Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007

Downtown salon under new ownership

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JUNEAU - Jeanne Mungle, owner of the Alaska Soap and Candle Co., has taken over the tanning salon on at Merchants Wharf and renamed it Sunburst on the Wharf. Mungle said the name was the original name of the salon, dating back more than 20 years.

The salon has been updated to create an upscale spa-like experience with new tanning beds and soaps, candles and body-care products for sale.

Sunburst on the Wharf is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call 586-2722.

KIN helps Lego teams organize

JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council's Knowledge Industry Network will be hosting an informational meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today for those interested in learning how to organize a team for the region's FIRST Lego League tournament.

The meeting will be held in the downtown library.

The tournament, scheduled to take place in late fall, is an international robotics competition that was created by FIRST - or "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," a New Hampshire-based nonprofit, to inspire young people's interest in science and technology.

The tournament is open to students ages 9 to 14 and a team can be formed by any group and organization, including schools, home school groups, churches and community groups. Businesses and community members can get involved by sponsoring the youth teams.

To learn more about how to form a team or about the challenge question, call Parks at 523-2335 or visit the Web site at

In 2006, more than 100,000 students from 24 countries competed in the FIRST World Festival in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Sealaska increases company ownership

JUNEAU - Sealaska Corp., the Juneau-based regional Native corporation, has increased its ownership in Managed Business Solutions, a global information and technology outsourcing and consulting firm based in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Previously, Sealaska was the 51 percent owner, but has now increased its ownership to nearly 91 percent, Sealaska President Chris E. McNeil Jr. said.

MBS was created in 1993. As a result of Sealaska's ownership of the company, MBS received certification as a minority-owned business from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Sealaska is a for-profit company that formed as a result of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

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