Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 07, 2003

Labor Department to discuss trade assistance

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, will hold two public hearings on issues concerning the economic downturn in the fishing industry due to competition from farmed salmon. Fishers, processors and other interested parties are invited to attend.

Tim Sullivan, U.S. Labor Department director of trade adjustment assistance, will be present along with other agency officials and state labor department officials. They will address, among other things, difficulties for fishers to qualify for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits such as training, job search and relocation allowances.

The first meeting will be held in Cordova on Aug. 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Cordova Moose Lodge. The second public meeting is scheduled to be held in Juneau on Aug. 14, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in room 303 of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development offices at 1111 West 8th Street.

For interested parties located outside of Juneau who wish to participate in the Aug. 14 meeting via telephone, call (800)-315-6338 and enter pass code 5998#.

Minority small business opportunities exist

The Small Business Development Center will co-sponsor a free workshop with the Small Business Administration about government contract opportunities for 8(a) minority enterprises. The workshop will be held at the Red Diamond Center on Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, and will give an overview of what the 8(a) program is, eligibility requirements, application process, and how the program can benefit one's business.

Registration is required. To register, call Bunny at 262-7497, or e-mail

Educational material is welcomed for IFISH II

For those unable to attend the Second International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference from Sept. 22 through the 24, in Sitka, organizers invite interested parties to send posters, brochures or other display items.

More than 100 commercial fishing safety professionals from 15 countries will be at the conference, all interested in learning the newest developments in commercial fishing safety. Materials will be displayed, free of charge, for the conference attendees.

Materials will be displayed on a space available basis (although lots of space is open), and conference organizers reserve the right to choose not to display items they deem inappropriate for or irrelevant to IFISH II. Materials will not be returned.

Send materials to Kristie Sherrodd, IFISH II conference coordinator, at Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, 2924 Halibut Point Road (for Federal Express or UPS), P.O. Box 2592 (for U.S. Mail), Sitka, Alaska 99835. For more information, call (907) 747-3287, fax to (907) 747-3259, or e-mail

Foraker Group to sponsor Leadership forum

The Foraker Group will offer a training session designed to help nonprofit organizations build effective teams on Aug. 22, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the PRISM Training Center in Kenai. Participants will learn the characteristics anbd challenges of team development. This training is open primarily to nonprofit staff, but board members are welcome to attend. The charge is $40 for people from Foraker Partner organizations and $60 for all others. Please register online at If Internet access is not available, call Karma Tomlinson at (907) 263-2092, or toll free at (877) 834-5003.

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