First National gives to SBDC First National Bank has given $1,000 to the Juneau Small Business Development Center to pay for an Alaska Small Business Planning Guide for each of SBDC's business start-up kits.
The planning guide is a manual for entrepreneurs to use in evaluating a business concept, drafting a business plan and preparing a financing proposal.
The SBDC provides free business counseling and coordinates business seminars.
Realtor Telfer honored: Larry E. Telfer of Juneau has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Only 5 percent of Realtors nationwide have earned the credential, which is based upon completion of an advanced course and is intended to assure home buyers and sellers that the designee subscribes to the Realtor code of ethics, is technologically up to date, and is committed to maximizing profits and minimizing costs for clients.
Telfer is owner of RE/MAX of Juneau, a member of the Southeast Board of Realtors and president of the Juneau Multiple Listing Service.
New director at Tongass Counseling: Valerie Kelly has been hired as the new executive director of Tongass Community Counseling Center.
Kelly previously was regional director for Phoenix Programs in San Joaquin County, Calif., and has headed agencies providing counseling and programs in domestic violence, substance abuse, anger management and mental health.
Channel Dive gets five stars: Channel Dive Center has been named a five-star instructor development center by the Professional Association of Dive Instructors.
There are 250 facilities so honored by the association, which covers most of the Western Hemisphere, according to a Channel Dive news release.
``This distinction indicates our commitment to offering continuing education opportunities to dive professionals,'' said John Lachelt, owner of Channel Dive Center.
New associates at Jensen Yorba Lott: Charlene Steinman and Christopher Mertl were recently appointed associates of Jensen Yorba Lott, Alaska's oldest practicing architectural firm.
Steinman, who joined the firm in 1990, has done interior design for Huna Totem Corp., Galligaskins, the Terry Miller legislative offices and the Twisted Fish Co.
Mertl, who joined in 1996, is certified as an arborist and playground safety inspector. He designed the wildflower meadow and apple orchard at the Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. operations center in Lemon Creek and the Calhoun Street sidewalk.
James Bibb has returned to Jensen Yorba Lott after a three-year leave. He did the award-winning design for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.
And Mike Castro, a drafter and modeler from Sheridan, Wyoming, has joined the firm as job captain. He has designed hotels, restaurants and casinos in Las Vegas.
On The Move appears Tuesdays on the business page of the Empire. Please send your business-related items of interest to Bill McAllister, Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801; or fax them to 586-3028.