Miller's establishment has been the identifying mark of Pelican since the early 70's. Her business, her involvement, her generosity, her exuberance and her popularity have drawn people to Pelican for many, many years.
In a letter of support for Rose's nomination, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens notes, "Rose is an active resident of our state having raised a large family, run a well known business and is a true friend to many. Her assistance to those who live and visit Pelican, particularly in difficult times, has proven invaluable. Rose has demonstrated the very best of the Alaskan spirit."
Former Gov. Bill Sheffield wrote a note saying, "I will never forget my first visit to Pelican, attending a fundraiser for their Fourth of July celebration. Rose's numerous experiences demonstrate she is well qualified for this recognition. She is a true Alaskan success story."
Rose Miller is, at age 70, still working seven days a week, and is outside her own business a frequent organizer, volunteer, and leader for activities within her community. Miller is also active with numerous veterans' organizations throughout the state and takes great pride in American veterans and their importance to the State of Alaska.
The Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year Award, established in 1993, pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. These businesses have demonstrated consistent community involvement, have an excellent business reputation and have established leadership in their respective field.