* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. The Chamber of Commerce will present an update on the Visitor Center and upcoming events. Lunch is $13. For more information, call 262-9814.
* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. A presentation on Kenai's All-American City bid is planned. Lunch is $15. For more information call 283-7989.
The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors holds its annual Hospice and Habitat for Humanity Raffle Fund-Raiser. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Grand prize is a 2011 Outlander 400 4 Wheeler ATV, first prize is a Tikka 300 Winchester magnum rifle, second prize is a framed print of "The Waterfall," by Ed Tussey, and third prize is a basket from Homer Bear Creek Winery. Get your tickets by contacting a Realtor or Kari Butler at the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors at 262-1851 or buy them online at www.kenaipeninsularealtors.org.
The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will be holding the Annual Parade of Homes, held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Home Show, April 30 -- May 1. Entries are now being accepted, and must be submitted prior to the April 1 deadline. For entry rules and requirements or for information, call the KPBA at 283-8071.
Peninsula Realtor Glenda Feekin won top honors at a Re/Max awards rally last month. Feekin placed 8th out of the company's 10 top Realtors statewide, 1st place in Top Three Closed Transactions, 1st place in Top Three Residential Associate individuals and the Hall of Fame award for 2010.
Southwest Regional Director Bryan Zak presents a two-day Profit Mastery Seminar on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1, from 9 to 5 p.m. To qualify for a jobs bill limited time offer of $200, you must register online and pay by April 25 via http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on Training Events, Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info. After April 25, rate goes back to $395. This is a 16-hour hands-on course that will help you set goals for the future of your business, control spending and pricing and leave with a process to assess the performance of your business and a strategy to implement change.
Learn to use QuickBooks 2009 and organize your business data so you're prepared when tax time rolls around. This is a 4-session, 10 chapter, $155 seminar, scheduled from 5:15 to 9 p.m. on April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17 at Suite 12 at AK SBDC- Red Diamond Center. Bring a thumb drive to save your lessons for practice at home. Only 10 seats. Register by April 15 via http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com, Click on Training Events, Centers - select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info. Pre-requisite: Typing/keyboarding experience required.
Alaska SBDC wants you to be efficient in tracking your records for tax filing purposes. On Tuesday, April 5, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Beth Meier will provide you with tips on keeping good records, employee information, etc, to meet tax requirements and to stay organized for timely tax reporting. Last class until next year so register online by April 1 via http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on Training Events, Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, then enter your info.
Our 1-hour free "Starting a Business" seminar features Bryan Zak answering your basic questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center. Come and learn about AKSBDC and our partner programs and why you should register for our free counseling services. Times differ so check specific time for: April 1, May 2, May 25, June 7 and June 21. Online registration via http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on Training Events, Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula, search seminar, click Sign Me Up, enter info.
The Sport Rec and Trade show still is looking for a couple of vendors! Busy Beaver Log Furniture is sponsoring door prizes. Grand prize is a queen size log bed with a matching nightstand, and daily $100 cash prizes. Don't forget the Trout Pond sponsored by Kenai River Sportfishing Association -- bring your kids to catch a fish! For more information contact Kari Butler at 262-1851 or visit www.SportRecAndTradeShow.com.
NOMAR of Homer is once again sponsoring the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Amateur Photo Contest. Best Of Show photo is awarded $300. Additional cash prizes will be awarded in three categories. Wildlife, Scenic and Alaskana (human interest). Entry Forms are available at NOMAR, 104 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer, Monday -- Saturday, 9 a.m. -- 6 p.m., or go on line to www.nomaralaska.com. click on the shorebird icon and download the form. Deadline for entries is 6 p.m. Monday May 2. All entries will be on display at NOMAR thru May 31.
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