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  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center offers three different workshops Sept. 16 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. • A presentation on the SBA HUBZone program will be from 10 a.m to noon. Free. Register online by Sept. 6. • A presentation on the SBA 8(A) program will be ...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:46pm
  • The Seldovia Bay Ferry has announced an indefinite extension of its fourth season providing round trips between Seldovia and Homer twice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The extended service schedule begins Friday. The extension comes following the extended absence of the Alaska Marin...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:45pm
  • Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic received a $65,000 Health Information Technology Grant from the Office of Population Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The grant will be used for the purchase, implementation, staff training and integration support of a software s...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:45pm
  • JUNEAU — An initiative to increase Alaska’s minimum wage yearly to keep up with inflation has at least 12,000 signatures, petition sponsor Ed Flanagan said. Flanagan, a former state labor commissioner, is sponsoring the initiative along with Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson. Both Cashen and Sampson al...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:43pm
  • Bycatch in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is a touchy subject. Discussions at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council about capping bycatch for salmon and halibut in various federal fisheries over the past few years have been contentious. Declining returns of king salmon in rivers throughout...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:42pm
  • While much of the Lower 48 is still recovering from a devastating recession, Alaska’s economy remains stable, and our employment numbers are strong. Alaska’s unemployment rate for 2012 was 1.1 percent below the national average.  In fact, Alaska’s unemployment rate has been below the nati...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:40pm
  • Cruise tour passengers going to Fairbanks will not be riding a Holland America Princess train to the city next summer. The parent company of Holland America Line and Princess cruises, known as HAP, recently confirmed it is terminating its rail service from Denali National Park to Fairbanks at the st...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:38pm
  • Ready or not, certain changes to the health care market are on the way, and small businesses will be impacted. As some parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect Oct. 1, Alaskans will see changes in the health care market, Josh Weinstein said at an Aug. 19 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Mon...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:36pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP)  — People from across the country are expected in Fairbanks next month for the opportunity to ride rare rails as part of the 2013 National Railway Historical Society Convention, which Alaska is hosting in September. The convention runs Sept. 14–22....

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:01pm
  • People are starting to get antsy.  The hours of daylight are getting noticeably shorter. The fireweed has gone to seed. I can hear the nervousness in people’s voices when they ask, “How much longer is the Homer Farmers’ Market going to be open?” Locals pay attention to these things. Six...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 1:59pm

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