Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet today at noon at Lighthouse Community Church. Diana Summers, candidate for North Peninsula Service Area Board seat C, and Vicki Pate and Paul Lorenzo, candidates for North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board, seat B, will speak.

Kay Cashman, publisher and managing editor of Petroleum News, will speak Oct. 7. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. A representative of the United Way will speak. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

Rita Smagge of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe will speak at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. For more information, call 283-7989.

Nikiski Community Council to meet

The Nikiski Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. All residents of Nikiski are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

WRCC changing its name

The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center will change its name to The LeeShore Center effective Friday. The center will continue to provide the same comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as support services to families, including The LeeShore Shelter, a 32-bed emergency shelter; the Transitional Living Center, a 25-bed facility for women who may be homeless due to domestic violence, sexual assault or substance abuse; the Batterers Intervention Program, a 48-week state certified program for men; the Child Care Assistance Program, which provides day care subsidies; and the Child Care Food Program, which reimburses in-home day-care providers some of the cost of meals.

Business planning workshop scheduled

A the first session of a two-part workshop designed to walk participants through the process of building an innovative building plan will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at the Small Business Development Center, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 16, in the Red Diamond Center. The fee is $20. For more information or to register, call Bunny Kishaba at 714-2331.

Land trust to host Homer chamber mixer

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will host the Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The event will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the trust and feature a tour of the trust's new location in the Poopdeck Cabin, in addition to networking and refreshments. Chamber mixers are free and open to chamber members and guests. For more information, call the chamber at (907) 235-7740.

Business plan competition scheduled

The UAA College of Business and Public Policy is accepting entries for the 2004 Business Plan Competition. This annual event promotes and nurtures new business growth in Alaska by offering contestants help and advice from experienced business mentors. Competitors also receive publicity and exposure to some of the Anchorage area's top business and financial leaders.

The competition is open to existing Alaska-based businesses, and to those that expect to operate in Alaska in the future. Businesses must be owned or part-owned by at least one full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate student.

Both profit and nonprofit businesses are eligible to compete. Businesses owned by Alaska Natives or businesses that have or have had 8(a) status are particularly encouraged to apply.

First place will receive a cash prize of $2,000 or entry and travel expenses for two student representatives to a National Business Plan Competition. Second and third place receive $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Entry applications must be filed by Oct. 18 and a business plan must be submitted by Dec. 1.

To obtain an application, call Bogdan Hoanca, at (907) 786-4140 or send an e-mail to

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