Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2007

Rain Tree Quilting has new owner

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JUNEAU - As of May 1, quilting store Rain Tree Quilting will have a new owner.

Jaxine Andersen, who has owned the business in the Airport Shopping Center for nearly 10 years, announced she has sold the shop to Juneau resident Annette Coggins.

Andersen, a retired teacher, said she plans to move to Washington state.

The name and location of the store will remain the same, Andersen said. It is located at 131 Glacier Highway, Suite 7.

Palin seeks Exporter of the Year nominees

JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin is asking Alaskans to nominate companies for the annual Governor's Exporter of the Year Awards.

Awards are given in the categories of goods, services and small businesses. Individuals or companies may nominate others or themselves. Nominations are due May 1, and the awards will be presented on May 29 at the Export Council of Alaska luncheon organized by World Trade Center Alaska.

Previous award winners during the past 10 years have included Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, Alaskan Vacations, Sealaska Timber Corp., Northern Keta, Agrium, Dowland-Bach Corp., VECO, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Teck Cominco Alaska and Circumpolar Expeditions. The nomination form is available at

For more information, call Patricia Eckert 269-8118.

Local businesswomen featured in newspaper

JUNEAU - Juneau residents Laurie Lindsey and Jill Ramiel were featured in an article, "Women Entrepreneurs Take on Rugged Alaska," published in the New York Times on April 5.

The article, by Weld Royal, highlighted a December 2006 study by the Center for Women's Business Research in Washington, which showed that in Alaska, women hold majority stakes in roughly 26 percent of all the state's businesses. That puts the state toward the bottom of the nationwide list of businesses owned by women.

Lindsey owns Alaska Sailing Charters. Ramiel owns the Silverbow Inn Bed and Breakfast with her husband Ken Alper. Anchorage resident Sharon Athas Cote, owner of construction and trucking firm SB★ Services, was also featured.

KIN to host panel on tourism businesses

JUNEAU - Knowledge Industry Networks will host a tourism-themed business panel April 18 as part of its entrepreneurial education series.

The panel, "Challenges and Opportunities in Juneau's Tourism Industry," will discuss issues such as sustainability, marketing to different types of travelers and tips from longtime professionals in the industry.

Featured panelists include John McConnochie from Cycle Alaska; Diane Pearson from Pearson's Pond Bed and Breakfast; Dawn Wolfe from Gastineau Guiding; Dot Wilson from Coastal Helicopters; Rachel Fredholm from Alaska Zipline Adventures and Kirby Day from Princess Cruises.

An hour-long question and answer session with the panel will be followed by one hour of informal networking.

The panel will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hangar Ballroom in Merchants Wharf. The cost is $10 per person or $5 for students. For more information, call Jess Parks at 463-3662 or visit

Coeur announces progress on mine

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., which owns the Kensington Mine north of Juneau, recently announced a summary of its progress on the Bolivia San Bartolome silver mine, which is targeted for completion near the end of 2007.

As of March 24, contractors were on site and roughly 450 employed. Workers were 90 percent finished with grading and topsoil removal for tailings facility, with work underway on tailings dam foundation.

Workers also had readed almost 90 percent of a site for a processing plant area, according to a company press release issued Tuesday.

In recent months, Coeur reported that it has continued to meet with officials of the Bolivian government to discuss issues related to the project and has received expressions of support. The government also has expressed a desire to increase taxes for the mining industry, but has not yet submitted a formal proposal.

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