Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. The scheduled speaker is Brad Janorschke, general manager of Homer Electric Association. For more information, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. A presentation by Sal Mattero and Dee Gaddis on the Kenai Job Shadow Program is scheduled. For more information call 283-7989.

Enstar representative to speak at Alliance luncheon

John Sims, manager of corporate communications and customer service for Enstar Natural Gas Company, will speak the Alaska Industry Alliance luncheon at noon on Tuesday at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. The cost is $15. RSVP to 907-563-2226, or e-mail

B&B association to meet

The regular meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Convention Center. Robert Peterkin and Nate Keil, representing the Kenai River Brown Bears Hockey Team, will speak to B&B members concerning mutual benefits between the team and the association. Other items on the agenda are Solstice Festival planning, hosting the next State B&B Association meeting and the election of officers for the Peninsula Association. Visitors and prospective members are welcome and refreshments will be served. For additional information contact president Robert Achin at 260-5432.

Application period for HEA board seat vacancy extended

Homer Electric Association Inc. has extended the application period for a vacancy on the Board of Directors for District 3 to Jan. 22. The original deadline was Jan. 8.

Applicants must be a member of Homer Electric Association and a bona fide resident within the District 3 boundary, which generally includes portions of the Kasilof area south to Homer and across Kachemak Bay to the Seldovia area. Contact Homer Electric for specific district boundaries.

The term of office will begin after appointment by the Board of Directors and expire in May 2011.

When the term ends, the board seat will then be filled by the membership through the election process at the annual meeting of the members.

Interested applicants for the open seat may pick up an application packet at the Homer Electric office in Kenai or Homer. Applications are also available on line at

Applicants are encouraged to return their application to Homer Electric by 5 p.m. Jan. 22.

For additional information, please contact Teresa Gamble at 283-2334.

Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide cost-share for farm tunnels

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide cost-share for one high tunnel per farm with a maximum of 2,175 square feet of covered ground. Crops must be seeded or planted directly into the ground and cannot be in beds or pots. To meet program eligibility the ground must already be in production and meet EQIP and USDA program eligibility. A NRCS cost-shared structure will be part of a comprehensive conservation plan that also considers other resource concerns. For more information contact the USDA-NRCS Kenai Field Office at 283-8732 ext. 100 or ext. 106.

Dan's Automotive to host car car clinic

Dan's Automotive will be hosting a care care seminar Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. This seminar will cover general maintenance, emergency repair, and an opportunity to have questions answered by a master technician. RSVP at 335-5800, space is limited.

Small Business Development Center plans seminar

* Build A Business Plan (1 to 4 p.m., Jan. 26, 2010) -- The "Build A Business Plan Seminar will help you learn methods to build narratives, establish budgets, plan strategies for marketing, research techniques and how to evaluate your successes and failures. Bryan Zak's presentation will be in Suite 12 at the Red Diamond Center on 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The fee is $25.

Online registration deadline is Wednesday.

To register for either seminar, go to, click on Workshops / Kenai Peninsula, enter info, Sign Me Up. For more information, call call Bunny at 260-5629.

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