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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2006

Alaska Brewing finalist for business 'Oscars'

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Alaskan Brewing Co. is a finalist in every category it entered in its first year competing for the coveted Stevie Awards.

Winners will be announced at the Fourth Annual American Business Awards in New York on June 12.

Citing innovative marketing programs and collateral materials, the Juneau brewer is a finalist in four categories: Best Marketing Team, Best Creative Team, Best Marketer and Best Corporate Communicator.

Hailed as "the business world's version of the Oscars" by the New York Post, the American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring performances in the workplace.

"Among the work recognized are our partnerships with the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Alaska Airlines and Alaska Seafood," said Alaska Brewing brand manager Cindy Burchfield.

Nicknamed Stevie for the Greek word "crowned," the coveted award is designed by the same company that makes the Oscar, Clio and other major industry awards.

Copy Express moves across the street

Downtown print shop Copy Express has moved from its longtime home on Seward Street to across the road in the space formerly occupied by the diner BaCar's.

The building's owner, REACH, an employment center for adults with disabilities, wanted to expand services, so Copy Express was asked to move.

The new location is smaller than the copier's previous shop. Copy Express owner Chuck Collins said while he may have had too much room before, now the company has to make better use of its space. But he doesn't expect services will be limited because of the smaller location.

Copy Express offers a variety of digital printing and copying services. Collins said he is still content to be near the state offices where a bulk of its business flows.

In the coming weeks, the store plans to become a designated FedEx shipper and add a FedEx drop-off location inside the shop.

Since a mailing center near the Alaskan and Proud grocer went out of business, residents using the service had to rely on FedEx trucks picking up their packages at homes or businesses, Collins said.

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