Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chambers set schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation on the State of the City with Larry Semmens and Peter Micciche is planned. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. The luncheon features the Caring for the Kenai contest, featuring Freya Chay, 2009/10 winner. For more information, call 283-7989.

Soldotna Wells Fargo manager Kathy Gensel retires, Hoye to take reins

Wells Fargo Soldotna store manager Kathy Gensel will retire Feb. 11, after 30 years with the company.

"Kathy has invested 30 years of time and energy for one purpose: To help our Central Peninsula customers receive the personalized service and financial solutions they need and deserve," said Wells Fargo Kenai Peninsula District Manager Janeen Babas. "She also has been an amazing community leader. I know we'll continue to see her out in the community helping make the Central Peninsula a better place to live."

During her career, Gensel has served Central Kenai Peninsula customers as a teller, service manager and store manager in Soldotna. She has served as a board member and volunteer for the Bridges Community Resource Network, Kenai Peninsula Foundation, Kenai River Classic, Relay for Life and 2006 Arctic Winter Games. She was named "Citizen of the Year" in 2005 by the Soldotna Lions Club, and received the "First Lady's Volunteer Award" in 1994 from Ermalee Hickel.

Donald Hoye succeeds Gensel as Wells Fargo Soldotna store manager. Hoye is a graduate of Wells Fargo's Alaska management training program. Most recently, he worked in Juneau as the bank's Lemon Creek store manager. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Northern Colorado.

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 www.akenergyauthority.org/EfficiencyAudits.html or by contacting Sean Skaling at sskaling@aidea.org or 907-771-3079.

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.

Kinneeveauk new ASRC Energy Services head

ASRC Energy Services has named Jeff Kinneeveauk its president and chief executive officer, succeeding Mark C. Nelson, who retired.

Kinneeveauk has worked full time for the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. family of companies since 1997, and began his relationship with an internship in 1995. AES is a subsidiary of ASRC.

Since 1999 Kinneeveauk has served in a variety of management positions, most recently as senior vice president of shareholder programs. He also held the position of senior vice president of operations and maintenance.

"It's a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead this remarkable company of more than 4,000 employees," Kinneeveauk said. "I look forward to serving them and the ASRC shareholders."

During his ASRC career Kinneeveauk has overseen construction projects in Nairobi, Kenya, and been based in Washington, D.C. He serves on the board of ASRC Civil Construction, Inc., the American Red Cross of Alaska, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Kinneeveauk was born in Point Hope, and is an ASRC shareholder. He graduated from Anchorage's Bartlett High School and earned a physics degree with an emphasis in engineering from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

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 www.SportRecAndTradeShow.com or email KenaiSportShow@alaska.net 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.

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 http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com 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 http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com 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. http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com 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 http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com, Click on Training Events, Scroll to Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula. E-mail Bunny inblk@uaa.alaska.edu 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.

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