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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006

JEDC encourages young entrepreneurs

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The Juneau Economic Development Council's Knowledge Industry Network hopes to encourage new businesses by bringing young Alaskans together to network and exchange ideas.

The program will hold its launch party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Jaded, the new bar at the Goldbelt Hotel. Zen will cater, and Alaskan Brewing Co. will provide free beer.

The KIN is targeting the 20- to 39-year-old demographic, but older Alaskans with professional experience are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

"Somebody that you meet might know about a good job or a good hire," said Meagan Gleason, business development manager with JEDC. "People might start talking and go into business together. This also gives young people some sort of venue that's not the bar scene or the church scene."

The network has also developed a Web site,, with resources, lists and links to help develop business connections.

Eventually, the network will assemble a school-to-work program to help high school, college and younger students establish business connections.

Huna Totem elects board members

Shareholders of Juneau-based Huna Totem Corp. elected three board members at the company's 32nd annual meeting held in Hoonah on June 17.

About 81 percent of shareholders voted by proxy or in person to elect to the board William Davis of Stanford, Calif. and re-elect Albert Dick and Ernest Jack, both of Hoonah.

Ron Williams was recognized at the annual meeting for his lifelong achievement, commitment and contributions to Huna Totem Corporation and the greater Alaska Native community.

Williams served nine years on the board from 1979 to 2006, holding positions as vice chairman and parliamentarian. He was also a trustee for the Huna Heritage Foundation.

Huna Totem has some 900 shareholders with ancestral ties to Glacier Bay. The corporation's key business interests are in tourism, banking investment and real estate.

Alaskan Brewing wins 2 business 'Oscars'

The Alaskan Brewing Co. won Best Creative Team and Best Corporate Communicator at the Fourth Annual American Business Awards held in New York City on June 12.

Hailed as the "business world's version of the Oscars" by the New York Post, the American Business Awards honors great performances in the workplace in more than 40 categories.

Alaskan Brewing was a finalist in every category it entered in its first year of competition. The other categories entered were Best Marketing Team and Best Marketer.

Lemon Creek Tex-Mex restaurant closes

Tex-Mex restaurant Tejano Corner in Lemon Creek has closed.

Owner Andre Votion said he had to close the business due to personal health problems after he underwent surgery. Votion said without him as head chef the restaurant could not continue.

The eatery served Texas-style meals that included beef and pork fajitas and tacos made by Votion, a San Antonio native.

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