Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Charlie Pierce of Enstar will speak at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon today at North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will speak on the state of the university. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

Harold Heinz, CEO of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority will speak at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon March 11 at North Kenai Baptist Church will feature artist and homesteader Jim Evenson. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

University of Alaska president to speak in Homer

University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will speak on the state of the university at the Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Best Western Bidarka in Homer. For more information, call the chamber at 235-7740.

Introduction to hormones seminar offered

Dr. Dawn Lamb will speak on hormones, herbs and naturopathic medicine from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Bridges in Soldotna. The seminar is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, call 283-3002.

Entrepreneurship and banking workshop scheduled

Planning and budget tightening as a way to track business progress will be the subject of the workshop "Business Planning for Entrepreneurship and Banking," offered by the Small Business Development Center from 2 to 5 p.m. March 18 in Suite 16 of the Red Diamond Center in Soldotna. The fee is $15. To register, call Bunny Kishaba at 262-7497 at least one day in advance.

Web site development workshop offered

Instructor David Edwards-Smith will discuss how to manage text and images and communicate effectively on the Web to create a professional, user-friendly Web site. The workshop is scheduled for March 27. "Web site construction: from the front end to the back end" will cover theory from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway, and continue with hands-on training from 1 to 4 p.m. at New Frontier VO-TECH Center, 43335 K-Beach Road, Suite 12. The cost is $15. To register call Megan Gorman at 283-1991 at least one day in advance.

Institute offers scholarships to architectural students

Scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded by the American Institute of Architects, Alaska chapter to an Alaska resident or residents enrolled in at least their junior year or equivalent of an accredited school of architecture. The scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence in the pursuit of a career in architecture.

Currently, no school in Alaska offers an architectural program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The scholarships are offered to alleviate some of the financial burden placed on Alaska residents who must attend an out-of-state school.

Applications must be received by May 30. For an application, call Laurie Cox (907) 276-2834 or write AIA Alaska, P.O. Box 103563, Anchorage, AK 99510-3563.

Exporter of the Year nominations sought

The governor's office is accepting nominations for the annual Governor's Exporter of the Year Awards. The award is presented each year to recognize outstanding achievement of Alaska businesses that export to international markets. Awards are given for both large and small companies. Alaska companies may nominate themselves or other businesses for the award. Last year, the Governor's Exporter of the Year award for large business went to Sealaska Timber Corporation, while the award for small Exporter of the Year went to Northern Keta, a salmon caviar company. For a nomination application, call Patricia Eckert at (907) 269-8118. The form also is available at

Internet companies sue spam suspects

WASHINGTON Setting aside their rivalries to fight unwanted e-mail choking cyberspace, leading Internet companies announced Wednesday they have sued hundreds of people suspected of sending unsolicited junk messages known as spam.

The legal actions by Microsoft Corp., America Online Inc., Earthlink Inc. and Yahoo! Inc., represent the first major industry actions under the federal ''can spam'' legislation that went into effect Jan. 1. The suits, which are aimed at shutting down the spammers, were filed in federal courts in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington state.

Dozens of those named were identified only as ''John Doe'' defendants accused of e-mailing unwanted pitches for prescription drugs, herbal potions and weight loss plans. Lawyers expressed confidence they can work through the courts, using subpoenas and other investigative tools, to identify and find them.

''We've been doing this a long time, and we know what we're doing. We're only a couple subpoenas away from standing at someone's door and handing them a summons,'' said Les Seagraves, the assistant general counsel at Earthlink, which named 75 ''John Doe'' defendants in its lawsuits.

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