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Alaska Brewery Owners Named 2017 SBA Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year

Owners David McCarthy, Jason Motyka of DV3 Corporation Take Top Honors
Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year are David McCarthy and Jason Motyka, owners of DV3 Corporation in Denali Park, Alaska.

Since the Denali Park Salmon Bake was founded in 2005, DV3 has grown from one restaurant with 40 seasonal employees to two brewpubs, three restaurants, one gas station/campground and one hotel which total 120 year-round and 600 seasonal employees.

In 2008, Denali Park Grocery was added and operates as a seasonal market. In the spring of 2009, Miners Market and McKinley RV & Campground – a gas station, deli, and campground – joined the family.

In winter 2010, Prospector's Pizzeria & Alehouse was built using local craftsmen and opened that spring in the small tourist strip in Denali across from corporate hotels. Growth continued in 2010 with the August opening of 49th State Brewing Company – a restaurant, craft brewery, beer garden and concert venue.

In 2014, DV3 purchased, rehabilitated, and reopened the Denali Crow's Nest Cabins. The Crow's Nest boasts 40 log cabins overlooking Denali Park and operates a fine dining restaurant called The Overlook.

Demand for the 49th State beer combined with the desire to join the community in Anchorage became reality when DV3 purchased, remodeled and reopened one of Anchorage's most historic downtown buildings as their newest brewpub.

A celebration honoring the 2017 SBA Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year will be May 3 at the King Career Center in Anchorage.

The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week in May – recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity, and contributions to community-oriented projects.

Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge in Washington, D.C. in May, when one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year during the SBA celebration of National Small Business Week April 30-May 6, 2017.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small business has on our economy,” SBA Alaska District Director Nancy Porzio said. “It’s a chance to celebrate the dedicated, hard-working small business owners who are using innovation to create jobs and make a difference in our local communities.”

Other 2017 SBA Alaska award winners include the following:

  • Financial Services Advocate – Barbara Gill, Evergreen Business Capital Anchorage Office
  • Veteran Services Advocate – Ron Cat Mason, CM & A Consulting.
  • Small Business Advocate for Interior Alaska – Jennifer Eskridge and John Stowman, The Hub Fairbanks
  • Small Business Advocate for Southcentral Alaska – Katherine Jernstrom, The Boardroom
  • District Director Excellence Award – Kathryn Dodge, SCORE Alaska District
  • Excellence and Innovation Center Award – Russell Talvi, director, and Alexis Fanelli, business advisor, of the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Fairbanks

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit


About the SBA Alaska District Office:

The SBA Alaska District serves the entire state with locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks. SBA Alaska District staff provide resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit  for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.


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