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Chambers set schedules


■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso’s. There will not be a luncheon on Nov. 6. On Nov. 13, a presentation by Rick Davis, Central Peninsula Hospital CEO, is planned. Lunch is $13. For more information call 262-9814.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesdays at noon at the Merit Inn. A presentation on the Online With Libraries project by MaryJo Joiner is planned. Lunch is $15. The chamber requests those planning to attend RSVP at 283-7989.

School district earns finance, budget awards

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District received two awards: a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE), and the prestigious Meritorious Budget Award (MBA).

One of 120 school districts nationwide, and one of only two school districts in Alaska, KPBSD received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International’s prestigious Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for their 2011-2012 annual budget document. In a press release, ASBO wrote, “As recipients of the Meritorious Budget Award, these school districts have demonstrated excellence in budget presentation through understandable and clear budget guidelines; state of the art budget practices; short- and long-term goals; sound fiscal management practices; and professional growth for the school system’s budget staff.”

Dr. Steve Atwater, superintendent said, “Our community should be proud to know of the good recognition that KPBSD’s finance department receives each year. The Meritorious Budget Award earned for the past 16 years, together with the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award earned for twenty-two consecutive years is evidence of our superb accounting practices.”

In addition, KPBSD is proud to receive the ASBO International’s “Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting” (COE) award for meeting or exceeding the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

KPBSD compiles a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) every year. A CAFR is a set of financial statements and information that complies with the accounting requirements — Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) — put forth by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Each year the CAFR is reviewed by external auditors utilizing GASB requirements. This is the twenty-second year KPBSD has received this award.

HEA Energy and Conservation Fairs Scheduled for November

Homer Electric Association is offering its members an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in energy saving appliances, home improvements, and alternative energy.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., HEA will be hosting its fourth annual Energy and Conservation Fair at the Kenai Middle School in Kenai. The Fair will be repeated Nov. 10, at West Homer Elementary School in Homer.

The Fairs will feature local vendors displaying a variety of energy conservation related products including appliances, recycling tips, construction materials, heating sources, lighting options, and alternative energy information.

In addition to the vendor booths, the Fairs will include a series of workshops in the school libraries. Workshop presenters will include representatives from HiSpeed Gear, Ocean Renewable Power Company, Wisdom and Associates, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Regulatory Commission of Alaska, Alaska Infrared LLC, and T and T Toyo Services.

A new addition to the Fairs this year is “Louie the Lightning Bug’s Conservation Voyage.” The interactive event for children will feature games and activities with a focus on recycling and energy conservation.

The Fairs, which are a family-oriented, will also feature door prizes, popcorn, hot dogs, refreshments and the announcement of the winners of an energy conservation student contest sponsored by HEA.

Energy and Conservation Fair Gold sponsors this year include Hilcorp Alaska LLC, Touchstone Energy, Stanley Ford, and Tesoro. Silver sponsors are Home Depot, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, HiSpeed Gear, Brown’s Electrical Supply Co., Spenard Builders Supply, Grant Aviation, and Alaska Warm Wood.

For additional information, please call HEA Public Relations Coordinator Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.

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.

“QuickBooks 2011” ($300) — November (four night classes) or December (two full day classes). QuickBooks 2011 is an introductory tool to collect and organize your business data so you’re prepared for tax time! Beginning: 1-Find your way around QuickBooks; 2-Set up and create a QuickBooks company; 3 and 4-Work with lists and bank accounts; 5-Use other accounts in QuickBooks. Intermediate: Track sales, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and reporting capabilities: 1-Enter sales info; 2-Receive payments and make deposits; 3-Enter and pay bills; 4-Analyze financial data; 5-Additional information. Inventory and payroll are separate classes not included. Night classes: Nov. 13 to Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., register by Nov. 4. Day class: Dec. 6-7 from 9 to 5 p.m., register by Nov. 30. .

“Recordkeeping for Taxes” ($70) — QuickBooks 2011 Recordkeeping for Taxes is offered on Dec. 11 from 5-9 p.m. or on Dec. 13 from 1-5 p.m. Each class will be in Suite 12 at AK SBDC in the Red Diamond Center. Online registration deadline for both classes is Dec. 7 by 5 p.m.

“Starting A Business” (Free) — Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. If you want to put your business idea to work, attend this 2-hour “Starting a Business” seminar. Bryan Zak will offer helpful resources and cover basic questions to give tools you need to start your own business on the Kenai Peninsula. Bryan will prepare you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center and our partner programs, and explain the value of our free counseling services. Online registration deadline Nov. 9.


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