Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2006

Area chambers set schedules

· The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Nikiski Fire Station 1. The speaker will be Scott Hamann, owner of Metal Magic in Nikiski. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House in Soldotna. The speaker will be Richard Hughes, mining specialist. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

Canned food drive events planned

A “Pint Size Workshop” cooking class is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturdays through April 29 at Allen and Peterson Cooking and Appliance Center in Kenai. This week’s class will teach students how to make braided bread sticks.

Cost of admission to the class is two cans of nonperishable food or a $2 donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

For more information, call the food bank at 262-3111.

During KDLL-FM’s April memberships drive, callers can donate to the food bank by pledging $91.90 with a credit card. Local grocers will donate one can of food for each credit card pledge at that level.

For more information, call 335-2787 or 260-7775.

Workshop to open doors

The Small Business Development Center will host a business start-up workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Suite 16 of the Red Diamond Center. The fee for the workshop is $25.

Preregistration is required by Tuesday. For for information or to register, call Bunny at 714-2331 or e-mail her at

Scholarships offered

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association is offering the Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship to Kenai Peninsula high school seniors and juniors. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Applicants must be planning to attend a college or university within Alaska and planning to pursue a building-related career.

Deadline for applications is April 14. For more information, speak with a high school guidance counselor or call 283-8071.

Tax refunds available

Alaskans who worked for more than one employer during 2005 may be eligible for unemployment tax refunds.

According to the Alaska Department of Labor, workers with two jobs who had more than $139.50 in unemployment taxes deducted for the year may apply for a refund.

The form is available at by calling (888) 448-3527 or online at www.labor.state.ak. us/estax/forms/eerefund.pdf.

Trail expert to speak in Homer

Trail expert Troy Duffin will speak at noon Tuesday at the Islands and Ocean Visitors Center in Homer. Duffin will address how real estate developers can realize economic benefits by treating trails as assets.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Lindsay at (907) 235-8177, ext. 116.

The Business Section is printed every Thursday. For more information, call 335-1251.

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