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Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006

Area chambers set schedules

· The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Nikiski Fire Station 1. The speaker will be Rachael Parra with North Peninsula Recreational Services. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House in Soldotna. The speaker will be Congressman Don Young. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. The speaker will be Laura McGinnis with the Kenai Peninsula State Fair. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

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 weeks class will teach students how to make waffle cone parfaits.

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.

Curves of Kenai and Soldotna will hold their annual food drive for the food bank during the month of March.

For more information, call 335-2787 or 260-7775.

Berry growers offer information

Alaska Berry Growers will meet 1 p.m. Monday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. Opportunities for harvesting and growing wild Alaska berries will be discussed.

For more information, call Jack Brown at 283-3700.

Alliance luncheon to planned

The Alaska Industry Alliance will meet at noon Tuesday at Paradisos in Kenai. The presentation will be on "Project Grad," an outreach program that provides professional development clinics, scholarships and other incentives for young Alaskans to pursue college and technical training.

To R.S.V.P., email joldfield@alaskaalliance.com.

Workshop to open doors

The Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on Opening the Doors to Business Planning at 2 p.m. March 23 in Suite 16 of the Red Diamond Center. The fee for the workshop is $25.

Preregistration is required by Wednesday. For for information or to register, call Bunny at 714-2331 or email her at inblk@uaa.alaska.edu.

Builders seek entries for Parade

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.

Scholarships offered

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association is offering the Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship to Kenai Peninsula high school seniors and juniors. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Applicants must be planning to attend a college or university within Alaska and planning to pursue a building-related career.

Deadline for applications is April 14. For more information, speak with a high school guidance counselor or call 283-8071.

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 www.labor.state.ak.us/estax/forms/eerefund.pdf.

BBB cautions against tax preparation fraud

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of tax preparers with "too good to be true" offers. Unscrupulous tax preparers may incorrectly fill out tax forms to give a tax payer a larger return that they deserve. The IRS investigates suspicious returns and holds taxpayers responsible for incorrect information.

For more information, call (907) 644-5204.

Bed & breakfast meeting set

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will meet at 1 p.m. March 25 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Jim Kuhnsman from Alaskan Serenity B and B will conduct a mini workshop on telephone etiquette in preparation for answering the associations 800 number.

For additional information, call John Steckel at 283-0836.

The Business Section is printed every Thursday. For more information, call 335-1251.



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