GWCC Calendar

This calendar showcases events orchestrated by your Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce.  

All Member Events are listed on the Member Events Calendar located on the bottom left sidebar of our website.  If you have an event you would like added to our Member Events Calendar, please submit it here… 

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Nov
15
Tue
Luncheon- Gene Stone, Superintendent; Mat-Su School District @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Nov 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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gene-stoneGene Stone, Superintendent

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Please join us as Gene Stone, Superintendent of the Mat-Su School District provides us with an update.

Nov
22
Tue
Nov. 22nd Luncheon: Board of Director Candidate Forum & Speed Networking @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Nov 22 @ 11:30 pm – Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm
Nov
29
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Nov. 29th: Alaska Bureau of Investigations; Investigator Marc Hendrickson @ The Grill, Grandview Inn & Suites
Nov 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Investigator Mark Hendrickson

Financial Crimes Unit (FCU)

Alaska Bureau of Investigations

Topic: “Financial Fraud”

Nov
30
Wed
Nov. 30th: JOINT LUCHEON: Mayoral End of the Year Wrap-Up @ The Palmer Moose Lodge
Nov 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dec
6
Tue
Dec. 6th; Tuesday Luncheon: William G. O’Leary, President & CEO; Alaska Railroad @ The Grill, Grandview Inn & Suites
Dec 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
William G. O’Leary
President & Chief Executive Officer
Alaska Railroad

Topic:  “Overview of the current status of the Alaska Railroad’s passenger, freight and real estate business lines; the railroad’s recent LNG demonstration project, and looking forward to opportunities in 2017.”

 

Business Spotlight:


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Stan Mitchell
Vivint SmartHome

Dec
13
Tue
Dec. 13th Tuesday Luncheon: Christmas Gift Exchange & Networking! @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Dec 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Member Spotlight & Greeter:

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Melissa Rogers
Hunnibee Gift Solutions
Jan
3
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Dr. John Yordy; Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers @ The Grill, Grandview Inn & Suites
Jan 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dr. John S. Yordy

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Keynote Presentation: Dr. John S. Yordy with the Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers.

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Spotlight Presenter: Taleen Lundale, The Alaska Club

 

Jan
10
Tue
January 10th: JOINT LUNCHEON: President James R. Johnsen; University of Alaska @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Jan 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Jan
17
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Bonnie Quill, Executive Director, Mat-Su CVB @ The Grill, Grandview Inn & Suites
Jan 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Jan
24
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Jan. 24th: Jennifer Tew; Valley Movers @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Jan
31
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Jan. 31st: Nancy Porzio, District Director; U.S. Small Business Administration @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Jan 31 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

U.S. Small Business Administration: Alaska District

Nancy Porzio

Nancy Porzio, District Director

About the Speaker:

A dedicated public servant of nearly 30 years, Nancy Porzio is the district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Alaska District Office. Porzio oversees the delivery of SBA lending, contracting, counseling and training programs across the entire state of Alaska.

The SBA Alaska District Office is based in Anchorage with a second office location in Fairbanks. She and her team work in tandem with six Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), a statewide SCORE chapter, traditional and alternative lenders, and various economic development organizations that partner with the SBA. Porzio and her team also manage the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program portfolio for Alaska, one of the largest and most diverse portfolios in the country serving Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and minority-owned, Native-owned, and Tribal-owned small businesses.

Following 10 years in commercial banking, Porzio joined the SBA Alaska District Office in 1987 in the loan division. Intent on furthering her career and experiencing other markets, she worked in SBA offices in California, Minnesota and South Dakota before leading the SBA Seattle District Office in 2004 as district director.

In September 2016, Porzio returned to where her SBA career started by accepting the position of district director for the SBA Alaska District Office. In this role, she plans to expand outreach and marketing of SBA services throughout the state.

Porzio also has small business management experience through a 20-year partnership in a general contracting business. Although she no longer participates in the business, she remains a strong advocate for small business and entrepreneurship and looks forward to serving the businesses in Alaska.  She is married to Ron Porzio, a retired hospital administrator with the VA and Swedish Medical Center.

