Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation from Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche is planned. Lunch is $13. For more information call 262-9814.
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet not meet on Wednesday, April 4.

Alaska Communications launches new Internet service
Alaska Communications has launched a new Home Internet Service, with speeds up to 10 megabits per second (Mbps) and unlimited online home Internet access with no data limits or overage charges.


"We believe the Internet is a powerful thing," said Eric Lazo, Alaska Communications vice president of marketing. "The Internet is as limitless as Alaska, and we want our customers to experience it at its fullest, with unlimited downloads, streaming of music and movies, and gaming."

For more information about Alaska Communications Home Internet Service, visit or follow Alaska Communications on Twitter or Facebook.

Spring extravaganza planned
More than 20 consultants from a wide range of businesses, including health, beauty, fashion and toys, will be on hand for a Spring Extravaganza Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. Admission is free.

Jumpin' Junction sponsors food drive contest
Through the end of March, collect non-perishable foods and cans in your school, then bring them into the Jumpin' Junction items will be weighed and amounts totaled. The school with the most weight will win. The first-place school will receive an inflatable rental valued at $250; second place, $150 toward an inflatable rental; third place, $50.
The food drive will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that provides food for our neighbors on the Kenai Peninsula. For Information contact call the Jumpin' Junction (Lauri Kapp) at 420-0566.

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. 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 have needed to wait for available space in the program.

The 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.

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 eligibility 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.

* "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.

* "Writing a Business Plan" - Soldotna:  April 3 - 1 to 4 p.m.
Join the "Writing A Business Plan" seminar in Suite 12 at the Red Diamond Center. Bryan Zak will show you methods to establish budgets, create and evaluate various finances, monetary amounts or percentages that will help measure your successes and failures and will be an effective tool to use throughout  your business life-cycle. The cost of the seminar is $40. The registration deadline is March 30. We accept Cash - Check -  MasterCard - VISA.

* "Starting A Business" Seminar -- Soldotna: April 4 - 10 a.m. to Noon
Bryan Zak will cover basic questions and offer helpful resources in a free 2-hour "Starting a Business" seminar in Suite 12 - Red Diamond Center. He will prepare you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center and our partner programs, and explain the value of our free counseling services.  Online registration required by deadline April 2.

* "Marketing Your Business" -- Soldotna: April 17 - 1 to 4 p.m.
Do you know who will buy your product? Do you know why they will? Is your advertising timed right? Bryan Zak will present  marketing techniques that are creative, effective and inexpensive strategies in our "Marketing Your Business" seminar in the Red Diamond Center Suite 12. Both advertising and marketing are important to get your company's service or product information to your customers. Fee is $40 and online registration deadline is April 13.  We accept Cash - Check - MasterCard - VISA.

* "Small Business Energy Efficiency Audits" -- Soldotna: April 24  10 a.m. to Noon

Are you a small business that wants to reduce your energy costs? Sign up for our seminar being offered by the KPEDD and the Homer Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advocate, Taz Tally who will give you info regarding the USDA funding that  he obtained to provide free energy efficiency audits for local businesses who qualify for upgrades. The cost of the seminar is $30. Come and learn about this program on April 24 from 10 a.m. to Noon in Suite 12 at the Red Diamond Center which includes a one hour presentation and questions and answers, then the qualification process will be another 30 minutes so you can complete the audit application. Space is limited so please register online by April 9th.

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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