Business Workshops

Emotional Intelligence for Business Success

Speaker: Christi Bell, Associate Vice Chancellor &
Executive Director UAA Business Enterprise Institute

Ms. Christi Bell is the Executive Director of the University Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute. She leads the University’s economic development suite of programs, plans the engagement of BEI, and manages the center’s personnel and budgets. Over the years, Ms. Bell has provided leadership to technical assistance activities throughout Alaska including: Business Retention and Expansion, Cluster Development, Local Grown, as well as Tourism Planning and Marketing initiatives for communities that are predominantly small remote, rural and strong in indigenous leadership.

Bell holds a CEcD (Certificate in Economic Development) from the International Economic Development Council as well as a Master of Business degree and a Master of Science degree in Resource Management, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Doing Business with Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Speaker: Javier Robinson, C.M., Concessions Manager – Alaska DOT&PF


Economic Forecast

Speaker: Neal Fried, Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Economist: State of Alaska, Department of Labor, Research & Analysis Section, 1978-Present; supervisor of Anchorage office.

Education: B.A. in History, and a B.A. in Economics, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Neal Fried was born in Washington D.C., but raised in Vienna, Austria. He has worked as an economist in Alaska for over 30 years and has observed many changes. His experience as an economist has been broad and deep. He has not been involved with the public policy issues of the economy, but instead has been a producer of objective economic and demographic measures and analysis of our economy

Mr. Fried produces economic data and analysis on a variety of economic issues facing Alaska, and serves as a speaker on Alaska employment and economic issues at the request of Alaska media organizations, state agencies and public institutions, nonprofits, corporations, professional associations, etc.

He is a primary author of articles appearing in the monthly magazine Alaska Economic Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor. This publication is distributed to more than 5,000 subscribers. His articles cover a wide variety of state of Alaska economic issues. Some of the topics on which he has performed economic analysis and written articles include: the cost of living, annual forecasts of Anchorage and Alaska’s economy, construction, income and wage trends, the military, the health care industry, transportation, oil industry issues, labor needs, rural economic trends, economic impact of the 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill, growth in Alaska’s breweries, the Mat-Su Valley’s economy and Alaska’s largest employers.

Neal has served on the Governor’s Oil and Gas Policy Task Force, the Anchorage Economic Development Committee, the Governor’s Technology Task Force and others; he is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Economic Conference board. He is a recipient of Governor’s 2011 Denali Peak Performance Award.

Neal came to Alaska in 1973 to attend UAF where he earned a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Economics. He decided to stay in Alaska. “Alaska is the only place in the United States as a conscious human being I have lived. It has been a wonderful ride, so why would I leave?” Neal is married and has two children.

Safety Toolbox in Construction

Speaker: Steve Rowe, Swalling General Contractors and Kirstie Gray, Gray Services, LLC


Do I Need an LLC?

There are five reasons for small business owners to have an LLC. This workshop will cover those five reasons and their options for legal structures. The workshop will also cover the most important document for an LLC called an operating agreement.

Speaker: Attorney Andrew C. Mitton, Owner, Vellum LLC

I’ve practiced law in Alaska for over 17 years. I’ve worked in law firms and as in-house counsel for large corporations. I started Vellum LLC in 2011. Why start a new company? Because there’s a much better way to provide legal services to Alaska’s small businesses and nobody else was doing it. So I redesigned the law firm from the ground up so that small businesses like yours can have a legal department like the big guys.

I’ve negotiated and drafted thousands of contracts, managed many business acquisitions, managed the corporate records for over sixty companies, designed and developed a compliance and ethics program covering over 1500 employees, argued a matter in front of the Alaska Supreme Court, and taught myself web design.

I attended Brigham Young University for my undergraduate degree and attended the University of North Dakota for my law degree.

I believe that everyone has a calling in life. It takes a lot of hard work, prayer, and searching to find that calling. When you do find that calling, your life changes. I’m here to help small business owners fulfill their calling.

I’m a big fan of Alaska. I’ve lived here for over 17 years. My wife was born here. Her grandparents moved here in 1949. I think it’s the greatest place in the world to raise a family. I want to do my part for Alaska. I’ve concluded that the best way to do this is to help Alaska’s local small businesses and their owners achieve their calling in life.

I believe in self-reliance. I believe that our nation was built on the principal of self-reliance. The small business owner is the epitome of self-reliance. Small business are built by people who know the value of hard work, risk, and rewards. Some of my favorite people are small business owners.