Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kenai, Soldotna chambers plan joint meetings

The Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will host joint luncheon meetings June 1 and June 2 at noon at the Kenai Merit Inn. The June 1 presentation is a legislative update with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, Sen. Tom Wagoner and Rep. Kurt Olson. On June 2, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is scheduled to speak. Lunch is $15 per person. To RSVP, call 907-283-7989 or 907-262-9814.

Builders to Hold May Membership Meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will be holding their May General Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 26, 6:30 pm at Mykel's Restaurant. Special guests will be the 2011 Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship recipients. For more information, please call the KPBA at 283-8071.

Musicians, vendors wanted for music festival

There are a few slots open for musicians at this year's Solstice Music Festival to be held on Tuesday, June 21 at the Diamond M Ranch. Also, vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call JoAnne Martin at 283-9330 for an application. This year's event is sponsored by Matti's Farm and the Peninsula Youth Foundation. There will be no admission charge and no fee for vendors. The event will begin at 4:00 pm and go until midnight. Food, arts and crafts, activities and political booths are needed to make this event a success. Donations to Matti's Farm are encouraged.

Small Business Development Center plans seminars

'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. After May 15, registration is $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: 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.

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.

Colelli joins Edward Jones branch

Hannah Colelli recently joined a Soldotna office of the financial services firm Edward Jones as a branch office administrator (BOA).

Colelli joins Sr. BOA Don Hahn, a BOA in the office for eight years.

The title of branch office administrator was adopted for this position at Edward Jones because of the wide range of responsibilities associated with the job.

"A BOA is not only responsible for the daily operation of the branch, but also must provide top-level client service and marketing support for my activities," said Indy Walton, local financial advisor for the firm.

"On a given day, Hannah's activities could include processing client trade transactions, providing clients with receipts for money and securities, and assisting in the planning of seminars and special promotions," explained Indy.

Walton added that he was impressed not only with Colelli's office skills and efficiency but also with her knowledge of the community. "I know she will be a terrific asset to our team as we strive to provide our clients unparalleled personal service," Walton said.

Colelli is originally from Kenai and is enthusiastic about her return to the area.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The Edward Jones web site is located at, and its recruiting web site is

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