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Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2005

Alaskan Brewing takes 3 medals at beer fest

Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. took three medals - two gold and one silver - at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last weekend.

The Alaskan Smoked Porter received a gold medal and the company's Alaskan ESB took a silver in the extra special bitter category, its second time to win that award. The Alaskan Boogie Bitter, one of the brewery's newest from its Rough Draft series, won a gold in the bitter category.

Alaskan Brewing continues to be the most award-wining small craft brewery in the competition's history with 33 medals. Thousands of beers from 380 domestic companies competed in 69 categories. Winners were picked by a panel of brewers, industry members, writers and beer experts in a series of blind tastings.

Midnight Sun Brewing Co. of Anchorage won a bronze for its Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter in the coffee-flavored beer category.

Business center to offer class on startups

The Juneau Small Business Development Center will offer a two-evening class on how to start a business.

The class will be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20.

Those considering a business idea or in the planning stages of a startup will learn the intricacies of small business development. Community professionals will share knowledge of business startup steps, marketing, record keeping, risk management, commercial banking, legal forms of business, and key elements to consider before starting a business.

Speakers include Stephen Sorensen with firm Simpson, Tillinghast, Soresen and Longenbaugh, University of Alaska Southeast accounting professor Ron Hulstein, Ted Ward with KeyBank, and Jackie Stewart with the small business development center.

Classes will be in a third floor conference room in the Juneau Empire building. The two-evening class is $35 and registration is required in advance by calling 463-3789. Scholarships are available for low-income participants.

Juneau Native corps. among top companies

Sealaska Corp. and Goldbelt, Inc. were among 49 businesses from across the state honored in Anchorage on Monday by Alaska Business Monthly magazine at its annual ranking of the state's most successful Alaska-owned and Alaska-operated business enterprises.

The blue ribbon list is comprised of the state's top performing for-profit companies and associations whose economic endeavors impact many Alaska cities and towns.

"Building Alaska" was the theme chosen for the event that is anticipated by scores of Alaska's best companies who submit information on their operations in order to be selected as a "Top 49er."

Sealaska was ranked 10th and Goldbelt was ranked 35th.

The companies included many Native corporations created from the Native Claims Settlement Act, plus several banks and auto dealerships,. They have combined revenues of $6.9 billion and provide more than 22,500 jobs, according to the magazine.

• 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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