Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Center offers seminar on starting small businesses

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center is offering a seminar about starting your own small business for anyone planning a business or deciding whether to move forward with a business idea. The two-evening class will be presented Tuesday and Thursday, March 20 and 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Community professionals will share their knowledge of legal considerations, business insurance, record keeping, marketing, financing options and key elements to analyze before starting a business.

The Juneau Small Business Development Center offers free business counseling following the seminar.

The seminar is $35, and will be held in the third floor conference room of the Juneau Empire. Space is limited. To register, call 463-3789.

Workshop on sound system

JUNEAU - The Centennial Hall Convention Center will host a workshop on its house sound system from 3 to 10 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in the Sheffield Ballrooms.

The purpose of the workshop, said Phil Paramore, events supervisor, is to familiarize users with the system, train them on the use of mixers, equalizers, mikes and mike placement and on various parking options.

From 3 to 6 p.m., training will consist of technical review on the main and distributed sound systems and equipment. The capabilities and limitations of the systems and the effects of various components will be investigated. There will be a break from 6 to 7 p.m.

From 7 to 10 p.m., there will be an open mike "sound stage." Reservations are necessary. RSVP by March 20 to 586-0485.

Two more hotels planned for Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - Two new hotels are in the works for one of the last large tracts of undeveloped land in Midtown Anchorage.

Developers hope the hotels will attract restaurants, offices and perhaps some retail stores to fill out the rest of the property.

The first hotel is a 125-room Hilton Garden Inn. Construction of the four-story property is scheduled to begin this summer, with opening next year, officials said.

Another 100-room hotel is planned for a nearby area. Representatives of that developer declined to reveal its name.

The properties would be the latest in a string of newly built hotels around Anchorage. Eleven hotels have opened in the past few years, adding more than 1,700 rooms.

Developers said they believe the city's economic future is bright and that there's plenty of business to go around.

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