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As technology changes, we need to adapt and find ways to streamline our efforts to better serve you, our clients and customers. We're striving to provide new and improved ways to communicate program information.

Within the next six months, the Made in Alaska (MIA) program will change the way we communicate information to permit holders and retailers. The Bear Necessities newsletter is going electronic. We will be using email and our Facebook page to share information about permit holders, upcoming events, and trainings around the state. We will maintain training presentations for permit holders on the MIA website as well as permit and product listings. We will also be using email, Facebook, and the MIA website to promote and steer retailers and consumers directly to permit holders.

If you're interested in having a picture of your products posted with your business contact information, please send a highresolution electronic (JPG) image to the MIA office. For more information contact Webb Consulting (907) 272-5634 or email Lukia White at lukia@.

To take your business to that next level and learn more about marketing, social media, and networking, be sure to check out the Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) scheduledworkshops in this edition and on the SBDC website at: .

AK Loyal Campaign

Love Alaska? So do we! AK Loyal is a fun way to show your pride in the greatest state and celebrate our unique lifestyle, while discovering the huge variety of products made in the 907.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Walmart Summit.......................2 Governor Christens Vessel.......2

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) conceived the idea that would become AK Loyal in 2012 as a way to encourage Alaskans and visitors to purchase authentic Alaska products and promote the entire family of Alaska-branded programs: Made in Alaska, Alaska Grown, Alaska Silver Hand, Wild Alaska Seafood, Buy Alaska, and Travel Alaska.

Request for Nominations.........3 Microloan Program..................3 New Permit Holders..............3-8

Be proud of Alaska's unique lifestyle ? and when you shop, be loyal to products that are made right here in the 907. Look for locally-made products every time you shop and remember that when we buy things made or produced in the state, it energizes Alaska's economy.

SBDC Training...........................9 MIA Label Order Form............10

On the official AK Loyal Facebook page you will find the most recent news stories, videos, photos, and information about Alaska Loyal. "Like" AK Loyal on Facebook for regular updates: AlaskaLoyal, and visit us on the web at: merce.dnn/ded/DEV/AlaskaLoyal.aspx.

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Walmart Manufacturer's Summit

Representatives of DCCED leaders. State officials had the opportunity to speak directly joined nearly 1,500 govern- with manufacturers, present potential projects, and learn ment officials and suppliers in about resources and economic development best practices September at the Walmart in different states. This is just one of the many opportunities US Manufacturing Summit to the state is looking to participate in that will help to proadvance American renewal in mote more Alaskan products. manufacturing and rebuild Alaska Seafood, Made in Alaska, and opportunities for America's To ensure retailers are able to contact you, update your Alaska Grown items as well as informa- middle class. The summit, at contact information on the MIA website, and include your tion on Alaska's products, financing, and the Orlando Convention Cen- website and social media address(es) and send them to opportunities were represented. ter, presented Walmart's re- Lukia White at lukia@ at Webb's cent initiative to purchase an additional $50 billion in US- Consulting, (907) 272-5634. made products over the next 10 years.

"Department representatives let investors and manufacturers know Alaska is ripe with opportunities," said Commissioner Susan Bell. "Alaska offers an attractive business climate including tax credits, a skilled workforce, programs to develop technical innovations, and many business financing options."

Governors from seven states, US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt were in attendance and participated in panel discussions on US manufacturing. The summit also brought together representatives from across industries ? including 500 supplier companies, 32 state governments, and major retail industry

Alaska's booth at the Walmart Manufacturing Summit in Orlando.

Governor Christens "Made in Alaska" Vessel

The completion of the Bering Sea-capable longliner Arctic Prowler is a tribute to former Petersburg resident John Winther and the fulfillment of a promise the Ketchikan Shipyard made ? to become a regional ship-building and repair hub. The Governor said he was honored to christen this "Made in Alaska" vessel.

Vigor Alaska operates the Ketchikan Shipyard on behalf of the City of Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority ? and on behalf of our customers. For more information on Alaska's Ship and Drydock Company in Ketchikan, visit their website at: vigor-alaska.

