Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chambers set schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. Topic for discussion is Marketing 101. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. A presentation on on the City of Kenai's Personal Use Fishery is planned. For more information, call 283-7989.

'So you Want to Start a Business?'

If you want to put your idea to work, Bryan Zak will give you the tools you need to start your own business on the Kenai Peninsula. Seminar is on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Alaska Small Business Development Center, Suite 12, Red Diamond Center. 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Fee is $20. Register online by Jan. 14 via, Click Training Events, Scroll to Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula. For questions, email Bunny:, or call 260-5629.

Kenai Chamber 'Unsung Heros' recognized

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce hosts the community awards ceremony "Our Unsung Heroes" Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Cultural and Visitor's Center. Keynote speaker will be Kip Knudson, Chair, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. Call 283-7989 for tickets.

Tax and business seminar on tap

ESD Tax Seminar will be presented by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Thursday, Jan. 20, from 1 -- 3 p.m. at the Peninsula Job Center, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite #2. The workshop will cover subjects including: employer reporting requirements, how to register a new business, file quarterly reports, pay unemployment tax and report changes for the business. The workshop will also explain what to expect if you receive an audit notice, what records we ask for and why; plus cover common misconceptions about employee versus contract labor status. This seminar is free and open to the public, but only 25 seats are available. For more information or to register, call Jackie Garcia at (907) 283-2930, or email

Energy audit application period open

Applications for the state's commercial energy audit program are being accepted until Feb. 15

Through the program, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the Alaska Energy Authority, owners of some commercial buildings can be reimbursed up to $6,500 for an energy audit that provides information on how to make the building more energy efficient and the cost of doing so.

Up to 150 buildings will be able to participate in the program. Commercial buildings, including those owned by non-profits, up to 125,00 square feet are eligible for the program. Owners will be reimbursed for the cost of their audit up to a certain amount per square foot.

More information and the applications are available online at or by contacting Sean Skaling at or (907) 771-3079.

Sport, Rec and Trade show gearing up

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors is excited to announce the purchase of the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show from Peninsula Marketing on Dec. 21, 2010. The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors along with our proud sponsors The KSRM Radio Group and The Peninsula Clarion invite you to mark the 26th Annual Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show on your calendars: Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8. We are looking for vendors to fill the show as well. If you would like a booth, visit our website at or email for more information. We have over 130 booths available. We also have four unique sponsor opportunities, call Kari Butler for more information at 262-1851.

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