Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules


* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation on the Soldotna Community Playground is scheduled. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon. Scheduled speakers are Sen. Tom Wagoner, House SPeaker Mike Chenault and Rep. Kurt Olson. The luncheon will take place at the Soldotna Sports Center. For more information call 283-7989.

Funny River Chamber of Commerce to meet

Funny River Chamber of Commerce and Community Center will be conducting its monthly membership meeting and annual election of officers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A potluck will proceed the membership meeting at 5:30 p.m. Meat dish will be provided by the center; bring your favorite side. Contact Tom Eral at 260-3620 for more information.

Soldotna Chamber plans block party

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is sponosring a block party from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 13 at 35557 Kenai Spur Highway, hosted by Cold Stone Creamery, AK Rays, Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council, Kenai Peninsula Scrub Shoppe and The UPS Store. The event will include food, fun and prizes.

Rotary Club trip winners announced

The Kenai River Rotary Club of Soldotna held its drawing for the Seattle Getaway trip on April 27 at Nikko Gardens. Congratulations to the first-place winner, Angela Hinnegan, CPA of Soldotna who won the trip for two to Seattle, tickets to the Mariners game, golf and stay in home of a Lakewood Rotarian. Congratulations also go out to Sylvia Reynolds. Sylvia won the second-place trip to Halibut Cove and dinner for two at the Saltry. Heartfelt hanks to everyone who generously contributed to our fundraiser to promote literacy at home and around the world.

HR officer joins CPH

John Dodd, formerly of Van Buren, Arkansas, has accepted the position as Vice-President of Human Resources at Central Peninsula Hospital and Heritage Place.

Dodd has more than 35 years of progressive Human Resource management experience, with his first experience beginning as a Personnel Officer in the U.S. Army, at Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to coming to the Kenai Peninsula, Dodd served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Sparks Health System, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with 492 inpatient beds, 37 primary care clinics, and 2,406 employees.

Dodd holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and received his B.S. in General Business from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.

"John's experience and skill level with people and using technology to streamline HR processes is a welcome addition as we continue to focus on meeting and exceeding national standards of excellence and work to recruit and retain the most talented people," CEO Ryan Smith noted.

In his spare time, Dodd and his wife Peggy look forward to trying their hand at fishing and becoming familiar with all that the peninsula has to offer.

Solstice Music Festival seeks musicians, vendors

Now is the time for musicians and vendors to apply to be a part ofthe Summer Solstice Music Festival. The event, held at the Diamond M Ranch and sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association, will take place this year on June 19. The festival will continue on June 20, sponsored by Peninsula Grace Brethren Church.

In addition to good music, Contra Dancing, good food, great local crafts and other items for sale, games and activities for kids will be on tap at an event called Matti's Farm Fest. Mathias "Matti" Martin was killed last summer in a animal related accident. In his honor an agricultural educational farm is being developed for adults and children to learn first-hand about where their food comes from, how to raise and care for animals, and how to make better food choices that will result in better health. Homes on the farm for foster families are also part of the vision. A good portion of festival profits will go to Matti's Farm.

Preferred genres include country, western, bluegrass and rhythm and blues, but if you have a following and can draw a crowd you are encouraged to apply. Also, all types of food, arts and crafts, games and other vendors are needed, both commercial and non-profit. Contact JoAnne Martin at 283-9330 for application forms. Selection of musicians will be made prior to June 1 so that the names can be printed on the T-shirts.

New instructors join dance studio

Vergine's dance studio has two exceptional new instructors. Jessie Soyangco and Sarah Hudson are both very distinguished dancers. The studio number is 262-1641 or cell for Vergine is 252-0938

Small business development center plans seminars

Business Start-up Seminar -- This seminar will identify skills, knowledge and resources needed for the basic process of starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula. Bryan Zak's presentation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center in Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center on Wednesday. Registration is $20.

Social Media as a Marketing Source -- What is social media? Why Facebook or Twitter or Blog? Why choose social media over continuous search engine optimization? Attend this seminar in Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center on May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon and Maggie McCormick will tell you why! Payment of $40 and online registration deadline is May 14.

Building a Website Basics -- Learn the basics of building a website as Dave McCormick shows you the easy way to market your company. Some of Dave's agenda will include: Can I build my own website -- Pros and Cons; how do I choose the best web designer; how much should I expect to spend, etc. Sign up now for the May 19 seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. and get the whole scoop. Payment of $40 and online registration deadline is May 14.

Creating a Busines Plan -- You can learn methods to establish budgets, evaluate your successes and failure and use strategies to create your business plan. On May 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bryan Zak will walk you through the steps. Cost is $40. Register online by May 18.

To register online for a workshop, visit and click Training Event, Kenai Peninsula, select the seminar you'd like to attend and enter your information.

For more information, contact Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail

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