Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chambers schedule meetings

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at noon at Froso's Restaurant. For more information, call 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Kenai Merit Inn. On the program will be Chris Williams, Director of Drugs & Alcohol Testing Services, Beacon OHSS. Lunch is $15 per person. For information call 283-7989.

Soldotna-based distributor wins award

ConocoPhillips Company announced last week that Soldotna-based Alaska Oil Sales has achieved TOP TIER Marketer status for exceeding quality, safety and environmental operations standards. The recognition is given to a select number of ConocoPhillips Lubricants distributors that have exceeded the company's operations standards practices that help protect the product quality of the ConocoPhillips Lubricants brands and improve the efficiency of safety and environmental programs. Alaska Oil Sales is a multi-brand distributor that offers lubricants from 76 Lubricants, Phillips 66 and Kendall Motor Oil. The 37-year-old company has a warehouse shop and offices throughout Soldotna and bulk plant facilities located in Kenai.

Alaska Small Business Development Center plans seminars

* The workshop "Grant Writing Basics" will be held Friday, Nov. 19 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Alaska Small Business Development Center at the Red Diamond Center. Loretta Spalding will walk you through the basics to successfully launch your grant writing skills. Cost is $50. Attendance is limited to eight. Register online by Nov. 15 to be guaranteed a computer.

* The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host a seminar on starting your own business, presented by Bryan Zak. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $25. Deadline to register is the Monday prior to the class.

To register online for a seminar, go to, click on Training Events, scroll to centers, select Kenai Peninsula. Scroll to select and click signup.

For more information, e-mail Bunny at or call 260-5629.

New board for builders association

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association is pleased to announce the election results for our 2011 Board of Directors. President: Jeff Twait, Cornerstone Custom Homes and Designs.

Vice President: Tim Moerlein, Moerlein General Contracting.

Secretary: Nichole Smith, Southcentral Title Agency.

Treasurer: Aaron Swanson, Residential Mortgage, LLC.

Directors: Rick Abbott, Spenard Builders Supply, Soldotna; Rob Coreson, Byler Contracting; Brandon Foster, Blazy Construction; Clint Hall, Hall Quality Builders; Jerry Herring, Central Alaska Engineering Company.

Alternate Directors: Mike Winegarden, Floor Center; Jason Avigo, M & J Plumbing.

The association thanks KPBA members whose names were placed on the ballots, as well as those who took the time to vote and mail in their ballots. Thanks, as well, to Peggy Clements, Alaska USA Title Agency, who assisted in counting the votes.

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank receives $2,481.28 grant from Fred Meyer

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank recently received a donation $2,481.28 raised in a Soldotna Fred Meyer Store coin collection.

From Feb. 28 to May 22, all coins collected in the coin boxes in Fred Meyer's 131 stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington was donated to local food banks. The coin box money was combined with more than $100,000 in contributions from Fred Meyer employees, for a total donation of more than $232,000 to food banks in the four states.

"These funds will help feed hungry Kenai Peninsula residents as the Food Bank processes over a million pounds of food each year," said Linda Swarner, Executive Director for Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

The donated coins are awarded in the form of grants from the Fred Meyer Fund, the company's internal charitable foundation.

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