Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007

Discussion focuses on market research

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JUNEAU - The topic of the Juneau Small Business Development Center's next "brown bag" lunch will be market research In Juneau.

Susan Bell of the McDowell Group, a Juneau-based consulting and research firm, will give an overview of recent market research on Juneau residents and visitors. She also will discuss how that information can be used to understand market size and to formulate marketing plans.

The class is free and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Downtown Library Conference Room. Space is limited, so call 463-3789 to register.

Juneau Travel Fair slated for Saturday

JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the Juneau Travel Fair on Saturday.

Attendees will learn about tours, attractions and discounts that are available to residents and their visitors. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nugget Mall in the Mendenhall Valley.

For more information, visit

Shee Atiká announces fund distribution

SITKA - The Shee Atiká Fund Endowment's board of trustees has announced a $6.50 per share distribution to be paid to shareholders May 21.

The typical shareholder with 100 shares will receive $650. The final day to sign up for direct deposit to receive the distribution is April 25.

Shee Atiká, the Sitka urban corporation, has about 2,800 shareholders.

It owns roughly 23,000 acres of timberland on Admiralty Island, 3,000 acres at Katlian Bay and about 15 acres on Alice Island. Shee Atiká owns the Totem Square Inn and the Shee Atiká Building in Sitka. Commercial properties are also held in Anchorage, Houston, Colorado Springs and Phoenix.

The endowment trust was established in 1993. For more information, visit the Web site at

Senators introduce 'telework' legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., recently introduced the Telework Enhancement Act of 2007, which would allow federal employees to work from home on a full- or part-time basis depending on eligibility.

The measure could help decrease traffic, save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a press release from Stevens.

"By encouraging federal agencies to allow employees to work from home, we will reduce their use of gasoline, save them thousands of dollars in fuel expenses each year, and help protect our environment," he said.

Currently the law states that all employees are ineligible to participate in the telework program unless deemed otherwise by their agency.

The new measure would require one full-time employee be designated by each federal agency as a telework managing officer who would serve as a liaison between employees and managers and keep employees informed of their telework eligibility.

It also would require training for new employees and managers. For more information about Stevens, visit

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