T I O N Alaska Native
Goldbelt Rising on a Global Scale
spells local success
By Tasha Anderson
Goldbelt, Inc. is headquartered in Juneau. It’s an urban Alaska Native Corporation that was formed in 1974, named after
a 33,000-acre mineralized zone in Southeast
Alaska that stretches along the mainland from
Frederick Sound to Berners Bay.
The company has honored its namesake,
Growing Up and Out
finding success to the tune of $236 million in
gross revenue in 2016, ranking the company at
number 15 in the 2017 Alaska Business Top 49ers.
That same year, Goldbelt was the only Alaska-
based company to receive the Presidential
Award for Export Achievement; this “E”
Certificate was awarded for “outstanding
contribution to the Export Expansion Program
of the United States of America.”
Also in 2016, Goldbelt was ranked 7 of
4,500 8(a) companies for volume of business
awarded by the federal government. The fol-
lowing year Goldbelt was recognized as the
2017 Small Business of the Year by the US
Department of State for facilitating more
than fifty worldwide international meetings
sponsored by the department.
While Goldbelt has deep and binding ties to
Alaska, it has certainly spread its influence
beyond the state’s borders.
Goldbelt President and CEO Elliott
Wimberly says the company’s business
model in Alaska is built on tourism, marine
transportation, and managing the lands
awarded to Goldbelt as part of the 1971
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Outside Alaska, Goldbelt is engaged
primarily in federal contracting, “which
constitutes about 96 percent of our revenue
source,” Wimberly says. Goldbelt’s service
sectors include construction, operating as a
general contractor on commercial and
government contracts; IT sector support;
medical services; and military support,
providing weapons, ammunition, and vehicles.
“We have a relationship with original equip-
ment manufacturers and then, as a broker,
resell to both the US government as well as
foreign governments,” Wimberly explains.
While much of that work is done within the
United States, Goldbelt has global operations,
performing work on five continents: North
America, Africa, South America, Asia, and
Europe. Working internationally “is a recent
development in the last ten years and an