PUBLISHED: 4:52 PM on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Alaska State Chamber of Commerce names Diversified Investments 2006 small business
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce named Diversified Investments as the 2006 Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year at its 47th annual convention and trade show in Anchorage. The Bivin award, established in 1993, pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization.

Theses businesses are recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation and established leadership in their fields. Diversified Investments, Inc. fully embodies all of these qualities.

Angela Salazar, owner and president of Diversified Investments, has been committed to the growth and success of Ketchikan from a very young age. She participated in the first student Ketchikan/Kanayama (Japan) Sister City Exchange Program. She also was nominated for the Girl's State through the American Legion and named First Lieutenant Governor during the session.

After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in international business, she moved back and served on the board of the Ketchikan/Kanayama Sister City Exchange. She also has been a consistent volunteer for the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, serving on numerous committees including chairing the Fourth of July parade for three years.

It was this type of determination that led Salazar to the top at Diversified Investments. Salazar started at the company in 1995 as an administrative assistant.

Within a year she had obtained her state insurance license for life, health, disability, long-term care and annuities.

By 1997 she also became licensed for securities and investments with NASD.

She became owner and president of Diversified Investments in 2000, at the age of 27. In May Salazar attained the certified financial planner designation, again passing all certification criteria on her first testing.

Diversified Investments is well known for its excellent customer service, always doing the right thing for its clients, even if that means directing them to another business that may be more suitable for their needs.

The company has moved forward by embracing technology and exploring new methods of conducting business.

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization whose mission is drive positive change for Alaska's business environment and to improve member organizations by providing leadership, advocacy, connectivity and support.

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit corporation, which began operations in 1953.