Business Digest

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Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2005

Photo screen shop opens in Lemon Cr.

Alaska FotoFun, which opened recently in the Lemon Creek Valley, will put pictures on T-shirts, hats, mugs and other accessories.

Christine Tolman started her business from her home in Wrangell several years ago before moving it into a storefront. Her equipment was shelved when she moved to Juneau until the opportunity was available to open another store. Her partner is Romona Wigg.

The store offers next-day service on small orders and does large orders for businesses and organizations. Customers can bring their own photos, logos or messages that they want printed or the staff can help design images or take pictures in the shop.

The only store offering the same services in Juneau was burned in the downtown fire of August 2004, Tolman said.

The store is located in a business plaza at Suite 10, 5750 Glacier Highway and is open from Monday through Saturday.

Job center manager receives nat'l award

A local manager of the state's regional employment office was selected for a national award for his service to customers and employees.

Ted Burke is the key manager who coordinates multiple organizations to make the Juneau Job Center a one-stop shop for people needing jobs. The center is a project of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Burke received the James F. Walls One-Stop Employee of the Year Award, which honors persons who demonstrate dedication to customers and fellow employees, as well as service to the local community. Burke received the award Tuesday at a ceremony in Rapid City, South Dakota.

"He's probably the hardest-working person I know," said Ken Mill, Burke's supervisor. Mill said it's not an easy task to bring various groups together to work in one place, such as the case at the Juneau Job Center.

The Juneau Job Center walks people through the process of getting jobs, from filling out applications to rehearsing for interviews. It conducts training sessions as well.

As a Labor and Workforce Development Department employee since 1992, Burke has worked in programs that helped hundreds in Southeast Alaska find employment after losing jobs.

Burke is also a 31-year U.S. Coast Guard veteran and he spent 10 of those years in Alaska as a communications specialist and manager.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. Contact him at andrew.petty@juneauempire.com.



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