Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2006

Chamber seeking Citizen of the Year

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The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is accepting through Sept. 16 nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award.

The recipient will be announced at the chamber's annual dinner on Oct. 28 at Centennial Hall.

Criteria used for the selection include the nominee's contribution to the welfare and reputation of the community, and level of service done outside of one's profession. The recipient does not have to be active in the business community or a member of the chamber.

Entries can be submitted to the chamber's address at 3100 Channel Drive, Suite 300, or

SEARHC to host wellness program

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Alaska Division of Public Health are partnering to produce a program in Juneau that would help local businesses create their own employee wellness plans.

At Titled Well Workplace University, participants will learn how to craft an employee wellness plan, create a supportive environment for wellness and how to evaluate the outcomes.

The event will be held at Centennial Hall and is slated for Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $40 for up to four employees from each business. Lunch will be provided.

The seminar will be led by Kelly Stobee, a trainer from the Wellness Councils of America.

"More and more companies, of all sizes, are creating and expanding their employee wellness programs because they improve morale, retention and productivity all while saving the company money," said Doug Osborne, a health educator for SEARHC, in a company statement.

Participants will be invited to seven follow-up sessions and a one-yer anniversary celebration in September 2007.

To register or obtain more information, contact SEARHC representatives in Juneau by calling 364-4458.

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