Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009

What's new in your business?

Have you opened a new business, added a new product, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we.

Send us your information at, fax it to 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. For more information, call Mike Nesper at 335-1236.

Chambers set schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon will be held at noon on Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. For more information, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn on Willow Street. For more information, call Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

Fishermen invited to marine refrigeration workshops

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, in partnership with Integrated Marine Systems and the Alaska Vocational Technical Center, is offering marine refrigeration workshops for commercial fishermen.

The one-day workshops will cover maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs on vessel refrigeration equipment.

Additional topics include refrigeration theory, system winterization, controller programming, refrigeration safety and Freon handling and charging, system sizing, and thermal expansion valve adjustment.

A refrigerated seawater system will be used for training activities at each location.

Workshops will be held May 7 in Homer and May 9 in Anchorage. The workshop fee is $100 and includes the course manual.

Space is limited and pre-registration is advised. To register or for more information, please contact Torie Baker, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in Cordova at 907-424-7542 or e-mail

Participants may also register for the workshops online at:

Governor's north star awards for international excellence

The nomination period for the Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence ends today and the nomination form is available on the State's website on the Office of International Trade's webpage at:

There were five that received awards last year:

* Kenai LNG Plant (export of goods)

* Sumitomo Metal Mining (foreign investment)

* Sand Lake Elementary Japanese Immersion Program (education and cultural exchange)

* Aleut International Association (scientific exchange)

* Institute of the North (transportation)

The Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence are open to companies and organizations exhibiting excellence in corresponding areas of international activity and accomplishment. The awards cover activities in the previous five-year period. There are nine categories. Nominations are due by 5 pm on today.

Getting started with quickbooks

Learn to use QuickBooks 2008 as the best tool to collect and organize your business data and to be prepared when tax time rolls around. Our 3-session basics class is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 14, May 21 and May 28, 2009 at SBDC, Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center. A $155 prepayment fee will guarantee your computer station so call Bunny @260-5629 or email her at and she will tell you how to register online.

Rotary to Rural Alaska fundraiser slated

Today from 5 to 7p.m. Iditarod Musher Paul Gebhardt and Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche will be volunteering as "celebrity scoopers" at ColdStone Creamery in Soldotna, to raise funds for the Rotary to Rural Alaska Project. Please stop by and show your support for Paul and Peter as well as this award-winning Soldotna Rotary Club project. This event is part of a Soldotna Chamber Business After Hours, please bring your families by for food and fun.

The Business page runs Thursdays in the Clarion. To submit items, e-mail The deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.

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