Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2007

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room. Roger Pearson, former professor of geology at the University of Fairbanks, will speak on the topic “Alaska — Center of the World, Geographically Speaking.” For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host Paul Gray speaking about “Winter in Alaska” at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce speaker will be Rick Roeske with the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association on Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

Log on to manage the Web

Jim Nelson, founder of Internet Solutions, is offering an online Web site management class from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Participants can access the class from their own computers through the Internet. The class covers the basic concepts of managing a Web site using a content management system. Participants should have basic Internet skills, including the use of Internet Explorer or FireFox browsers. The class is geared toward people responsible for managing their business or nonprofit organization’s Web site.

The cost is $10 and the class is limited to 10 participants. Register online at, or call Nelson at 252-8383.

Working on marketing

The Small Business Development Center, Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center, is hosting a “Marketing on a Shoestring” workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. March 29. The workshop will cover creative and innovative marketing techniques and other topics. The fee is $15. Preregistration is required by Monday and space is limited. Fore more information or to register, call Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Construction finance seminar planned

Innovative Finance will host a free construction financing seminar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 31 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. It is open to the public.

Versaw flying high

Charles “Chip” B. Versaw, owner of Alaska Flying Network in Kenai, recently had his designation as a master certified flight instructor renewed by the National Association of Flight Instructors, a professional aviation education association. He’s had his master certification since 2003.

According to NAFI, Versaw is currently the only Alaska aviation educator to hold the “master” title, and one of fewer than 500 certified flight instructors nationwide to achieve it. The designation is a national accreditation recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration that is earned through a process of continuing professional activity and peer review.

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. A $50 donation will get a donor’s 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 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, 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.

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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