Business meetings, seminars and events (Sept. 23-29)


• AIGA Alaska presents graphic designer Cinthia Wen on "Fear," 7 p.m., Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse, 413 D St. In 2001, Wen founded Noon (, a San Francisco design agency. Projects under her leadership include branding, strategy and visual design for clients such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nicole Miller, Seibu/Japan, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Nokia, and Oracle. Admission for members is $10; nonmembers $20; student members $5 and student nonmembers $15. (


"Healthcare Options for Very Small Businesses," 9:30-11 a.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 201 N. Lucille St., Suite 2A. Joshua Weinstein and Tiffany Stock with Northrim Benefits Group, will discuss the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it will affect small business owners. This class will cover how it will affect businesses with only a few employees. We will briefly look back at the elements of the law that have already taken effect, discuss the current changes impacting the insurance, tax, and healthcare landscapes, and review the coming regulations. $20. (373-7232,


"Basics of Human Resources, Workers Compensation, Employee Benefits & Payroll," 9 a.m. to noon, Anchorage SBDC, 430 W. Seventh Ave. As a business owner, learn what you need to know to move forward on your business venture. Specific areas covered are HR management, Workers' Compensation and claims management, safety & loss prevention and benefits administration for major medical, dental/vision, 401(k) programs and payroll. $30. (274-7232,

"Build Your Business with Social Media and Blogging," 1:30-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Learn about the different types of social media and how to use them to promote your business, how to set up your blog and social networks correctly and how to use an automated system to provide planned powerful content for your customers and drive traffic to your website. Instructor Cherilynn Stone is the owner of Social Traffic Systems. $20. (274-7232,

"Supervisor Boot Camp, Round 1," 10 a.m.-noon, Coastal Villages Building, 711 H St. This session covers respect-based management concepts; increased productivity and job satisfaction; seeing the longer term payoffs from the front-end work; onboarding not water boarding for retention; and de-escalating criticism and conflict. $85. (276-4769,

"Workplace Survival Skills," 1-4 p.m., Coastal Villages Building, 711 H St. Is bad drama alive and well in your workplace? Do you work with people who are rude? Is "has a bad attitude" stamped on your co-worker's forehead? Want to know how to effectively work with and manage these types of people? Gain tools and techniques for dealing with difficult employees and co-workers. $129. (276-4769,


"Real Issues Facing Anchorage's Small Business Community" is the topic of the next Anchorage Chamber of Commerce meeting, noon-1 p.m. Sept. 30, Dena'ina Center, second floor. Small business is the lifeblood of Anchorage's local economy and makes up more than 80 percent of the chamber's membership. These companies are creating real jobs and facing real challenges every day. Eden Lovejoy, founder of Yourbusiness, will present her findings from a recent survey that examines the health of Anchorage's small business community, local start-ups, successes and failures, and the issues driving the latest trends. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Friday. (