Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2006

Area chambers set schedules

· The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Nikiski Fire Station 1. The speaker will be Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House in Soldotna. The presentation will be on the Peninsula Winter Games. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. The speaker will be Connie Wirz of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

Chamber award winners announced

Winners of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Community Service Awards were announced Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

The Log Cabin Award went to Sue Carter, former Kenai chamber executive director and longtime volunteer, who drafted the grant application for the visitors and cultural center and spent years on the Homer Electric Association, United Way and, most recently, Central Peninsula General Hospital boards.

The Pioneer Award went to Bob Bielefeld, founder of Kenai Aviation, which provides air transport for Draft River, Tyonek, Nikolai Creek and Beluga.

Retiree Herb Stettler, who works with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, the Veterans Administration, VFW and American Legion, among others, was awarded the Community Service Award.

The President’s Choice Award went to Bob Favretto, owner of Kenai Chrysler Center, Great Bear Ford and Capital Chevrolet. Favretto sits on committees, including the Arctic Winter Games and the Kenai Airport Commission and is involved in many service organizations and community projects, such as dog and cat rescue.

The Volunteer Award was presented to Penny Furnish, escrow officer for Stewart Title. Furnish volunteers for the chamber, Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors, Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, the Emblem Club and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, among others.

The Service to Youth Award went to Colleen Ward, chief organizer of the Job Shadow program, which puts every junior at Kenai Central High School in the work force for a half day.

Ward, who works with many other committees and organizations, will step down from the Job Shadow program this year after 11 years.

Unocal Retirees was named Outstanding Organization, a group of former Unocal employees who do remodeling for groups such as the Kenai chamber, the Kenai Performers, the Historical Society and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Arby’s was named Outstanding Business. Arby’s, owned by Mike and Tim Navarre, has been involved in sponsorships, local government and community organizations for many years.

Alliance to hold energy conference

The Alliance for Responsible Development of Alaska’s Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources will hold a meet Alaska conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel’s Howard Rock Ballroom.

In attendance will be Gov. Frank Murkowski and executives from Shell, Pioneer Natural Resources, BP Exploration, ConocoPhillips, Associated Builders and Contractors and representatives from the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

Members of the Alaska media also will be present for a seminar called “Turning the Tables on Meet the Press.”

Bed and breakfast association to meet

The regular meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Businesspresentedby President John Steckel will include choosing operators for the association’s toll-free telephone number and plans for the Arctic Winter Games.

There are openings on the board of directors and computer assistance is needed with the association’s Web site. Anyone interested in the peninsula’s lodging industry may attend.

Members are asked to bring finger food, and the visitors center will provide coffee and tea.

For additional information, call John at The Red Cabin B & B, 283-0836.

ANGDA to meet

The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the ANGDA office, JPO conference room of the Sunshine Building, 411 W. 4th Ave. in Anchorage.

The meeting will include discussion on the Status of Stranded Gas Act negotiations and 2006 ANGDA planning.

This meeting is open to the public. Participation via telephone also is an option. To do so, call (877) 934-3608, use the pass code 190500 when prompted to do so, then follow the instructions provided. Public comments will be taken during the meeting.

Health cost planning seminar slated

Waddell and Reed is sponsoring a speech on Medicare Part D, long-term care and estate planning Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The event, featuring speaker Tim Ripp of New York, is free and open to the public.

Credit Union 1 targeted in e-mail scam

An e-mail “phishing” scam is targeting members of Credit Union 1, encouraging them to enter sensitive credit and debit card information into a bogus Web site.

The Web site looks like Credit Union 1’s home page, but instead of having a spot to log in to online banking, those fields have been replaced with “Card Number,” “Expiration Date,” and “ATM PIN.” At least one member put sensitive data into the bogus Web site, though it was caught quickly so his card was canceled and there will be no financial impact. Credit Union 1 believes the scam Web site is hosted by a Spanish company.

If anyone believes they have been a victim of this scam, call Credit Union 1 at (800) 478-2222.

SBDC plans workshops

The Small Business Development Center, in the Red Diamond Center’s Suite 16 is sponsoring two workshops this month.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26, there will be one entitled Budgeting and Financial Analysis, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 there will be one entitled Ten Golden Rules of Marketing.

One day advance notice is required for both workshops and the cost is $25 for each.

For more information and registration call Bunny at 714-2331.

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