Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2002

Realtors association to hold annual meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors will hold its annual meeting and elections today at 9 a.m. at the Kenai Merit Inn banquet room. Attendees can enter a drawing for a free registration package to the state convention in Fairbanks valued at more than $230.

A full breakfast will be served. The cost at the door is $12.

KPEDD seeks strategic committee members

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is looking for interested and concerned individuals who will form and participate on the economic strategic committee. This committee will develop an action plan for timber, petroleum, tourism and commercial fishing.

Individuals may submit a letter of interest and a short biography to: James Carter, 14896 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 103-A, Kenai, AK 9961;. or fax information to 283-3913 by Aug. 30.

Agrium Kenai plant announces new hires

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operation announced the transfer of Richard Bailey from Agrium's Borger Nitrogen Operations facility and the hiring of six new employees. With more than 27 years of experience in the fertilizer industry, Bailey will be working in Ammonia Plant 1. He will be relocating from Texas to Alaska this fall.

Also joining the company in the operations department will be Brian Sweeney, Cod Seymour and Les Bender. Sweeney graduated with honors from Kenai Peninsula College with degrees in process technology and industrial instrumentation. Seymour is a graduate of Kenai Central High School and is pursuing a degree from KPC. Bender is currently enrolled in the process technology program at KPC and will graduate in Spring 2003.

The maintenance department has added two employees, Tom Eberhard and Aaron Dorman. Dorman is a graduate of Skyview High School and Eberhard had been working under contract with Peak Oilfield Services. In addition, Nancy Peikert has joined the company working in the engineering department as an administrative assistant.

Fishers' business counseling offered

Alaska Business Development Center Inc., a non-profit corporation, announced that it has recently renewed its Fisheries Business Assistance Contract with the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development, Division of Investments. The contract enables the center to continue to provide free or low-cost business counseling and assistance to commercial harvesters and small businesses in the Alaska fishing industry. Projects that promote value-added fish processing and enhanced product quality are of special interest.

Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to: IRS problem resolution, loan extension, loan package preparation for the financing of vessels, gear, product quality improvements, permits and IFQs, as well as small business development.

For more information regarding these services, call 907-562-0335 or 1-800-478-FISH (3474).

Trend Alaska conference to be held

The Trend Alaska 2002 conference, cosponsored by the Technology Research & Development Center of Alaska, Sen. Ted Steven's office and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, will be held Aug. 21-22 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. This is an opportunity to make contact with representatives from various organizations that award more than $1.2 billion in federal grant money annually to small businesses for technology research and development.

The conference fee is $125; $110 for Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members. For more information go to and click on "conference." To register on-line, go to and click on "Chamber Events."

Shell rebrands 21 Anchorage Texaco stations

Residents in Anchorage and surrounding areas will be seeing yellow all over town. Shell Oil Products U.S. announced plans to convert up to 21 Texaco stations to the Shell brand in the Anchorage area, as part of the company's national rebranding effort. With expectations to complete the process by the end of the year, Shell plans to convert the stations to the brand's new retail visual identity.

Converted stations will reflect the core values of the Shell brand in a modern and welcoming environment, while remaining true to the company's signature bright yellow and red colors, said Russell Caplan, vice president of retail for Shell Oil Products US.

As part of the conversion, Texaco credit card holders in Anchorage will receive Shell credit cards in the mail.

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