Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

Learn how to finance small businesses

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will co-sponsor with the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs a seminar entitled "Business Grants for Developing Innovative Technologies," today from 1 to 4 p.m.

Learn more about funds that provide businesses with the ability to commercialize technology for profit. This seminar details how 10 federal agencies work with small businesses interested in researching and developing innovative technologies. Alaska businesses have been increasingly successful with SBIR/STTR proposals.

This seminar is free. For more information or to register, please call Lou Collier at 262-7497.

Local bankers win trip to national conference

In an honor reserved for Wells Fargo's top-performing team members, Lori Draper, Kathy Gensel and Lisa Wimmer will represent Wells Fargo Bank Alaska at the company's annual National Sales and Service Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week. Draper, the Seward store manager, Gensel, the Soldotna store manager, and Wimmer, a Soldotna business banker, were chosen from among a select few from across the country.

Annual sales winners are nominated based on consistently meeting sales goals, while providing great service to customers and team members.

Kenai Chamber publishes membership directory

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is quickly nearing the time to publish its 2002-2003 Membership Directory and finalize ad placement and king salmon orders for Kenai's new calling card: "Get Hooked on Kenai!" 20,000 maps. In order to be listed in the directory or participate in "Get Hooked on Kenai!", businesses' memberships must by current by April 30. Orders for "Get Hooked on Kenai!" are due by Friday.

For more information, call 283-7989.

Deadline extended on small business disaster loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended to May 22 the filing deadline for small-business owners across the country to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The previous deadline was April 22.

The EIDLs are available to eligible small businesses that suffered substantial economic injury as a direct result of the September terrorist attacks or a federal action taken in response to the attacks.

Small businesses may apply for a working capital loan of up to $1.5 million. The interest rate on these loans is 4 percent with a maximum term of 30 years. The SBA determines the amount of economic injury, the term of each loan and the payment amount based on the financial circumstances of each borrower.

Alaska businesses interested in applying for an economic injury loan can contact the SBA disaster area office at 1-800-488-5323. For more information, visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gove/disaster.

Women's business workshop and retreat planned

Small-business development through strong networking ties is the focus of a weekend workshop and retreat for Kenai Peninsula businesswomen on May 4 and 5. Attendees will hear presentations by area women professionals on business start-up, accounting, benefits of support organizations and community involvement and success stories. Participants will have opportunities to network with workshop presenters and attendees.

Presenters include Lou Collier, Small Business Development Center; Jennifer Beckmann, Women's Roundtable; Debbie Blackley, Caribou Run Accounting and Tax Service; Jane Pascall, Homer Tribune; Evy Gebhardt, United Way; and Emily Aley, Women's Resource and Crisis Center.

Cost for the two-day event, in the quiet and picturesque setting of Meander In Bed and Breakfast, overlooking Ninilchik River, is $75 for overnight accommodations, meals and the workshop, or $45 for meals and the workshop. It is being organized by Riversong Rafting, Meander In Bed and Breakfast and FreeLance. Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call Riversong Rafting at 907-567-1050.

Bombace named new Ford general manager

Bob Bombace has been named general manager of Great Bear Ford, formerly Seekins Ford, in Soldotna.

Bombace worked with Daimler Chrysler Corp. from 1986 until last month, with his final position at Kenai Chrysler Center. Prior to working with Chrysler, he was a district manager with Nissan Motor Corp.

Bombace has lived in Alaska for 11 years, and he currently lives in Soldotna.

Small Business Expo to be held in May

The Peninsula Small Business Expo is intended to honor new and expanding small-business owners on the Kenai Peninsula as a part of National Small Business Week. All home-based small business owners, or those with fewer than three years in business, are invited to join in demonstrating their products at a table.

The Expo will be held May 11 at the Peninsula Mall in Soldotna from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each vendor is responsible for furnishing their own tables and chairs. For more information, contact Lou Collier at 262-7497.

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