Feb
7
Tue
February 7th: Karen Kirk, Synergistic Solutions @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Feb 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Event Information:

Take the ‘Work’ out of Networking Training: Feb. 7th, 2017

 

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About the Speaker:

With over 20 years of experience, Karen brings credibility, depth and distinction to her training and presentations. She has delivered keynote address’, conducted retreats and facilitated workshops to clients in Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, & Texas.

She has worked with: large corporations, small business, non-profits, local government & military organizations, construction companies, financial institutions, airline and travel & tourism organizations, school districts and students at the university level.

She has delivered motivational presentations; counseled and coached executives through life planning and change processes; implemented organizational management directives; created and orchestrated numerous change training initiatives; created Professional Development Programs and conducted executive coaching sessions and countless onsite training programs.

Karen holds a B.A. in Education & Theatre and a M.Ed. in Counseling & Guidance. Her diverse experiences in management and human development give her a firm foundation in ‘creating unique people solutions within the business environment’.

Karen’s programs are unique & original and incorporate the use of movie clips, storytelling, change conducive exercises, experiential activities, critical thinking & self-reflection. Her work has been described as: ‘High End’ & ‘Top Notch’!

 

Feb
14
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Nicole Schuh; Alaska Chamber @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Keynote Presentation:

Alaska Chamber

Nicole-Schuh

Nicole Schuh

Alaska Business Week Program Director

Announcing the new “Mat-Su Business Week” 

Business Spotlight:

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Mat-Su Sertoma Club

Feb
28
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Tim Thompson; Alaska Airlines @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mar
7
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: GWCC ANNUAL MEETING @ Mat-Su Resort
Mar 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Mar
14
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Neal Fried; State of Alaska Labor & Workforce Development @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Mar 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mar
21
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Joe Beedle; Northrim Bank @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mar
28
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Julie Nolan; Small Business Development Center @ The Grill, Grand View Inn & Suites
Mar 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Apr
11
Tue
Mayor Bert Cottle @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites
Apr 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mayor Bert Cottle @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites

Keynote: City of Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle with a Legislative Update

Member Spotlight & Greeter: Wasilla Physical Therapy

 

Apr
18
Tue
Wasilla Airport @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wasilla Airport @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites

Wasilla Airport presentation by Kennedy, Stigar & Giddings.

Member Spotlight: Mark Ketchum, K & H Civil Constructors.

Apr
25
Tue
State DOT @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
State DOT @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites

Keynote: State of Alaska Department of Transportation for a Transportation Planner’s update.

Member Spotlight: Paula Jones, The Children’s Place

May
2
Tue
Alaska State Chamber @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites
May 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Keynote: Curtis Thayer, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

Member Spotlight & Greeter – Mitch Slater, Slater Strategies

May
9
Tue
GWCC Weekly Business Luncheon @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites
May 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
GWCC Weekly Business Luncheon @ The Grill - Grandview Inn & Suites | Wasilla | Alaska | United States

Keynote: To Be Announced

Member Spotlight & Greeter: Mat-Su Borough addressing the Longterm Transportation Plan.  

 

May
16
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon-Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation @ The Grill at the Grandview Inn & Suites
May 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Diane Kaplan, President & CEO

Rasmuson Foundation

 

Rasmuson Foundation was founded more than 60 years ago in Alaska. It has grown substantially in that time, but the core values remain the same today.  President & CEO Diane Kaplan will present to the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce how those values and the Foundation’s rich history have played a role in their grant making process today. She will also share with us their top priorities and how investments are evaluated to maximize the best interest of Wasilla and Alaska’s other communities.

May
30
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: SENATOR DAN SULLIVAN @ The Grill
May 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday Luncheon: SENATOR DAN SULLIVAN @ The Grill | Wasilla | Alaska | United States

The GWCC is happy to announce that we will be hosting Senator Dan Sullivan this Tuesday during our Weekly Chamber Luncheon.  In an effort to maintain our full agenda and maximize the time we have with the Senator, we will need to make the following adjustments to our regularly scheduled program.

