Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2007

Chambers set schedules

middot; Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room. Brad Janorschke with the Homer Electric Association will speak. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

middot; The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host Ester Chambers with the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

middot; The Kenai Chamber of Commerce speaker will be Gary Turner with Kenai Peninsula College on Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

middot; The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn. Nick Begich with The Lay Institute will be the featured speaker.

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.

Seafood innovators sought

Alaska Quality Seafood (AQS) is seeking nominations for the 2007 Best Practices and Innovations in Seafood Award.

The purpose of the award is to identify and recognize individuals, companies, associations, and/or communities that are serving as leaders in finding successful new ways to respond to the demands of local and international markets.

The nominees can be harvesters, processors, carriers, technology manufactures, consultants, fishermen, distributors, retailers, wholesalers, services, associations, educators, etc. Candidates may nominate themselves.

Completed nomination forms must be received by today. The award will be presented at a special awards reception at the Global Food Alaska -2007 Conference and Trade Show in Soldotna on June 13. Nominations can be obtained online through

Alaska Quality Seafood is a private nonprofit corporation based in Anchorage, Alaska. It functions as the Center for Alaska Seafood Quality Assurance, working with the seafood industry to ensure that the best salmon in the world is also the most consistent and high quality.

Fitness fun day offered

Ninilchik Health and Wellness Club will hold a Jumpstart your Fitness Fun Day today. Three personal trainers from the Bay Club in Homer will instruct. Three classes, orientation to exercise, circuit training and ab-blast, will be offered free of charge. Space is limited and preregistration is required. For more information, call (907) 567-3880.

AHBA home, remodeling show slated

Anchorage Home Builders Association will hold its 47th annual Home and Remodeling Show from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

More than 30 seminars will be held throughout the weekend on everything from how to prepare for a remodel and how to build without breaking the bank to deck design and log home construction. More than 170 vendors will be participating in this year’s show. In conjunction with the show, 35 homes, in various stages of construction, will be open for viewing in Anchorage and Eagle River. The preview runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Anchorage Home Builders Association is a non-profit trade association. For guide, seminar schedule, arena map and vendor guide, visit or call Dick Coan at (907) 229-6706 or e-mail him at, Craig Gales at (907) 273-2775 or -mail him at or Heather Gould at (907) 561-4488 or e-mail her at

Investor education, consumer protection workshop planned

American Association of Retired Persons Alaska, Investor Protection Trust, the State Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and the AARP Foundation will host a free two-day investor education and consumer protection workshop Monday and Tuesday at the Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.

The topics will be major concepts of financial and investment plans, identity theft, predatory lending practices, frauds and scams, utility issues and available consumer assistance with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Attendees do not need to be a member of the AARP. For more information or to view a copy of the workshop flyer visit To register visit, or call (866) 227-7447.

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.

Crimestoppers seeks support

The Central Peninsula Crimestoppers board is seeking community support for its annual poster drive. With sponsorship from local businesses, the group each year publishes posters featuring the phone number of the local Crimestoppers tip-line. The posters are displayed in businesses and public locations around the peninsula. Each poster also features replication of a business card representing each of 15 sponsors.

Businesses, groups, or individuals wishing to sponsor posters can do so for a donation of $50 or more. The $50 fee will get their name on 15 posters. A $100 donation would sponsor 30 posters. Donations beyond the cost of publishing the posters will be used for payment of rewards for information which helps to solve crimes on the peninsula.

Crimestoppers has been active on the peninsula for more than 20 years, and during that time has been instrumental in solving nearly 250 crimes ranging from murder and theft to narcotics. Thanks to Crimestoppers tips, more than $200,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered locally, and more than 1.6 million dollars in illegal drugs have been confiscated. Central Peninsula Crimestoppers has paid out more than $16,000 in rewards for information.

To help sponsor a poster or for more information, call Susan Savley at 252-8890. Donations are tax deductible and can also be sent to Crimestoppers, P.O. Box 1341, Kenai, AK 99611.

If you have information the police might need in order to solve a crime, you can call the Crimestoppers toll free tip-line at (800) 478- 4258 or locally at 283-8477. You may remain anonymous, and if the information helps to solve a crime you can receive a reward.

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.

Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought

Experience Works, a training and employment organization for mature workers, is searching for Alaska’s outstanding older worker. Experience Works Prime Time Awards program is part of Experience Works’ national effort to raise awareness of the contributions made by older individuals and to break down barriers associated with the hiring of all older workers.

Outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be honored in Washington, D.C., and in their home states for their contributions to the work force and local communities. Nominees or applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of Alaska, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay.

The honoree also must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., in October for the Prime Time Award events. The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives, a tour of the city’s landmarks, and the awards banquet and ceremony. Family, friends or colleagues may send in a nomination, or older workers can self nominate. An online nomination form or a printed nomination form can be accessed at The deadline for nominations is May 1.

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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