Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2007

New manager named for food program

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JUNEAU - Genevieve McLaughlin was recently named child care food program manager for the Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska.

McLaughlin, previously of Happy Hearts Family Child Care Program in Juneau, replaced Suey Linzmeier. McLaughlin has extensive knowledge of this U.S. Department of Agriculture program in addition to family child care operations.

"Her energy and life experience will be a perfect complement to this program, which has been successfully sponsored by AEYC-SEA for over 13 years," said Linzmeier, who has held the position since 1996.

The association supports childhood programs and children and parents in Southeast Alaska communities.

Meeting focuses on drug abuse training

JUNEAU - Pam Nelson and Terra Sirevog, of Tongass Substance Screening, will talk about "Drug Use and Abuse in the Workplace" at the Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training's August meeting.

The meeting will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 7, in the third-floor conference room in the Juneau Empire building at 3100 Channel Drive.

Nelson and Sirevog, who are nationally certified drug and alcohol collection technicians, will discuss the side effects of over-the-counter and prescription medication abuse, the warning signs employers should look for, and what employers can do to educate, train and test employees.

Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and are encouraged to network with other business professionals.

For more information, call the Juneau Small Business Development Center at 463-3789.

KeyBank raises funds to give iPods to troops

ANCHORAGE - KeyBank is helping raise money to buy iPod nanos for Alaska-based troops deployed overseas.

"Alaskans are proud of America's servicemen and women, but it's often hard to know how to offer one's support," said Shelly Ciarella, marketing manager for KeyBank in Alaska. "A gift of music is something that is easy and appreciated by our armed forces - and now both Key and our customers can make life a little better for our troops."

The bank will donate $20 to a "Tunes for Troops" fund for each Key Express Free Checking Account opened Aug. 6 through 24. To earn the "Tunes for Troops" deposit, KeyBank customers need to make two qualifying direct deposits or automated payments of $100.

KeyBank also will donate $1 to the nano fund for each of the bank's all-purpose gift cards purchased during the campaign.

Customers also can make tax-deductible cash donations to the fund at any KeyBank branch in Alaska.

All money raised will be used to purchase music players that will then be turned over to Alaska's Armed Service YMCA for distribution.

Military appreciation days will be held in August in each Alaska community served by KeyBank. During these days, military families can post photos of loved ones serving overseas on "troop boards" at bank branches.

For more about "Tunes for Troops," contact (907) 564-0200.

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