Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Establishing Internet marketing presence

JUNEAU - Dru Fenster of Spectrum Design & Graphics will give a seminar titled Introduction to Internet Marketing on Feb. 20.

The course will furnish guidance for businesses on how to establish a commercial online presence. Participants will learn basic steps including registering a domain name, arranging for hosting and Web design services, avoiding costly mistakes, promoting and maintaining a site effectively, tracking visitors and building a customer base.

This seminar, sponsored by the Juneau Small Business Development Center, runs from 6 to 9 p.m., Feb. 20, at the Juneau Empire building, third floor conference room. Cost is $25. Call 463-3789 to preregister and plan to arrive 10 minutes early to pay and sign in.

For details, call Jackie Stewart, Juneau SBDC, 463-3789.

Marketing tools to increase summer travel

JUNEAU - In response to the downturn in travel since the terrorism of Sept. 11, the Alaska Tourism Industry Association has introduced two marketing opportunities designed to increase interest in travel to the state this summer.

For $100, ATIA members may post travel-related special offers for up to 30 days on the Web site. The program is fully automated, making it fast and easy to get offers in front of potential visitors. The Web site averages more than 60,000 visitors each month.

Visit and click on the "Travel Special" link. Enter your promotional message, start-stop dates and credit card information and the message can be added to the site within days. For details, contact Charlene Vassar at (907) 929-2842.

The second opportunity is the Consumer Travel Show. ATIA is participating in a show taking place in prime West Coast travel markets beginning in March. Alaska Airlines and Bank of America VISA card are sponsoring the eight-week show, and events will be heavily promoted through radio advertising and public relations efforts. A limited number of booths are available. Alaska businesses may purchase a booth for $6,000 or share costs with another company.

Alaska Airlines will offer low airfares for those participating in the show. For details, contact Kathy Dunn at (907) 646-3305.

Business plans beginners' 'pointless' quilt class

JUNEAU - Sewers who have just begun to quilt worry about getting their points right. That's the point of the Pointless Wonder quilt class scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Rain Tree Quilting.

Instructor Carole Green shows how to cut and sew. There's no matching, and you don't have to worry about the point. Cost of the class is $31.50. Call 789-7900 to register.

Valentine's fitness special offered

JUNEAU - Pavitt Fitness Center, in the Jordan Creek Center, is offering a Valentine's Day membership special that features no enrollment fee before Feb. 14. Owner Corey Pavitt is a competitive bodybuilder as well as a doctor of chiropractic medicine.

Membership includes 24-hour access, locker and shower facilities, a selection of free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment. Rates are $49 per month per person, or $75 per month for a family.

Call 789-7877 for details or to register.

Gallery reduces framing costs

JUNEAU - Glacier Gallery at the Mendenhall Center is holding a winter framing sale. During the sale, take 20 percent off the cost of putting your art in its proper perspective.

Glacier Gallery/Southeast Artworks has a new mat-cutting machine that can produce overlapping designs that loop-the-loop. Call 790-9677 or drop by.

Art Department offers pastels class

JUNEAU - The Art Department is holding its first series of classes with local artists in the Nugget Mall Community Room. Among the series is a class in Beginning Pastels with local artist Tisket Seslar. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fee is $30 and materials are not included.

Seslar works in pastels and scratchboard. She teaches children and adults, with group lessons in her home, especially for home schoolers.

To register, call 790-2787 or drop by the store.

How to cook seaweed

JUNEAU - For those who want to know more about the subsistence way of life and foods indigenous to Southeast Alaska, "Traditional Native Foods Cookbook" was published in 1996 by the Huna Heritage Foundation.

The book comes in three-ring binder form, allowing it to open flat on the kitchen counter. It contains 170 pages, and is divided into tabbed sections of recipes such as Fowl, Ducks and Chicken, Seafood and Fish, Seafood and Fish, Shellfish and Seaweed, and Meat and Survival Foods. The $15 cookbook is available by calling 789-1773, or (800) 428-8298. Wholesale prices are available.

New berth moves with the tides

JUNEAU - Ketchikan-based Southcoast Inc. recently completed construction of Berth Three at the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal for use by the Alaska Marine Highway System and the Inter-island Ferry Authority. The berth was the first capital project completed under the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, and was completed on budget and in time.

The new berth includes a 140-foot transfer bridge that rests on a 60-foot-square bridge float, as well as a 120-by-30-foot intermediate fender float that will allow the docking facility to move with the tides. This feature is necessary to support the day-boat concept, allowing long-term vessels to tie up without line handling.

The berth will accommodate a fast vehicle ferry, the new Metlakatla Ferry and the Inter-island Ferry Authority's first ship, the Prince of Wales.

GCI announces record revenues

JUNEAU - On Jan. 31, GCI announced its expected results for the year 2001 with revenues growing to $357.3 million, an increase of 22.1 percent over 2000. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $96.7 million, a 42.2 percent increase over 2000. The year 2001 results included revenue and EBITDA of $19.5 million and $7.3 million, respectively, from the sale of fiber capacity in the first quarter of 2001. In other words, revenues and EBITDA for 2001 reached record highs.

"Our results are rapidly gaining momentum from the investments we made over the last five years which allow us to offer next generation products such as digital television and cable modems to our customers," said Ron Duncan, GCI president. "These products have been enthusiastically received by our customers and have resulted in growth opportunities for employees and outstanding financial results for our shareholders."

The company's local services business added more than 6,000 access lines during the fourth quarter and now has more than 79,000 access lines in service representing a 17 percent market share of total access lines in Alaska. More information about the company can be found at

Automatic gratuity policy expands

JUNEAU - The trend toward automatic gratuities on cruises continues, according to the Jan. 30 issue of the industry newsletter, Cruise Week.

On Jan. 1, Princess launched an automatic gratuity policy for room stewards, expanding on the automatic tipping policy already implemented in its dining rooms.

When it comes to tipping room stewards, several cruise lines have halved the cost for children (i.e., $10 per adult, $5 for kids). That won't be the case at Princess, "But we are finding it is more common for people traveling with kids to have the tipping amount adjusted," said Dean Brown of Princess.

Brown added that while most cruise travelers find it convenient to tip automatically, there are still envelopes available from the front desk for customers who prefer to tip the traditional way.

Compiled by Ann Chandonnet, who can be reached at 586-3740 or

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