Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Capt. Tom Bowman of the Alaska State Troopers will speak at the nikiski Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon today at north Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. Ricky Geese, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, will speak on habitat and fishery conservation. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

"The 2003 Year in Review Slide Show," a joint presentation of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce, will be presented at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. The show will highlight community and chamber events from last year. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

The nikiski Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon April 1 at north Kenai Baptist Church will feature Tina Marie Herford of the Kenai Boys & Girls Club. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

Web site development workshop offered

Instructor David Edwards-Smith will discuss how to manage text and images, and communicate effectively on the Web to create a professional, user-friendly Web site Saturday.

"Web site construction: from the front end to the back end" will cover theory from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway and continue with hands-on training from 1 to 4 p.m. at new Frontier VO-TECH Center, 43335 K-Beach Road, Suite 12. The cost is $15. To register, call Megan Gorman at 283-1991 at least one day in advance.

Web site design seminar scheduled

Jim nelson of Internet Business Management Solutions will detail how to select a good "home," or host account, for a Web site from the myriad choices available, and present basic strategies to promote a Web site effectively through search engine optimization during "Web Site Hosting and Promotion" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 3 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway. The cost of the seminar is $15. To register, call Megan Gorman at 283-1991 at least one day prior to the seminar.

Shelter receives grant

The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource & Crisis Center has received a community grant of $500 from the Fred Meyer Foundation. The grant will be used to help feed women and children staying at the center's LeeShore Emergency Shelter, which provides walk-in services, crisis intervention including a 24-hour crisis line, advocacy and support, as well as emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Fred Meyer Foundation assists nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping children and reducing hunger in communities with Fred Meyer stores. The foundation has awarded grants totaling approximately $3.1 million to organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington since its inception in December 1998. For more information, call 1-800-858-9202, ext. 5605.

Area businesses sponsor food drives

Members of Curves of Soldotna and Curves of Kenai who bring in canned or dry goods for donation will be eligible for drawings. Also, for every KDLL membership of at least $91.90 charged to a credit card during the station's spring membership drive April 13-19, local grocery partners will donate one can of food.

All donations go to Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. For more information, call Kristina Combs at 262-3111.

Grocer offers tax refund check cashing service

As an enhancement to its payroll check cashing service, Safeway will cash IRS tax refund checks up to $1,499 at its stores in Kenai and Soldotna. Present the check and personal identification at the customer service desk to receive cash immediately, upon approval. The service is intended to assist individuals who wish to remain unaffiliated with banking institutions. Safeway keeps the identity of customers who use the service confidential.

Bank hires new contributions manager

Wells Fargo has hired Susan Kernes as its Alaska charitable contributions manager and community representative. The position is responsible for Wells Fargo's charitable contributions program, volunteer event coordination and community support programs and initiatives in Alaska.

Kernes worked for KBBI public radio in Homer for 18 years with stints as program director, development director and general manager. She owns Kernes & Associates, a consulting agency for fund raising, marketing, media placement and project management. She attended new York University and has a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Contest to reward business ideas

The First Annual Great Ideas Contest seeks ideas for starting a business or increasing jobs on the Kenai Peninsula. There is no limit on the number of ideas an individual may enter and no restriction on the age of contestants. Big and small ideas are welcome. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners at the Peninsula Opportunities Forum on April 16. The contest is sponsored by KeyBank and the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. Entry forms are available on line at or by calling 283-3335. Deadline for entry is April 9.

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