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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Extended stay savings offered

JUNEAU - The Bergman Hotel in downtown Juneau is offering $10 off on the first week's stay on new reservations for extended stays. The offer is subject to availability.

Call 586-1690 for details.

Small engine special fired up

JUNEAU - Don Abel Building Supplies, 9999 Glacier Highway, is offering a small engine tune-up special to prepare lawn mowers and other tools for spring. The cost is $39.95 plus tax.

Call 789-2155 for details.

Gumdrop House spring hours

JUNEAU - Get your chocolate bunny and panoramic Easter egg molds early.

The Gumdrop House, 9077 Hurlock, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through March 9. The shop will then be closed until after Easter, March 31.

For details, call 789-7645.

Sign Pro sold to local man

JUNEAU - Chuck Collins, proprietor of Copy Express, recently purchased Sign Pro from owner Steve Locklear of Ketchikan.

"I plan to keep the business operating under its present name, but plan on bringing our level of customer service to it - a level which I feel is superior to what they have done in the past," Collins said Monday. Collins is also the owner of Copy Works and ABBA Signs and Engraving. He will fold ABBA's sign business into Sign Pro, but will maintain the copy business as a separate entity, because, he said, it is "an institution in Juneau."

Collins has owned Copy Express since 1996.

Reducing business tax burdens explored

JUNEAU - A class titled Small Business Retirement Plans will be taught on March 13 by Lisa Greenough, financial consultant with Edward Jones. The course will help small business owners learn how they can reduce their tax burden while building for their future.

In addition to retirement plans for self-employed people, the class will cover the various plans for employees. These plans can reduce taxes while attracting and retaining quality employees.

The class is sponsored by the Juneau Small Business Development Center, and will be given from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Juneau Empire Building's third-floor conference room. The cost of $25 is used to help fund the center, which offers free, confidential counseling to those planning a business or actively in business. Call 463-3789 to register.

Course considers extending credit

JUNEAU - In a three-hour class, Margaret O'Neal will explain the pros and cons of extending credit to business customers.

Participants will learn how to manage receivables profitably and the techniques and legal issues of collections. The class will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 12, at the Juneau Economic Development Council, 612 W. Willoughby Ave. Fee is $25. For details or to register, call 463-3662.

Real estate pre-licensing class scheduled

JUNEAU - An Alaska-approved real estate pre-licensing class will be held on three days next week, beginning March 15. Hours on March 15 are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hours on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The location in Juneau is to be announced.

Cost is $399 including city tax. Preregistration is required by Monday, March 11. For details or a registration form, call Alaska Coastal Homes Consulting, 586-3540.

Conference for professional women set

JUNEAU - The National Business Leaders Association is planning a Conference for Women 2002 in Anchorage, April 6-7.

The conference includes speakers, discussions on workplace issues and 15 trainer-led sessions. Sessions include topics such as how to deal with difficult people, how to be assertive without being pushy, sabotaging beliefs that could be harmful to your career, how to root out stress from your life, how to project confidence and credibility and smart tips for thinking on your feet.

For a complete conference agenda, see www.natsem.com. Cost is $340 including lunch. To enroll, call the National Seminars Group at (800) 682-5078.

Free listings offered for summer hires

JUNEAU - Looking for employees to help you this summer season or even next week? Businesses can post their job openings for free on an Alaska Tourism Industry Association Web site, if they are members of ATIA.

To post openings, dial up www.AlaskaTourismjobs.com. Use your member name to log in.

For more information or questions, contact Tammy Bruce at (907) 646-3319 or at tbruce@alaskatia.org.

Author lectures on ship

JUNEAU - Alaska author Marilyn George will serve as guest lecturer and guide aboard the cruising yacht Sheltered Seas when it visits LeConte Glacier near Petersburg this summer.

Owned and operated by Seattle-based Cruise West, the Sheltered Seas offers travelers two nights and a full day in Petersburg as part of four- or five-night Inside Passage voyages between Ketchikan and Juneau.

For details or reservations on the LeConte cruises, call (800) 426-7702. For brochures, call (800) 888-9378.

Japanese tourists fly to Alaska via Hawaii

JUNEAU - Hawaiian Vacations/Alaskan Vacations announced Friday that it has signed an agreement with one of Japan's largest tour operators to fly Japanese tourists to Alaska this summer via Honolulu.

David Karp, chief operating officer for the company, said the agreement means Japanese vacationers will transfer in Honolulu to DC-10's chartered by Hawaiian Vacations and fly directly to Anchorage without stops on the West Coast. Currently, Japanese travelers reach Alaska via West Coast cities such as San Francisco and Seattle.

Karp said the new route reduces the amount of time travelers spend cooped up in airplanes. "We think that spending a few hours in Honolulu is much more than spending more time in an airplane seat," he said.

The agreement with Japan Travel Bureau, the largest tour operator in Japan, will cover 47 departures this summer between June 7 and Sept. 30. Hundreds of visitors will use the service. Scott Banks, spokesman for Hawaiian Vacation's Anchorage office, said he could not be more specific about the number of potential users.

For details, call your travel agent or Hawaiian Vacations at (907) 261-2700.



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