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Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2005

Center offers free classes this month

A brown bag lunch marketing series put on by the Juneau Small Business Development Center will continue this month.

The free presentations are held in the downtown library conference room from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 15.

The next meeting slated for Dec. 8 will be run by Bernholz & Graham senior account manager Amy Cockerham, who will present tips on how to write press releases.

The following week's session will focus on creating radio advertisements. Sharon Gaiptman, marketing director for Alaska Discovery, will take participants through the process of crafting a 30-second radio spot.

Space is limited and those interested can register by calling 463-3789.

Fisheries hiring 350 for season

Seafood processing industry employers are recruiting now through Dec. 9 for more than 350 Alaska workers needed for the pollock "A" season, the state's largest commercial fishery, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Recruiting is also starting for the opilio crab and Pacific cod seasons, the department said. Seafood processing work is expected to begin early in January in the Bering Sea area, including Dutch Harbor and St. Paul, and will last through late April.

The majority of processing jobs involve the value-added preparation of fresh seafood, including filleting, canning and freezing. Job locations include both shore-based plants and on board large at-sea processing ships. Typical starting wages for onshore workers is $7.15 an hour plus overtime. There are also room and board and travel incentives.

Applicants should apply in advance at any of the 24 statewide Alaska Job Center locations and applications can also be found at www.jobs.state.ak.us.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. If you know of any businesses opening, closing or relocating, or of other business-related news, please contact him at andrew.petty@juneauempire.com.



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