Address: 1815 Bragaw Street, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99508
TEL: 907 278 7233 / FAX: 907 278 2982
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WTCAK is a membership organization. Follow the link to join our growing community of members.

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The Dragon Decade

Click here for a listing of trade and other business resources to help your company to learn more about opportunities with Alaska's largest trading partner, China

Coming Up Soon

2014 Japan Outlook
Hilton Anchorage Hotel
Sept.16, 2014, 9:00-2:00pm

Register Today!
Early-Bird (By Aug. 15)
Promo Code: JAPAN2014


Trade Mission to Hong Kong
(Oct. 25 - Nov. 3, 2014)



Past Events

Arctic Ambitions III
(February 27-28, 2014)
Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood


Click Here to Download Presentations.



2014 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon Series:

  Anchorage
(February 4)
Hotel Captain Cook


Fairbanks
(January 14)

Juneau (January 16)

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9th Annual Alaska China Business Conference
(January 28, 2014)
Millennium Alaskan Hotel

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2014 Major Event Schedule

Mark your calendar for the following events. The registration details will be available shortly. For sponsorship opportunities click here to contact us.
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27th Annual Export Alaska Celebration Luncheon
(May 2014)


2012 Events

 

Tuesday, 11 September 2012
(Anchorage)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
(Kodiak)

Speakers:
(please click on name below to read presentation)

Mr. Pru Balatero,
Regional Manager, SBA International Trade Programs

Mr. Paul Watts, Senior Export Finance Manager, ExIm Bank

Mr. Greg Wolf, Executive Director, WTCAK

Topic: "Export Financing"
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6th Annual Trade is Transportation Conference (October 10, 2012)


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Arctic Ambitions:
Commercial Development of the Arctic (May 2-3, 2012)




Please click here to read Conference's Presentations
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WTCAK Trade Mission
to China and Korea 2011


Dates: 4-14 December
Cities: Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing

Alaska Trade Fact Sheet

Premium Level Members

(click on company names to learn more about them)

Alaska Business Monthly

Alaska Communications

Alaska Railroad Corporation

Allen Marine, Inc.

Arctia Offshore Ltd.

Bering Straits Native Corp.

BP Exploration Alaska

Dowland-Bach

FedEx Express

Lynden International

Mat-Su Borough

NANA Development

Northern Economics

South Central Timber
Development, Inc.

Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

United Parcel Service


Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc.

Wells Fargo Bank

Recent Articles

Interview with Greg Wolf, WTCAK's executive director
February 2013

Trans-Pacific Partnership
By Aaron Weddle

February 2013

 

Southeast Asia New Markets -
New Customers
By Alex Salov

February 2013
 

Trade Missions
By Greg Wolf

February 2013 

 

All the Right Stuff
By Greg Wolf

February 2013 

 

Older Articles

Interview with Greg Wolf, WTCAK's executive director
February 2012

Working with China, Alaska’s growing export partner
February 2012

Alaska 2010 Exports
Valued at $4.2 Billion

June 2011

WTCAK: Helping Alaskan Companies Expand Globally
April 2011

Mid-Year Trade Forecast
July 2010 

The Alaska-Canada Connection
March 2010

Asia Prompts Trade Growth in Alaska
January 2010

China Exports on the Rise
August 2008


Currency and Commodity Corner

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WTCAK Press Releases

November 6, 2009
World Trade Center Alaska and the Anchorage School District renew partnership to benefit students

October 26, 2009
World Trade Center Alaska unveiled a creative Alaska promotion at the World Trade Center Tokyo complex.

