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Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multipurpose room. Gary Davis, borough roads director, will speak. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams will speak May 3.

· 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 will meet at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

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

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.

Bones for Life seminar offered

A free Bones for Life seminar will be held Saturday at the Alaska Sprucewood Lodge in Soldotna. 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. The workshop will be led by student teachers and overseen by Gail French, Feldenkrais practitioner, physical therapist and certified instructor. For more information, call (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 break down barriers associated with the hiring of older workers. Outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be honored in Washington, D.C., and their home states for their contributions to the work force and communities.

Nominees or applicants must be 65 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 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 Tuesday.

Crime Stoppers seeks support

The Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers board is seeking community support for its annual poster drive. With sponsorship from area businesses, the group each year publishes posters featuring the phone number of the local Crime Stoppers 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 the poster. A $100 donation will sponsor 30 posters. Donations beyond the cost of publishing the posters will be used for payment of rewards for information that helps solve crimes on the peninsula.

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

To help sponsor a poster or for more information, call Susan Savley at 252-8890. Donations are tax deductible and also can be sent to Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 1341, Kenai, AK 99611.

Corporation invests in Ocean Beauty

Ocean Beauty Seafoods Inc. announced that the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. has taken a 50 percent equity stake in Ocean Beauty. This investment allows vertical integration of the BBEDC resources such as crab, salmon, halibut and groundfish with the largest salmon processor in the state of Alaska and affords the maximum utilization of these resources.

“We have found the ideal company to invest in,” said Robin Samuelson, CEO of the BBEDC. “Ocean Beauty’s management group is strong and they bring processing expertise and training that will allow us to expand opportunities for our residents. Their commitment to shore-based processing and Alaska rural community viability is a natural fit with the mission of the BBEDC, which is to improve the economic conditions for the residents of Bristol Bay, Alaska.”

There will be no changes in management at either company. Ocean Beauty will continue to occupy its current headquarters in Seattle, and the seven Alaska processing plants will continue to operate as normal.

The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit Community Development Quota (CDQ) corporation headquartered in Dillingham, providing area residents and communities with the tools to develop fisheries related economic development at the community level.

The Business page appears each Thursday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com or faxed to 283-3299.



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