Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2011

Chambers to hear from legislators

A joint Soldotna/Kenai chambers of commerce weekly business luncheon features a legislative update from Speaker of the House Mike Chenault and Rep. Kurt Olson, Wednesday, May 11, noon at the Kenai Merit Inn. Lunch is $15 per person, RSVP at 283-7989.

Lowe's to host Home Improvement Show

Lowe's in Kenai is hosting a Home Improvement Show for consumers and contractors through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Vendors will be on hand to answer all of your home improvement questions.

Sport Rec & Trade Show coming

Are you ready for summer? The Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec & Trade Show is right around the corner, May 6 to 8. Thank you to the Skyview cheerleaders for volunteering for the Trout Pond this year! Bring the kids to catch a fish and donate to the cheerleaders! Go to the website to see our vendor list: For more information contact Kari Butler at 262-1851.

Peninsula Realtors hold raffle fundraiser

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors is holding its annual Hospice and Habitat for Humanity raffle Fundraiser. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Grand prize is a 2011 Outlander 400 four-wheeler ATV, first prize is a Tikka 300 Winchester magnum rifle, second prize is a framed print of "The Waterfall," by Ed Tussey, and third prize is a basket from Homer Bear Creek Winery. Get your tickets by contacting a Realtor or Kari Butler at the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors at 262-1851 or buy them online at

Small Business Development Center plans seminars

Energy efficiency audits seminar -- Are you a local small business that wants to reduce your energy costs? Sign up for a free seminar offered by the USDA and Homer Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy advocate Taz Tally. You will learn information about energy efficiency audits, how to obtain a free energy audit, and the USDA grant and loan programs that are available to help pay for your energy efficiency upgrades. The presentation is May 27, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 12. Online registration deadline is May 20.

Quickbooks 2009 -- Learn to use QuickBooks 2009 and organize your business data so you're prepared when tax time rolls around. This is a 4-session, 10 chapter, $155 seminar, scheduled from 5:15 to 9 p.m. on May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14 at Suite 12 at AK SBDC- Red Diamond Center. Bring a thumb drive to save your lessons for practice at home. Only 10 seats. Register by May 10. Pre-requisite: Typing/keyboarding experience required.

'Profit Mastery' 2-day seminar -- Southwest Regional Director Bryan Zak presents a two-day Profit Mastery Seminar on May 31 and June 1, from 9 to 5 p.m. To qualify for a jobs bill limited time offer of $200, you must register online and pay by May 15. After May 15, rate goes back to $395. This is a 16-hour hands-on course that will help you set goals for the future of your business, control spending and pricing and leave with a process to assess the performance of your business and a strategy to implement change.

Starting a business -- A 1-hour free "Starting a Business" seminar features Bryan Zak answering your basic questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center. Come and learn about AKSBDC and our partner programs and why you should register for our free counseling services. Times differ so check specific time for: May 25, June 7 and June 21.

To register for Small Business Development Center seminars, go to, click "Training Events," select Center as Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click "Sign-Me-Up," then enter your information.

Soldotna doctor launches Good Deed Contest

Soldotna physician Dr. Lavern Davidhizar believes that many good deeds done each day are going un-rewarded and has launched a Good Deed Contest which will end on May 15. The contest is open to any youth 18 years of age or under. Children are urged to join the Good Deed Contest by submitting an essay about a good deed they have done.

Davidhizar will be giving away a brand new computer to the winner who submits the best essay. Details of Dr. Davidhizar's community events can be found at

FireWise presentation in Kasilof

Join us at the Kasilof Public Library, inside Tustumena Elementary School, May 10, 5 -- 7 p.m., and learn how to protect your home and property from fire. Call 907-260-3959 for more information.

Alaska Lowe's stores raise $41,288 for MDA's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy

Alaska Lowe's stores and their customers came together for an important cause, raising $41,288 in Shamrocks Against Dystrophy donations. Nationwide, the retailer collected $6 million to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) research and services programs. From mid-February to April 1, the home improvement retailer sold green, gold and platinum Shamrocks to benefit MDA at all six locations across Alaska. Funds raised by the Alaska Lowe's stores help local individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases. The fundraiser helps support MDA's worldwide research program and national network of some 200 clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Shamrock sales also help send children from across the state of Alaska with neuromuscular diseases to the barrier-free MDA summer camp at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak.

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