May 26, 2009
US Senator Mark Begich To Present Major Address - “A Report from the Battlefield: Progress in the Middle East and Washington”

January 14, 2008
World Trade Center Alaska’s 2008 Statewide Economic Forecast to be Conducted in Alaska’s Three Largest Cities

August 8, 2007
World Trade Center Alaska Announces Trade Mission to Canada

July 30, 2007
World Trade Center Alaska Announces Officers and New Board Member

February 5, 2007
World Trade Center Alaska and the Anchorage School District
Establish Partnership to Benefit Students

February 2, 2007
Alaska Edges $4 Billion in Annual Export

WTCAK Newsletters

January 2010

February 2007

June 2006

February 2006

October 2005

June 2005

March 2005

February 2005

Passport To Profit

Special Report No. 11
Another ‘BRIC’ In The Wall - Is India on your radar screen yet?
February 2011

Special Report No. 10
Alaska’s "China Era" Continues To Prosper
February 2011

Special Report No. 9
Japan-Alaska's Major Trading Partner
April 2010

Special Report No. 8
China Calling
October 2009

Special Report No. 7
China Rising
March 2008

Special Report No. 6
Rising Sun, Again
July 2007

Special Report
Canada
July 2007

Special Report No. 5
The Dragon Roars
November 2006

Special Report No. 4
Singapore - The Lion at the Gate
July 2006

Special Report No. 3
The "Chindia" Phenomenon
June 2006

Special Report No. 2
"Passage to India"
March  2006

Special Report No. 1
"Enter The Dragon"
February  2006


Trade Development Programs

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WTCAK Trade Development Programs
June 2007

Canada: Opportunities
Next Door

June 2007

Korea Connection
March 2007

Japan Focus
February 2007

China Calling
November  2006

New Markets - New Customers
November 2006

Contact Information

1815 Bragaw Street, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA
Phone: (907) 278-7233,
Fax: (907) 278-2982,
Email: info@wtcak.org

Staff

Greg Wolf
Executive Director

Alex Salov
Business Operations Manager

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Meet WTCAK Interns

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Guide To Alaska's Consular Corps



    




WTCAK Past Events
2013 Export Alaska Celebration Luncheon   2013 Japan Business Update & Outlook
Francisco J. Sanchez
Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce (Washington D.C.)
Hilton Anchorage Hotel
Secretary Sanchez visit to Anchorage, AK Meet the speakers and view presentations

Arctic Ambitions II
The Hotel Captain Cook - February 19-20, 2013

 
World Trade Center Alaska hosted Arctic Ambitions II: Commercial Development of the Arctic on February 19th & 20th, 2013 at the Hotel Captain Cook. This unique conference focused on Arctic international trade and business opportunities.

During the first day of the conference a special session was held to take a new, fresh look at potential business opportunities between Alaska and the Russian Far East Region. It featured presentations by a mix of both U.S. and Russian trade specialists.

Click here to learn more about the conference and view presentations





Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon
February 5th (Fairbanks)
January 17th (Juneau)
January 22nd (Anchorage)



A large audience attended 2013 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon in Anchorage on January 22, 2013.
To view a presentation please click on speaker's name: 
Statewide Economic Review and 2013 Forecast. Presented by Pat Burden, President and Principal Economist of Northern Economics. Burden will report on the state's major industries, their contribution to Alaska's economy, and how they will perform in 2013.

A National and International Economic Update. Presented by Gary Schlossberg, Vice President and Senior Economist of Wells Capital Management. Schlossberg will discuss domestic and international economic trends as well as developments in the emerging markets and opportunities for Alaskan companies in those markets.  

How Exports Benefit Alaska's Economy. Presented by Greg Wolf, Executive Director of World Trade Center Alaska. Wolf will report on Alaska's major export markets, export commodities and services, and the impact of exports on Alaska's economic well-being.  

