Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room. Shannette Wik with the Boys and Girls Club will speak. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551. Gary Davis borough roads director will speak April 26.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce speaker will be Mark Hamilton, president of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Fran Ulmer, chancellor of UAA on Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

The chambers theme for its Fourth of July celebration is “Celebrating America’s Historical Moments.”

· The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn.

Beauty salon to host open house today

Atomic Tips, Toes and Tanning will hold an open house/grand opening of its newly remodeled shop today at the “Y’ in Soldotna. Free tanning lotion samples will be given away to the first 250 people. A cash drawing and give aways of three months unlimited tanning, UV free spray tans, tanning lotions, T-shirts and gift certificates also are planned. For more information, call 262-4192.

Fosi promoted to CAD manager

Former Sterling resident Anastacia Fosi of Coffman Engineers was recently promoted to CAD manager.

Her responsibilities will include managing resources and schedules; coordinating standards, procedures, and CAD technology developments; as well as training new employees.

Fosi has been with Coffman for one year. She earned an associates degree of applied science in architecture and engineering technology, and her bachelors of science in technology from the University of Alaska with a major in business management with an emphasis in geology.

Youth cooking classes offered

Pint Size Workshop cooking classes will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Allen and Petersen Cooking and Appliance Center in Kenai. Admission is two cans of food or a $2 donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. A parent must remain in the store during the 30 minute workshops.

Small business workshops available

Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will host the following workshops at it office at 4335 Kalifornsky Beach Road:

· Creative Sources for working capital will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April 26. The topics will be finding creative sources for working capital and how to make the banking process smooth. The cost is $30. Preregistration deadline is Tuesday.

· Business planning workshop will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 1. The topics will be taking control of your business dreams. The cost is $30. Deadline to preregister is April 27.

For more information, call Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail her at inblk@uaa.alaska.edu.

Bones for Life seminar offered

A free Bones for Life seminar will be held April 29 and 30 at the Alaska Sprucewood Lodge. The program uses natural organic movement to try to stimulate and strengthen bones, improve posture and help users to move freely, efficiently and pain-free.

Workshop will be led by student teachers and overseen by Gail French, Feldenkrais practitioner, physical therapist and certified Bones for Life instructor. For more information, call Gail at (907) 344-6261.

Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought

Experience Works, a training and employment organization for mature workers, is searching for Alaska’s outstanding older worker. Experience Works Prime Time Awards program is part of Experience Works’ national effort to raise awareness of the contributions made by older individuals and to break down barriers associated with the hiring of all older workers. Outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be honored in Washington, D.C., and in their home states for their contributions to the work force and local communities.

Nominees or applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of Alaska, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay. The honoree also must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., in October for the Prime Time Award events. The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives, a tour of the city’s landmarks, and the awards banquet and ceremony. Family, friends or colleagues may send in a nomination, or older workers can self nominate.

An online nomination form or a printed nomination form can be accessed at www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is May 1.

Crimestoppers seeks support

The Central Peninsula Crimestoppers board is seeking community support for its annual poster drive. With sponsorship from local businesses, the group each year publishes posters featuring the phone number of the local Crimestoppers tip-line. The posters are displayed in businesses and public locations around the peninsula. Each poster also features replication of a business card representing each of 15 sponsors.

Businesses, groups, or individuals wishing to sponsor posters can do so for a donation of $50 or more. The $50 fee will get their name on 15 posters. A $100 donation would sponsor 30 posters. Donations beyond the cost of publishing the posters will be used for payment of rewards for information which helps to solve crimes on the peninsula.

Crimestoppers has been active on the peninsula for more than 20 years, and during that time has been instrumental in solving nearly 250 crimes ranging from murder and theft to narcotics. Thanks to Crimestoppers tips, more than $200,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered locally, and more than 1.6 million dollars in illegal drugs have been confiscated. Central Peninsula Crimestoppers has paid out more than $16,000 in rewards for information.

To help sponsor a poster or for more information, call Susan Savley at 252-8890.

Donations are tax deductible and can also be sent to Crimestoppers, P.O. Box 1341, Kenai, AK 99611.

If you have information the police might need in order to solve a crime, you can call the Crimestoppers toll free tip-line at (800) 478- 4258 or locally at 283-8477. You may remain anonymous, and if the information helps to solve a crime you can receive a reward.

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