Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
* The Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce will host a joint luncheon on Tuesday to view the film “A Fishy Tale:   Keeping fish farms off the coast of Alaska,” by Sara Pozonsky at the Kenai Merit Inn. Please RSVP to 262-9814 or 283-7989.

Alaska Communications, Boys & Girls Club seek hero nominations
Alaska Communications announces the return of Summer of Heroes, a partnership program with Boys & Girls Clubs to support youth development programs throughout the state and recognize local youth who make a difference in Alaska communities.


Five young Alaska heroes (ages 6-18), will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the Alaska State Fair. A hero is any youth who has: raised significant funds for a cause, saved a person’s life, made a difference in school through education or sports, and/or made a significant contribution to his or her community. Nominate a hero by visiting the Summer of Heroes website at, an Alaska Communications retail store or a Boys & Girls Club clubhouse.

June SBDC workshops announced
“Starting a Business” — 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. 

“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. Both classes are important to be embedded 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 — 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 — 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.

To register for courses 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.

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 Friday.

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

Application deadline extended to June 15 for Alaska Business Week high school leadership program

Business Week application period extended
The application deadline for the Alaska Business Week program has been extended to Friday to allow late registrants the opportunity to submit their completed forms and information.

This program will be held on the UAF campus this year from July 14 through July 21. This weeklong summer program is designed to give students hands-on experience in running a company, and an opportunity to explore their leadership talents and skill sets.

Students from all over the state are teamed up with senior business executives who act as company advisors to lead the student teams to winning strategies. Students participate in nine presentations by Alaska business leaders and explore subject areas in leadership, ethics, marketing, entrepreneurship, and future jobs in Alaska.

Two college credits are available for successful completion of the program. Tuition for the weeklong program is $450 covering room, board, tuition fees and program materials. Many scholarships are available for tuition and transportation. The program is open to all high school students finishing 9th through 12th grades.

To apply, go to: or go to: for more information.

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