Major Event Sponsor: Event Sponsor: 
 


Celebrating 25 years of Service to the Alaskan Business Community

2012 was a very special year for us: it's our 25th anniversary! For two and a half decades, we have had the privilege of serving our members and community partners with information and services to help them grow through international trade and commerce. We are proud of our past and confident of our future. To learn more about how our work is making a positive impact on Alaskan businesses, click on the link below to hear directly from some of those we have worked with recently:


8th Annual Alaska-China Business Conference
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Captain Cook Hotel





8th Annual Alaska-China Business Conference was conducted on December 11, 2012 in the Hotel Captain Cook: 60 Alaska's government and business leaders attended the conference. The conference speakers included: Guang Lu, Business Development Director of Huawei Enterprise USA Inc.; Patricia Eckert, Trade Specialist, Governor's Office of International Trade; Consul Xiang Xia, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco; Joel Chusid, Managing Director, North America, Hainan Airlines Company Limited; Mathew Quigley, Commercial Officer, East Asia and Pacific, U.S. Department of Commerce, Skip Nelson, President, ADS-B Technologies; Dr. Yong Cao, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Jiqing Wang, Senior Administrator, UAA Confucius Institute

Please click here to download the Conference Presentations



7th Annual Alaska-China Business Conference Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel




Please click here to download the Conference Presentations

5th Annual Trade is Transportation Seminar
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hilton Anchorage Hotel




Please click here to download the Seminar Presentations

WTCAK Special Report

Earlier this year, World Trade Center Alaska (WTCAK) commissioned Northern Economics, a leading Anchorage-based economic consulting firm, to research the impact of international trade on Alaska's economy. The study, recently completed, reveals the various ways in which exports to overseas markets contribute to jobs, revenues, and other aspects of the Alaskan economy. You can download the Executive Summary that provides some highlights of the report findings or the entire report. To download the Executive Summary, please click on the cover image below.

Report Highlights include:
  • In 2009, Alaska's exports to overseas markets totaled $3.3 billion.
  • In 2009, Alaska ranked sixth in the nation by value of exports on a per capita basis.
  • Exports represented 7.4 percent of the state's economy in 2008.
  • Although exports suffered nationwide in the recent recession, Alaska's exports value dropped by only 8.8 percent from 2008-2009, beating the national average by 10 percent.
  • Exports supported nearly 15,000 direct and 9,800 indirect and induced jobs in Alaska in 2008.
  • Alaska's exports sector generated more than $5.5 billion in total economic output.
  • Each year more than half of Alaskan seafood production is sent overseas.
  • Of Alaska's average coal production of 1.5 million tons per year, approximately 40 percent was shipped to overseas customers.



To download the full report, please click on the cover image above
 

WTCAK Past Events

Dear WTCAK Members and Friends of the Center:

Our sincere thanks to all of you who helped make our special luncheon on 17 August, featuring U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a big success.  A large audience of business, government, and civic leaders gathered to hear her address on "Defending Alaska's Resource Economy Against Government Overreach." It was an insightful address on the challenges Alaska faces in the nation's capitol in seeking to develop the state's vast natural resources and, in doing so, increase our exports. Click on the image on the right to read more:
 
  On April 19 - 20, World Trade Center Alaska (WTCAK) staff attended the 2010 Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference (APBO) in Los Angeles, CA. This annual conference is designed to serve as a tool for communication between private sector companies and the U.S. Commercial Service. U.S. Department of Commerce representatives from 15 Asia/Pacific countries, as well as other government and business leaders, gave presentations and conducted one-on-one meetings at the conference. WTCAK is invited to participate in the APBO Conference each year and, by attending, is able to keep relationships with U.S. Commercial Service officers abroad current. Click on the image on the left to read more:
Asian trade essential for Alaska's economy By Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell | Juneau Empire

For much of statehood, Alaska products have been exported to Asia. Japan has historically been the strongest Asian trade partner and our ties remain strong today.

In 2008, we exported over $1 billion in Alaskan products to Japan. The Republic of Korea and Taiwan have become lucrative partners with $703 million of goods exported to Korea in 2007. In recent years, the Peoples Republic of China dramatically increased imports of Alaska products. Exports to China have risen from $154 million in 2003 to $733 million in 2008. China is now Alaska's number two partner in trade.
Click on the image on the right to read more:

  
 
   

World Trade Center Alaska

2010 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

 2010 Statewide Economic Forecast Presented by Pat Burden, President of Northern Economics. Burden will report on the state's major industries, their contribution to Alaska's economy, and how they will perform in 2010.

