Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tech classes offered for business owners

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The Juneau Small Business Development Center is offering two classes later this month focusing on the use of technology for small businesses.

On April 18, Jeremy Hansen of Hansen Gress will present "Using Technology to Streamline Business Processes." This class will focus on mapping and identifying day-to-day business processes and replacing them with practical, technology driven solutions.

"New Technologies and Your Business Web site," will be presented on April 25 by Tyler Gress of Hansen Gress. This class will explore the role new technologies can play in small business.

The free presentation will be held in the downtown library conference room from noon to 1 p.m. For more information or to register, call (907) 463-3789.

Touring workshop to stop in Juneau

A workshop touring the state and stopping in Juneau on April 28 aims to teach business leaders how to market a business to a niche.

Topics will include how to understand customers and select a market niche, developing a marketing plan, the value of technology and effectively using patents.

Featured speakers include Peter Perna, a managing director of Colorado-based technology management consulting firm Alpine Strategy Group, and Michael Reilly, a professor of marketing at Montana State University.

The workshop will be held at the Juneau Economic Development Council office at 612 West Willoughby Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $25 and reservations can be made by calling (907) 463-3662.

Cancer patients invited to join gym

Downtown health club Fitness Essentials is offering free eight-week memberships to those battling cancer, and to cancer survivors.

Participants will work with a certified fitness trainer to help them regain their strength after the effects of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Previous attendees have said the class gave them a sense of empowerment over the disease.

The program begins April 23 and will meet each Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Participants will also be able to use the gym on other days throughout the eight-week program. For more information or to sign up, call (907) 586-6666.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. Contact him at

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