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Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

Chambers set luncheon schedules

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon. The Soldotna and Kenai chambers will host a joint meeting at noon Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The topic will be Ballot Measure 1. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Kenai Merit Inn. The scheduled speaker is Harold Heinze from the Alaska Natural Gas Development Autority. For more information, call 283-7989.

Hospital wins Green Star award

Central Peninsula Hospital has been awarded with a Green Star for successfully meeting the Green Star program's standards. By meeting the Green Star Standards, Central Peninsula Hospital has demonstrated to the public that they have gone well beyond compliance with environmental regulations, and have voluntarily implemented a thorough waste prevention and pollution prevention plan.

The Green Star Award is the culmination of many hours of work by the hospital's Green Team, chaired by Jim Childers. The Green Team and the entire staff of the hospital have worked to create and implement standards that help the environment, the community and reduce the costs of running a business. Some of the Green Team's most recent achievements are:

* Recycled over 30 tons of waste this past year

* L.E.D. lights are being replaced in all current fixtures, significantly reducing energy use

* The facility now purchases recycled paper products, recycled carpet, biodegradable utensils and food containers

* Replaced all battery operated towel dispensers, saving 3000 D cell batteries a year

* Whenever possible, the hospital has removed or reduced the use of harsh cleaning chemicals. Instead of using chemicals to strip floors, most of the work is now done with a machine that does not use any.

Kenai Peninsula Green Star Program Coordinator, Connie Ferguson, presented the Green Star award to CPH Assistant Administrator Matthew Dammeyer, PhD. In presenting the award, Ms. Ferguson further explained the importance of the Green Team's efforts with these comments, "Participating in the Green Star program contributes to better health for employees and customers by reducing waste and pollution in the hospital. The community as a whole will also benefit from your participation as the life of the current landfill is extended, saving taxpayers money, and natural resources are conserved and protected."

In accepting the award, Mr. Dammeyer, PhD, remarked, "Although the Green Star program is a valuable undertaking for the organization, our award would not have been made possible without the dedication and efforts of Jim Childers and the Green Team."

Small business workshops slated

* July 20 -- Two SBA Workshops: Hub Zone and 8(a) Programs (free). Sam Dickey, Deputy District Director of the U.S. SBA Anchorage will be hosting two SBA workshops on July 20. Preregistration is required for each workshop at http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Welcome.action .

The Hub Zone program provides access to federal contracting opportunities for small businesses. Sam Dickey will explain the background of the Hub Zone program - the history, qualifications, the application process and its benefits to your business. Pre-registration is required for this one hour seminar is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Then, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sam Dickey will introduce contractors to the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program and walk you through the certification process. This program is a systematic approach to federal market access and growth to businesses owned and controlled by individuals who are (or in locations that are) considered socially and economically disadvantaged. Separate registration required.

For more information, call Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail inblk@uaa.alaska.edu .

Free document shred event comes to the Kenai Peninsula

The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington will host a Secure Your ID Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo in Soldotna on Saturday. Consumers will be the first line of defense against identity theft as they shred sensitive, personal documents for free and take home scam and identity theft prevention tips.

In 2009, over 278,000 people filed identity theft complaints, according to the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Sentinel Network report. Victims of identity theft usually spend an average of 44 hours and $500 repairing damage, according to FTC reports. Taking the time to destroy personal documents now can help prevent hassle and cost later.

Drive up and drop off up to three grocery bags or file boxes of unwanted documents (no cardboard or three-ring binders). Items will be securely shredded on-the-spot by Shred Alaska for free. Any unwanted or outdated documents that contain personal information should be shredded when disposing, including: credit card applications, insurance paperwork, health forms and financial statements.

To learn how long to keep specific personal records, go to http://www.protectyouridnow.org/RecordsRetention.cfm.

For details visit www.alaska.bbb.org/secure-your-id.

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