Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006

Center offers marketing class

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JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center is hosting a class "Marketing on a Shoestring" from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29.

The seminar provides techniques for business owners and marketing managers to focus limited time and dollars effectively, maximize exposure and target their audience with free or low-cost promotions. The class will be taught by center Director Jackie Stewart.

It will be held in the third floor conference room at the Juneau Empire on Channel Drive. Registration is required in advance by calling 463-3789. The cost is $25, but scholarships are available for low-income participants.

Development council board selected

JUNEAU - Teresa Germain, Rich Poor and Mark Mickelson have all been re-appointed for second terms on the Juneau Economic Development Council Board of Directors. Their first term ended in October 2006, and the board recommended their re-appointment during a Nov. 1 meeting. Nicole Grewe was named to fill a fourth vacant seat. She will be serving the board for first time. Terms last three years.

The council is a partnership between public and private agencies with the aim of fostering a healthy climate for economic development in Juneau. It is managed by 11 board members and seven staff members.

State's small-business climate ranks 17 in U.S.

Alaska ranks 17th in the nation on a small-business survival index recently released by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council in Washington, D.C. The council ranks states according to their public policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship. It analyzes 29 major government-imposed or government-related costs affecting small businesses.

The report said that Alaska small businesses and entrepreneurs benefit from the lack of state personal income tax, capital gains and death taxes, the lowest gas tax, low consumption-based taxes, and a low number of health insurance mandates. Among the minuses are a very high corporate income tax, a corporate alternative minimum tax, high property taxes, high electric utility costs, a high workers' compensation burden, and a high level of government employment. South Dakota and Nevada were ranked first and second, respectively. California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia were at the bottom of the list.

The entire report is available at

Travel group names its board of directors

JUNEAU - Two Juneau residents have been named to serve their first terms on the Alaska Travel Industry Association (AlaskaTIA) Board of Directors. Don Habeger of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises and Bob Wysocki of Icy Strait Point and Huna Totem Corp. were appointed to one-year terms.

Ketchikan resident Patti Mackey was also elected as board chairman. She is also the executive director of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and has been an AlaskaTIA board member for six years.

The AlaskaTIA is composed of 23 members, and is responsible for establishing overall organization policy and overseeing budget and marketing functions. The board appoints members to its AlaskaTIA Marketing Committee, which promotes the state as a visitor destination worldwide. The organization is a nonprofit. To learn more about the association or its members, visit

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