Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2006

SBDC offers tax class

The Juneau Small Business Development Center will offer a Jan. 18 class titled "Minimize Your Business Taxes."

Led by Certified Public Accountant John Logan, participants will learn how to make the best use of tax deductions to keep more money in their business. The class will cover reporting methods, requirements and steps to take to prepare for the upcoming tax season.

The class will be in the third floor conference room of the Juneau Empire Building and will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $25 and preregistration is required. For more information call 463-3789.

Alaska gas prices drop

Gasoline prices have dropped so far this year across the state, compared to last month, according to the Anchorage office of auto club AAA.

The statewide average price of self-serve regular gasoline was $2.38 a gallon on Tuesday, which is 16 cents lower than the price recorded in mid-December. But the new average is also 45 cents higher than prices one year ago.

The auto club recorded Juneau's prices for regular gasoline at $2.67, about 14 cents lower than last month.

Nationally prices are increasing, with regular gasoline at $2.32 a gallon, about 15 cents higher than last month and 55 cents higher than one year ago. Hawaii motorists are paying the most at $2.69 a gallon.

AAA officials said an increase could come this spring as prices normally go up for the period when seasonal refinery maintenance is conducted. The club does not expect prices to reach the same heights seen after Hurricane Katrina last summer.

• 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

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