The Bear Paw Community Service Awards & Luncheon is Proudly Brought to You by Northrim Bank
Bear Paw Community Service Awards
Since 1970 the Chamber has been honoring individuals, businesses & organizations with Community Service Awards.
With the help of our community we look for the people, businesses and organizations going above and beyond for the benefit of our great area.
Bear Paw Luncheon
The Bear Paw Luncheon kicks off our Festival with a bang! Here we recognize our Award Recipients, Pageant Royalty, Festival Sponsors and help prepare you for the Bear Paw Festival!
Get to know Northrim
What began as a small group with a big idea turned into a start-up bank operating from a trailer in a parking lot, then grew into a trusted, statewide financial institution.
From parking lot to 100% 907 - How Northrim grew out of the ashes of an Alaska recession.
It was the early 1980s, and Alaska was thriving. Oil flowed freely through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Businesses were booming. Houses were popping up everywhere. Then, in 1987, the stock market crashed and oil prices plummeted to single digits per barrel – devastating the Alaska economy. During this time, 13 financial institutions failed across Alaska, displacing many customers – and opening the door for Northrim.
Northrim’s founders knew that Alaska needed a different type of bank – a strong, independent, local bank with community and customer service at its heart. Through pure dedication to purpose they worked to raise the $8 million in capital needed for the start-up, and Northrim Bank opened on December 4, 1990 – born out of the ashes of recession.
Today, Northrim has matured from a small community bank with 21 employees, one branch, and $8 million in assets to an active, engaged community leader with well over 400 employees, branches from Fairbanks to Southeast Alaska, residential mortgage origination offices across the state, and more than $2 billion in assets.