Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2000

Classes: How to launch a business

The Juneau Small Business Development Center is offering "Starting Your Own Small Business," a three-part class that discusses entrepreneurial self-assessment, personal and professional goal-setting and creating a unique selling proposition. It also includes a business planning overview and presentations by accounting, legal and insurance professionals.

The classes, held 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20 and 27, are presented by Jackie Stewart of the Small Business Development Center and Margaret O'Neal of the Juneau Economic Development Council.

The fee is $45 for the classes, which will be held in the Juneau Empire building, 3100 Channel Drive, Suite 306. For more information, call JEDC at 463-3662.

JEDC meets to find new director

The Juneau Economic Development Council board will discuss appointment of a new executive director at a meeting Thursday at the JEDC offices at 612 W. Willoughby.

Also, a proposed by-law change in the board appointment process -- whereby the JEDC board would provide the Juneau Assembly with a candidate pool to ensure community diversity -- will also be discussed.

Members will also discuss the possibility of reducing the number of CBJ representatives on the board from two to one, and filling the vacant seat with a University of Alaska Southeast representative. Additionally, Paul Voelckers and Barb Sheinberg will give a presentation on the new waterfront development plan.

Drilling to start on Cook Inlet project

KENAI -- Enstar Natural Gas Co. expects drilling to start soon on a project in western Cook Inlet, officials said this week.

Enstar recently signed a contract with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for gas from the Moquawkie Prospect in western Cook Inlet, Enstar President Barrett Hatches told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Later, Anadarko spokesman Mark Hanley said his company struck gas at Moquawkie with its Lone Creek 1 well in 1998 and plans to drill the Lone Creek 2 and 3 wells this fall.

"We're hoping those wells confirm what we think from some of the seismic stuff," he said.

The utility is negotiating other contracts for new natural gas to encourage Cook Inlet exploration and development, the Peninsula Clarion reported.

"We don't have our entire capacity to 2020," Hatches said. "So what we're doing now is filling in the voids."

Enstar is negotiating with another producer to fill other gaps in its supplies. Hatches said that company also is committing to drill for natural gas.

Enstar actually could use the commitments it has through 2020 to meet demand until 2008, he said.

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