Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2006

Chambers set schedules

· The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Nikiski Fire Station No. 1 at Mile 17.9 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Pam Laxenby with the United Way will be the featured speaker. For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

· The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host Representative Mike Chenault at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

Small business center host workshops

The Small Business Development Center will host the following workshops at its center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12:

· Starting a business — Mark Gregory, director of University of Alaska Anchorage Small Business Development Center, will walk through the basic process of starting a business. Classes will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 and from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. There is no cost.

· Budgeting — Simple Budgeting with Big Benefits seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 12. The cost is $15.

· Ten Golden Rules of Marketing — Learn creative and inexpensive marketing techniques from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Topics will include learning who will buy your product, why they will and knowing if your advertising is timed right. The cost is $15.

Participants are asked to preregister one day in advance for classes. For more information on any of these classes or to preregister call, Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Breathing seminar planned

Laurie Schaeffer, in conjunction with The Art of Living Foundation, will host Hitu Jugessur for a breathing course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at Mindful Therapies Yoga in Kenai. Topics will cover how breathing can reduce levels of stress; benefit the immune system; reduce cholesterol; relive anxiety and depression; enhance brain function; and enhance health, well-being and peace of mind. The cost is $250 for adults or $125 for students.

Community members age 16 or older who are not pregnant, have epilepsy or are on lithium medication may attend. For more information or to register, call Laurie Schaeffer at 394-1148 or e-mail her at Proceeds will benefit The Art of Living Foundation.

Workers’ compensation seminar set

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will hold a wage and hour and workers’ compensation employer seminar Oct. 17 at the Peninsula Job Center at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 2 at the following times:

· Wage and hour from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topics will be minimum wage, overtime, exempt employees, nonexempt employees, record-keeping laws, breaks, on-call, travel time, return transportation and final pay.

· Workers’ compensation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The topics will be Alaska’s Workers’ Compensation Act and what it provides, the requirements for employers and finding out if you may be approved as a self-insurer.

The presentation is free and open to employers. For more information, call 283-2900.

Foster starts business

Jani Foster of Kenai recently became a SimplyFun consultant. Foster will sell board, card and party games, as well as other family entertainment products.

Hansen attends medical education meeting

Kenai physician Peter Hansen recently attended the Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) held Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 300 courses designed to keep family physicians abreast of the latest developments and treatment options for a wide range of medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression, pain management and many more, were offered.

Physicians could earn more than 80 prescribed hours of continuing medical education at this year’s assembly.

The AAFP is the national medical association representing family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students from across the country. To maintain membership members must complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years.

Free smoke detector batteries available

In conjunction with Fire Prevention Month, State Farm agents Kristie Leaf in Kenai and Nancy Mitchell in Soldotna will offer free smoke detector batteries during the month of October.

Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search

Four D Carpet One, in conjunction with other Carpet One Floor and Home stores, is holding the Muddiest Buddy contest to celebrate the relaunch of it Lees carpet brand.

All pets are eligible to be entered. Applications are available online at or at Four D Carpet One at 35477 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 103, Soldotna.

Pet owners are asked to bring a photo of their pet at its dirtiest. The contest will run Sunday through Nov. 24. Finalist will be selected and posted online in December, when national voting will take place. The final winner will be chosen in January. For more information, call 262-91841 or (800) 450-7595, ext. 2305.

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