Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2005

Area chambers set schedules

Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate John Torgerson will speak at noon today at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Ohana's Family Restaurant. Next week's speaker will be borough mayoral candidate John Williams. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

The United Way will kick off its 2006 campaign at noon Tuesday at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Soldotna Sports Center. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

The United Way will kick off its 2006 campaign at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Paradisos. For more information, call Natalia at 283-7989.

Business contest continues

Friends of the Homer Library and the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD) are sponsoring a contest for new business ideas.

The contest is open to anyone living on the peninsula. Cash prizes will be awarded; $1,000 for first place; $600 for first runner-up; and $400 for second runner-up. The top three finishers, plus the next two best entries will be given the option to create a business plan and have it submitted to select business investment groups in Alaska and the Lower 48.

Professional assistance will be provided to develop the business plans. Entry forms are available at KPEDD in Kenai, Wells Fargo in Homer or the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Deadline to submit is at 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Winners will be announced by the end of September. For more information, call (907) 235-9042 or e-mail

Business plan, capital sources workshops slated

The Small Business Development Center will hold a workshop on how to find sources of capital from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 21 in Suite 16 at the Red Diamond Center, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The workshop costs $25 to attend. Preregistration is required no later than one day before the workshop. To register call, 714-2331.

Health conference planned

Dr. Richard Brouse will hold a health conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $15 for advance registration and $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 262-5031, 262-5359 or 335-4113.

CISB wants totes returned

Fishermen participating in the Insulated Tote Quality Assurance Program sponsored by Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc. will need to return the totes to Willow King at the Kenai Landing Dock from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 15. Other return times are available by appointment. For more information, call 262-8505.

CIRCAC releases prototype

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council completed the prototype for the Geographic Response Information Network. Those interested in spill response can review the latest enhancements at The network provides reference information to oil spill response personnel about resources, capabilities and infrastructure along Alaska's coastal communities.

Suitcases for kids kicks off

The National Association of Relators is looking for donated new or like new suitcases for Suitcases for Kids. It is an international non-profit organization that collects and distributes new and gently used suitcases, duffel bags and backpacks for foster children. Area board members are collecting for the peninsula's Division of Family and Youth Services. To make a donation or arrange pick-ups or drop-offs, call Val Lewis at 262-1851.

Business After Hours planned

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Montessori School, 220 Main Street Loop Suite B. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Natalia at 283-7989.

The Business page appears each Thursday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be faxed to Mark Quiner at 283-3299, ext. 238

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