Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules
* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday at noon at Froso's. The presentation is "The Happy Secret - A Learning Luncheon." Lunch is $13. For more information call 262-9814.


* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. A presentation on high tunnel agriculture on the Kenai Peninsula with Meg Mueller, District Conservationist, is planned. Lunch will be $15. The chamber is requesting those planning to attend to RSVP at 283-7989.

Zak appointed Examiner for 2012 Malcolm Baldrige Award
Bryan Zak of the Alaska Small Business Development Center has been appointed by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Director of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, to the 2012 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

As an Examiner, Zak is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. The board is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations, and nonprofits (including government). All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.

The Baldrige Award may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit. The Award Program is managed by NIST in close cooperation with the private sector.

ConocoPhillips, BP Alaska to fly cancer patients to treatment
ConocoPhillips and BP Alaska have agreed to help expand Corporate Angel Network's mission by providing free air transportation to cancer patients traveling to treatment between Anchorage and Fairbanks. 

ConocoPhillips Alaska and BP are now offering empty seats to cancer patients and family members on their Monday and Thursday scheduled flights between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Cancer patients who must travel between Anchorage and Fairbanks for treatment should call Corporate Angel Network at 866-328-1313 to register within three weeks of a specific appointment.

AGDC announces formation of community advisory council
The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announces the formation of a Community Advisory Council to promote communication and collaboration along the in-state pipeline route. 

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is tasked with developing the in-state natural gas pipeline known as the ASAP project (Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline). ASAP Community Advisory Council Co-chairs Tim Navarre of Kenai and Mayor Jason Mayrand of Nenana are pleased with the progress being made on the structure of the council. 

ASAP Community Advisory Council has held two meetings and the Co-chairs advise they are looking to fill vacancies in Southcentral, the North Slope and the Mat-Su Valley at the earliest opportunity to provide complete coverage along the alignment. To represent a community or a stakeholder group on the in-state pipeline Community Advisory Council, please contact AGDC Public Affairs at 907-330-6321, or contact Navarre at or Mayrand at

CPH receives patient safety award
Central Peninsula Hospital was honored with an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Central Peninsula Hospital is safe, effective care. That's why we have made a commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. CPH is proud to be recognized for our efforts," says Rick Davis, CPH CEO.

To see Central Peninsula Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit, the Hospital Safety Score website.

Division of Agriculture accepting Alaska Grown sourcebook information
The Division of Agriculture is accepting information for its 2012 Alaska Grown Source Book through Friday. Visit to input information directly or call Kristi at 761-3858. The publication is only printed every two years.

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. 

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.

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