Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008

What's new in your business?

Have you opened a new business on the Kenai Peninsula, added a new product, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we.

Send us your information at, fax it to 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. For more information, call Mike Nesper at 335-1236.

Chambers set schedules, events

* The Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce will hold a candidate forum for U.S. congress with Congressman Don Young and Ethan Berkowitz from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814 or Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

* The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce meets at noon today at the Nikiski Recreation Center. The featured speaker will be will be Bob Bird, Alaskan Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. For more information, call Scott Hamann at 776-7676. The speaker for Oct. 30 will be Tom Waggoner.

Community development forum slated

A Kenai Peninsula Community Development Forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. It is open to the public. For more information, call Dee Gaddis at 283-3335, Ext. 223.

Soldotna chamber dessert fundraiser set

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual "Spookalicious" pie and dessert auction Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, call January at 262-9814.

Business workshops slated

The Small Business Development Center will hold the following workshops at its office at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12, in the Red Diamond Center.

* "So you want to start a business" workshops will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and Nov. 21. A $25 prepayment fee will guarantee a seat. Mark Gregory, regional director of University of Alaska Anchorage will discuss the basic process of starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula.

* "Getting started with Quickbooks 2007" basic class will be held in three sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18, 25 and Dec. 2. A $125 prepayment fee will guarantee a computer station. Participants will learn to use QuickBooks as a tool to collect and organize business data and to be prepared when tax time rolls around.

* "Keeping Business Records for Taxes" will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9. A prepayment fee of $30 will guarantee a seat.

The presenter will show how to be effective in keeping required business information and stay organized in tracking records for timely and efficient tax reporting.

For more information on any of the three workshops and how to register online, call Bunny Kishaba at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Business of the Year nominations sought

The Better Business Bureau will hold it first Business of the Year Torch Awards in Alaska. Nominations for the 2008 awards are now being accepted through Dec. 1 for Alaska, Oregon and western Washington.

"Sometimes customers contact us and want to know how they can thank a company for their trustworthy business practices," said Bob Andrew, CEO for the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and western Washington. "Maybe the company has wonderful customer service or is involved with helping the community.

By nominating such a business for these awards you can thank the business and let other customers know it is a respected company."

Awards will be given in each state for one large and one small business, as well as awards in the categories of customer service, innovative business practices and community involvement.

Customers, employees and business owners may participate in the first Alaska competition by nominating a company at or by clicking: Nominate your favorite business at

For more information, call Niki Horace at 206-676-4187 or e-mail

The Business page runs Thursdays in the Clarion. To submit items, e-mail them to or fax them to 283-3299. The deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.

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