Business Briefs

Kenai, Soldotna chambers plan joint meeting

The Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will host a joint luncheon meeting today at noon at the Kenai Merit Inn. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is scheduled to speak. Lunch is $15 per person. To RSVP, call 907-283-7989 or 907-262-9814.


Kenai seeks input from businesses

The city of Kenai in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce is holding a strategic planning session for City of Kenai business owners on Wednesday, June 8th at the Kenai Senior Center. The session is designed to gather ideas and suggestions to better understand the desires and needs of the business community as Kenai updates the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Business input into the plan update is vital. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The meeting will commence at 8 a.m. and run until 10 a.m.  The business community is encouraged to participate in this important planning meeting. For more information or to RSVP, call Marilyn at 283-8235 or Nancy at 283-8237.

Musicians, vendors wanted for music festival

There are a few slots open for musicians at this year’s Solstice Music Festival to be held on Tuesday, June 21 at the Diamond M Ranch. Also, vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call JoAnne Martin at 283-9330 for an application. This year’s event is sponsored by Matti’s Farm and the Peninsula Youth Foundation. There will be no admission charge and no fee for vendors. The event will begin at 4:00 pm and go until midnight.  Food, arts and crafts, activities and political booths are needed to make this event a success. Donations to Matti’s Farm are encouraged.

Small Business Development Center plans seminars

Starting a business — A 1-hour free “Starting a Business” seminar features Bryan Zak answering your basic questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center. Come and learn about AKSBDC and our partner programs and why you should register for our free counseling services. Times differ so check specific time for: June 7 and June 21.
To register for Small Business Development Center seminars, go to, click “Training Events,” select Center as Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click “Sign-Me-Up,” then enter your information.

2011 July 4 parade entry and vendor booth forms available

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has July 4 parade, vendor and sponsor forms available online at  Submit your entry form via fax (907-283-7183), email (, or in person at 402 Overland Kenai now thru June 30.
Suggested hours to submit forms in person: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
For additional information call your Kenai Chamber at 907-283-7989.

LaRiccia earns child care credential

Laura LaRiccia of Little People’s Education Center hes been awarded a Child Development Associate credential in recognition of her outstanding work with young children. The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., awards credentials to early childhood educators who demonstrate the ability to constructively work with young children in group settings.

Fishin’ Chix plan meeting, excursions

The next meeting of the loacl chapter of Fishin’ Chix will be June 14 at 6 p.m. at the Riverside House in Soldotna. The group also is planning fishing events. For more information, contact the Alaska representative, Jackie English, at 907-398-7877 or by email at


2 peninsula students earn Safari Club scholarships

Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International wishes to recognize the accomplished young people who earned $4,000 scholarships this year, presented at the May... Read more

Enjoy the nerdy hand-me-downs

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I just ran 10 miles for fun

I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into with the Run for the River this year.

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