Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2004

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

The regular meeting of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House has been canceled. The chamber will meet at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai for a joint U.S. Senate candidate forum with the Kenai and Nikiski chambers of commerce. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

A U.S. Senate candidate forum with Lisa Murkowski and Jim Sykes will be held at a combined Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski chambers of commerce luncheon at noon Wednesday at Paradisos in Kenai. Lunch is $11. For more information, cal 283-7989.

Kay Cashman, publisher and managing editor of Petroleum News will speak at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce meeting today at noon at Lighthouse Community Church. Amy Manuel of United Way will speak Oct. 14.

For more information, call Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

Business planning workshop scheduled

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 today 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.

Government contracting seminar slated

A seminar sponsored by the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Alaska (PTAC) will cover the first steps small businesses must take to sell and market to federal, state and local government agencies. The workshop cover registering in government databases, understanding government codes and locating opportunities. The seminar is free and will be held from 9:30 to noon Tuesday at the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16. To register, call 274-7232. One-on-one appointments can be scheduled with a PTAC counselor from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tourism council to hold raffle

The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council is selling raffle tickets for a drawing to be held Nov. 23. The prizes are as follows: first prize, a 2004 Polaris Sportsman 500 Hunter's Edition ATV; second prize, Natron Air and Alaska Legends Adventure Resort bear viewing getaway for two; third place, Alaska River Adventures rainbow trout fishing for four on the Upper Kenai River. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Ticket sales will be limited to 1,000. Need not be present to win.

For more information, call 262-5229.

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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 $2000 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 email

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