Posted: Monday, November 15, 2004

Nugget outfitter marks anniversary

JUNEAU - Ron Flint, owner of Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, said he has been doing some reminiscing at his store lately. Many customers have been wishing the business a happy anniversary.

Today marks 30 years since the store opened. Flint said he was a sophomore in high school when his parents, Bill and Donna, opened the store, a couple of months before the first phase of the Nugget Mall opened.

"Mom and Dad started it with some local investors," he said. "I feel way too young to have seen so many changes."

In addition to the mall going up and expanding, Flint said he has watched the business environment charge. Along with big-box stores coming to town to compete with specialty stores, the Internet has developed as a home shopping source.

But Nugget Alaska Outfitter plans to keep outfitting Juneau, and another 30 years isn't out of the question, Flint said. "The thing about clothing is it's nice to feel it and try it on."

Small business resources available

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center has added 20 new business-related books to its library, through the University of Alaska president's special projects fund.

The SBDC library, located on the third floor of the Juneau Empire building, houses hundreds of books on business topics ranging from accounting to home businesses and marketing.

The books are available to the public to read in the library or to check out with a $25 deposit.

The Juneau SBDC is one of six centers in a statewide network and part of a cooperative program between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Alaska.

The center's mission is to provide start-up assistance and counseling to small Alaskan businesses.

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