Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Mary Ann Pease, vice president of corporate communications for Alaska Communcations Systems, will speak at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

Pease also will speak at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Lunch is $11. For more information, call 283-7989.

The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce has adjorned until September, when weekly chamber luncheons with speakers will resume on Thursdays at North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

Vendors and parade entries sought

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries in the Fourth of July parade and accepting applications for vendor booths. Applications can be picked up at the chamber cabin at 402 Overland St. For more information, call 283-7989.

Financing workshop scheduled

The Small Business Development Center will sponsor the workshop, "Finding the Money: Strategies and Sources of Capital," from 1 to 3 p.m. June 24 in Suite 16 at the Red Diamond Center. Topics will include lender qualifications, applicant qualifications and the application process for new financing programs. The cost is $15. To help with planning, register for the seminar no later than one day prior by calling Bunny Kishaba at 714-2331.

KPFA to celebrate 50th anniversary

Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association will have its 50th anniversary celebration and annual meeting June 19 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The schedule includes:

3 to 5 p.m.: speakers;

5 to 6:30 p.m.: barbecue and potluck;

6:30 to 8 p.m.: business meeting and election of officers.

For more information, contact Chris a 262-2492.

Great Bear Ford awards scholarship

Kaitlin Vadla, a 2004 graduate of Soldotna High School, recently received a $5,000 scholarship from Great Bear Ford.

Vadla, one of eight SoHi valedictorians this year, plans to attend Gonzaga University in the fall. Her majors will be political science and international relations.

"As part of the local community, it is important to do what we can to ensure a strong future for our next generation of Alaska leaders," said Bob Bambace, who presented the scholarship to Vadla. "We want young people to recognize the educational, career and lifestyle opportunities right here in Alaska."

Vadla is the daughter of Bruce and Penny Vadla. Among her activities are student representative for the Soldotna City Council, a student government officer, president of the Spanish Club, a National Honor Society member and SoHi's Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year.

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