Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2007

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room. David MacDowell, BP Alaska will give a gas line presentation. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host Robert Ruffer with the Kenai Watershed Forum at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host a Job Shadow Day luncheon Wednesday at Kenai Christian Church in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

Beginning March 7 the Kenai Chamber will hold its meetings at the Kenai Merit Inn. Charlotte’s Restaurant will cater.

· The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn. Miles Mackay with the new pellet mill will be the featured speaker.

HEA to upgrade meters

Homer Electric Association’s contractor will install upgraded residential and small business electric meters in the central peninsula area. The locations slated for the meter upgrade include: Ciechanski Road, Kalifornsky Beach Road, Funny River Road and east from Spenard Builders Supply.

The meter upgrade will require a short outages of less then one minute at each location. HEA’s contractor will make an attempt to notify the occupants before proceeding with the meter upgrade.

Contractors will drive white trucks, with the logo for Alaska LineBuilders, and wear clothing that identifies them as a qualified HEA contractor.

HEA reminds residents that it is always a good idea to protect sensitive electronic equipment. Call (800) 478-8551 for more information.

Small business center hosts workshops

The Small Business Development Center will host several small business workshops in February at its center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12:

· A “Start Up” workshop, with Mark Gregory, director of University of Alaska Anchorage Small Business Development Center, will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Monday. Gregory will walk through the basic process of starting a business. There is no cost. Participants are asked to preregister no later than 4 p.m. one day prior to workshop

· Certification overview workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Information on the qualifications required for government contracting certification programs, the application process and contracting options for programs will be discussed. Participants are asked to preregister no later than 4 p.m. Monday.

For more information or to preregister, call Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Youth cooking classes

Pint Size Workshop cooking classes will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Allen and Petersen 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 30 minute workshops.

Food bank fundraiser set to build

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank invites businesses, organizations and families to enter the 2007 Canstruction event at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center slated for April 2 through 21.

Sculptures made out of nonperishable food items are eligible for awards such as the CAN-Do-Award or Ton-O-Tin-Award. Food collected will be distributed to needy Kenai Peninsula residents.

Entry forms are available at the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive, Soldotna. For more information, call 262-3111.

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.

Wine tasting fundraiser set

Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will host a wine tasting and appetizer fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. March 3 at the Soldotna Senior Center. Select wines will be auctioned off to benefit the KPBA scholarship fund.

Table sponsorships are available for $200. Cab service will be available. The cost of admission is $45 dollars per person. Tickets are available from the following members: Marilyn Pipkin with First National Bank Alaska at 283-6810 , Nichole Smith with Southcentral Title Agency at 262-4494, Jeff Twait with DG Smith Builders, LLC at 262-2887, Mike Winegarden with the Floor Center at 260-6646 or KPBA at 283-8071.

Chrysler launches design contest

The Chrysler brand in conjunction with Kenai Chrysler announce a nationwide hat design competition inspired by the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible and the Kentucky Derby.

The “Chrysler Sebrings Hats Off to the Derby” contest rules are: Entrants must submit a sketch by March 5 of an original hat design that captures the essence of the car and the Kentucky Derby; the design must utilize some material from the convertible’s soft top and be accompanied by a 100 word essay on how on how the styling and features of the convertible inspired the hat design. Entries may be submitted a or by mailing them to Chrysler Sebring Hats Off to the Derby Contest, Department 4764, P.O. Box 6650, Stacy, MN 55078-6650. Entries must be received no later than March 9.

The public will vote on the top 15 designs. The 15 quarter-finalist designs will be posted on the contest Web site.

Top five will receive seed money. Top three will win a trip for two to the Kentucky Derby and a chance to win a Chrysler Sebring Convertible.

The grand-prize winner will be decided by a panel of judges and announced in Louisville during Derby weekend.

Made in Alaska workshops slated

Made In Alaska workshops will be held March 6 at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

“Marketing to Alaska” will begin at 9 a.m. and will cover Made In Alaska program highlights, marketing basics, direct mail, public relations and print ad design and placement.

“How to Photograph Products” will begin at noon and will cover basics of digital photography, hands-on workshop photographing participants’ products that are current Made In Alaska or Silver Hand permit holders.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. For more information, call (907) 272-5634 or e-mail

Employers can learn how to train others

The Peninsula Job Center will hold an apprenticeship workshop for employers from 9 to 11 a.m. March 30. Lymus Capehart Jr., apprentice and training representative with the U.S. Department of Labor, will discuss how to set up registered apprenticeship programs in various fields, from electricians to pharmacy technicians. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. To register, or for more information, call Melinda Gates at the Job Center at 283-2905.

The Business page appears each Thursday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be e-mailed to or faxed to 283-3299.

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