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Story last updated at 3:59 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Alaska USA honored for community loan program >

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has been recognized by Evergreen Business Capital as the number one lending institution in 2011 for the U.S. Small Business Administration's 504 loan program.

Alaska USA received awards for Top Community Lender in the state of Alaska and in the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska USA's commercial loan officer Bob Warthen was recognized as the Top Lending Officer in the Pacific Northwest for loans processed through Evergreen Business Capital.

The SBA 504 loan program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing designed for small businesses and was established to contribute to the economic development of communities. All Alaska community-lending institutions are eligible for the award and the recognition is given to the lender with the highest number of approved loans as of Sept. 30, 2011.

"They know the SBA 504 loan program and they know their borrowers," said Barbara Gill, vice president and senior loan officer at Evergreen Business Capital. "They are experts at matching up the program benefits with their borrowers' needs. The business benefits of retained working capital, low fixed rates and job creation through business expansion mean that Alaska USA has a far-reaching, positive impact on the community through the 504 loan program."

Evergreen Business Capital, one of the Northwest's leading SBA 504 Loan Program providers, presented the awards. It partners with lenders in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and northern Idaho to provide loans that allow businesses to purchase commercial real estate and equipment.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with $4.8 billion in assets and more than 450,000 members worldwide. The credit union operates 62 branches throughout Alaska, California, and Washington.

Amateur recipe division added to ASMI cook-off

The Great Alaska Seafood Cook-Off will feature an amateur recipe division this year.

The competition, put on by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, usually only involves professional chefs, but this year, there will be an amateur recipe competition as well.

"We got a lot of questions from folks that weren't professional chefs but thought that they had a handle on cooking great seafood," ASMI Communications Director Tyson Fick said. "So we thought this is a good chance to do that."

Fick said the competition is looking for an unusual recipe that can be replicated in any home kitchen.

"We've got a lot of classic recipes that are real similar," he said. "A new twist is always nice to see."

Entering is simple, Fick said. On the main website there is a tab for the amateur recipe contest. Entrants need to submit the ingredients, measurements, the process and a photo of the finished product.

The deadline to enter is May 1, and the winner will be announced May 14 during the cook-off in Anchorage.

To enter visit http://greatalaskaseafoodcookoff.com/recipecontest/.

Mixer set for April 26

The next Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. April 26 at the chamber and visitor center, 201 Sterling Highway.

Hosting the mixer will be Alaska Ferry Adventures, the Mermaid Cafe and Bear Creek Winery. There will be a special performance by JoAnn & Monte. Door prizes include a round-trip for two between Homer and Anchorage donated by Era Alaska, two round-trip ferry tickets between Homer and Seldovia and much more.

$150 in gift certificates for the Mermaid Cafe; Kachemak Bay coffee table books, T-shirts and more.