Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Programs designed to help start-ups

JUNEAU - Two upcoming programs at the Juneau Small Business Development Center will assist small business owners and those planning a start-up.

Starting Your Own Small Business is a seminar for those in the planning stages or deciding whether or not to move forward with a business idea. The two-evening class will be held today and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Speakers include John Logan of Logan General Tax Practice, Peter Mores with Shattuck and Grummett, and Stephen Sorensen with Simpson, Tillinghast, Sorensen and Longenbaugh, along with Jackie Stewart, Juneau SBDC Director.

Writing a Business Plan: Your Blueprint for Success will guide participants through the process of writing a formal business plan for a loan proposal, planning a start-up, or strategizing for an established business. Jamey Young with First Bank will join Jackie Stewart in the presentation. This two-evening seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m Tuesday and Thursday, March 27 and 29. Both business programs will be in the Juneau Empire third floor conference room. The cost is $35 for each or $50 for both programs.

Pre-registration is required by calling 463-3789. Space is limited. The Juneau Small Business Development Center offers free, confidential business counseling to help business planning after the seminar.

Knowles wants nominations for export award

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles is seeking nominations for the annual Governor's Exporter of the Year Award. The award honors Alaska companies that make important contributions to the state's economy by expanding their international operations.

Alaska-based companies are eligible for the award.

"International trade is very important to Alaska and this award gives state government the opportunity to recognize those in the private sector, including both large and small companies, who expand our economy and create good jobs for Alaskans," Knowles said in a statement.

"2000 was another good year for Alaska exporters," said Greg Wolf, director of International Trade and Market Development, who works with Alaska exporters and overseas buyers. "Our exports rebounded to pre-Asian-flu numbers in 1999, and held steady again last year. Alaska risk-takers those who explore new overseas markets, and who create products and services for those markets - should be recognized."

Companies may nominate themselves or another company.

The state's Division of International Trade and Market Development will collect entries and assist Knowles in choosing the winner, based on criteria such as new market development, quantifiable export growth, innovation, value added and the company's effect on statewide or local economy.

Nominations are due Monday, April 30. Knowles will award Exporter of the Year at the Fifteenth Annual Export Alaska Banquet, under the sponsorship of the Alaska Export Council, on Thursday, May 24 in Anchorage.

For more information or for an application, call Patricia Eckert, Division of International Trade & Market Development at 907 269-8118. The nomination application is available on the Web at:

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