Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2007

Winter operator takes over at Paradise Cafe

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JUNEAU -Sergei Morosan will manage Paradise Cafe for the winter, opening the restaurant at 10 a.m.

"Please understand he will be making different items than I make. I know it will be a wonderful change," owner Joan Deering said in a release.

Deering said she will be visiting family and working at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, at a resort.

"The resort is much like us here in Juneau as far as remoteness, with everything arriving via barge." Deering said. "I have heard they are one of the leading businesses in the eco-tourist industry. I am excited to see how they do it and bring home some practices."

She will return in February.

Alaska Pacific Bank hires new executive

JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bank President Craig Dahl announced that the bank has hired Julie Pierce as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Julie Pierce of Juneau brings more than eight years of experience as a strategic level finance officer to the position. She served as the chief financial officer for another local financial institution from 1999-2004, worked as the director of finance and development for the Sealaska Heritage Institute from 2004-05, and held the position of assistant state comptroller and comptroller for the state from 2005, until accepting her new position with Alaska Pacific. Pierce has a master's degree in business administration and is a certified public accountant.

As chief financial officer, Pierce is responsible for the bank's overall financial management, including oversight of budgeting, analysis, forecasting, interest-rate risk and financial reporting.

Alaska Pacific Bank is a locally owned community bank serving Southeast Alaska since 1935. The bank offers a full range of banking services to individuals and businesses through its offices in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. Alaska Pacific Bank is a federally chartered savings bank headquartered in Juneau and is the sole subsidiary of Alaska Pacific Bancshares.

Training explores fluctuating economy

JUNEAU - The Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training monthly meeting will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in the third-floor conference room of the Juneau Empire building, 3100 Channel Drive.

Guest speaker Cathy Johnson will present "Bullet-Proofing Your Business to Ups and Downs in the Market" from noon to 1 p.m. The free presentation is open to the public.

Johnson will cover a variety of topics, from buying and inventory management to networking and customer service. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and encouraged to come a few minutes early and stay a few minutes afterward for networking opportunities with other business professionals.

Johnson is a loan originator for Residential Mortgage. She serves on the board of directors for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies shelter and is a member of the Juneau Homeless Coalition.

For more information, call the Juneau Small Business Development Center at 463-3789.

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