Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chambers set schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's. A presentation by the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council is planned. Lunch is $13. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly business luncheon features Kenai's All America City presentation, Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kenai Visitor Center. For more information call 283-7989.

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.

'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.

Diamonds in the Rough welcome summer with concert

Start the summer on the right note by attending a musical evening by The Diamonds In The Rough, a musical duo from Indiana, staying at the Diamond M Ranch this summer. Nat and Vicka play fiddle and guitar and sing gospel, country, folk and celtic. During the program at the Kenai Christian Church, Friday, May 27, 7 -- 9 p.m. many old favorites will be heard as well as originals written by the girls. Also featured will be our own KCHS students Tyler Cooper and Chelsea O'Hara. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served Although a Summer Kick Off for youth to celebrate the end of school, this music will appeal to all ages from preschoolers to senior citizens. To learn more about the Diamonds go to For more information call 283-9330.

Challenger Learning Center receives $50,000 grant from BP

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has received a $50,000 grant from the BP Foundation in support of the expansion of educational programs. "We are proud to be associated with Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the important work they do" wrote Karen Cowart, Director; Government and Public Affairs. This grant marks the fifth consecutive year of BP's support of the Challenter Center's efforts across the state providing STEM educational opportunities for Alaska's students.

Builders association awards scholarships

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2011 Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarships. In addition to other criteria, scholarships are awarded to students who are pursuing building related careers, and attending school within the state of Alaska. Congratulations to Jacob Iverson, Kenai Central High School; Neil Richardson, Homer High School; and Kele Bottineau, Homer High School. The KPBA is proud to support the young people in our community, and wish the 2011 recipients every success.

Baxter joins marketing council

The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (KPTMC) is pleased to announce that Keith Baxter has recently joined their team as their new Communications Manager.

Baxter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and has previous experience working with media outlets and nonprofit agencies across Southcentral Alaska.

As Communications Manager, Baxter will manage the KPTMC's print-based media, as well as their online presence.

The KPTMC is a non-profit, regional destination marketing organization (DMO) whose mission is to stimulate potential visitors to choose the Kenai Peninsula Borough as their year-round Alaska visitor destination.

2011 July 4 parade entry and vendor booth forms available

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has July 4 parade, vendor and sponsor forms available online at Submit your entry form via fax (907-283-7183), email (, or in person at 402 Overland Kenai now thru June 30.

Suggested hours to submit forms in person: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For additional information call your Kenai Chamber at 907-283-7989

Hospice-Habitat raffle winners announced

Congratulations to the Kenai Peninsula Association of REALTORS 2011 Hospice & Habitat for Humanity Raffle Fund-Raiser Winners! Grand Prize: Reean Pitts, 2011 OUTLANDER 400 4-Wheeler ATV; 1st Prize: Greg Fite, Tikka 300 Winchester Magnum Rifle; 2nd Prize: James Wattkins, An Ed Tussey Framed Print "The Waterfall;" and 3rd Prize, Barb Belluomini, Homer Bear Creek Winery Basket.

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