An International Economic Update. Presented by Gary Schlossberg, Vice President & Senior Economist of Wells Fargo Bank. The economist will discuss economic trends in markets most important to Alaska's export industries.

How Exports Benefit Alaska's Economy. Presented by Greg Wolf, Executive Director of World Trade Center Alaska. Wolf will report on Alaska's major export markets, export commodities and services, and the impact of exports on Alaska's economic well-being.

Please click on images above to read more. 


 


About World Trade Center Alaska

World Trade Center Alaska is a private non-profit membership organization providing international trade and business services to members and community partners across the state. The mission of WTCAK is to assist Alaskans to successfully compete for trade and investment in the global market place.

The Center pursues this mission through five core functions:

  1. Trade Capacity - Help Alaskan companies to become export ready through information, seminars, conferences and other technical assistance.
  2. Trade Development - Research foreign markets and identify trade opportunities for Alaska Companies.
  3. Trade Service - Support Alaska companies with the information and hands-on assistance needed to make trade happen. Connect Alaska sellers with overseas buyers.
  4. Trade Facility - Make available office and conference room settings to facilitate business meetings and events.
  5. Trade Network - Provide members with access to facilities and support in
    more than 300 cities around the world.

Searching For Business?

A growing number of companies and individuals have found that membership in WTCAK is an important, cost-effective way to expand their business. Three key benefits from WTCAK membership:


Global Network - WTCAK is one of more than 300 WTC’s around the world. As a member in Alaska, you enjoy reciprocal benefits at other WTC’s when you travel in the Lower 48 and overseas.


International Business Assistance - As a member you receive customized trade information and assistance. We become your extended staff and help you to identify and pursue international business opportunities.

Networking Opportunities - Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities to market your products and services to fellow members. These opportunities include monthly luncheon programs, weekly e-newsletter, quarterly magazine, special event sponsorship, trade shows and trade missions.

Board of Directors

Larry Baker, Senior Policy Advisor, Municipality of Anchorage
Robert Brown, Vice President, Business Development, Usibelli Coal Mine
Yong Cao, Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Alaska Anchorage
Larry Cooper, Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Unit Manager, Northrim Bank
Paula Donson, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Alaska
Greg Galik, Vice President, Alaska Glacier Products
Ping Lan, Program Director, MBA, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dave McVeigh,
Executive Vice President/COO, RIM Architects
Skip Nelson, President, ADS-B Technologies
Peter Nieuwland,
International Operations - Alaska Division, United Parcel Service
Rick Pollock,
Vice President-Global Projects, Lynden International
Gerhard Vierthaler,
CEO, Value Strategy Group
Rick Wolk,
Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Alaska Southeast 

Members Benefits and Levels


CEO CLUB MEMBERSHIP – Designed for leaders in international business in Alaska who desire to make a significant contribution to Alaska’s export efforts. In addition to receiving all the benefits listed below, members at this level will also enjoy several exclusive CEO Club benefits during the year.

CORPORATE - Designed for leaders in international business in Alaska. This blends corporate recognition with the customized trade services that further expand the global development and marketing efforts of that business.

COMMERCIAL - Designed for big businesses (more than 50 employees) who seek a customized business development approach, as well as the benefit of membership events, programs and information.

BUSINESS - Designed for medium sized businesses (more than 10 employees) who seek a customized business development approach, as well as the benefit of membership events, programs and information.

SMALL BUSINESS - Designed for small sized businesses (less than 10 employees) who seek a customized business development approach, as well as the benefit of membership events, programs and information.

INTRODUCTORY - Designed for first time members or companies who have not been a member for at least two years.


Contact info@wtcak.org for more information or click here to send us your request or question regarding WTCAK

Please click here to download a WTCAK Membership Application
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"Serving Alaska's Business Community Since 1987"

WORLD TRADE CENTER ALASKA
Address: 1815 Bragaw Street, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99508
TEL: 907 278 7233 / FAX: 907 278 2982 /E-Mail: info@wtcak.org