Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. Schudelued speaker is Mayor Peter Micciche with a State of the City update. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. Sheldon Fisher, former VP for ACS and candidate for Congress, will discuss leadership vs. management in your profession, family and life. For more information call 283-7989.

B and B association to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will meet Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Kenai Cultural and Visitors Center. Top on the agenda will be a report from the Summer Solstice Festival (now named "Matti"s Farm Fest") committee. Mathias "Matti" Martin was an active, enthusiastic nine year old who was killed in a freak animal accident last summer. Games Matti enjoyed will be a big part of the festival along with food and music.

Also on the agenda is a report of the 800 number and phone use, the Web site upgrade and plans for the state Bed and Breakfast Association Convention to be held in Kenai in September. For additional information contact President John Steckel of Red Cabin Bed and Breakfast at 283-0836. All members are urged to attend and guests and prospective members are always welcome.

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.

Kenai Edward Jones plans grand opening

The public is invited to come celebrate the grand opening of the new Edward Jones office in Kenai from 3 to 7 p.m. today at 100 Trading Bay, Suite 6. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

While the location is new, Edward Jones has been helping individual investors reach their long-term financial goals for more than 80 years. The company looks forward to continuing the tradition of providing face-to-face personalized service at its new location.

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

Small business development center plans seminars

Typing and keyboard basics -- Attendees in our QuickBooks 2009 Basics/Advanced must have skills in typing and keyboard basics so Alaska SBDC is partnering with New Frontier VOTECH. They will offer the $60, four-night class in Suite 14, Red Diamond Center from 1 to 3 p.m. starting March 26, April 2, April 9 or April 16 class. Class days will vary each week.

Getting started with Quickbooks -- Learn to use QuickBooks 2009 as the best tool to collect and organize your business data so you're prepared when tax time rolls around. Our four-session, 11 chapter class is from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 4, 18, 25 and June 1, in Suite 12 at SBDC in the Red Diamond Center. Seating is limited. Registration and $155 fee is due May 26. Register online via, click on "Workshops-Kenai Peninsula." Participants must have typing/keyboarding basic training.

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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