Business Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Seminars focus on contracting, finances

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center is holding two seminars Sept. 20 addressing government contracting and financial projection.

One seminar, 10 Steps to Successful Government Contracting, will detail the steps small businesses need to take when selling and marketing to government agencies. Discussions will be led by Mike Taylor, Program Manager for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Alaska.

The second seminar is a hands-on computer workshop designed for small-business owners or those planning a start-up business. Participants are asked to bring projected sales and expenses to the workshop. The seminar will be held in the South East Regional Resource Center PC classroom from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $25 and scholarships are available to low income participants. Registration is required.

The program on government contracting will take place from 9 a.m to noon in the third-floor conference room at the Juneau Empire and is free of charge. Those interested must preregister for a place at the seminar.

To register for either class call (907) 463-3789.

Brewery brings back winter ale

JUNEAU - Alaskan Brewing Co. is bringing back its Winter Ale starting in October for the 2001 fall/winter season.

The brewing company debuted the beer last October. It was such a success, the company decided to bring it back for another season, according to a press release.

Rob Sanford, pub manager for Hangar on the Wharf restaurant, said he expects the beer to be successful again this year. With all the home brewers in Juneau, people are more willing to try new tastes and styles, he said.

"It seems that people who craft their own beers are open to trying new things," Sanford said. "It really doesn't have to be marketed to most people."

Brewers said people shouldn't be afraid to try the beer because of its ingredients.

"Don't let the spruce tips throw you off," said brewer Tyler Lindquist in a press release from the brewery. "When you mention spruce tips, folks think it going to be piney. Sitka Spruce contributes a fresh floral aroma."

The winter ale is not a dark beer and is fairly light on the pallate, said Kristi Monroe, public relations director for the brewing company.

"It's no small beer," Monroe said. "But you're also not going to sit down and make a meal out of it."

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