Business Briefs

Chambers to host joint luncheon
The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon Tuesday at the Kenai Visitors Center from noon to 1 p.m. A presentation from Sen. Mark Begich is planned. Lunch is $15. RSVP is required prior to the event, contact the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989 or the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at 262-9814.


The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center from noon to 1 p.m. A presentation from Jack Cowley, director for Prison Alpha USA is planned. Lunch is $15. For more information call 283-7989.

Tesoro champions leadership opportunities for Alaskan high school students
Tesoro Alaska announced today it is renewing its support for the Alaska State Chamber's Alaska Business Week high school leadership program. The company presented a check for $25,000 to the Chamber in support of the program, which provides scholarships to high school students across the state.

The program runs from July 14 -- 21 and is held on the UAF campus. Tuition is $450, which includes room, food, materials, activities fees and tuition.

Transportation opportunities are available, and more information is available at: Scholarships are also available, thanks to Tesoro Alaska and many other generous sponsors. Enrollment is limited to 100 high school students and the application deadline is June 1.

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 Lauri Kapp at  420-0566.

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: April10 and 17.

* "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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