Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011

Joint chamber meeting features coal to liquid project

A joint Soldotna/Kenai Chamber of Commerce lunch features John McClellan of the Accelergy Corp., discussing the coal to liquid project on West Cook Inlet. Wednesday, April 13, at noon at the Kenai Merit Inn. Cost is $15 p/person, and open to the public. For more information call 283-7989.

Alliance hears from oil execs

The Alliance hosts Wendy King, ConocoPhillips Alaska vice president of external affairs; and Robert Heinrich, ConocoPhillips vice presdient of finance in Alaska; Friday, April 8, noon, at Paradisos. Topic: "The Case for Oil Tax Change." For more information or to make reservations, call 907-563-2226.

Clarion staff recognized for work

Four Peninsula Clarion newsroom staff were recognized by the Alaska Press Club for their work in 2010. The awards were presented Saturday during the press club's annual statewide journalism conference in Anchorage.

Reporter Brielle Schaeffer won a third-place award in the large circulation print category for breaking news for her reporting of a fatal canoe accident at Johnson Lake in Kasilof last summer.

Reporter Molly Dischner won a second-place award in the small circulation print category for her work on a series of stories for The Sun-Star, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, before she joined the Clarion.

Sports editor Jeff Helminiak won third place for his "Clarion Calls" sports column writing. The category was open to journalists in print, online, radio and TV.

Managing editor Will Morrow won third place in the Leslie Ann Murray Award for editorial or commentary, open to all media, and second place in the Suzan Nightingale Award for best columnist in the large circulation print category.

Peninsula Realtors hold raffle fundraiser

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors is holding its annual Hospice and Habitat for Humanity raffle Fundraiser. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Grand prize is a 2011 Outlander 400 four-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

'Profit Mastery' 2-day Seminar coming

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 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 Quickbooks 2009

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, 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.

Free 'starting a business' seminars coming

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: May 2, May 25, June 7 and June 21. Online registration via Click on Training Events, Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula, search seminar, click Sign Me Up, enter info.

Sport Rec and Trade show has room

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

Shorebird amateur photo contest open

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 click on the shorebird icon and download the form. Deadline for entries is 6 p.m. May 2. All entries will be on display at NOMAR thru May 31.

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