Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007

KeyCorp announces first-quarter earnings

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CLEVELAND - Banking and financial services company KeyCorp, which has branches in Alaska, said on Tuesday its first-quarter earnings rose 21 percent to $350 million in the first quarter, boosted by the sale of its McDonald Investments unit.

Earnings rose to 87 cents per share in the January-March quarter, up from $289 million, or 70 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2006.

Forest Service names engineering director

JUNEAU - The Alaska Region of the U. S. Forest Service has selected Sam Carlson as the new regional director of engineering and aviation management. He begins his new position May 14.

Carlson came to Alaska from Washington, D.C., where he served as the national construction engineer for the Natural Resource Conservation Service since December 2000.

He has held a variety of positions in the Northwest throughout his 25-year career, including a job in the private timber industry along the coastal range of Oregon, and with an Alaska Native corporation on road construction and timber management in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

He began his federal career in 1989 as a district engineer for the Forest Service in Petersburg. He held numerous engineering positions during the 12 years he worked with the Forest Service in Alaska and Oregon, and was involved with the design and construction of major transportation system projects and forest management activities.

Carlson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering, both from Oregon State University. He is registered as a professional civil engineer in the states of Alaska and Oregon.

Bank names first business specialist

JUNEAU - Wells Fargo has named Caroline Hurley as the financial services company's first business specialist for Juneau. Hurley will be based at Wells Fargo's Glacier Valley store at 9150 Glacier Highway.

Business specialists for Wells Fargo focus on helping small business customers succeed financially by offering a range of business products and services, including business credit and cash flow management.

They conduct comprehensive financial assessments and develop in-depth relationships with business owners and managers. In Alaska there are 13 business specialists, part of Wells Fargo's growing small business banking team.

Hurley, who was born and raised in Juneau, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Portland State University and has three years of financial services experience.

'Smart Staffing' class to be held April 27

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will present a seminar, "Smart Staffing," on April 27.

This seminar will provide tips and techniques to employers for hiring good employees in the Juneau job market. Participants will learn about recruiting sources, hiring techniques and training for retention from Program Specialist Karen Wilke.

The class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the conference room on the third floor of the Juneau Empire building. Registration is required in advance by calling 463-3789. The cost is $25.

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

Business now includes framing consultations

JUNEAU - Ann Lind, a home-based consultant for national company Creative Memories, has expanded her services to include custom framing consultations.

Lind has worked for the company for more than one year and has lived in Juneau for the past 27 years.

She was trained by Creative Memories in framing, traditional album making, photo organization, digital organization and digital albums.

Lind can be reached at 790-2524 or To learn more about Creative Memories, visit

Knowledge Industry Network event tonight

JUNEAU - The Knowledge Industry Network, or KIN, is hosting its monthly networking pub night between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today 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. Juneau Jazz and Classics is the featured sponsor this month.

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

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