Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 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.

For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant.

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.

For more information, call Janie at 283-7989.

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

Sutherland promoted to branch manager

KeyBank promoted Heather Sutherland as its branch manager for the Kenai Key Center.

Sutherland's main responsibility is to provide sales and service leadership within the center. She has been with the bank for seven years and held several positions of increasing responsibility.

Sutherland completed KeyBank's Aspiring Leader Program, a development program that identifies and trains top talent for leadership roles.

Her accomplishments include membership in the Achieve Club and Signature Circle, an employee recognition program for high achievers. She also is active in the Kenai Peninsula Realtors Association.

Women in business to gather

A free Key4Women open roundtable and networking seminar will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Alaska Christian College Conference Center on 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.

Enstar kicks off United way fundraiser

Enstar Natural Gas Co. will raffle off a natural gas Weber barbecue for its United Way fundraiser. For every dollar donated to United Way, participants will receive a raffle ticket for the barbecue. Donations may be dropped off at the Soldotna Enstar office at 36225 Kenai Spur Highway. The drawing will be held Nov. 30. Community members don't have to be a customer to participate. For more information, call Becky McCord at 262-9334.

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 Petersen 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 food service 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 also are being accepted. Food service 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.

Additional information is available at or by calling (734) 827-5627. Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 16.

Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

Nominations for Made in Alaska Manufacturer of the Year are being 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

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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