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Business Briefs

Posted: December 15, 2011 - 8:40am

Chambers set schedules
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet Wednesday.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday at noon at Froso's. "Christmas Fun Day" is planned. Lunch is $13.

Small business seminars scheduled
"Starting a business" -- A 2 hour free "Starting a Business" seminar Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, allows Bryan Zak to answer 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. Registration deadline is Jan. 6  via http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on Training Events, Centers location  - select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info.   
"Marketing Your Business" -- Do you know who will buy your product? Do you know why they will?  Do you know if your advertising is timed right? Learn creative and inexpensive marketing techniques that work for your business. Join us in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 12 on Jan. 10 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and Bryan Zak will walk you through various techniques that will assist you in advertising and marketing you, your company and your service or product. Registration deadline is Jan. 6 via http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on Training Events, Centers location - select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info. Bunny will contact you for payment options and to see if you want your company included with your name on your receipt. This seminar costs $30. Cash, check or credit cards Visa and MC are accepted payment options.

"Getting started with Quickbooks 2009" -- Learn to use QuickBooks 2009 as the best  tool to collect and organize your business data so you're prepared when tax time rolls around.  4-Tuesday sessions, from 5 to 9 p.m. covers 10 chapters. Payroll and Inventory are separate classes. Fee is $185 on Tuesdays: Jan. 10, 17, 24 and ends Jan. 31 in Suite 12 at AK SBDC- Red Diamond Center. Bring a thumb drive to save lessons to practice at home. Only 10 seats available. Friday, Jan. 6 is the deadline to register via http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on Training Events, Centers location - select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info. PreRequisite: Experience in Typing and computer keyboarding is required.  
"Profit mastery" -- On Wednesday and Thursday - Jan. 18 & 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., South West Regional Director Bryan Zak will present a 2-day, Profit Mastery Seminar here in the Red Diamond Center. Normally $395, the Jobs Bill allows us to offer a special rate of $200 so you can explore your best opportunity for knowledge-driven financial management education. This 16-hour hands-on course that will help you set goals for the future of your business, control spending and pricing. You will leave with a process to assess the performance of your business and a strategy to implement change. In addition to the program content, you will master the material through quizzes, lively discussion, guided practice, and real-life application to your own business. Creating Value and Building Wealth will empower you to make better business decisions and keep more of your hard-earned money. Are you up to the challenge? To qualify for this Jobs Bill funding's Limited Time Offer of $200, you must register online and payment must be received by Friday, Jan. 13 so go to http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on Training Events, Centers location - select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Up, then enter your info.  Bunny will contact you regarding payment options once your registration is received.

Realtors announce board positions, awards
Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors met on December 8th for their annual Awards Luncheon. The new 2012 Board of Directors were installed by the visiting Alaska Association of Realtors(R) President Helen Jarratt. The KPAR 2012 are:   President Les Crane; President Elect Anna Johns; Secretary/Treasurer Mary Kay Grenier; Director at Large A Ross Baxter; Director at Large B Kelly Griebel; Director at Large C Michael Winegarden; Director at Large D Marty Radvansky; Director at Large E Linda McLane; Past President Dale Bagley. The 2011 Realtor(R) of the Year Marty Radvansky was recognized. We also recognized Kachemak Board of Realtors(R), Realtor(R) of the Year Dorothy Cunningham. We awarded our Affiliate of the Year to Aaron Swanson of Residential Mortgage. We had a bake auction to raise funds for the Dave Feeken Scholarship Fund and the Realtor(R) Fund, a fund that stays in the community to help those in need. The Dave Feeken Scholarship Fund raised $1050, thanks in part to a $500 donation from Diane Melton and the Five Star Realty Group. The Realtor(R) Fund raised $1023, plus 5 -$100 gift certificates for needy families. We also collected over 75 toys for Toys for Tots. If you are in the market to buy or sale please look up a local Realtor(R) by visiting www.kenaipeninsularealtors.org or calling 262-1851 for a list of your local Realtors(R).  

Service Star recognized
First American Title announces Laura West as the Service Star Award winner for October 2011. The award is presented on votes by her peers and clients throughout the state for repeatedly going above and beyond while performing extraordinary customer service for our internal and external customers. Laura represents the eight statewide offices in this recognition.

Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union welcomes new member
Melissa Falcone has joined the Denali Alaskan FCU staff as Marketing Officer. Falcone is responsible for Up & Coming, a program for Denali Alaskan members between the ages of 18 and 24. She is also responsible for BALANCE, a financial literacy program that provides information to help credit union members achieve their goals.
Falcone has over two years of financial industry experience. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan she was a Personal Banker at Wells Fargo Bank in Alaska.

Falcone received a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from Gonzaga University in 2009, where she was active in Public Relations Student Society of America and the Gonzaga Communication Arts Honor Society.
Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union is the third largest credit union in Alaska, with more than 56,000 members and assets in excess of $450 million. The Credit Union's 17 branches are located in Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai and Wasilla.

Conference and tradeshow on tap
The Alaska Support Industry Alliance will hold Meet Alaska, its annual energy conference and tradeshow providing Alaskans with the opportunity to learn about our resources from a global perspective. The conference will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.

The theme, Ride the Resource Rollercoaster will feature speakers in the areas of "The Thrill of Rising Exploration" followed by "The Plunge of Decreased Production" and "The Gravitational Pull of Federal Permitting." Featured speakers will bring their expertise in one of these areas to the podium. Presenters include: Jeff Watkins, Chairman of Coal for Wood Mackenzie; Ed Merrow, author of Industrial Mega Projects"; Marianne Kah, Chief Economist, ConocoPhillips; John Minge, President, BP Alaska; Arthur Berman, Energy Sector Consultant/Shale Gas Plays Expert and many others from the national and international resource development industry.

Registration for Meet Alaska is open.  Early bird registration is available until Dec. 21 with prices ranging from $250-300. After Dec. 21 registration will be $275-325. Contact the Alaska Support Industry Alliance at 907.563.2226 or visit www.alaskaalliance.com for a full agenda and to register for this event.
 
Agricultural Equipment for Rent
The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District has a variety of agricultural equipment for rent including equipment for land clearing, tilling, re-seeding, planting, bale wrapping and weed spraying. For information, call 283-8732 x 108.

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