Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2006

Chamber elects new president

JUNEAU - The Juneau Chamber of Commerce has a new president, Jim Becker.

Becker is a commercial fisherman who has been an active board member of the organization since 2000. He replaces Linda Thomas of the Alaskan Brewing Co. She is now serving as past president.

For more information about the Chamber of Commerce, call Executive Director Cathie Roemmich at 463-3488 or e-mail jcc@alaska.com. The chamber Web site can be visited online at www.juneauchamber.com.

Japanese restaurant coming to valley

JUNEAU - A sushi bar and teppanyaki, Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, is slated to open at 9116 Mendenhall Mall Road - the site formerly occupied by Taco Bell - the first week of January.

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food, typically in front of the customers.

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In North America, it also is commonly referred to as "hibachi," which is the name of the griddle itself.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Kenny Yoon, who also owns Kenny's Wok and Teriyaki and co-owns the Breakwater Inn.

It will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more information, call 957-1515.

Center offers 'Simple Start' class

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center has organized a class on "Simple Start," a QuickBooks small business accounting program from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 in the third floor conference room of the Juneau Empire building on Channel Drive. The class will be led by certified QuickBooks trainer Brian Prellwitz of Logan General Tax Practice.

The program was developed for businesses that need a simple, computerized bookkeeping system to track sales and expenses and do not require more advanced accounting functions, such as inventory management.

Participants will receive a 2007 trial version of the software. The cost for the class is $25, but scholarships are available for low-income participants. Preregistration is required by calling 463-3789.

The center offers free, confidential business counseling by appointment for new and established businesses.

KIN Pub Night set for Dec. 14

JUNEAU - Knowledge Industry Network is hosting its monthly pub night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Island Pub in Douglas.

The networking event is open to all ages, but is primarily geared toward helping people in their 20s and 30s establish business connections. It is sponsored by the Juneau Economic Development Council. Similar events have begun statewide.

For more information, contact project manager Jess Parks at 463-3662, Ext. 34 or visit www.accessak.org.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Brittany Retherford and runs every Thursday. If you know of any business-related news, please contact her at brittany.retherford@juneauempire.com.



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