Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room. Jeanine St. John with Lynden Transport Logistics will be the featured speaker. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host Elaine Maimon, University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor, and have a Student of the Month presentation 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 Kenai Mayor Pat Porter at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

The chambers’ 2007 board of directors will be President, Jason Carroll with 1st National Bank; Past President, Dr. Dennis Swarner of Kenai Vision Center; Vice President, Steve Hansen of Tesoro; Secretary/Treasurer, Amanda Feagin with Dunkin and Bush; and directors: Milt Allen with Udelhoven; Penny Furnish with Stewart Title; Scott Griffith with XTO Energy; Gene Raybung with SBS; Durainey Rawls of Durainey Cranes.

· Jack Blackwell with Alaska State Parks will be the featured speaker at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at noon at the Anchor River Inn on Wednesday.

Youth cooking classes offered

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 the class during the workshops.

Workforce development plans workshops

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will host the following workshops today 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. :

· Tuesday — 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.

· Wednesday — 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.

Healing classes offered

Central Peninsula Hospital will host the following healing classes at the hospital:

· Level 1 Healing Touch class from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 20 through 21. The cost is $300. This class offers 16.8 continuing education contact hours for nurses and massage therapists.

· Anatomy and physiology class from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 through 25. The cost is $450.

For more information or to register for either class, call Susan Shoemaker at 714-4776

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.

Streiff, Lewis accept limited partnerships

Investment representative Matt Streiff and senior branch office administrator Linda Lewis with the Kenai Edward Jones office have accepted limited partnership offerings in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial-services firm.

Streiff has been serving Kenai investors for the past eight years and is active in the chamber of commerce and Kenai Rotary Club.

Lewis joined the company in 1999.

CPH helicopter winners announced

Dennis Swarner was the winner of the public drawing, and Shawnee Wisnewski won the employee drawing in the Central Peninsula Hospital’s “Win a Helicopter Ride” drawings.

Each winner, along with one guest, will get a 15 minute helicopter ride over the Soldotna area. The specific area will be up to the winner as long as the flight can be completed in 15 minutes.

The ride will be rescheduled if the helicopter and crew are needed for an emergency medevac. Each winner also will learn about the specific response capabilities of the CPH Lifeguard Alaska program.

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