Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Merrill Sikorski of Caring for the Kenai will speak at the North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon today at North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. Mike LeNorman, director of sales and marketing for Era Aviation, and sales representative Charisse Millet will speak. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

Dan Fauske of the Alaska Housing Corporation will speak at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

The North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon Feb. 12 at North Kenai Baptist Church will feature Rob Robson speaking on Kenai Peninsula Borough capital projects. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

GCI to hold investor conference call

Senior management of GCI will discuss operating results and 2003 fourth-quarter earnings via conference call from 10 to 11 a.m. today. To access the briefing, call (800) 475-0212 from 9:50 to 10 a.m. and identify your call as "GCI." After the briefing, callers may ask questions via the conference operator. The conference also may be accessed on line at

Homer Hockey Association representative to speak

Harry Rasmussen will speak on behalf of the Homer Hockey Association at the Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon noon Tuesday at the Best Western Bidarka in Homer. The presentation will include the status of the new multiuse ice facility, construction phases, building time lines, partnerships with the city of Homer and updates on fund raising. Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. Lunch is available for $10. For more information, call the chamber at (907) 235-7740.

Kenai River Center puts permit applications online

The Kenai River Center, a multiagency permitting, information and education center, has launched a new Web site that allows visitors to download permit applications directly from the site. The new site includes a guide to help visitors determine which permit they may need, as well as information about protecting property from flood damage and funding sources for riverbank restoration.

The Kenai River Center houses offices of agencies involved in managing aquatic resources on the Kenai Peninsula, including resource planners and the floodplain administrator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, State Parks and Habitat Management and Permitting personnel from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the Environmental Protection Agency's watershed coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula. The nonprofit Kenai Watershed Forum also have an office in the center.

The Web site's address is

Cash flow, budget management seminar scheduled

Better understand cash flow how money moves through a business to improve your budget management by attending the seminar "Illuminating your cash flow and budget" from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday in Suite 16 of the Red Diamond Center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna.

State launches online tax system

Technicians in the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development have completed a three-year project to install a new computer system designed to process unemployment insurance quarterly tax reports more quickly and with fewer errors. The integrated system replaces an outdated system inherited from the state of Louisiana in 1982.

Planned expansion of the system will add online services, including new employee enrollment and fund transfer processing, by early September.

To access the program, go to the Web site at

Nominations available for health care excellence

Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care improvement organization, seeks nominations for its 2003 Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Quality. The awards are given for achieving "innovative, measurable improvements in care."

Awards will be given to nominees in four categories: hospitals, physicians' offices and clinics, long-term care providers, managed care and community agencies and others.

The deadline for nomination is May 31. Forms are available at, or by calling Jennifer Monie at (800) 878-7170.

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