Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the next week include:

Tina Marie Herford of the Kenai Boys & Girls Club 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 2003 Year in Review Slide Show," a joint presentation of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce, will be featured at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. The show will highlight community and chamber events from last year. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. The 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society will give a report and video presentation on its trip to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Canada, and discuss what the peninsula can expect when it hosts the 2006 games. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

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. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway. Snacks and refreshments will be served. The cost of the seminar is $15. To register, call Megan Gorman at 283-1991 at least one day prior to the seminar.

Son takes over as chef

Trevalyan Sackett took over as head chef of Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing when the restaurant reopened on Valentine's Day after a three-month winter hiatus.

Sackett recently graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore.

According to owner Glen Sackett, the grill's menu will likely change for the summer to incorporate his son's "Classical French cuisine with an Alaskan flair."

Job fair scheduled

More than two dozen employers plan to participate in the 2004 Kenai Peninsula Career & Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Mall. Job seekers are advised to bring a resume. The fair is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Peninsula Job Center. For more information, call 283-2900.

Economic forum set for Homer

Economist Scott Goldsmith, director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), will be the featured guest at the Homer Economic Forum April 13.

The purpose of the forum, co-sponsored by the City of Home and the Homer Chamber of Commerce, is to look forward at a series of questions which need to be answered in order to help decision makers plan and direct Homer's future. The forum begins at 9 a.m. in the downstairs conference room at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Lunch will be available for $10. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Derotha Ferraro at 235-7740 or 399-0993. For more information about Goldsmith or ISER, go to

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.

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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