Three small businesses awarded funds by ASRC
The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation announced this week the three winners of the 2012 North Slope Marketplace, a competition for residents of the North Slope communities. The intent of the competition is to foster small businesses development by providing funding for the startup, maintenance and/or expansion of shareholder or descendant-owned small businesses.
Among the winning entrepreneurs was Rexford's Gifts, an arts and crafts business that takes raw materials such as baleen and ivory and produces tourism-quality pieces in Barrow. Annie Rexford received $18,000 to purchase inventory and provide working capital in preparation for next summer.
Stormi's Satellite Sales and Services by Godfrey Paul Tuckfield received $17,000 through the program to purchase inventory and start-up space for his satellite installation, repair and retail operation in Point Hope. Finally, Emma and Herb Kinneeveauk received a $15,000 sum to purchase inventory and equipment for Sylvia-N-Micah's Movies, a small movie rental and food store with DVD conversion services.
Two additional winning entrepreneurs were announced late last year.
Inspiring young Native Americans wanted
Do you know an Alaska Native between the ages of 14 and 25 who has been working in his or her community to make a positive impact? The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute wants to recognize and encourage young people who have been active in areas such as health and wellness, culture and language preservation, education, justice, personal empowerment, leadership, or community development.
With its Champions for Change program, the Center is inviting Native American young people to submit their stories of leadership and service. Submissions can be in written or video form.
These stories will be shared on the CNAY website, and five finalists will be offered an all expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a recognition ceremony.
Last year's finalists included Tessa Baldwin of Kotzebue, Alaska. Additional information is available at the website noted above. The Champions for Change application is available at www.cnay.org. Please pass this info along to all the inspirational young Alaska Natives.
Photographer combines art, healing for cancer patients
By Dylan Smith
FAIRBANKS — Local photographer Erika Sudz has launched a nonprofit aimed at assisting cancer patients in central Alaska.
While undergoing cancer treatment, Sudz created Dragonfly Wings Inc. to help fellow patients during their struggles. "From the time of diagnosis, during treatment, and on the road to recovery, worrying shouldn't be the concern of the patient. Healing should be (their) only concern." says the mission statement on the group's website, dragonflywingsinc.com.
The organization offers to pay for art therapy classes and to assist patients with medical bills, travel expenses, and access to the healing arts of chiropractic work, reiki, acupuncture and massage.
The Dragonfly Wings studio at 565 Gold Mine Trail in Fairbanks includes a gallery space where donated works of art are sold to pay for the offered services.