Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon Tuesday at noon at the Soldotna Sports Center. A presentation from Gail Phillips with Make Alaska Competitive is planned. Lunch is $15. RSVP is required. To RSVP call 283-7989 (Kenai Chamber) or 262-9814 (Soldotna Chamber). 


The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. A presentation from Merrill Sikorski and others about Caring for the Kenai is planned. Lunch is $15.

Wells Fargo Soldotna announces managers
Benjamin Burgener has been named Wells Fargo Soldotna store manager.  He will lead of a team of 15 tellers and bankers dedicated to helping Central Kenai Peninsula customers succeed financially.

Burgener has five years of financial services experience as a Wells Fargo store manager, service manager, personal banker and teller in Wyoming and Utah.  He earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Brigham Young University.  He served in the community as an assistant scout master for the Boy Scouts and as a financial clerk for a church in Wyoming.

Wells Fargo has named Steve Manley as a business relationship manager focused on helping Central Kenai Peninsula business customers succeed financially. 

Manley is a lifelong Kenai Peninsula resident with eight years of experience in accounting and financial management, including six years as an accountant and controller for Central Bering Sea Fisherman's Association.  He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He serves in the community as a volunteer for Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Alaska business receives Top Hand Award
Wasilla businessman Charlie Willis, who owns CW Tack and Western Wear with his wife Nancy, has received the Western & English Sales Assn. (WESA) 2012 Top Hand Award for Industry Excellence, the equestrian and Western industries' top award for service and contributions. The Top Hand Award recognizes individuals in the Western and equestrian industry for "outstanding contributions" that have enhanced the strength of their communities and the equestrian industry as a whole, according to Toni High, executive director of WESA.

Small Business Development Center schedule announced
"Starting a Business" will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, it is a free two-hour seminar from 10 a.m. to noon. Bryan Zak will answer questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center. Learn about AKSBDC and partner programs and why you should register for free counseling services. Registration deadline is Feb. 24 via  Click on Training Events, Centers location  - select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info.  

"Quickbooks 2009 - Inventory" is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, the seminar costs $75. Arrive at 5 p.m., class begins at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Suite 12 at AK SBDC- Red Diamond Center. Online registration deadline is Feb. 17, register at Click on Training Events, Centers location - select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info. PreRequisite: Typing or computer keyboarding experience is required. Bring a thumb drive to class so you can save the training data.

"Profit Mastery", a two-day seminar will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday - Feb. 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The seminar costs $200. South West Regional Director Bryan Zak will present a 2-day, Profit Mastery Seminar at the Red Diamond Center. 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. Normally $395, the Jobs Bill allows us to offer a special rate of $200 but to qualify for this Limited Time Offer of $200, you must register online and payment must be received by Friday, Feb. 10. Go to: Click on Training Events, Centers location - select Kenai Peninsula or South West, Browse for seminar, click Sign Up, then enter your info. Bunny will contact you regarding payment options once your registration is received.
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 269-8543 or via email at

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