Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. The presenter is to be announced. Lunch will be $15. The chamber is requesting those planning to attend to RSVP at 283-7989.


The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation from the Kenai Watershed Forum is planned. Lunch is $13. For more information call 262-9814.

Era Aviation wins Airline Reliability Performance Award
Era Alaska announced May 17 that wholly-owned subsidiary, Era Aviation, has been awarded a 2011 Airline Reliability Performance Award from Bombardier Aerospace, achieving the highest overall dispatch reliability and placing first overall in the Q100/200/300 product category for the North America region.

Award winners were selected based on a review of the reliability statistics from aircraft maker Bombardier's FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System) data for airlines achieving over 99 percent dispatch reliability and who operated revenue passenger flights at the time of recognition. Product categories include Q100/200/300, Q400, CRJ100/200, and CRJ 700/900/1000.

CPH lauds caregiver, physician
During National Hospital Week, Central Peninsula Hospital named Fa'ata Stott, CNA, as the 2012 Planetree Spirit of Caring Caregiver and Dr. Jason Lattin, General Surgeon, as the Planetree Physician Champion.

Fa'ata has worked in the Day Surgery Department since 2005, where she has become a respected member of the team. Fa'ata received several nominations. They all acknowledged her compassion, dedication to the safety and comfort of surgery patients, and her calm, respectful demeanor.

Dr. Lattin's nominations all cited his high-quality patient-centered care. For example, Dr. Lattin has a natural ability to help people feel comfortable and safe when anticipating surgery.  He calmly and patiently explains all the details and what to expect of the procedure. He personally follows up with his patients after surgery and will check in on them in other areas of the hospital just to see if there is anything else he can do for them. 

Hospital CEO Rick Davis sums it up, "We are pleased to have Fa'ata and Dr. Lattin representing our organization as role models for delivering patient-centered care."

Commercial fishing supplier opens in Kenai
Donalson's Commercial Fisherman's Supplier, has just opened their new store in Kenai. Supplier of nets, floats ropes and expert net repair, for the last 60 years, the new Donalson's store is just off the Kenai Spur Highway in the old Kenai Electric building.

Donalson's Kenai store will offer the same pricing as their Anchorage store. A 24-hour on-call mending crew is on staff in the Kenai store, plus Donalson's will re-hang and store the nets commercial fishermen buy from the new Kenai store, free of charge at season's end.

Donalson's Kenai store can be reached at 335-6300, or go to

June SBDC workshops announced
"Starting A Business" Seminar -- June 12 at 1 p.m. or July 10 at 10 a.m.

Bryan Zak will cover basic questions and offer helpful resources in a free 2-hour workshop on "Starting a Business" while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center and our partner programs, and explain the value of our free counseling services.  This seminar is in Suite 12 at the Red Diamond Center at 1 p.m. or 10 a.m. so please register for the date and time that best fits your schedule. 

"Beginning Quickbooks 2011" -- Four Tuesdays from June 5 to June 26

Learn to use QuickBooks 2011 as the best tool to collect and organize your business data so you're prepared when tax time rolls around. Four Tuesday sessions, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. covers 10 chapters. Payroll and Inventory are separate classes. Fee is $190 on Tuesdays: June 5, June 12, June 19 and ends June 26 in Suite 12 at AK SBDC- Red Diamond Center. Bring a thumb drive to save your lessons to practice at home. Seating limited June 1 is the deadline to register. The SBDC accepts cash, check or MasterCard or VISA -- and customers have the option to use UPAY. Experience in typing and computer keyboarding is required.

To register online, go to: Click Training events, go to centers location, select Kenai Peninsula/ South West; click Browse: find seminar, click Sign Up and complete registration.

"Facebook" --  2-day Seminar at KPC -- 4 to 7:30 p.m. June 25 and June 26

Fee is $50 per session if you take only one session. If you attend both -- you will receive a refund of $20 when you sign in on Tuesday because both classes are important to be imbedded in developing this social media process.  Requirements for both days: Laptop with Wi-Fi and your own personal Facebook account. Register by June 18.

June 25 -- Monday:  There will not be time to solve each individual's profile issues but the first  101 Facebook  Novice class will help you become familiar with Facebook and explore your personal profile while trouble-shooting preliminary problems. 

June 26 -- Tuesday Requirements: Add the Active Facebook Fan Page

201 Facebook Intermediate and 301 Facebook Advanced

201 Facebook Intermediate -- learn how to stay visible to fans, how to be more engaging, how to get more interaction from fans. 

301 Facebook Advanced -- This Advanced section is taught for the progressive Facebook user where you will learn: 1)  How to understand and use Facebook's insights. 2) How to use advertising on Facebook. 3) Take-home tutorial to recap on hands-on workshop.

Farmer's Market to open in Soldotna
The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmer's Market will open June 16 and will be open each Saturday until Sept. 15. The original Soldotna's Log Cabin Post Office museum is open for visitors each Saturday during the Market hours.

Held on the corner of Corral Street and the Spur Highway, the market is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday. The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmer's Market has featured only Alaska grown and Alaska made products for over 20 years. To join the group of vendors, please call Carolyn Chapman at 262-7502 for more details.

Farm equipment demonstration and rental announced
The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District invites the public to a field demonstration of tillage and planting equipment for small farms, Thursday, June 7, 4 to 6 p.m. at Ridgeway Farms, 5220 Strawberry Road. The demonstration will include a chisel plow, spring tooth harrow, bed shaper, plastic mulch layer, and flower/vegetable planter. NRCS equipment expert, Catherine Hadley, will be on hand to talk about when to use different types of tillage equipment and their effects on soil quality.  Information on the District's farm equipment rental program is available on-line at  For more information, call 283-8732 x 108.

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

High Tunnels for gardening cost-shared by USDA
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will continue to fund high tunnel garden structures through the Environmental 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

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