Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2001

DCED awards grants to SE businesses

JUNEAU - The Department of Community and Economic Development announced 13 grant recipients to help market value-added salmon products. The grant program, administered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is to help the Alaska salmon industry become more a market-driven industry and less production-driven.

Nine of the companies nominated for the grants, pending approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are from Alaska. The five from Southeast are:

Omega Sea, $42,500 to market its flaked chum-salmon fish food targeting the home aquarium market.

Alaska Fisherman's Marketing Group, $40,000 to provide an array of salmon products, from lox to sausage, to a consortium of hotel chefs in Missouri.

Kake Foods, $25,000 for mainstream distribution of a salmon sausage pizza topping.

Wind and Tide, $25,000 for demonstrating to high-end restaurants that salmon frozen onboard at minus 40 degrees produces a quality fish that equals or exceeds fresh salmon.

Pelican Seafoods, $24,500 for marketing pin-bone-out, pink salmon fillets to a network of East Coast brokers.

State's financial outlook examined

JUNEAU - KeyBank is sponsoring a presentation, The Financial Picture of the U.S. and Alaska Economies, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Fiddlehead Restaurant.

Jeff Thredgold of Thredgold Economic Associates will give the presentation. Thredgold spent 23 years with KeyCorp as a senior vice president and chief economist before starting his own consulting firm three years ago.

Call 463-7205 for information.

Retirement plans for small businesses

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center is sponsoring the seminar Small Business Retirement Plans. Lisa Greenough, a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch, will teach business owners how to reduce their tax burden while building for the future. The class also covers various retirement plans for employees.

The seminar is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the third floor conference room of the Juneau Empire building. The cost is $15. Call 463-3789 for information or to register.

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