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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2005

Holistic medicine practice opens

Maureen Longworth, a family doctor who focused on women's health at Juneau's SEARHC facilities, has opened a holistic medicine clinic on Seward Street with full-time hours.

Part of her expansion will include offering classes and free demonstrations of healing techniques. Longworth's most popular method involves reaching pressure points with hands, similar to acupuncture but without needles. The patient also participates by visualizing the process, she said.

Longworth will offer free demonstrations next week at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday and noon Thursday. Later next month and November, she will offer weekend classes that are introductions to energy medicine.

Longworth is Juneau's lone doctor with board certifications in family practice and holistic medicine, she said.

Juneau EDC receives honors for project

The Juneau Economic Development Council received honors last month for its Hoonah business incubator project.

Arctic Spirit, a gift shop started last year at the Icy Strait Point development in Hoonah, was created to be a "train to own" business allowing employees the possibility of purchasing the business after extensive training in operating a retail business.

The council was given the 2005 Innovator Award by the National Association of Development Organizations on Aug. 29 in Seattle.

The JEDC promotes economic development statewide. The council also collaborates with local and regional organizations to diversify and stabilize economies.

The NADO, based in Washington, D.C., is a public interest group recognizing organizations for demonstrating innovative approaches to economic and community development.

Business seminar, trade show canceled

The Third Annual Capital City Business Symposium and Tongass Trade Show scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30 has been canceled due to lack of people registering to support the events, organizers said.

The symposium was to feature a keynote speaker, classes and one-on-one consultations. The show ran successfully the past two years.

• Business briefs are compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. If you know of any businesses opening, closing or relocating, or of other business related news, please contact him at

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