Business Digest

Posted: Friday, September 02, 2005

Shee Atika CEO Loiselle resigns

The chief executive of Shee Atika, a Native corporation based in Sitka, announced he will resign next year after the board finds a replacement.

Robert Loiselle has held the position since 1999.

The company will accept applications and interview candidates over the next few months. Shee Atika plans to have a new president by May 1 so he or she can be introduced to shareholders during the spring meetings that will precede the 2006 annual meeting.

Interested persons should send a resume to Sandra Allen, Alaska Executive Search, 821 N. Street, Suite 204, Anchorage, AK 99501-6093. Resumes must be received by Nov. 30.

Fireweed House named top among B&Bs

The Alaska Fireweed House Bed and Breakfast won accolades again for having the best breakfast in the Pacific Northwest.

National magazine Inn Traveler published the survey with readers selecting the north Douglas Island 4-acre lodge as having the best breakfast in the region.

Owner Jeffrey Watts cooks meals that cater to the customer's taste. Most meals include fruit and one of his creations is peach halves with ricotta cheese, honey, toasted almonds and dried blueberries.

"We have a lot of fun with it," Watts said. Another favorite is a quiche with smoked salmon and wild rice.

This is the fourth time the magazine has recognized the Fireweed House. The establishment was also selected in Mountain Living magazine's top five "Best in the West" bed and breakfast lodges.

Gym offers sessions for cancer patients

Downtown gym Fitness Essentials is inviting local cancer patients and survivors to sign up for free conditioning programs geared toward recovering their health.

Club owner Debbie Stokes developed the idea after reading about other gyms nationwide providing free memberships for those fighting cancer.

Starting this fall, Stokes hopes to have two classes, one for cancer patients and another for the survivors.

Stokes said that some patients are able to exercise and physical activity can have multiple effects on one's body during the healing process. The class will focus on strength and resistance training, as it is important to rebuild muscles that have withered, she said.

The other class would involve more cardiovascular work to help cancer survivors keep the illness at bay.

Business symposium runs Sept. 29-30

Southeast Alaska's business community will gather in Juneau later next month for an annual two-day symposium with a keynote speaker and 13 workshops on Sept. 29 and 30.

Early registration for the Capital City Business Symposium, held at Centennial Hall, will end Sept. 12.

Nationally renowned business trainer, John W. Nelson, will be expanding on the symposium's topic, "Money matters for Alaska's business community."

Along with the workshops, the symposium has a business-to-business trade show and a wine, beer and food tasting reception featuring local food and beverage vendors.

For more information on attending, sponsoring or obtaining a trade show booth, please visit or call the Juneau Small Business Development Center at 463-3789.

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