Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006

Chambers set schedules

· Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Nikiski Fire Station No. 1 at Mile 17.9 of the Kenai Spur Highway. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate forum for Soldotna City Council candidates at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets at noon Wednesdays at Paradisos in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

Kenai Wild seeks totes

Cook Inlet Salmon Brand will accept members seasonal use equipment, totes, slush and brailer bags, from 8 a.m. to noon today and from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Kenai Landing. For more information, call Willow King at 262-8505 or 335-9453.

B and B association to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The topics will be evaluating the past advertising avenues, determining future advertising needs and discussing adding a grievance policy to the association guidelines.

Beverages will be provided, members may provide finger foods. For more information, call John Steckel at 283-0836.

Cold Stone to hold fundraiser

The Soldotna Cold Stone Creamery will participate in the chain’s annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social nationwide fundraiser that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28, the store will serve free 3-ounce servings of Cole’s Creation — chocolate ice cream with yellow cake, chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles. Donations for the foundation will be accepted. In addition, customers may personalize paper wish stars and post them in the stores. Wish stars are available for $1 through September.

Ruckman top Republican

Kenai resident Barbara Ruckman was named 2006 Republican of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council.

The award is given to a select group of business and community leaders from each state who champion the free enterprise system and support the ideals of smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation.

Ruckman will receive the the council’s Congressional Medal of Distinction this fall.

Silk named DMV office manager

Kenai resident Tonya Silk has been named the new Kenai-Soldotna office manager for the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles.

Silk will supervise seven service representatives, including the Homer DMV office. She started working with the DMV as a motor vehicle customer service representative in 2000 and has been a state employee for 10 years. She has been administering skill tests since 2002.

Silk is a single mother of one and graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1988. She also coaches her daughter’s cheerleading and soccer teams and volunteers for various organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club.

Small business center hosts workshops

The Small Business Development Center will host the following workshops:

· Government Grants and Contracting Opportunities for your business from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. The topics will be registering in government databases, understanding “government speak,” locating and contracting opportunities and an overview of how to compete for grant funding. Preregistration is required.

· Ten Step Approach to Government Contracting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai UAA Small Business Development Center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12. The topics will be cutting through government red tape, understanding the first steps businesses must take to sell and market to federal, state and local government agencies. There is no charge for the class. Preregistration is required.

· Developing a Logo or Brand at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. The topics will be learning how to capture more market share and build a world-class business through branding and positioning. The cost is $15. Preregistration is required.

· Interactive Business Plans from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the Kenai UAA Small Business Development Center. Participants who took the first workshop may bring their business plans to discuss. The deadline to register is one day prior to each workshop.

For more information on any of these classes or to preregister call, Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Forum planned on energy

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the municipality of Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su boroughs will sponsor a two-day public forum Wednesday and Sept. 21 at the Egan Center in Anchorage. The forum will assess the long range energy needs of Southcentral Alaska. Topics will include opportunities for new exploration, extending production from existing fields, Cook Inlet oil and gas infrastructure, an examination of other energy alternatives and an assessment of anticipated utility and industrial user energy needs.

A box lunch will be available for purchase Wednesday; space is limited. For more information and a copy of the program, visit To R.S.V.P., call (907) 793-1221 or e-mail Jody at

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