■ The Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon on May 15 at the Kenai Visitor Center. Former Gov. Frank Murkowski will speak on “Who Owns Alaska.” Lunch is $15. RSVP to 262-9814 or 283-7989.
Bishops Attic in Soldotna will be moving. The store will close Friday for the move to its new location, in the building next to Safeway and across from the CES station in Soldotna. The store will re-open on May 15. A moving sale is in progress through today.
The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area is accepting applications from local food and craft vendors, school organizations, athletic organizations, local artists, churches, information and educational groups and any other interested parties to reserve booth space at the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Event on June 15 at the NPRSA facilities in Nikiski. Interested vendors are encouraged to contact North Pen Rec early. The deadline to apply is May 31. Applications are available online at www.northpenrec.com or can be picked up at the Nikiski Pool or Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For more information or application details call Rachel at 776-8800.
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.
More information is available online at www.ci.soldotna.ak.us/storefront.html or by calling Stephanie Queen at 714-1240.
The Alaska Small Business Development Center has scheduled seminars in Suite 12 at the Red Diamond Center. For more information or to register online, go to: http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com, click training events, go to Centers Location, select Kenai Peninsula/South West, click Browse: find seminar, click Sign Up and complete registration.
■ “QuickBooks 2011: Inventory” ($80) — May 21, 5-9 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 May 17.
■ Start a Business (free) — 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 15. Register by May 13. 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.
The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is now offering hands-on QuickBooks training. Topics covered in training sessions include manging bank accounts; invoicing customers; paying bills, processing payroll; reconciling accounts; monitoring profitability; and creating financial reports. Classes are three days during the third week of each month from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Job Center in Kenai. The fee is $350. The next scheduled sessions are May 15-17, and June 19-21. For more information, call 907-283-3335 ext. 3 or visit www.kpedd.org.
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