Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Frosos. A presentation from the Kenai Watershed Forum regarding the Kenai Birding Festival is planned. Lunch is $13. For more information call 262-9814.


The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at the Kenai Visitor Center. A presentation from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC Executive Vice President John Barnes is planned. Lunch is $15. For more information call 283-7989.   

Small Business Seminars on tap
The Alaska Small Business Development Center offers seminars in March. To register, go and click on Training Events.  Scroll down to Centers Location and select Kenai Peninsula/SouthWest; click on Browse and find workshop, then click SignUp and complete the info needed. March offerings are as follows.

* "Starting a Business" - March 20
Bryan Zak will answer questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while talking about Alaska Small Business Development Center and partner programs. Registration for the March 20 session the deadline is March 16. The seminar is free.

* "Recordkeeping for taxes" - March 13
Alaska SBDC offers tips on how to keep good records, employee information to gather and other details needed to meet tax requirements and to stay organized for timely tax reporting.   Register online by March 9. Cost is $60. Runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

* "Beginning Quickbooks 2009"
Learn to use QuickBooks 2009 as the best  tool to collect and organize business data. Payroll and Inventory are separate classes. Taught in Suite 12 at AK SBDC- Red Diamond Center. Participants should bring a thumb drive. Registration deadline is March 23. Cost is $195. Experience in typing and computer keyboarding  is required. Course runs four Tuesdays: March 27, April 3, 10 and 17.

* "Grant writing" - March 28
Loretta Spalding will talk about the basics to successfully launch grant writing skills, including how to search for grants, what to include in a grant application and procedures once a grant is recieved. The class starts at Suite 12, Red Diamond Center where we issue receipts, sign-in and provide your handouts, then continues at Soldotna Middle School. Registration is due by March 23. Runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $75.

Gwin's lodge opening with new owners
Gwin's Lodge, located at Milepost 52 on Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing, will open May 25 through October under new ownership. The new owners, Keith Mantey and his wife Wei Wei Jeang, of Parker, Texas, purchased the historic log roadhouse after spending a few hours at the lodge on their first trip to Alaska last September.

Gwin's Lodge will be managed by Charlotte Bright, who has worked at Gwin's Lodge in various capacities in the past, and has many years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Free workshop announced
Alaskan Physical Therapy, Inc. will host a free workshop  Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning March 6, The class is called Living Well Alaska- Better Choices, Better Health. Participants will be given a workbook and learn how to manage symptoms associated with chronic conditions such as Arthritis, Heart Conditions, Diabetes, and Chronic Pain. Class size is limited.

Please call Jill or Jennifer at 260-2679 for more information or to register for the workshop. Location will be in  at Alaskan Physical Therapy, Inc. Clinic.

High Tunnels for gardening cost-shared by USDA
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will continue to fund high tunnel garden structures through the Envrionmental Quality Incentive Program through fiscal year 2013.  Applications must be completed by June 15.

Land and producer eligiblity criteria must be met and a NRCS cost-shared high tunnel will be part of a comprehensive conservation plan.  For more information or an application package call the NRCS Kenai Field Office at 283-8732 or visit

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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