Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2008

What's new in your business?

Have you opened a new business, added a new product, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we.

Send us your information at, fax it to 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai.

Photos will be considered as well. For more information, call Nan at 335-1241.

Chambers set schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. The featured speaker will be Mark Gregory with

For more information, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn. The featured speaker will be Wayne Stevens with the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

For more information, call Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

On the move ...

Alaska Five Star Catering has completed its new catering kitchen in Kenai at Mile 21 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

Owner and chef James Hall and partner Warren Smith have more than 40 years of industry experience.

Hall started with a six year apprenticeship in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has lived and worked in the twin cities for 24 years. Smith trained as a food expediter and logistics coordinator for offsite catering with the Marriott Corporation in San Antonio, Texas.

The company has a fully contained mobile kitchen and complete bar services. They also provide custom catering.

For more information, call 776-3663 or visit

Glaves completes leadership training

Michelle Glaves, executive director with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, completed the Institute a week-long nonprofit leadership program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. It was put on by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Institute is a four-year program held at five sites each year one in the winter and four in the summer. Participants attend to build relationships with others in the industry and creating a network of idea sharing. Through a combination of required courses and electives, students not may enhance their organizational management skills and may add "fuel" to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Salo, Bramante join CPGH, Inc.

Judy Salo of Kenai and John Bramante, MD, of Kasilof, have joined Central Peninsula General Hospital, Inc. board of directors. The board oversees Central Peninsula Hospital.

Salo is a retired teacher, former president of Alaska's National Education Association and a former legislator. She also worked for six years with the Alaska Children's Trust, a non-profit agency promoting the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Bramante is a board-certified, internal medicine specialist. He completed his education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has been on the medical staff at CPH since 1993 and has been active in the hospital's medical staff leadership. He is in private practice with the Peninsula Internal Medicine group in Soldotna.

Aromatherapy classes offered

Central Peninsula Hospital is offering the first two courses leading to certification in clinical aromatherapy through the Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy Friday through Sunday and Feb. 1 through 3.

For more information or to register, call 714-4500.

Children's cooking workshops offered

Children ages 6 to 12 may attend pint-size workshop cooking classes at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Allen and Petersen 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 during the 30-minute workshops.

For more information, call 262-3111.

To submit items to the Business page, e-mail them to or fax them to 283-3299. The deadline for submissions is Monday at 5 p.m.

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