Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Juneau phone numbers no longer linked to location

JUNEAU - Alaska Communications Systems says relocating phone numbers among the Mendenhall Valley, downtown Juneau, Lemon Creek and Auke Bay is now possible.

What this means to ACS customers is that a 586 prefix doesn't mean downtown any more. Phone number boundaries have been eliminated and all phone numbers in Juneau will have the flexibility to work in any customer's chosen location throughout Juneau.

ACS is in the process of contacting customers who may be affected by this change and will be updating billing, directory and service offerings. Those with numbers forwarded to a different prefix in another area of town and others affected can learn more at (800) 478-7021.

Manufacturers' meeting scheduled

JUNEAU - Juneau manufacturers are invited to meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Alaskan Brewing Co., 5429 Shaune Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss problems with manufacturing in Juneau, including legal issues. There will be a discussion of resources as well as the implications of the new tax depreciation schedules.

Call Geoff Larson at 780-5866 or Lance Miller at 463-3662 for information.

Made in Alaska Program schedules workshops

JUNEAU - The Made in Alaska Program will hold 10 workshops in the next two months for the benefit of permit holders and other business owners or managers.

The workshops will be cosponsored by the Alaska Manufacturers Association, the U.S. Export Assistance Center, Buy Alaska and the regional Small Business Development Centers as well as Made in Alaska, said Bill Webb, program manager of the Made in Alaska Program. Topics will include Marketing Your Company and Export Opportunities & Pitfalls. Planned efforts to promote instate manufacturing and sale of goods will also be discussed.

The free workshops will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in each location. Reservations should be made in advance by calling Webb or administrative manager Leeann Brewster at the Made in Alaska office in Anchorage, at (907) 272-5634 or by e-mailing madeinalaska@anchoragemarkets.com.

Workshops in Southeast Alaska are:

• Juneau: Thursday, Feb. 21, Juneau Economic Development Conference Room, 612 West Willoughby Ave., Suite A.

• Ketchikan: Tuesday, Feb. 16, Visitors Bureau, 131 Front St., upstairs conference room.

• Sitka: Thursday, Feb. 18, Harrigan Hall, 330 Harbor Drive, Exhibit Room West.

Other workshops will be held in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Soldotna, Seward, Palmer and Kodiak.

State Farm now a bank, too

JUNEAU - It's not just about life insurance any more. State Farm Insurance Company has announced State Farm Bank products are now available to customers through participating State Farm agents in Alaska.

State Farm Bank's services include checking accounts, savings accounts and money market accounts as well as car loans and leases, home equity loans, lines of credit and home mortgages.

"We have 31 participating agents in Alaska, including Reuben Willis and Cliff Beadle in Juneau," said spokesman Nancy Carpenter from the State Farm office in DuPont, Wash. "This is a customer-driven initiative, to try to help customers with their banking needs as well as their insurance needs. Customers have indicated they like the close personal relationship."

The bank's deposit products have been available countrywide since March 2000, and home mortgages have been available through a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, toll-free number, (877) 734-2265.

"We believe customers will find our products attractive and our rates competitive," said Kent Boothman, State Farm Agency field executive for Alaska.

State Farm Bank does not have retail branch offices. Rather, it relies on its force of more than 16,000 agents throughout the country to assist customers. The bank is also accessible via the Internet (at statefarm.com), by telephone and through the mail.

Grandma's offers winter rates

JUNEAU - Grandma's Feather Bed, a 14-room inn at 2348 Mendenhall Loop Road, has winter rates through May 1, said owner Mel Perkins.

The rate is $89.95 a night for two persons. Each room has a 4-by-6-foot Jacuzzi bath as one of its amenities.

For reservations, call 789-5566.

Salon offers couples massage

JUNEAU - During the "sweetheart month" of February, Cuts Online Salon/Spa is offering a couples massage package described as "two people enjoying a massage together."

Male and female massage therapists are available for those who wish to enjoy this Valentine experience. Clients may enjoy a lounge area with beverages while they cool down. For details, call JoAnne at 586-8333.

Adams Vacuum expands

JUNEAU - Adams Vacuum Sales & Service is celebrating a year of growth that is enabling it to expand into central vacuums and commercial cleaning equipment.

The company, at 3101 Nowell Ave., still offers full-service repairs and maintenance of Kirby and all other brand vacuum machines. It offers for sale a full line of Sharp, Sanyou and Panasonic cleaners. These brands are comparable in price to Hoover and Eureka models and are accompanied by a three-year warrantee.

During the spring cleanup promotion, Adams is offering a free Lil Sucker hand vacuum with every purchase of an upright. The hand vac is a $49 value and has a slightly bigger motor than found in some other machines, said owner Dennis Adams. Adams has owned the firm for a year and a half.

Adams Vacuum is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday by appointment. For an appointment, call 364-2234.

InvestNet contact information changed

JUNEAU - Alaska InvestNet has changed its phone numbers and Web site addresses.

The Anchorage phone number is now (907) 565-5633; fax, (907) 565-5646. The Juneau phone number is now 586-1929; fax is 586-1570.

The Web site is www.alaskainvestnet.org. For details, e-mail Deborah Marshall at dmarshall@alaskainvestnet.org.

Written communication workshop offered

JUNEAU - SkillPath Seminars is offering a two-day workshop for anyone who writes, prepares or proofreads business letters, reports, e-mails, memos or proposals.

The workshop, titled Business Writing & Grammar Skills Made Easy and Fun!, is being offered in Juneau March 27-28. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Cost is $399 per person, or $349 each for four or more. The course helps those who attend make business documents more correct, polished and professional.

Subjects covered include spelling shortcuts, punctuation pointers, grammar rules and professional proofreading techniques. Writing powerful openings that grab attention, projecting credibility and using humor are also considered.

To enroll, call (800) 873-7545, or enroll online at www.skillpath.com.

Glacier Bay Lodge offers deals

JUNEAU - Glacier Bay Lodge, the only overnight accommodation within the 3.3-million-acre Glacier Bay National Park, offers two-, three- and four-day packages.

Trips begin in Juneau. Board the ferry from Auke Bay and enjoy a whale-watching cruise en route to Gustavus. The following day, enjoy a cruise to the glaciers on board the Spirit of Adventure. Then either transfer to the Gustavus airport for a flight back to Juneau or spend more nights at the lodge. Optional activities include kayaking, guided hiking trips, biking, and beachcombing in Bartlett Cove.

Package prices begin at $481 per person based on double occupancy. Additional overnights are $82.50 per person based on double occupancy. Prices do not include meals or tips, except for lunch on the glacier cruise.

For reservations or more information, call (800) 451-5952.

A brief in the Business Section two weeks ago said that free nights were available during preseason periods. That information was incorrect.



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