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Alaska Chamber announces winners of the 2014 top business awards

Girdwood, AK – This year's recipients for the William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year were announced on Wednesday, October 22 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual conference in Girdwood, Alaska.

Roger Burggraf is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year award. The celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan award is presented to individuals who have made substantial and continual contributions of statewide significance while working in the private sector. In the 1950s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought Burggraf to Alaska where he worked as a fisheries aide before serving in the U.S. Army. He returned to Alaska in 1959 as a captain in the U.S. National Guard. After his military service, Burggraf built a career in banking until entering the mining industry in 1972. For decades, Burggraf has served Alaska, advising and advocating for resource development efforts and organizations. He is a long-standing participant in the Alaska Miners Association and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

Spawn is the 2014 Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year Award recipient. The Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year Award, established in 1993, pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. Employee owned, Spawn is known for its “work hard, play hard” culture that includes teamwork, fun, family friendliness. Spawn’s clients represent dominant players in major industries, not just in Anchorage, but Alaska and nationally. The Chamber is pleased to recognize Spawn for demonstrating outstanding leadership, ethics and organization.

The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the 2014 Local Chamber of Commerce of The Year award. The award recognizes consistent community involvement and excellent business reputation. Established in 2007, the Greater Wasilla Chamber serves one of Alaska’s fastest growing communities and is a growing force advocating before local, state and federal governments. The Alaska Chamber is proud to recognize the Greater Wasilla Chamber for providing practical business support to its members and for the service it provides to visitors of the Greater Wasilla area.


About the Alaska Chamber
The Alaska Chamber, a private, non-profit corporation, operating since 1952, works to promote a positive business environment in Alaska. The Alaska Chamber is the voice of small and large business across the state with a Board of Directors comprised of 80 members representing all regions of the state. For more information visit

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