Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 08, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. Evy Gebhardt will discuss the upcoming career and job fair. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Merit Inn. Scheduled speakers are Mary Jo Joiner, director for the Kenai Community Library, to discuss the library expansion project, and Dorothy Grey with a presentation on the Russian Orthodox Church Restoration. For more information call 283-7989.

Peninsula builders to hold parade of homes

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, in conjunction with the 31st annual Home Show, will present the annual Parade of Homes on April 24 and 25. Participating builders must hold a residential endorsement and have proper liability insurance. Contact the association at 283-8071 for entry information.

Nominees Sought for North Star Awards for International Excellence

Gov. Sean Parnell is calling for nominations for the annual Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence. The awards will be presented in late spring to honor export, investment and exchanges in the international arena.

Alaska businesses, schools, and other organizations that improve life in Alaska through their international activities may nominate themselves or others in several categories: export of goods, export of services, foreign investment, education, the travel industry, transportation, cultural exchange, humanitarian exchange and scientific exchange. Awards are given in several categories in any given year but are not necessarily given in all categories each year. The Export Council of Alaska and others will assist the State of Alaska in reviewing nominations.

The companies and organizations honored in 2009 were the Alaska World Affairs Council, Condor Airlines, ADS-B Technologies, the Ketchikan-Kanayama Exchange, The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in partnership with Koniag Native Corporation, and Rotary District 5010.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on April 30. The nomination form and instructions are available at:

For more information, contact Patricia Eckert at 907-269-8118.

Rural energy conference planned

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) announce the 2010 Rural Energy Conference to be held April 27-29 at the Westmark Conference Center in Fairbanks. This year's conference theme is "New Energy for Sustainable Communities."

Invited speakers include Gov. Sean Parnell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Mark Begich, Congressman Don Young, Sens. Lesil McGuire and Bill Wielechowski, Reps. Charisse Millett and Bryce Edgmon and Denali Commission Federal Co-Chair Joel Neimeyer.

Technical sessions will focus on four areas: Management and Economics, Current Technologies, Forward/Future Technologies and Energy Conservation.

Conference registration information is available by calling the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at 907-474-5402 or by visiting their web site: A limited number of travel grants are available for rural utility personnel.

Economic Development District seeks survey participants

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District requests your participation in a business survey to identify the gaps or barriers to economic development in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The 15-minute survey is open to all Borough residents and businesspeople. Results of the survey will be used to help the economic development district better assist your needs.

The survey can be accessed online at:, and then by clicking on the "KP Gap Analysis Survey" link on the left side of the page.

Face-to-face and phone interviews are also available. For any questions or to setup an appointment, please contact Thomas Sloan at 283-3335 or

Wage and Hour seminar planned

The Kenai Peninsula Job Center is sponsoring a Wage and Hour Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Kenai Peninsula Job Center. Employers can gather information on: minimum wage and overtime; child labor laws; salary-exempt employees; lawful and unlawful payroll deductions; return transportation; flexible work plans; travel time and on-call time; record keeping; final paycheck.

Please RSVP to Jackie Garcia at 907-283-2930 or e-mail

Small business development center plans seminars

Typing and keyboard basics -- Attendees in our QuickBooks 2009 Basics/Advanced must have skills in typing and keyboard basics so Alaska SBDC is partnering with New Frontier VOTECH. They will offer the $60, four-night class in Suite 14, Red Diamond Center from 1 to 3 p.m. starting Friday or April 16. Class days will vary each week.

Getting started with Quickbooks -- Learn to use QuickBooks 2009 as the best tool to collect and organize your business data so you're prepared when tax time rolls around. Our four-session, 11 chapter class is from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 4, 18, 25 and June 1, in Suite 12 at SBDC in the Red Diamond Center. Seating is limited. Registration and $155 fee is due April 23. Register online via, click on "Workshops-Kenai Peninsula." Participants must have typing/keyboarding basic training.

Business Start-up Seminar -- This seminar will identify skills, knowledge and resources needed for the basic process of starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula. Bryan Zak's presentation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center in Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center on either April 7 or May 12. Registration is $20.

To register online for a workshop, visit and click Training Event, Kenai Peninsula, select the seminar you'd like to attend and enter your information.

For more information, contact Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail

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