Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009

What's new in your business?

Have you opened a new business on the Kenai Peninsula, added a new product, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we.

Send us your information at, fax it to 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. For more information, call Mike Nesper at 335-1236.

Chambers set schedules, events

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held March 31 at Froso's restaurant at noon. For more information, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held April 1 at the Merit Inn in Kenai at noon.. For more information, call Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

Online class offered

Alaska SBDC and AVTEC are offering an online class, QuickBooks 2007/2008/2009 Lessons 1 through 15.

* Dates: March 17-May 5.

* Time: Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.

* Cost: $140, with a one-time only registration fee of $25.

* Must register through AVTEC admissions online at or call Trish at 907-224-6161 or call Bunny 260-5629 if you have questions.

Web-based seminar offered

Mande in Alaska is offering "Webinars." These sessions provide great interactive elements and participants are able to ask the instructor questions and get answers in real time. Participants will receive course materials by e-mail prior to the workshop. Computer, Internet access and telephone are required to participate.

Classes are as follows: Wednesday, Digital photography from 1-2 p.m.

For more information on the workshops call 907-272-5634.

Consignment shop fundraiser begins

The Kenai Performers will open a women's consignment boutique in the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. The grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The group is accepting gently used women's clothing in sizes zero-to 16, shoes, handbags, accessories and small decor items. Consignors will receive 50 percent of the price with the other 50 percent to benefit the group.

For more information, call Mary at 398-2931.

Wells Fargo/CES joint event scheduled

Wells Fargo is hosting a kids banking fair in Soldotna where children of all ages can learn how to save, budget and manage money wisely. Special guests will include Wells Fargo's "Jack the Dog" character and Central Emergency Services' new rescue dog named Ares. The Central Emergency Services ladder truck will also be on-site. Refreshments will be served.

Central Emergency Services will conduct a fundraiser to support Ares' wilderness search and rescue, avalanche and cadaver recovery training and other expenses. Ares will visit local schools as part of a "Lost in the Woods" school program to help children know where to go and what to do if they're lost.

"This is the first time the Peninsula has had a rescue dog," said Dale Lawyer, Central Emergency Services paramedic and k-9 handler. "Ares will help us find people a lot faster during wilderness search and rescues."

The event will take place on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wells Fargo's Soldotna store located at 44552 Sterling Highway.

Autism awareness month

April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is "World Autism Day". Several non-profit agencies statewide and the Department of Health and Social Services Public Information Office are working together to coordinate the media outreach for activities in March and April. Below are the details of a bookfair scheduled for "World Autism Day" in Soldotna. Please feel free to call me at (907) 269-7398 or e-mail me at if you have any questions! Thank you for sharing this information with your readers.

Below are the details about the book fair:

n What: A Soldotna bookfair to benefit Autism Awareness in Alaska

* When: April 2, 2009

* Where: River City Books, 43977 Sterling Highway, Soldotna

n Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For every $10.00 spent, $1.00 will support raising Autism Awareness locally.

For more information about the Soldotna Bookfair: Contact Tonja Updike- (907)398-4214.

For more information about April's Autism Awareness Month activities please visit:

Company welcomes back employee

Parker Horn Company is pleased to announce the return of Lisa Parker to the firm. Parker specializes in government and community relations as well as assisting clientele with crisis, media and risk communication and training.

Parker has spent her career working in the natural resources arena in the areas of land, mining and oil and gas issues. She can be reached at or at 398-1883.

Wage and Hour Q&A

The Peninsula Job Center will be hosting an Alaska Department of Wage & Hour workshop at the Peninsula Job Center on April 8. Please email or call to sign up for this workshop. This seminar is free and open to the public, but only 25 seats are available.

For more information or to register please call Ken Sirois at (907) 283-2913.

Alaska Skystream 3.7 Seminar

Alaskan Wind Industries will be holding their third Skystream 3.7 informational seminar Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m at the Kenai Moose Lodge. Everyone interested in Wind Generation and Alternative Energies is invited to attend.

For more information contact Nadia Daggett at 776-7664.

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