Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Sharon Gherman, executive director of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, will be the featured speaker at the North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon today at North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. Evy Gebhardt will be the featured speaker. The topic of discussion will be the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

The Subsistence Outreach Program of the United Fishermen of Alaska will be the topic of discussion at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Outreach coordinator Tom Morphet will speak. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

The North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon Jan. 15 at North Kenai Baptist Church will feature Aud Walaszek speaking on the Peninsula Winter Games. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

Group sponsors grant writing workshop

Stan Steadman will present a two-part grant writing workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Monday and noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Bridges, 145 Kasilof St. in Soldotna. Please note the change of dates. The fee of $50 must be paid in advance. To reserve a space, call 260-3800.

Incorporation workshop scheduled

The Small Business Development Center will sponsor a workshop titled "Frequently Asked Questions about Incorporating."

Dale Dolifka, attorney at law, will walk participants through the process of selecting the form of business that best fits their needs. Dolifka has been practicing law on the peninsula since 1975 and will be available for questions after the workshop.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in the SBDC office, Suite 16 in the Red Diamond Center. The fee is $15. For more information or to register, call Bunny Kishaba at 262-7497.

Wells Fargo raises $197,845 for nonprofits

During Wells Fargo's annual Alaska Community Support-United Way fund-raising campaign, company employees raised $98,922 which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the bank for a record $197,845 in total contributions to nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

"Personal contributions along with local fund raisers helped us surpass our $85,000 goal, making the 2003 Community Support campaign a tremendous success," said Richard Strutz, Wells Fargo Alaska regional president. "The overwhelming success of the campaign demonstrates our enduring commitment to Alaskans."

The Wells Fargo companywide campaign ran from Sept. 22 through Oct. 31. Alaska team members made pledges online via an internal community support Web site and with paper pledge forms. All donations directed to eligible nonprofit accredited schools are matched dollar-for-dollar from $25 to $6,500 per employee, per year by the Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift Program.

Wells Fargo team members raised funds for various charities throughout Alaska using such techniques such as bake sales, casual days, silent auctions and raffles.

Wells Fargo and its affiliates serve customers throughout Alaska with more than 65 stores, 120 ATMs and online.

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