Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007

Chambers set schedules

  Barry White

* 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 Chris Sonnichsen with Agrium. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. The featured speaker will be a representative of Agrium.

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 Mark Gregory.

For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

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

Hearing Health Care Center opens


Barry White

Barry White of Alaska Hearing Aid Institute has expanded his hearing health care practice at 805 Frontage Road, Suite 203 in the Benco Building in Kenai. The center specializes in advanced hearing technology and care.

The combination of hearing testing, hearing technology and aural rehabilitation gives White the ability to help patients understand hearing loss and what advancements are available to help. For more information, call (888) 554-4242.

QuickBooks workshops offered

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will hold QuickBooks 2007 workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (parts one and two) and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. (part two) Nov. 27 at its center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center.

The cost for Friday's class is $125 ( lunch is not provided) and $50 for the Nov. 27 class. Deadline to register is today. For more information, call 260-5629 or e-mail

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 714-4281.

Children's cooking workshops offered

Children ages 6 to 12 may attend pint size workshop cooking classes at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Allen and Peterson Cooking and Appliance Center in Kenai. Admission is two cans of food or a $2 donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. A parent must remain during the 30 minute workshops. For more information, call 262-3111.

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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