Business Digest

Staff reports

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006

Florist finds parking at new location

There's plenty of parking surrounding Miss Scarlett's new location in the Foodland Shopping Center.

The lack of parking spaces downtown prompted the florist to relocate, co-owner Tamar Green said. Miss Scarlett's resided on Seward Street for 29 years, with 20 of those spent at its previous location next to Capital Records.

Access to customers in the area going to the bank, liquor store and grocery store made up the other half of the decision.

"We had our best Valentine's Day ever," Green said. The florist received more pick up orders than deliveries this year.

The business reopened last month, though their new sign has not arrived. Miss Scarlett's offers several dozen different combination floral sets, as well as plants, balloons and cards.

Insurance provider moves from home

After six years of working from home, Jer Hamey of Hamey Financial is moving into an office in the Foodland Shopping Center. His door will open Monday.

Hamey provides insurance and financial services for 1,200 clients locally and 1,500 clients across the state.

He will hire a full-time assistant and invite another agent to join him at his office.

The Juneau all-state basketball star first worked as an insurance broker in Chicago before coming home to start his business.

Hamey offers life, health and disability insurance and retirement planning. New York Life is the primary insurance he sells, though he offers 30 other choices.

Center offers staffing seminar

The Juneau Small Business Development Center will present a March 1 seminar called "Smart Staffing."

This seminar will provide tips and techniques for hiring good employees in the Juneau job market. Participants will learn about recruiting sources, hiring techniques and training for retention.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Juneau Empire building, third-floor conference room. Registration is required in advance by calling (907) 463-3789. The cost is $25, but scholarships are available for low-income participants.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty.

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