Senator Sullivan plans to arrive and greet our Members near the 11:30 mark, he will take the podium immediately following the Pledge of Allegiance and opening remarks.  Spotlight, member announcements and all other program components will follow his address.  

We are expecting high attendance for this event, so remember to arrive early to secure your 60 second announcement and seating!

Jun
6
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Mat-Su Borough Mayor-Vern Halter @ The Grill
Jun 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday Luncheon: Mat-Su Borough Mayor-Vern Halter @ The Grill | Wasilla | Alaska | United States

The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce hosts a Weekly Luncheon at the Grill in the Grandview Inn & Suites.
Networking begins at 11:30 with Announcements, our Business Spotlight and Keynote Speaker commencing at noon.
There is an optional buffet style lunch provided by the Grill available for purchase with a rotating menu exquisitely prepared by Chef Scott.
This week our Keynote Speaker will be Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough Mayor and our Business Spotlight will feature Sandy Baker of Alaskan Express Service, Inc and Alaska Custom Containers & Storage.

Meeting Fees are as follows:
Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce Members: $7.00
Guests: $10.00
Lunch: $15.00

**Don’t forget to exercise your Member Benefits by providing us with marketing material for our Featured Member’s Media Table!

 

Jun
13
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon: Michelle Tabler – Better Business Bureau @ The Grill
Jun 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for our Tuesday Luncheon at 11:30 at The Grill in Wasilla. Our keynote speaker this week will be Michelle Tabler of the Better Business Bureau. Michelle will be speaking to us about Identity Theft and Scams. This topic is especially relevant in our current business climate. 

 

Jun
20
Tue
Tuesday Networking Only Luncheon with Spotlight by Elinor Harrington of Carlile Transportation @ The Grill
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce hosts a Weekly Luncheon at the Grill in the Grandview Inn & Suites.
Networking begins at 11:30 with Announcements, our Business Spotlight and Keynote Speaker commencing at noon.
There is an optional buffet style lunch provided by the Grill available for purchase with a rotating menu exquisitely prepared by Chef Scott.

This week in lieu of our Keynote Speaker, we will focus solely on Networking with a Spotlight provided by Elinor Harrington of Carlile Transportation Systems.  Remember to bring plenty of business cards to share with the new connections you make! 

Meeting Fees are as follows:
Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce Members: $7.00
Guests: $10.00
Lunch: $15.00

**Don’t forget to exercise your Member Benefits by providing us with marketing material for our Featured Member’s Media Table!

 

Jun
27
Tue
Tuesday Luncheon-AIEDA and The Alaska Club @ The Grill
Jun 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce hosts a Weekly Luncheon at the Grill in the Grandview Inn & Suites.
Networking begins at 11:30 with Announcements, our Business Spotlight and Keynote Speaker commencing at noon.
There is an optional buffet style lunch provided by the Grill available for purchase with a rotating menu exquisitely prepared by Chef Scott.

This week our Keynote Adress will be provided by the Alaska Industrial Developement and Export Authority with our Business Spotlight from The Alaska Club 

Meeting Fees are as follows:
Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce Members: $7.00
Guests: $10.00
Lunch: $15.00

**Don’t forget to exercise your Member Benefits by providing us with marketing material for our Featured Member’s Media Table!

 

Jul
4
Tue
NO Tuesday Luncheon-4th of July Holiday @ The Grill
Jul 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

There will be NO TUESDAY LUNCHEON on this date as your Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce Office will be closed in celebration of the 4th of July Holiday.  

Our normal Tuesday Luncheon Schedule shall resume next week on July 11th, 2017 with Michael Carson of the Mat-Su Opioid Taskforce as Keynote Speaker and Business Spotlight provided by Eileen Patterson of Algone Alaska.