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Manufacturer of the Year

It's time to nominate the Made in Alaska 2013 Manufacturer of the Year! All nominations will be considered. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of our permit holders who have demonstrated hard work and commitment to growing Alaska's economy.

What do we look for in nominations? Nominees are considered by longevity in the MIA program, hard work, commitment to advancing Alaska's economy, and other achievements including growth, job creation, and innovation. Special attention will be given to those who have overcome major obstacles and prevailed while demonstrating the Alaskan Can-do Spirit.

The winner will be featured on the Made in Alaska website, in a post on our Facebook page, and in other publications and presentations. The winner will be honored with an award at the Small Business Development Center's Business Person of the Year ceremony in Anchorage. For nominations or questions regarding the Made in Alaska Manufacturer of the Year Award, please contact Lukia White, Made in Alaska Administrative Coordinator, at 907-272-5634 or via email at lukia@.

Microloan Program

Are you looking for additional loan resources to start or grow your business? Does your business need additional equipment? The State of Alaska's Microloan may help meet your needs. Microloans starting at $35,000 to a maximum of $70,000 may be obtained for working capital, equipment, construction, or other commercial purposes for a business located in Alaska. For more information, contact our financing section in Anchorage at (907) 269-8150, or in Juneau at (907) 465-2510. You may also obtain information about loan programs at: loanPrograms.html.

Welcome New Permit Holders

Sweet Berries Jam Marsha Rouggly Homer 235-2973 mrouggly@ Permit #6977 Homemade jams, jellies, and syrups made from local and wild fruit, berries, and flowers. All organic sugar used.

Smoked Alaska Seafoods Al Bean Wasilla 376-3983 smokedalaska@ Permit #6978 Smoked fish.

A Mom In Stitches Darcie Sherrick Anchorage 575-8819 shop/amominstitches snowondarcie@ Permit #6979 Assortment of knitted or crocheted items such as scarves, hats, gloves, slippers, socks, or booties.

Blue Breezes Glass Studio Heidi Scott Palmer 355-8581 hds@ Permit #6980 Glass art including but not limited to glass plates, dishes, windchimes, suncatchers, garden art, melted bottles, etched bottles, jewelry, house decor, and more.

Port Chilkoot Distillery Heather Shade Haines 314-0838 heather@ Permit #6981 Distilled spirits handcrafted in southeast Alaska.

J-n-S Fred Ferriera Anchorage 258-1335 fredfak@ Permit #6982 Woodturning products, peppermills, plates and bowls. Permit #6983 Custom fishing rods, all types.

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StarDust Dezignz Audra Reger Palmer 841-4149 stardustdezignz@ Permit #6984 Hand-painted Alaskan flowers on glassware. Fireweed, Forget-Me-Not, Iris, etc., hand-painted onto wineglasses, oil dispensers, soap dispensers, and other glassware pieces.

Monica's Confection Connection Monica Brennan Wasilla 315-3999 brennan_monica15@ Permit #6985 Assorted brittles: peanut, cashew, and pecan.

Susan's Crafts and Bowls By Ben Ben & Susan Sherburne Chugiak 688-0102 bowlsbyben.bowlsbyben bowlsbyben@ Permit #6986 Wooden bowls and other turned wood items created from locally obtained birch and cottonwood as well as other commercially obtained non-local wood such as maple, walnut, koa, poplars, etc. Permit #6987 Hand-knit scarves made from commercially obtained yarns, and sewn wall hangings and table runners made from commercially obtained fabric. Permit #6988 Unique jellies and jams made from over the counter wine and fruits purchased in Alaska.

Alaska Soap Company Jeanne Mungle Juneau 723-9101 alaskasoapcompany@ Permit #6989 Alaska's finest glacial silt soap, handcrafted in Juneau.

Maiden Alaska Herbals Emily Willis Skagway 983-2198 maidenalaskaherbals@ Permit #6990 Our products contain only wild plants sustainably harvested amongst the mountains of Southeast Alaska and organically grown herbs and flowers, most of them born and raised by our family under Alaska's midnight sun. We use only high quality, sustainably grown, certified organic carrier oils, essential oils & waxes in our products. We hope you enjoy!

