Business briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2002

Business center to host seminar on record keeping

The Juneau Small Business Development Center will hold a seminar on practical record keeping for small businesses from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Robert Kling, a certified public accountant with Logan General Tax Practice, will teach the seminar, which will provide guidance on keeping financial records. Participants will learn basic methods of accounting, filing requirements and records retention.

The seminar will be held in the third-floor conference room of the Juneau Empire building, 3100 Channel Dr. Cost is $25, and pre-registration is required. Call the Juneau SBDC at 463-3789 to register or for more information.

Awards given for service to disabled

A Southeast Alaska resident and a Juneau Native corporation were honored Tuesday by the Governor's Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities.

Matt Lee, of the Tlingit-Haida Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program, received the Chairman's Award for his "exceptional efforts to increase the employment of Native people with disabilities," according to a statement released by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Goldbelt Inc. received the Barrier Free Design award, which recognizes the owner of a facility that has exceptional access for use by people with disabilities. The Mount Robert's Tramway facilities were designed so that people with disabilities can ride the tram and experience the programs and some of the trails offered at the top.

The presentation of these awards coincides with activities across the nation that recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Ten Alaskan individuals or businesses were honored by the committee.

AFN convention boosts Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - The upcoming annual meeting of the Alaska Federation of Natives is expected to bring as much as $4 million to Anchorage businesses.

The event - held at the downtown Egan Civic and Convention Center - is the state's largest convention, attracting several thousand people from around the state.

It kicks off Monday, Oct. 21, with the three-day Youth and Elders Conference, which is expected to draw 1,000 participants, said Nance Larsen, an Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau spokeswoman. That event should have an estimated economic impact of about $839,000, Larsen said.

The AFN convention Oct. 24-26 is expected to attract 3,500 participants who could spend roughly $3.3 million, Larsen said.

Sharing the culture of Alaska Natives is another result of the convention, she said.

AFN convention delegates conduct other business during their Anchorage visit, including trips to the city's retailers. The timing is good, with the convention taking place just after the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend payout.

Convention delegates and other Alaskans spending their dividends produce significant traffic at such landmarks as Anchorage 5th Avenue mall and at area restaurants.



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