Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

Chambers set schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation on the Peninsula Job Center rraining academy and services is planned. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. The luncheon will feature Dave Harbour, president of the Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and publisher of "Northern Gas Pipelines" speaking on: "How do I Fear Thee, Let Me Count the Ways" (Federal Attacks on Alaska's Economy and How Alaska Can Fight Back). For more information, call 283-7989.

Energy audit application period open

Applications for the state's commercial energy audit program are being accepted until Feb. 15

Through the program, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the Alaska Energy Authority, owners of some commercial buildings can be reimbursed up to $6,500 for an energy audit that provides information on how to make the building more energy efficient and the cost of doing so.

Up to 150 buildings will be able to participate in the program. Commercial buildings, including those owned by non-profits, up to 125,00 square feet are eligible for the program. Owners will be reimbursed for the cost of their audit up to a certain amount per square foot.

More information and the applications are available online at or by contacting Sean Skaling at or 907-771-3079.

Sport, Rec and Trade show gearing up

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors has purchased the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show from Peninsula Marketing. The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors along with sponsors The KSRM Radio Group and The Peninsula Clarion invite you to mark the 26th Annual Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show on your calendars: Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8. The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors is looking for vendors to fill the show as well. If you would like a booth, visit our website at or email for more information. More than 130 are booths available, as well as four unique sponsor opportunities. Call Kari Butler for more information at 262-1851.

State Chamber names Petro president, CEO

The Board of Directors of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has named Rachael Petro as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Petro recently served as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Administration, and has a distinguished public service career in Alaska's Legislature and executive branch.

"Rachael will hit the ground running by immediately working with the governor and Legislature to reduce government's burden on business, improve and expand infrastructure, and communicate how private sector jobs can be created," said Kip Knudson, Board Chair of the State Chamber. State Chamber members will gather in Juneau on Feb. 22 and 23 to introduce Petro to legislators and identify policies that will attract private investment and jobs.

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1959, and represents member companies from Ketchikan to Barrow. For more information, please visit

Learn to keep tax records

Alaska Small Business Development Center wants you to be efficient in tracking your records for tax purposes. On Tuesday, March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., Beth Meier will provide tips on keeping good records, employee information, etc, to meet tax requirements and to stay organized for timely tax reporting. Register online by March 11. Go to Click training events, Scroll to Centers, select Kenai Peninsula, Scroll-Select-then click Sign Up.

Learn how to write grants

Loretta Spalding will share the basics to successfully launch grant writing skills. This 3-hour class is at the Alaska Small Business Development Center, Suite 12, Red Diamond Center, Thursday, March 3, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $50, maximum of eight in the class, so register online by Feb. 21 to be guaranteed a computer. Go to Click training events, Scroll to Centers, select Kenai Peninsula, Scroll-Select-then click Sign Up.

Profit mastery seminar coming

Alaska Small Business Development Center Southwest regional director Bryan Zak will present a 2-day, $395 Profit Mastery Seminar March 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register online for this 16-hour hands-on course that will help you set goals for the future of your business, control spending and pricing and leave with a process to assess the performance of your business and a strategy to implement change. In addition to the program content, you will master the material through quizzes, lively discussion, guided practice and real-life application to your own business. Online registration deadline is Feb. 15. click Training events, scroll to Centers, select Kenai Peninsula and find seminar you want to attend.

Learn to build a business plan

You can learn methods to establish budgets, monetary amounts or percentages and how to evaluate your successes and failures. Attend the Alaska Small Business Development Center seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Suite 12 at the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Road. The fee is $35. Online registration deadline is Feb. 18. Go to, Click on Training Events, Scroll to Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula. E-mail Bunny or call 260-5629.

Business Orientation workshop on tap

A new one-hour free Business Orientation program presents Bryan Zak to answer your basic questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center. Come and learn about AKSBDC and our partner programs and why you should register for our free counseling services. Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m; then again on March 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. Call 260-5629 and leave your name and phone number to save your seat. Only 12 seats available.

Kenai Chamber hosts Job Shadow Day

Kenai Central High School and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce are proud to host the 17th Annual Job Shadow Day. This year we are matching 125 juniors from Kenai Central with area businesses for a half-day job shadow experience within a profession of their choice and interest. We are currently seeking businesses to host a student or students on March 1. Volunteers are also needed to help place students in businesses and to provide transportation for students on Job Shadow Day. Please call 283-7989 for more information.

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