Translucent Treasures Debbie Ackerman Skagway 612-0037 translucenttreas@ Permit #6991 Stained glass designs and crafts specializing in lamps and autonomous panels. Commission requests welcome.

G's Gallery Elisabeth Albecker Skagway 983-2775 grannysgallery@ Permit #6992 Art matting, framing, needlepoint, and crochet headbands. Permit #6993 Jewelry - beads, fused glass. Permit #6994 Driftwood/beach jewelry.

Moon Dog Woolies Susan Anderson Valdez 461-7015 bongadogwoman@ Permit #6995 Shawls, scarves, clothing, and other items made by felting wool, silk, and other fibers.

Studio 106 Virginia Marchliuski Chugiak 931-625-6400 studio_one_oh_six@ Permit #6996 Earrings & pendants made from glass, stained glass, glass and semi-precious beads, Alaskan pressed wild flowers, leaves, and birch bark.

Alaska Black Cod Richard Clarke Anchorage 334-8186 rich@ Permit #6997 Smoked black cod (sablefish). Permit #6998 Smoked salmon.

POLAR PALS Julie Brennan Delta Junction 803-3613 jkbrennan53@ Permit #6999 Fleece items: blankets, car seat covers, hats, and jackets. Cotton bibs and flannel blankets. Tutus and headbands.

Moonstone Pottery Jennifer Chamberlain Juneau 789-0444 jennifer.chamberlain@umontana.edu Permit #7000 Functional and nonfunctional pottery.

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Betula Turning George Overpeck Homer 399-6255 betulaturning. geopeck@ Permit #7001 Turned wood bowls, platters, etc. made with Alaska birch, cottonwood, and alder.

Far North Rodsmiths

Bambinos Baby Food

Chris Carlin

Zoi Maroudas

Anchorage 258-3457

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Permit #7010

Permit #7015

Handmade split cane/bamboo fishing rods and blanks. Baby & adult food - kosher and organic. All prepared,

packaged, and labeled in Alaska.

Dandelion Acres Steve & Linda Albers Kenai 398-8321 dandelion_acres@ Permit #7002 Fiber art production processed from our own animals. Specialty yarns, batts, and finished knitted products for market. Permit #7003 Vegetables and herbs grown on our farm in the high tunnel, greenhouse, or outside areas, for market. Permit #7004 Honey products made from bees raised on our farm.

Digitalaskan Carol DeMar North Pole 385-4920 photos. mail@ Permit #7005 Alaskan photography - notecards & prints.

Alaskan Yarn Company Sarah Browngoetz Jules Joy Homer 299-4789 sarah@ Permit #7006 Handpainted yarn & roving. Permit #7007 Alaskan grown handpainted yarn & roving. Permit #7008 Handpainted, Alaskan grown, handspun yarn.

Alaska Electric Light & Power Debbie Ferreira Juneau 780-2222 debbie.f@ Permit #7009 From AEL&P's humble beginnings in 1893 when we had several dozen customers and the ability to power a maximum of 2,500 light bulbs, Alaska Electric Light and Power has grown to serve over 16,000 customers who consume more than 364 million kilowatt-hours of energy each year. As an isolated community, all of our power is generated using local, renewable, hydro resources.

Glacial Naturals Annemarie Hasskamp Skagway 612-0267 glacialnaturals@ Permit #7011 Naturally luxurious soy wax candles scented with pure essential oils, Alaskan and organic beeswax candles, & novelty soy candles. Permit #7012 Naturally luxurious products for bath and body, formulated with organic, wild crafted, & local ingredients. Packaged responsibly with reusable, recyclable, or compostable material.

MEZ Pottery Marta Zegzdryn Palmer 982-1766 martazegzdryn@ Permit #7013 Functional pottery.

Lacy Treasures Darlene Kuriscak Anchorage 375-5532 shop/lacytreasures lacytreasurestatting@ Permit #7014 Hand tatted lace jewelry including Alaskan Snow Lace snowflakes.

Studio 106 Virginia Marchliuski Chugiak 931-625-6400 studio_one_oh_six@ Permit #7016 Stained glass mosaics and suncatchers.

