Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

Area chambers set schedules

Chris Meyers of Unocal Alaska will speak at noon today at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Ohana's Family Restaurant.

Next week's speaker will be John Parker, executive director of the Economic Development District. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

There will be a Kenai Peninsula Borough bed tax forum at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

There will be a Kenai Peninsula Borough bed tax forum at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Paradisos. For more information, call Natalia Johnson 283-7989.

Fraud prevention seminar to be held

The Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will host a fraud prevention seminar for businesses from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. Donald Krohn, security manager for First National Bank, will be the presenter. Seating is limited. There is no cost. For more information or to register, call 283-7989 or 262-9814.

Seafood processing course set

The University of Alaska's Marine Advisory Program will hold an introduction to seafood processing Monday through March 25 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Part of the course will be held at an area processing facility.

It is for anyone interested in learning to process and direct market fisheries products. Lectures and hands-on activities will cover food safety, quality, regulations, fish handling by species, chilling and freezing, product forms, smoking, jerky production and packaging. One day will be devoted to product marketing and business management. The cost is $50. For more information or to register, call (907) 274-9691.

Business After Hours at Upper Deck

The next Kenai Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be Friday at the Upper Deck at Kenai Municipal Airport. It is being sponsored by Jason Carroll and First National Bank. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 283-7989.

ConocoPhillips pulls TV commercial

JUNEAU (AP) — ConocoPhillips is pulling television ads claiming Alaska is the ''most costly place on Earth'' for the oil industry to do business.

ConocoPhillips spokesperson Dawn Patience said the decision came after four Democratic state lawmakers requested the ads be withdrawn.

A study by international consulting firm Wood Mackenzie, purchased this year by the Legislature, ranks Alaska as the 19th-least costly place to do business out of 53 regions, when the price of oil is above $35 a barrel. The price of North Slope crude was $51 a barrel.

Patience said the Wood Mackenzie study was updated this year, and the commercial is being pulled to reflect the new numbers.

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