Innovation in products or service
  • Representation of diverse perspectives in leadership and communication efforts
  • Contributions to aid community-oriented projects
  • The ability to adapt or respond to adversity

2022 Gold Pan Awards Category Criteria

Business Excellence
  • The nominee (businesses only) must have provided excellent goods or services, contributed to the economic vitality of Anchorage, and have a proven record of adaptability and sustainability.
  • The nominee must have been in operation for at least five years by July 2022
Entrepreneurial Excellence
  • The nominee (business or individual) must have started, organized, and managed a successful business, exemplifying creative vision, talent, and innovative thinking that creates business opportunities.

  • People are allowed to nominate themselves.

Non-Profit Above & Beyond
  • Nominees (organizations only) must aim to significantly improve the city of Anchorage outside of their daily operations by helping the business community succeed through growth and quality performance.

  • The organization must have work that exemplifies its mission and has evolved to meet the needs of its members or the community.

Community Service - Large Business
  • Nominees (businesses only) must be active participants in the community who demonstrate outstanding community service, creativity, and excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance.

  • The company must have more than 50 employees.

Community Service - Small Business
  • Nominees (businesses only) must be active participants in the community who demonstrate outstanding community service, creativity, and excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance.

  • The company must have less than 50 employees.

SCHEDULE

65TH ANNUAL GOLD PAN AWARDS

 

5:45 P.M.

Registration Opens

 

6:00 P.M.

Early Access for V.I.P. Guests

In-Person Silent Auction Begins

Carving and Dinner Action Stations Open

Games of Giving Open

 

6:30 P.M.

Doors to Ballroom Open for All Guests for

Dinner, Games of Giving, and Silent Auction

Official Toast of the Evening

 

7:30 P.M. 

Silent Auction Closes and Awards Ceremony Begins

Welcome to the 65th Annual Gold Pan Awards

Land Acknowledgement

Distinguished Community Service by a Small Business

Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business

Non-Profit Above & Beyond

Entrepreneurial Excellence

Business Excellence

President's Award

Volunteer of the Year

 

8:30 P.M. 

Games of Giving Purchases Close

 

9:00 P.M.

Heads or Tails Game for Alaska Airlines Tickets

Checkout Opens for Auction Items

PURCHASE A TABLE

Individual Ticket

$ 125.00 Per Member
  • Individual ticket to a General Admission table at the Gold Pan Awards

Individual Ticket

$ 175.00 Per Non-Member
  • Individual ticket to a General Admission table at the Gold Pan Awards

12 Karat Table

$ 1,500 Per Table
  • - Logo on Event Page - Company logo in event program (printed and digital) - Company logo in event presentation - Table for 10

14 Karat Table

$ 2,000 Per Table
  • - Logo on Event Page - Company logo in event program (printed and digital) - Company logo in event presentation - Table for 10

18 Karat Table

$ 2,500 Per Table
  • - Logo on Event Page - Company logo in event program (printed and digital) - Company logo in event presentation - Table for 10

24 Karat V.I.P. Table

$ 3,500 Per Table
  • - Logo on Event Page - Company logo in event program (printed and digital) - Company logo in event presentation - V.I.P. table for 10 (includes prize bag, dedicated seating)

Reception Sponsor

$ 5,000 One Available
  • - Logo on Event Page with Premium Placement - Logo on all print advertising - Half-page color ad in the program (printed and digital) - Dedicated post on all social media channels - Logo in event presentation - Recognition as reception sponsor during the program - Recognition in pre-event e-newsletters - Logo on all reception tables - V.I.P. table for 10 (includes prize bag, dedicated seating)

Diamond Dinner Sponsor

$ 10,000 One Available
  • - Logo on Event Page with Premium Placement - Opportunity to give Official Toast if no Presenting Sponsor - Logo on all print advertising - Full-page color ad in the program (printed and digital) - Dedicated post on all social media channels - Logo in event presentation - Recognition as overall dinner sponsor during the program - Recognition in pre-event e-newsletters - Logo on all showcase tables - V.I.P. table for 10 (includes prize bag, dedicated seating)

Presenting Gold Pan Sponsor

$ 15,000 One Available
  • - Company logo integrated with main event logo next to "Presented by" - Appears on all Gold Pan Award marketing opportunities - Custom marketing opportunities per organization's goals

AUCTION

2022 Gold Pan Awards Donation Form

Thanks to Alaska Premier Auctions and Appraisals, we'll be hosting a silent auction while you're able to pick up food through food stations and watch art exhibits before finding your seats.

We invite you to partner in this special event to honor the Anchorage business community by donating to the auction. With your donation, you will support the Anchorage Chamber's critical work of serving as an essential resource where members can gain business knowledge, insight, and strength as business professionals.

We are looking for items of approximately $100 in value for our event but can put together baskets of lesser value items if necessary. The silent auction item would need to be at the Anchorage Chamber office by Monday, October 31st, to begin the cataloging process for the event. Our team can assist with transporting the item to the office if needed. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

PAST WINNERS

2021 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE FINALISTS

2021 ENTREPRENEURIAL EXCELLENCE FINALISTS

2021 COMMUNITY SERVICE - LARGE FINALISTS

2021 COMMUNITY SERVICE - SMALL FINALISTS

65 YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Visit our 2021 digital program to see our event supporters and learn more about our finalists.

To see winners starting at the event's origin, see our list of winners going back to 1968.

SPONSORS

Thank you to our event supporters! This event isn't possible without your help.

Diamond Dinner Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

24 Karat Gold Sponsors

18 Karat Gold Sponsors

14 Karat Gold Sponsors

12 Karat Gold Sponsors

AlaskaUSA

Silent Auction Sponsor

Visit our Event Calendar to see more Anchorage Chamber events throughout the year.

For questions and sponsorship information, contact Katie at (907) 677-7111 or events@anchoragechamber.org

 

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