Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at the Kenai Merit Inn. A presentation from Dr. Henry Krull and Dr. James Zirul from Kahtnu Ventures about the proposed outpatient surgery center in Kenai is planned. Lunch is $15.


The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation from Tesoro Plant Manager James Tangaro is planned. Lunch is $13.

Aquatic farm application period is now open
The Division of Mining, Land, and Water is now accepting aquatic farm lease applications for shellfish operations in state waters. The application period opened on Jan. 1 and ends on April 30.

During the application period, existing farmers may apply for lease amendments. An aquatic farm lease enables the recipient to use state waters to commercially farm Pacific oysters, mussels, littleneck clams, geoduck clams or other shellfish. 

Applications and information can be viewed and/or downloaded from the division's website at:  

For additional information or to set up a pre-application meeting, contact John Thiede, Aquatic Farm Program Manager, at 907-269-8543 or via email at

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 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 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 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 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.

Community awards banquets announced
* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host the Kenai Community Awards Banquet on Jan. 14 at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center. Cocktails will start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. The entertainment will be a roast of Kenai Chamber President Kyle Fisher. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information call 283-7989.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host the Soldotna Chamber Awards Banquet on Jan. 13 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the banquet will start at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $45 and a table of six is $250. To reserve call 262-9814, or register online at 

Watershed forum sponsors training programs
The Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring two Alaska Certified Erosion And Sediment Control Lead (AK-CESCL) Storm Water training sessions, Feb. 6-7 in Seward, and Feb. 8-9 in Soldotna. This training explains the erosion process and how to obtain and comply with the EPA NPDES Construction General Permit. The course will describe the key elements of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and stormwater Best Management Practices.

This is a requirement for people who work on Alaska DOT roads. Other people who may need this certification include commercial and residential builders, project engineers, natural resource managers and anyone responsible for creating, maintaining or evaluating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. Attendees will receive a certificate valid for 3 years.

For more information and registration packets visit: or call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449.
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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