Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Tsimshian carver aboard ship

JUNEAU - World Explorer's Nine-Night Getaway Cruise, embarking May 5 from Vancouver, British Columbia, features Wayne Hewson, Tsimshian elder and renowned totem pole carver from Metlakatla, a seldom-visited Indian village. He will carve a 25th Anniversary Commemorative Totem Pole on this cruise and throughout the 2002 season.

In addition, the May 5 cruise will feature Tsimshian weaver Colleen Nelson. Her specialty is woven baskets and hats. And it will feature Carole Grant, an expert in the art of creating button blankets. The program for this cruise will be rounded out with educational lecturers who will hold seminars and workshops.

Alaska fares start at $1,525 per person, cruise only. For details, call (800) 854-3835. A brochure detailing the line's 2002 season may be ordered free at the brochure hot line, (800) 325-2572 or from the line's Web site at

Where's the cash?

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will present a business seminar, Where's the Money? Sources of Small Business Financing, on March 6, from 6-9 p.m.

This seminar brings together information on virtually all sources of financing. Whether in the start-up phase or planning expansion, participants will come away with clear ideas on whether grants, bank loans, loan guarantee programs or investors are appropriate to their scenario, and how to go about getting the funding they need.

The seminar will be held adjacent to the JSBDC's offices, in the third-floor conference room of the Juneau Empire Building. Fee is $25. Pre-registration is required. After the class, free, confidential business counseling is available at the JSBDC to help with applications and loan proposals. To register or for more information, call Jackie Stewart at 463-3789.

Access to JSBDC programs is available to individuals with disabilities by request and prior arrangement.

Quarterly survey shows relative costs of food

JUNEAU - Up to three stores in each of 20 Alaska communities were surveyed during December for the cost of a specific set of food and nonfood items. The survey was conducted by Bret Luick, a foods and nutrition specialist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service.

According to the survey released last week, the cost of feeding Juneau residents is 15 percent greater than feeding Anchorage residents. (That is up 9 percent from the comparative costs of September 2001.) January cost in Haines is 41 percent greater than Anchorage, and in Sitka, 21 percent greater. Bethel, Seward and Dillingham had the highest food costs, with Bethel 84 percent above Anchorage. In Fairbanks, on the other hand, food cost one percent less than it did in Anchorage.

The average cost of feeding a family of two (20-50 years) in Juneau was $68.67 a week. The average cost of feeding a family of four, with children from 6-11 years of age, was $116.49. Older children create a slightly higher cost, $4 to $5 a week.

The complete survey can be seen on the Web site at

Hotel lowers room rates

JUNEAU - The Breakwater, 1711 Glacier Ave., is offering lower rates. They are: $79 for a single, $89 for a double, with a $10 extra person charge. A restaurant and lounge are on site.

For information and reservations call (800) 544-2250 or 586-6303 or e-mail

Appliqu class offered

JUNEAU - Rain Tree Quilting, 9131 Glacier Highway, is offering a class March 2 called Dawn of the North. Instructor is Bonnie Goodrich. The class meets from 1 to 5 p.m., and is ranked Beginner I. Cost is $21.

This Brenda Henning pattern features an appliqud polar bear against a background of snow and the Northern Lights. Either hand- or machine-applique techniques can be used to complete this scene. Call 789-7900 to register.

South African hair weaver visits Juneau

JUNEAU - Ida Mboge, a hairdresser from South Africa residing in Anchorage, worked as a guest artist at Cuts Online Salon & Spa for three days during February in honor of Black History Month. She will return at the end of March to repeat her "Glamour Braids & Weaves" services for clients interested in multicultural styling. If business warrants, she will commute to Juneau monthly.

For details, call Cuts Online at 586-8333, or browse Mboge's Web site for the latest styles at

Renovators offers referrals

JUNEAU - Alaska Renovators is offering a new referral program. When you refer a friend or neighbor to their business and it results in a renovation job, staff want to express their thanks.

If the referred job is more than $5,000 in value, they will give you the choice of 10 percent (up to $500) off your next job with them or dinner for two at your favorite restaurant.

For referred jobs less than $5,000, Alaska Renovators will send an Alaska Renovators cap or vest.

For details, call Alan Wilson, president, at 780-3627.

Frozen salmon exports are on the increase

JUNEAU - Between July and November 2001, export volume of frozen salmon from Alaska increased by 23 percent over 2000, but value rose by only one percent, $2.8 million, according to the February 2002 Salmon Market Bulletin from the Salmon Market Information Service.

Frozen pink and chum salmon made up nearly half (49 percent) of frozen export volume. Sockeye accounted for 44 percent and coho comprised the remaining 7 percent.

Japan remains the top export destination, accounting for one-third of volume and 50 percent of value. Japan received most salmon roe (tsukiji) exports and 87 percent of frozen sockeye. Other export destinations included China, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, and the European Union.

On average, nearly three-quarters of U.S. salmon exports occur between July and November.

The Salmon Market Bulletin is published seven times a year and is available to Alaska salmon permit holders free of charge. To subscribe, contact the McDowell Group office, 586-6126.

Small business solutions and where to get them

JUNEAU - KeyCorp., a provider of financial services, continues to upgrade its online services. Following recent enhancements, visits to Key's Small Business Online Solutions Center ( increased more than 165 percent over the same time period for the previous year.

"The enhanced Small Business Online Solutions Center now provides, in one location, an array of resources, services and interactive tools and templates for small businesses, covering all areas of business development and management," said Bob Stoesser, Key's vice president of e-commerce strategies. The site is available free of charge to any small business.

KeyCorp has its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. It also offers online banking and a business-to-business e-marketplace. The marketplace serves a wide range of mid-size companies (those with annual revenues in the range of $109 million to $1 billion) across the country.

Wells Fargo offers DVDs via Netflix for customers

JUNEAU - Wells Fargo credit card customers with personal computers can order DVDs by mail.

In a program called Netflix, billed automatically to a Wells Fargo card, customers can rent as many DVDs as they want for $20 a month.

The site ( has more than 11,000 titles to choose from and customers can create a list. Movies arrive via first class mail in two to four days. There are no late fees or due dates. You keep each DVD as long as you wish, with the proviso that you have no more than three movies on hand in your home at any one time.

Return one DVD in its postpaid envelope and automatically have another mailed to you from your personal list.

First-time customers can get a 14-day free trial of this offer. The enrollment period ends April 1, and there is a limit of one membership per household. Cost of service after the free trial period is $19.95 per month plus state sales tax. For a free trial, go to Enter code WFBCS. If you have questions, call (800) 290-8325.

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