Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room. Stephen Hodgson an Sean Magee with Northern Dynasty will be the speakers. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551. Jeanine St. John Lynden Transport Logistics will speak Jan. 25.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will have presentations on Peninsula Winter Games and the T-200 sled dog race at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

The chamber will host its 48th annual awards reception at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at The Crossing Restaurant. The cost is $35 per person and includes reception and dinner.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host Robert Rufner, with Kenai Watershed Forum at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

· Scott Brennan of Renewable Resources Coalition and Brian Kraft from Trout Unlimited will be the featured speakers at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at noon at the Anchor River Inn on Wednesday.

Small business center to host workshop

The Small Business Development Center will host “Starting a business,” with Mark Gregory, director of University of Alaska Anchorage Small Business Development Center, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at its center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12. Gregory will walk through the basic process of starting a business. There is no cost.

Participants were asked to preregister one day prior to workshop. For more information or to preregister, call Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Youth cooking classes

Pint Size Workshop cooking classes will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Allen and Peterson Cooking and Appliance Center in Kenai. Admission is two cans of food or a $2 donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. A parent must remain in the store during during the 30 minute workshop.

Workforce development plans workshops

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will host the following workshops Jan. 25 at Peninsula Job Center, 11312 Kenai spur Highway, Suite 2.

· Wage and hour workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Minimum wage, overtime, exempt employees, non-exempt employees, record keeping laws, breaks, on-call, travel time, return transportation and final pay will be covered.

· Unemployment insurance tax basics workshop will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. starting a new business, Alaska employer registration form, what are the latest employer requirements and an open forum for questions will be covered.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 283-2905 or 283-2901.

Nonprofit training available

The Foraker Group a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the leadership and management skills of professionals and volunteers working in Alaska’s nonprofit and tribal organizations, will host the following classes at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Center, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. :

· Jan 30 — Board roles and responsibilities from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The topic will be important aspects of board membership ; and high performing boards from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The topic will be learning how a board can reach its full potential.

· Jan. 31 — Effective board leadership from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The topic will be learn the best practices attributed to effective leadership; and effective board meetings from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The topic will be learning how to improve the effectiveness of board meetings in order to help your organization accomplish its mission.

The classes are geared toward anyone working with, volunteering for, on the board of or interested in working with nonprofit organizations in the state. The cost per classes is $65 non-partner or $25 for partners.

For more information, call Aliza Sherman Risdahl at (907) 244-8681 or e-mail her at To register for classes visit (click on class calendar) or call (907) 743-1200.

JA seeks volunteers

Junior Achievement of the Peninsula is seeking volunteer instructors for its upcoming classes in March. Volunteers will go into area classes and teach business, economics and free enterprise. For more information, call Febra Hensley at 398-7173.

Peninsula residents learn about earning opportunity

Kenai Peninsula Shaklee independent distributors were present Jan. 6 at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna as the Shaklee Corp., the number one natural nutrition company in the United States, hosted 600 business-building meetings in all 50 states.

More than 20,000 people attended the “New Year, New You” gatherings and heard Chairman and CEO Roger Barnett explain the company’s health-based focus and aggressive growth plans for 2007 and beyond.

Area groups attending the Soldotna meeting included Healthful Living Products, Ellen’s Ray of Light and Rosalind Foster.

Shaklee showcased several new programs and products at the events, including the CinchTM weight management program and Enfuselle, a multipatented nutrition therapy skin care line.

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