Mermaid Bags Karen Jensen Wasilla 631-0395 tieken2@ Permit #7017 Leather bags/purses.

Wolf Hill Studios Victoria Faber Delta Junction 803-9622 wolfhillstudios@ Permit #7018 Beadwork. Permit #7019 Paintings/Scratchboard art.

Raven Point Projects Kathleen Mangelsdorf Permit #7020 Beadwork including jewelry and beaded bookmarks.

Northern Nites Stainglass Jan Tholen Central 520-5446 alaskajanglass@ Permit #7021 Stained glass suncatchers and mosaic pictures.

Jazzy Gourmet Popcorn Cedric Roland Anchorage 538-5411 jazzygourmetpopcorn@ Permit #7022 Gourmet popcorn.

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Simply Quilting Alaska Kimberly Huseman Anchorage 268-8760 simply.quiltingak@ Permit #7023 Handcrafted quilts, totes, bags, pot holders, oven mitts, table runners, zap and steam bags - all made with 100 percent cotton fabric, batting, and thread.

Quiltsunlimited Jennifer Bidwell Fairbanks 452-1918 quiltsunlimited_74@ Permit #7024 Wool mittens made from wool sweaters. Permit #7025 Quilts.

Alaska Aurora in Glass Barbara Nilsen Fairbanks 455-6188 barbaranilsen2010@ Permit #7026 Fused glass.

Milestone Designs Kay Underwood Anchorage 346-1142 bradkay@ Permit #7027 Jewelry made from copper and brass sheets with Iditarod inspired themes.

Alaska Log Furnishings Chad Stuber Palmer 357-8030 cstuber@ Permit #7028 Handmade log furniture for the bedroom, living room, kitchen, office, and outdoors.

ButterCup's Butter Stuffs Eugenia Bryant Anchorage 947-1033 buttercupsbutterstuffs@ Permit #7031 Handmade soaps made with natural, essential, and fragrance oils.

SMAKmobi Eugene Harnett Anchorage 222-6622 eugene@ Permit #7032 Smartphone applications.

Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Huts Association John Wolfe Anchorage 279-4663 mailbox@ Permit #7033 Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Hut Association engages fiber artists to create handmade hats. The hats are made from wool, qiviut, and other resources available for purchase in Alaska.

Bread of Life Sandwiches, Inc. Scott Richardson Wasilla 376-6310 jscottrichardson@ Permit #7034 Wholesale handmade sandwiches.

The Sewing Shoppe Elizabeth Chapman Anchorage 314-0796 akliz5@ Permit #7035 Hand sewn, machine sewn, crochet items.

Birdwings Fine Chocolate Amy Nicolaisen Anchorage 382-2645 birdwingschocolate@ Permit #7038 Truffles, chocolates, and childhood favorites.

Ewe's Raven Mad in Alaska Heather Edne-Bramhall North Pole 799-2550 Find us on Facebook! bramhall907@ Permit #7039 Hand spun yarn & products made from the yarn.

Alaskan Sweet Things, LLC Jeanette Val Anchorage 334-9500 alaskansweetthings@ Permit #7040 Gourmet glacier water confections - taffy, popcorn, fudge, and chocolates.

Alaskan Egg Carver Twyla Showalter Sterling 394-7133 alaskaneggcarver@ Permit #7041 Carved eggshells of all sizes, from ostrich to quail.

Chugach Snow Tools LLC William Spears Girdwood 843-253-2311 will@ Permit #7029 Alpine skis, telemark skis, snowboards, splitboards and skateboards.

Raving Artist Designs Ronni Ritter Anchorage 232-6025 ravingartdesigns@ Permit #7030 Gel candles.

Summit Spice & Tea Co., LLC Audrey Paule Anchorage 644-2880 service@ Permit #7036 Spice blends: hand-blended rubs and spices from our own proprietary recipes. Permit #7037 Beverages: Hand-blended teas, herbal infusions, mulling spices and hot cocoa from our own proprietary recipes.

Patricia Halley, Artist Patricia Halley Palmer 355-8935 pattyh@ Permit #7042 Handmade dolls.

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