Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. The scheduled speaker is Fran Ulmer for the University of Alaska. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. Jeff Whannell of the Kenai Police Department will discuss business protection. For more information call 283-7989.

Local CPA earns personal financial specialist credential

Robert N. Mikunda, a CPA financial planning expert with RNM Financial Management Inc., located in Soldotna, has recently been awarded the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) Credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The PFS Credential, established in 1987 by the AICPA, is granted to qualified CPAs with considerable professional experience in financial planning.

Mikunda met the requirements to earn the PFS Credential, which include passing a comprehensive technical exam covering personal financial planning topics, demonstrating more than 1,400 hours of business experience during the past five years as well as completing lifelong learning and education activities. The PFS Credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who are members in good standing of the AICPA, which binds them to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. CPAs who have earned the PFS Credential must be recertified every three years to maintain their credential.

RNM Financial Management, Inc. is a fee-only registered investment advisor. Investment plans are based upon each client's unique ability, need, and willingness to take risk. RNM Financial Management, Inc. was formed by Mikunda, CPA/PFS, CFP in 1996. Mikunda is a founder and past shareholder of Mikunda Cottrell & Co. He can be reached at or 907-227-4885. The Web site is

Peninsula builders to hold parade of homes

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, in conjunction with the 31st annual Home Show, will present the annual Parade of Homes on April 24 and 25. Participating builders must hold a residential endorsement and have proper liability insurance. Contact the association at 283-8071 for entry information.

Credit union to open branch in Walmart

Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union will open its 17th Alaska branch inside the new Kenai Walmart Wednesday. The full-service branch will offer deposit and loan products and services and an on-site ATM. It will be open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

David Stafford will be the branch manager. Stafford has been with Denali Alaskan for four years, most recently as a branch manager in Fairbanks.

"Denali Alaskan is particularly excited about opening in Kenai because it represents a brand new market for us," said Bob Teachworth, the credit union's president and CEO. He noted that there already are 2,000 members in the area due to a lending program through Alaska auto dealers.

Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union is the third-largest credit union in Alaska with more than 56,000 members and assets in excess of $430 million. Branches are located in Eagle River, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla and Kenai.

Homebuilder named National Area Chair

Cold Climate Housing Research Center president and CEO and a longtime Interior homebuilder Jack Hbert was appointed in January to serve as a National Area Chair for the National Association of Homebuilders. He is one of 15 chair and will serve on the organization's executive board. As chair for the Pacific Northwest region, he will represent Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska for a two-year term.

Hbert will help in developing policies and direction for the homebuilding industry as it faces one of the nation's worst economic downturns. He has a 20 year history of service with NAHB, holding leadership positions on local, state and national levels. He has served as state representative for Alaska on NAHB's National Executive Board, and as president of the Alaska State Home Building Association.

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.

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 Friday, 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 April 23. Register online via, click on "Workshops-Kenai Peninsula." Participants must have typing/keyboarding basic training.

Golden Rules of Marketing -- This seminar will give you quick marketing tools you can use. The seminar time has been moved to 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday 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. Registration is $40. The deadline to register id Friday.

Business Insurance and Specialty Bonding -- Scheduled for Tuesday, from 1 to 4 p.m., this free presentation will assist you in evaluating your business risks. Gail Balzer's agenda includes commercial business and commercial auto insurance, workman's comp and information on specialty bonding.

Business Start-up Seminar -- This seminar will identify skills, knowledge and resources needed for the basic process of starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula. Bryan Zak's presentation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center in Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center on either April 7 or May 12. Registration is $20.

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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