Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. The scheduled speaker is Charles Osborn with Cammymoo Medoa on Web site technologies, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. The scheduled speaker is Jim Brenecker with Wells Fargo Bank to discuss what's ahead in a Post Financial Crisis. For more information call 283-7989.

Kenai Chamber announces award winners

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's Annual Community Awards Banquet took place Jan. 23. On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce I am proud to announce the community award winners for 2009. We presented the Service to Youth Award to the Kenai Christian Church, the Volunteer Award to George Ford, the Community Service Award to Lynden Transport, the Outstanding Business Award to ConocoPhillips, the Outstanding Small Business Award to Arby's, the Pioneer Award to Jack and Troy Castimore, the Log Cabin Award to Thom and Kathy Tomdrle, and the President's Choice Award went to Scott and Cheryl Hamann. All of the recipients were more than deserving of recognition for their dedication to making Kenai and great place to live, work and play.

We would like to thank our sponsors who generously supported this event: XTO Energy, Tesoro, First American Title Co., Peterkin Distributor's, First National Bank Alaska, Arby's, Lynden Transport, Challenger Learning Center, Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, Wells Fargo Bank, Stewart Title, Waddell & Reed, and Brown Agency.

In addition, we would also like to pay special thanks to the Kenai Performers for providing the entertainment. They performed three scenes from their upcoming "Grease" performance, opening in February. Also, a special thank you to the BackDoor for providing the cash bar service and to Alaska Five Star Catering for the catering service.

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's Annual Community Awards Banquet was the perfect venue to recognize our 2009 leaders in the community. It's an honor to host this event every year. For information about our upcoming events, please call the chamber office at 907-283-7989 or visit us online at

Stress coping workshop slated

Lauralee and Associates will host a workshop on "Basic Women's Health: Grace Under Pressure" by relaxation specialist Jody Forcum, LMT from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23. Participants will learn and integrate techniques to help manage stress pressure without relying on pharmaceuticals, and know when to say "enough is enough" if anxiety starts affecting health. The two-hour session costs $20. The workshop will be held in Suite 203, upstairs in the Seaman Building, at 601 Frontage Road in Kenai. For more information contact Lauralee Peterson at 907-252-9539

HEA accepting nominations for board of directors

Homer Electric Association accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative's Board of Directors.

The cooperative's Board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area.

This year, the District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski area) seat held by Kenai resident Tony Garcia will be on the ballot. In District 2 (Soldotna -Sterling area) the seat currently held by Sterling resident Debbie Debnam will be up for election and in District 3 (Ninilchik-Homer- Seldovia area) the seat formerly held Brian Hirsch of Homer will be contested. Mr. Hirsch resigned from the Board in June of 2009.

HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the seat representing their respective district.

Members interested in being on the ballot must fill out a nomination packet that requires the candidate to gather at least 15 signatures from valid Homer Electric members that live in the district the candidate would represent. The nomination forms are available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer and on-line at

The deadline to submit the nomination packet is 5 p.m. on March 5. Completed nomination packets can be dropped off at either the Kenai or Homer HEA office.

Ballots will be mailed out to HEA members on April 2 and the results will be tabulated at the Annual Meeting on May 5 at Kenai Central High School.

For additional information contact Joe Gallagher at 907-283-2324.

Mary Kay consultant earns a car

Mark Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Bethany Thornton of Kenai last month earned the use of a new Chevy Malibu sedan as a result of her outstanding achievement in operating her business.

"The Career Car Program provides the independent sales force the opportunity to earn the use of a visible symbol of their success," said Gary Jinks, Mary Kay Inc. senior vice president of sales. "Each car obtained through this exciting program reflects the hard work, determination and professionalism of the independent sales force."

To learn more about Mark Kay, one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics, go to or call 1-800-MARY KAY.

Jewelry seller recognizes entrepreneurship

Sherri Hansen of Kenai has been recognized as a Monthly Achiever by lia sophia, a company that offers a unique direct selling opportunity for fashion jewelry through personalized in-home demonstrations. Hansen is ranked among the top sales representatives in the organization.

"Earning money by helping my hostesses and customers find beautiful, affordable jewelry has been so satisfying to me. Building and maintaining my own business and receiving recognition has been an experience I never dreamed possible," Hansen said.

For more information about lia sophia, contact Hansen at

Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide cost-share for farm tunnels

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide cost-share for one high tunnel per farm with a maximum of 2,175 square feet of covered ground. Crops must be seeded or planted directly into the ground and cannot be in beds or pots. To meet program eligibility the ground must already be in production and meet EQIP and USDA program eligibility. A NRCS cost-shared structure will be part of a comprehensive conservation plan that also considers other resource concerns. For more information contact the USDA-NRCS Kenai Field Office at 283-8732 ext. 100 or ext. 106.

Small business development center plans seminar

SBA 8(A) Workshop -- Sam Dickey, Deputy District Director for the U.S. SBA Anchorage office, will host a workshop to provide information on the SBA 8(a) program. Register online at, click workshops, Kenai Peninsula, Sign Me Up, to attend the Feb. 24 workshop. You may register for the morning session or the afternoon session. Contact Bunny for questions at or 260-5629

To register online for a workshop, visit and click workshops, Kenai Peninsula, Sign Me Up. For more information, contact Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail

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