Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Sherry Smith of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center will be the featured speaker at the North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon today at the North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

Amber Gensel of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe will be the featured speaker at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. Her topic will be the Native Youth Olympics and the Arctic Winter Games. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough comprehensive plan will be the topic of discussion at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-3299.

Incorporating, partnership workshop planned

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will hold a workshop titled "Incorporating and Partnership" from 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at the center located at the Red Diamond Mall on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Fee is $15. For more information, call 262-7497.

Kenai business offers expanded yoga classes

"Kenai Yoga," a new business offering introductory yoga classes, opened earlier this month in Kenai. Owned by Ric and Robin Ingels, Kenai Yoga offers classes that fccus on full body tune-ups, stress and weight management, restorative health and fitness. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday at Body Mind and Spirit in Kenai. For more information, call Robin at 335-0513.

Fishers eligible for trade adjustment assistance

Eligible commercial salmon fishers can now sign up for cash benefits under a new trade adjustment program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture annonuced last week. Approximately $90 million in benefits will be made available to qualifed applicants.

Information about the program has been sent to Alaska fishers by the Farm Servce Agency (FSA), the entity administering the program.

To qualify, fishers much be able to provide documentation that they were engaged in commercial salmon fishing during the 2002 marketing year, and that their net income from fishing has declined over the prior year.

Fishers must also show that their 3-year adjusted gross income was less than $2.5 million.

Anyone wishing to participate in the program has until Jan. 20, 2004 to apply. For more information, contact the FSA at 1-866-872-3320 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/ak.



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