Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2007

Chambers set schedules

* 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 speakers will be Brad Janorschke and Joe Gallagher with Homer Electric Association. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

The Oct. 25 speaker will be Chris Sonnichsen with Agrium.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. The featured speaker will be Jake Metcalf, State House candidate.

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 Scott Hamann with Metal Magic.

For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

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

Young receives driving award

Carlile Transportation driver Mike Young of Kenai was recognized along with 14 of his peers for outstanding safety performance at Carlile Transportation's driver safety awards banquet held Sept. 22 in Anchorage. The honored drivers represented more than 93,000,000 of safe driving miles from Alaska to Texas.

Founded in 1980 by brothers John and Harry McDonald, Carlile has grown from two tractors to one of Alaska's largest trucking companies. Carlile Transportation Systems is based in Anchorage and employs more than 550 people.

Bioneers in Alaska conference set

The fourth annual Bioneers in Alaska conference will be held Friday through Sunday 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.

Women in business to gather

A free Key4Women open roundtable and networking seminar will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Alaska Christian College Conference Center off of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The topics will be small business financing strategies, merchant services options and out-of-the-box marketing ideas.

Key4Women is a program launched by KeyBank to help women business owners by providing access to capital, customized service, financial tools and networks. For more information about KeyBank's Key4Women programs, visit

For more information or to reserve seat, call at (907) 714-4281.

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.

Tyonek Platform, Peak earn safety awards

ConocoPhillips' Tyonek platform in the Cook Inlet and Peak Oilfield Service Co.'s Nikiski Field Office earned U.S. Labor Department's OSHA 'star' for workplace safety and health Oct. 17.

ConocoPhillips' Tyonek platform employees perform operations and maintenance functions associated with natural gas production and processing. Process steps include removing natural gas from sub-surface reservoirs, treating the gas to remove water and particulates, and compressing and transporting the gas via pipeline to the consumer. The platform produces approximately 80 million cubic feet of natural gas, with most of it being sent via pipeline to the company's Kenai liquid natural gas plant. The company has four employees on site.

Peak Oilfield Services provides ConocoPhillips' Tyonek platform with contract labor and equipment for natural gas production. Five contract employees work on the platform performing support operations such as electrical, mechanical, housekeeping and cooking operations.

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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