Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso’s. A presentation from Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association 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 Jennie Long from the Peninsula Job Center on adult learing programs is planned. Lunch is $15. For more information call 283-7989.

Credit Union 1 hosts member appreciation day
Credit Union 1 is hosting the first Member Appreciation Day of 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 29 at its Soldotna Branch. Enjoy free hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a silent auction featuring items donated from local businesses, while we celebrate 60 years of giving.

Money raised from the event will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Boys and Girls Club to aid them in building a Soldotna teen center, which will also be used by the kids from the Soldotna Boys and Girls Club. Currently, they’re using Redoubt Elementary but space is severely limited, causing kids trying join to be placed on a waiting list. The new building will not only allow for new activities, but the club can also take on more of these children who’ve needed to wait for available space in the program. Our goal is to raise $5,000 and Credit Union 1 will match all funds generated during the evening.

The Soldotna branch is located at 44758 Sterling Highway Unit E.

Lesterson revamps as OMG Services
Dawn Lesterson has changed her business name to OMG services, short for “Office Machine Girl.” She has beeen in the office machine industry on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 18 years, formerly Toner Resource. She offers repair and maintenance service on most laser printers, fax machines and copiers. She can be reached at 252-3436 or

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

Small Business Seminars on tap
The Alaska Small Business Development Center offers seminars in March. To register, go to 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.

* “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.

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.

Realtor office awards announced
Freedom Realty held it’s 25th annual awards banquet last month at Paradisos in Kenai. Honors and awards were given to the whole crew of Realtors. Fred Braun was the Top Producer from Kenai and Kelly Keating-Griebel was the Overall Top Producer. To contact Freedom Realty, call in Kenai at 283-1690 or Soldotna at 262-1770.

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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