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■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce will hold a joint luncheon meeting on Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Ralph Samuels will discuss the legislative process.

The Caring for the Kenai program recently announced that Tesoro has committed to be the signature sponsor for the organization’s national award winning enviornmental awareness competition.

In its 24th year, CFK offers Kenai Peninsula Borough School District high school students the opportunity to make a difference in their local community, The annual contest awards students and schools for the best proposals for the prompt “What can I do, invent, create or improve to better care for the enviornment of the Kenai Peninsula or to better prepare for a natural disaster.”

“Todays students are the driving force behind tomorrows’s communities. They must be given every opportunity to learn and to believe in themselves, academically and personally,” said James Tangaro, Vice President of Tesoro’s Kenai Refinery. “Tesoro is proud to partner with Caring for the Kenai, an organization that delivers this opportunity and truly inspires our future leaders.”

According to Merrill Sikorski. program coordinator, the innovative ideas shared through this program have encouraged Kenai residents to be better prepared for natural disasters and to be proactive in protecting the community. CFK aintains a close partnership with KPBSD and many of CFK’s project submissions come from the collabortive cirriculum in the science and language arts classrooms. CFK explores and uncovers the thoughts and ideas of area youth to discover ways to be better enviornmental decision makers.

Kenai and Soldonta area banks and Credit Unions are hosting the “Barrel in each Branch” Food and Fund Drive to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. When making a deposit, participants are asked to consider making a deposit to the Food Bank and or bring canned food items to deposit in the barrels placed in area banks. Food and cash donations are accepted at the following locations:

■ First National Bank Alaska branches

■ KeyBank branches

■ Wells Fargo branches (cash deposit only)

■ Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union inside Walmart

There are also Food Drive Barrels at Fred Meyer, IGA Country Foods, Three Bears and Save U More.

Safeway is participating with their “Buy a Bag” Drive

These drives are being held throughout November and December. For more information, visit www.kpfoodbank.org or www.facebook.com/kpfoodbank.

The Peninsula Job Center will offer the following workshops the week of Nov. 11:

Monday; 9 a.m.: Job Club – Topic: ALEXsys Job Leads: 10:30 a.m.: Interviewing skills

Tuesday; 9 a.m.: Job Club – Topic: Interviewing skills; 10:30 a.m. Emergency Unemployment Compensation Workshop and Job Prep

Wednesday; 9 a.m.: Job Club – Interviewing skills; 10:30 a.m.: Career Ready 101 Lab 1:30 p.m.: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Workshop and WorkKeys testing

Dec. 5; Job Club – Topic: Interviewing skills; 10:30 a.m. Emergency Unemployment Compensation Workshop; 1:30 p.m. Resume workshop

Dec. 6: 9:00am: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Workshop

All workshops are free of charge to the public.

Those interested in attending any of the workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can call 335-3010 or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway., Suite #2.

A Premiere Global Crowdfunding Event: A common question business owners have is where to obtain capital to start or expand a business. Crowdfunding is a new and expanding arena for obtaining capital that may work especially if the business is looking for a small amount of money and does not have collateral but is strong in character and capacity.

You can register for the FREE Virtual Online Conference that begins on Tuesday at http://crowdfundingworldsummit.com/signupnow/

With more than 65 experts and members of the U.S. Congress to speak, over 14 days and 7 tracks, you will learn how it’s possible to combine CrowdFunding with existing financing methods to raise round after round of money from large circles of people who are already interested in your company and your products. Joining this event sponsored by America’s SBDC, will provide you understanding of the next wave in social media.

If you would like assistance with your future or existing business, the South West Region of the Alaska SBDC has offices in Soldotna, Seward and Homer. We assist existing and start-up small business owners develop management skills, thereby improving their potential for success. Counselors maintain the highest ethical standards of confidentiality, and provide one-on-one counseling services at no cost to you, our client. Contact information: Bryan Zak, Associate State Director Alaska SBDC 907-260-5629 or email: bryan.zak@aksbdc.org

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 news@peninsulaclarion.com, 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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