Business Digest

Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Fitness Essentials to have grand opening

Fitness Essentials is planning a grand opening this weekend, said Debbie Stokes, who bought the business at 1248 Glacier Ave. on Jan. 1.

"We've reupholstered. It's bright and cheery," she said.

The center, formerly known as Fitness Plus, is across the street from Harborview Elementary School.

"I'm committed to the Juneau public," said Stokes, who was the gym manager under the previous ownership. "I'm here for the members."

The Super Bowl weekend grand opening will thank members who have stuck with the business, new members who have recently discovered what Fitness Essentials offers and will give future members an opportunity to check out the center's new look. Stokes said people are invited to watch the big game while they work out.

The business will be giving away free one-week trial memberships Friday and Saturday. There also will be a drawing for a free three-month membership, she said.

Fitness Essentials will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. During the week it is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Assisted living staff votes to unionize

Employees at Wildflower Court, a nursing home and assisted-living facility in downtown Juneau, have voted to form a union under the General Teamsters Local 959 of Alaska.

The National Labor Relations Board conducted the election in early January, and Tim Sunday, the Teamsters Local 959 business representative in Juneau, said 71 of 84 certified nurse assistants, licensed practical nurses, home attendants and maintenance workers voted in favor of joining the union.

Sunday said he hopes to negotiate a contract during the next few months. The Teamsters 959 represents about 150 groups throughout the state, he said.

Small-business classes begin tonight

The Juneau Small Business Development Center will offer classes in February focusing on basic bookkeeping, getting a business on the Internet and successfully working from home.

Tonight, Director Jackie Stewart will teach Bookkeeping Basics, a hands-on workshop geared to teach participants how to set up a low-tech, low-cost system to help track and balance checking accounts and to manage payable and receivable accounts.

Participants also will learn how to use the information to prepare income statements and other basic financial documents.

The class, like the others this month, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. in the third floor of the Juneau Empire Building, 3100 Channel Drive.

On Feb. 9, Small Business Administration Marketing and Outreach Specialist Todd Saunders will offer Panning an Internet Presence that Delivers, a seminar for people who want to take their businesses to the Internet. The workshop will cover topics including development of cost-effective Web sites, how they can be useful in marketing businesses and how to get customers to visit.

Each class will cost $25. People wishing to attend will need to pre-register at 463-3789.

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