Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. Kelly Wolf with Friends of Athletes with Disabilities will discuss the organization and what it means to local athletes with disabilities. For more information call 283-7989.

Economic Development District seeks survey participants

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District requests your participation in a business survey to identify the gaps or barriers to economic development in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The 15-minute survey is open to all Borough residents and businesspeople. Results of the survey will be used to help the economic development district better assist your needs.

The survey can be accessed online at:, and then by clicking on the "KP Gap Analysis Survey" link on the left side of the page.

Face-to-face and phone interviews are also available. For any questions or to setup an appointment, please contact Thomas Sloan at 283-3335 or

Rural energy conference planned

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) announce the 2010 Rural Energy Conference to be held April 27-29 at the Westmark Conference Center in Fairbanks. This year's conference theme is "New Energy for Sustainable Communities."

Invited speakers include Gov. Sean Parnell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Mark Begich, Congressman Don Young, Sens. Lesil McGuire and Bill Wielechowski, Reps. Charisse Millett and Bryce Edgmon and Denali Commission Federal Co-Chair Joel Neimeyer.

Technical sessions will focus on four areas: Management and Economics, Current Technologies, Forward/Future Technologies and Energy Conservation.

Conference registration information is available by calling the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at 907-474-5402 or by visiting their web site: A limited number of travel grants are available for rural utility personnel.

HEA board candidates announced

Five candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors' election.

The deadline to file for a seat on the board was March 5.

This year, candidates in District 1, Kenai, Nikiski and parts of Soldotna include incumbent Tony Garcia of Nikiski and William Warren also of Nikiski.

In District 2, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof, the candidates are incumbent Debbie Debnam of Sterling and Kenneth Hepner of Sterling.

In District 3, Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area, incumbent director Bill Fry of Homer is running unopposed.

Ballots will be mailed to members on April 2. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by May 4 to be valid. Members will also have an opportunity to vote at the annual meeting, which will be held May 5 at the Kenai Central High School.

HEA directors are elected by the members in their respective district, with members voting only for the candidates residing in their district.

Results will be announced at the annual meeting.

Small business development center plans seminars

Wednesday is the "Business Start-up Seminar" that will identify skills, knowledge and resources needed for the basic process of starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula. Bryan Zak's presentation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in Suite 12, Red Diamond Center. Fee is $25.

On March 30, the Golden Rules of Marketing Seminar will give you quick marketing tools you can use from 1 to 4 p.m. in Suite 12, Red Diamond Center. Do you know who will buy your product? Do you know why? Do you know if your advertising is timed right? Come and learn new methods.

To register online for a workshop, visit and click Training Event, Kenai Peninsula, select the seminar you'd like to attend and enter your information.

For more information, contact Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail

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