Business news

Chambers set schedules


■ On Feb. 13, the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will host a joint luncheon at the Kenai Visitor Center. A presentation from Dan Fauske of the Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline Project is planned. RSVP to 262-9814 or 283-7989.

■ On Feb. 19, the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will host a joint luncheon at the Soldotna Sports Center. A presentation from Borough Mayor Mike Navarre is planned. RSVP to 262-9814 or 283-7989.

Soldotna chamber award winners announced

The 2012 Soldotna Chamber Award winners were recently announced. Honored businesses and indivduals include:

Small Business of the Year: The Redoubt Reporter

Devoted Service to Youth: Dan Gensel

Pioneer Award: Soldotna Historical Society

Excellence in Profession: Dan Nyitrai, Alaska Family Medical Clinic

Volunteer of the Year: Tami Murray

Business of the Year: Sweeney’s Clothing

Person of the Year: Dr. Steve Atwater, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent

Kenai chamber shares award winners

The 2012 Kenai Chamber award winners recently were announced. Honored businesses and individuals include:

Business/Organization of the Year: Stanley Ford

Small Business of the Year: New Beginnings Fitness Center

Community Service: Courtney Stroh and ROC the Kenai

Service to Youth: City of Kenai

Volunteer of the Year: Sue Carter

Pioneer Award: Vic Tyler

Log Cabin Award: Barry Eldridge

President’s Award: Hammer Tax and Accounting

Alliance presents industry education reform

The Alaska Support Industry Alliance presents the Kenai Industry Education Forum, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. The keynote luncheon speaker is Jim Davidson, a geologist with oil indutsry expertise as well as an avid international mountain climber. The forum also will include updates from local companies and from Washington, D.C. Register at

Soldotna storefront improvement grants available

The City of Soldotna is now accepting new applications for the 2013 Storefront Improvement Program. Business owners or lessees can apply for a 50-50 matching grant, up to $5,000, to improve the exterior of their business. This year the city is expanding the program so that it is open to all businesses in the Commercial or Limited Commercial zoning districts (not just the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways).

More information is available online at or by calling Stephanie Queen at 714-1240.

HEA accepting director nominations

Homer Electric Association is accepting nominations from members for a seats on its nine-member Board of Directors.

Three seats across the board’s three districts are up for grabs in this year’s election — one from District 1, which covers Kenai, Nikiski and parts of Soldotna, District 2, which covers Soldotna, Sterling, Kasilof and in District 3, which covers Kasilof, Homer, and Seldovia.

HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the director in their respective district. Those interested in running must complete a candidacy packet that requires 15 signatures gathered from HEA members in the candidate’s district. That packet is available at HEA offices or online at

The deadline to submit a packet to one of HEA’s offices in Homer or Kenai is 5 p.m., March 1. Ballots will be mailed April 1 and the results will be announced at the utility’s annual meeting at Kenai Central High School on May 1.

Small Business Development Center plans workshops

The Alaska Small Business Development Center has scheduled seminars in Suite 12 at the Red Diamond Center. 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.

■ “Start A Business” Seminar (free) — Soldotna, Feb. 26. The two-hour “Start a Business”seminar will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 (register by Feb. 22). Bryan Zak will answer your questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center and our partner programs. You will learn why you should register for our free counseling services and how to sign up for our various training events. Register via and follow steps above.

■ “QuickBooks 2011: Payroll” ($80) — March 21, 1-5 p.m. Alaska SBDC wants to help you to be efficient in tracking your payroll records. Lesson 1 is getting started; Lesson 2 is Doing Payroll with QuickBooks 2011; Lesson 3 is Tracking time, and we include handouts for payroll responsibilities, payroll item types and a list of payroll expenses and liabilities. Registration and payment deadline is Feb. 22. Go to and follow steps above.

■ “QuickBooks 2011: Inventory” ($80) — March 22, 1-5 p.m. Alaska SBDC wants to help you to be efficient in tracking your records so to get an overview of inventory in QuickBooks, practice filling out a PO for items; track the receipt of the inventory items in QuickBooks, to adjust inventory manually or enter stock loss or increase, the create, build and edit inventory assemblies (finished goods) and also to set up and use units of measure. This is all part of the Inventory workshop. Registration and payment deadline is March 15. Go to and follow steps above.

What's new in your business?

Have you opened a new business, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee?

The community wants to know, and so do we. Send us your information at, fax it to 907-283-3299, or drop it by the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai.

Questions? Call 907-335-1251.


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