Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Mike Odegard of the National Resource Conservation Service 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.

The Soldotna, Kenai and North Peninsula Chambers of Commerce will not meet next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nantau to present business workshop

James Nantau of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will present a workshop titled" Alaska Employment Security Tax (Unemployment Insurance Tax Program) and Employees" from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Small Business Development Center in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16.

The workshop will cover unemployment insurance, current Alaska statutes, obtaining your state employer identification, contract labor, preparation and responsibility of employer state payroll taxes and first time "filers." Workshop fee is $15. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call Bunny at 262-7497.

Local businesses to support food bank

The following stores are lending their support to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Country Foods IGA in Kenai is collecting nonperishable food donations and turkey gift certificates.

Three Bears in Kenai also is collecting nonperishable food donations and turkey gift certificates.

GCI in Soldotna will offer discounted installation rates for new cable customers that donate at least two cans of food.

Sonoma Florist in Soldotna will donate 50 cents for every outgoing wire order through the end of 2003.

Suggested items to donate are vegetables, pumpkins, fruit, soups, and small bags of flour and sugar. For more information, call 262-3111.

Soldotna Arby's receives excellence award

The management team of the Soldotna Arby's was awarded the Operation's Excellence award from Arby's Inc.

The Operations Excellence Award is given for excellent performance in operations and product quality, as measured by the basic evaluation. The evaluation is based on Arby's administered assessment of how well a restaurant is performing against internal standards of food quality, customer service, cleanliness, safety measures and employee efficiency.

The Arby's restaurant is owned and operated by Zan Inc., whose headquarters are in Kenai. It is managed by Tamara Johns.

Celluar One makes move to peninsula

Cellular One from Dobson Cellular Systems today announced it has begun operating in Southcentral Alaska. The company has acquired the cellular market previously managed by AT&T Wireless that covers Anchorage, Wasilla, Eagle River, Kenai, Homer and Soldotna.

The acquisition of the Southcentral market, coupled with Cellular One's current Alaska markets in Fairbanks, North Pole, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan make Cellular One the largest wireless provider in the state, according to a company spokesperson.

In addition to wireless products and services, network expansion and the introduction of new wireless technologies, Cellular One will honor all existing rate plans from former AT&T customers.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Cellular One is a licensed trade name of Dobson Cellular Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Dobson communications (Nasdaq: DCEL). In addition to Alaska, the company owns or manages cellular operations in 15 states covering a subscriber base in excess of 1.6 million and a population base exceeding 11 million.

More information on Cellular One from Dobson Cellular Systems is available at

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