Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chambers set schedules


· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in the multipurpose room. Rep. Mike Chenault will speak. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Gary Superman will be the speaker May 31.

The chamber will adjorn for the summer June 1 through Aug. 31.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. Sam Dickey, Deputy District Director with the Small Business Administration will speak. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· John Barnes, Alaska Business Unit manager with Marathon Oil and Scott Jepson with ConocoPhillips will speak on the LNG extension will be the featured speaker at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon 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.

Allstate opens new agency in Soldotna

Allstate Insurance Company announces the opening of a new agency in Soldotna. Agents Kathy and Rocky Waterbury are the owner and operators.

The couple come to Allstate with more than 15 years of insurance industry experience on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Waterbury Insurance agency is located at 36254 Kenai Spur Highway. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. The agency can be reached at 262-9445 or by e-mail at



Brennan earns certfication

CFRE International awarded Peter Brennan, chief philanthropy officer for the Central Peninsula Health Foundation, the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to nonprofit organizations.

Initially, candidates must pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive.

Briggs joins OfficeTECH

Lance Briggs recently joined the staff of OfficeTECH, Inc. as an accountant for the Kenai Peninsula working out of the Kenai office at 10805 Kenai Spur Highway. Briggs has worked for several home furnishing companies and will be responsible for selling Xerox copy, print, fax, e-mail and scan solutions to businesses.

Youth cooking classes offered

Pint Size Workshop cooking classes are 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.

Small business workshop offered

Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will hold the following workshop at its office in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Budget and financial analysis will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is $15. Deadline to register is Sunday.

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

Direct marketing for fishermen program set

The Alaska Marine Advisory Program will hold three workshops on direct marketing for fishermen in the Cook Inlet on June 11 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Session one will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon and session two from 1:30 to 5 p.m.; and June 13 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Homer City Hall Cowles Council Chambers, 491 E. Pioneer Ave.

The workshop will provide information for individuals who are considering, or are currently moving their commercially harvested seafood products further into the seafood market. The topics will be types of direct market operations, applicable laws and regulations, general information on starting a business, organizational structure, quality considerations, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and additional technical resources. Workshop presenters include Greg Fisk of SeaFisk Consulting and Glenn Haight, Fisheries Business Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. For more information, call Glenn Haight, (907) 465-8746.

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 Savely at 252-8890. Donations are tax deductible and also can be sent to Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 1341, Kenai, AK 99611.

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

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