The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and Southern Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association recently announced a strategic partnership with Associated Industries and Moda Healthcare to increase resources and services to member companies.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to add strategic value to our members as they strive to retain and hire quality employees,”  Ben Edwards,  president of the Ketchikan chamber, said in an Oct. 11 announcement.
“Elevating a program that gives our small businesses more choice and value for employee benefits, is what your chamber is all about,” Edwards said.
To be eligible to participate in the association health care plan, chamber and SSEABIA members must be a small business of 50 employees or less, headquartered in Alaska, according to the chamber announcement. Those businesses will be pooled together with industry-specific members to benefit from competitive pricing, expanded resources, and experienced service teams.
Participating members will have access to health plans via Moda Health, as well as Delta Dental of Alaska. Vision care coverage, employee health education, and a full suite of third-party administration services will be available. 
While Moda has provided health insurance to Alaskans for nearly two decades, partnering with Associated Industries allowed them to implement multi-trust association plans for small Alaskan businesses beginning in late 2020.  
Associated Industries will offer discounted access to expanded human resources benefits, including workforce training programs, competitive 401K and digital HR tools, according to the chamber announcement.
“This is a great move forward for our local industry members to be able to offer a significant benefit to their employees,” Scott Cragun, president of SSEABIA, said in the chamber’s Oct. 11 statement.
“The building industry is critical to the growth of Ketchikan. Being able to offer these benefits adds fundamental value to our local industry companies in terms of retaining and hiring high quality employees,” said Cragun.
For local businesses interested in learning more, the chamber and SSEABIA said they will host an upcoming informational webinar. In addition, a Moda Health representative will discuss the partnership on KTKN’s “Business Matters Monday” at 11 a.m. on Monday.