Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006

Area chambers set schedules

· The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Nikiski Fire Station 1. The speaker will be David Gilbreath, chief executive officer of Central Peninsula General Hospital. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week due to the Arctic Winter Games. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. There will be a cultural presentation from an Arctic Winter Games contingent. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

Frontier elects new officers

Frontier Community Services has elected a new board of directors. The officers, as of Feb. 16, are Loretta Spalding, president; Jane Cotter, vice president; Jay Rohloff, treasurer; Donna Shirnberg, secretary; and Brenda Quinn, Jackie Bock, Charlissa Magen and Shawn Harrison, members.

Challenger center has new director

Larry Porter, a retired superintendent of the ConocoPhillips Kenai LNG plant, has been appointed executive director of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. Porter will serve as a volunteer.

Canned food drive events planned

A “Pint Size Workshop” cooking class is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturdays through April 29 at Allen and Peterson Cooking and Appliance Center in Kenai. This week’s class will teach students how to make scones.

Cost of admission to the class is two cans of nonperishable food or a $2 donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

For more information, call the food bank at 262-3111.

Business start-up instruction offered

Mark Gregory, the Small Business Development Center’s director, will present a start-up workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The course will be held at the center, at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 16 in the Red Diamond Center.The course is free, but preregistration is required.

For more information or to register call Bunny at 714-2331 or e-mail her at

Seafood training availablev

Applications are being accepted for Alaska Fisheries Business Assistance Project (FishBiz) training, which covers leadership, seafood handling, safety and sanitation, marketing and logistics. Participants will also receive Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification.

The training will culminate in a trip to the International Boston Seafood Show and Iceland to view professional seafood processing operations and facilities.

The deadline for applications is Friday. To apply or learn more, call Angela Camos at (907) 274-9699, e-mail or visit

Allstate opens new office in Soldotna

Allstate insurance Company has announced the opening of a new full-service insurance agency in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna. The agency is operated by Susan Perletti with agents Joe Perletti and Brandi McElrea.

For more information on the new agency, call 260-9373.

Builders seek entries for Parade of Homes

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association is seeking entries for the Parade of Homes, an event held in conjunction with the Home Show, held April 8 and 9. Licensed residential contractors are invited to showcase homes.

For more information, call 283-8071.

Natural gas authority to meet

A public meeting of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority will take place at 9 a.m. March 13 in the JPO Conference Room of the Sunshine Building at 411 W. 4th Ave. in Anchorage.

To participate by telephone, call (877) 934-3608 and enter the pass code 190500# and follow the instructions provided.

Unemployment tax refunds available

Alaskans who worked for more than one employer during 2005 may be eligible for unemployment tax refunds. According to the Alaska Department of Labor, workers with two jobs who had more than $139.50 in unemployment taxes deducted for the year may apply for a refund.

The form is available at by calling (888) 448-3527 or online at

The Business Section is printed every Thursday. For more information, call 283-7551, ext. 251

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