Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2007

Voice chatline for singles launched

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JUNEAU - Residents Erica Quintana and Michael Cox have launched a new business enterprise, The Social Pipeline, for single men and women who want to meet each other in Juneau. The Social Pipeline is a live voice chat line which residents can call and listen to or leave messages that others can access. The service is confidential and members must be 18 or older.

Quintana and Cox are operating the service on a free trial membership basis. To learn more, visit their Web site at or call the chat line at 790-2428.

Business owners receive dividend

JUNEAU - A statewide hospitality association has issued a total of $393,000 in dividends to its 96 participating members across the state. Fifteen of those members are from its Lynn Canal area, which encompasses Juneau.

The organization, Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, issued the dividends as part of its workers' compensation dividend program, which pays when the program is profitable.

The association began the program in 2000 with Conrad Houston Insurance of Alaska, an Anchorage-based insurance firm, as a way to offer a workers' comp insurance policy to its members.

2007 year marks the third year that business owners have received dividend payments. Businesses in the Lynn Canal area received an average of $4,000, which is a 24 percent return on what they paid into the program.

The association's annual membership fee is $300. It is a statewide organization that advocates for the hospitality industry at the local, state and national levels. For more information, visit

KIN Pub Night slated for next Thursday

JUNEAU - The Knowledge Industry Network, or KIN, is hosting its monthly networking pub night between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the Island Pub in Douglas.

The event is for Juneau's "20- and 30-somethings" to connect with other professionals and community members and establish business relationships. The over-40 crowd is welcome, too, organizers say.

Attendees are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues, as well as business cards. Island Pub appetizers will be provided free by KIN.

For more information, visit or call organizer Jess Parks at the Juneau Economic Development Council at 463-3662, Ext. 34.

Juneau business group sets goals

JUNEAU - As part of its efforts to revitalize downtown Juneau, the Downtown Business Association Board has set several goals for 2007.

These include brightening downtown with more lighting and encouraging the cleaning of streets and sidewalks by businesses, diversity of retail businesses, development of more downtown housing, year-round business and more promotional events. For more information call 463-322 or visit the association's Web site at

Travel company names new vice president

JUNEAU - Chris Meier has been appointed vice president of operations at Alaska Travel Adventures, the company announced.

Meier joined the vacation company in 1994 and recently worked as director of operations. He will be relocating to Juneau with his family to work at the company's corporate office.

The company also announced the hiring of Sunnie Bird as general manager of the Gold Creek Salmon Bake in Juneau, its largest operation. Bird is a graduate of the University of Oregon and has an extensive background in food service, including seven years of management experience with successful food service franchises.

Jeff Keys, senior vice president of operations, and Michael Windred, director of the Juneau operations, are leaving the company in April. Keys plans to pursue other opportunities in the Lower 48 and Windred has announced his retirement after 24 years with the company.

Alaska Travel Adventures is a Juneau-based company that was created 29 years ago. It operates throughout the Southeast, Southcentral and Interior Alaska and serves more than 350,000 customers annually.

For more information about the company's operations and products visit

Juneau Empire sales manager honored

JUNEAU - Nathan Parmelee, the Juneau Empire's advertising sales manager, was the 2007 winner of Morris Publishing Group's "President's Club" award during a ceremony March 1 in Augusta, Ga. This is his third time winning the award.

The award is given to the top ad salesmen at the corporation's newspapers. Selection criteria include exceeding revenue budgets, teamwork, leadership, creativity, total product line selling, local selling awards and community involvement.

Parmelee is a native of Shreveport, La. He began selling advertising for the Capital City Weekly in 1998 and has been with the Empire for more than seven years.

'Starting a Business' offered this month

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center this month is offering a two-evening class, "Starting Your Own Business."

Community professionals will share their knowledge of business start-up steps, marketing, record keeping, risk management, commercial banking, legal forms of business, and key elements to consider before starting a business.

The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 14 and March 21.

The classes will be in the conference room on the third floor of the Juneau Empire building. Registration is required in advance by calling 463-3789. The cost of the class is $35, but scholarships are available for low-income participants.

The center offers free, confidential business counseling for new, aspiring and established business owners.

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