Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chambers set schedules

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  Ted Elconin

* Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Recreation Center, at Mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur Highway. The featured speaker will be Scott Hamann with Friends of the NRA. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

The Oct. 18 speaker will be Brad Janorschke and Joe Gallagher with Homer Electric Association.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. The chamber is planning a special presentation.

For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn. The featured speaker will be Lisa Parker with Agrium. For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

* The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn.

Youth facility workers honored

Recently two Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility staff members received national awards from National Juvenile Detention Association for their outstanding work with juveniles in detention.



Dan Walters

Ted Elconin is a Juvenile Justice Officer II. He received his award for the exceptional counseling work that he has accomplished with youth at the facility.



Ted Elconin

Dan Walters is with the facilities maintenance staff. He was recognized for building its garden project and for the work he does with youth and staff to sustain the garden project.

Wage, hour seminar slated

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will hold an employer seminar from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Peninsula Job Center at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 2. The topics will be employment security tax, employing people with disabilities and wage and hour issues.

For more information or to register, call 283-2905.

Bioneers in Alaska conference set

The fourth annual Bioneers in Alaska conference will be held Oct. 19 through 21 at Grant Hall and the Moseley Sports Center, Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage. The conference is a project of Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology. The three-day event will focus on practical solutions for taking care of the environment and enriching communities. Highlights include keynote speakers Catherine Austin Fitts and Andy Lipkis, presentations via satellite from 15 scientific and social innovators and more than 30 local workshops and panel discussions.

Workshops on topics such as green building, renewable energy, health and wellness, organic farming, and environmental and social justice will be offered. Participants can learn anything from how to make bio-diesel to plant spirit medicine at Bioneers in Alaska.

There also will be a panel discussions on "The Future of Food in Alaska," "Pebble Mine: Legislative Solutions and the Permitting Process," "Mining: Rights of Communities and Human and Environmental Health Risks" and a panel organized by Alaska's labor organizations on creating green-collar jobs in Alaska.

For more information or to view a conference schedule visit or call (907) 677-9087.

Made in Alaska adds peninsula permit holders

The following peninsula businesses were added as permit holders with the Made in Alaska logo:

* Buell Associates, Sunriver Rock & Gem Jewelry in Kenai for jewelry, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Owner Nancy Buell.

* Deb's Original Designs in Kenai for handmade and custom designed jewelry. Owner Debra Olsen.

* Alaska Berries in Soldotna for Alaska grown berries and berry products. Owner Brian Olson.

* C & S Precision in Nikiski for snowmobile handle bar risers, foot grips, pull "T" handle and archery footing jig all made with aluminum. Owner Chris Owens.

The Made in Alaska logo ensures customers they are purchasing products made in the state.

Food safety leadership award offered

NSF International announced a second call for nominations for its 2008 Food Safety Leadership Awards Program. The program recognizes key individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in foodservice safety.

The nominations will be divided into seven categories: technology breakthroughs, research advances, education, equipment design, product development, packaging innovation and systems improvements. Nominations for a special lifetime achievement award are also being accepted. Foodservice operators, manufacturers, researchers and members of academia are encouraged to submit nominations.

The 2008 award recipients will be announced at the Food Safety Summit on March 19 during a luncheon at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

The summit attracts more than 2,000 food manufacturers, food processors, restaurant executives and food retailers.

Nomination information is available at or by calling (734) 827-5627. Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 16.

Manufacturer of the Year nominations accepted

Nominations for Made in Alaska Manufacturer of the Year are begin accepted.

Made in Alaska permit holders are eligible to nominate another permit holder or self-nominate by Jan. 12. For more information, call (907) 272-5634 or e-mail

Fisheries business assistance available

The Alaska Business Development Center Inc., renewed its Fisheries Business Assistance contract with the state of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and Division of Investments.

The contract enables the center to provide free or low cost business counseling and assistance to commercial harvesters and small businesses in the Alaska fishing industry.

For more information, call (800) 478-3474.

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