Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2007

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  Clifford Smith

Have you opened a new business, added a new product, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we.

Send us your information at, fax it to 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai.

Photos will be considered, as well. For more information, call Nan at 335-1241.

Chambers set schedules

* Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will not meet today.

It will meet at noon Nov. 29 at the Nikiski Recreation Center at Mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur Highway. The featured speaker will be Cliff Hugg, president of the Kenai Safari Club. For more information, call Judene at 776-5551.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. The featured speakers will be Nancy Casey and Andrew Carmichael, city of Soldotna, Department of Parks and Recreation. 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 Donna Peterson with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. For more information, call Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

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

Flying network takes wing

Alaska Flying Network has moved to 135 N. Willow Street in Kenai. The business recently was approved as Computer Assisted Testing Service facility. The facility will allow pilots to take FAA and FCC written test locally. For more information, call Chip Versaw at 283-5700 or e-mail him at


Cloud, Ribelin

Cloud, Ribelin real estate moves

Judy Cloud and Ginger Ribelin have relocated their real estate office to the Kenai Municipal Airport, in the glass office next to Hertz rent a car.

For more information, call Judy or Ginger at 283-5177.

Cold Stone holds food bank fundraiser

For every Cold Stone Creamery Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie in a graham cracker crust with cinnamon frosting and handcrafted chocolate maple leaves purchased the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will receive $3.

To preorder pies, call 262-7736 or stop by Cold Stone Creamery on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-3111.


Clifford Smith

New Safety and security company opens

VIP Alaska Inc., a safety and security company, has opened an office next door to CARTS at 43530 Kalifornsky Beach Road. VIP offers weekly first aid and CPR training, as well as credential services for fingerprint based background checks. In addition to background check services, it also makes custom company ID cards, and PVC child safety ID card.

For more information call Clifford Smith at 260-6599 or visit

Enstar United Way fundraiser continues

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.

Fishermen's summit planned

The Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit II created by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program will hold a two-day symposium designed for fishermen under 40 or in the business for less than five years Dec. 11 and 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage.

The summit seeks to build leadership capacity by addressing three main topics: business management; the fisheries management process; and understanding Alaskan seafood's role in the world marketplace including the importance of producing a quality product. Topics will be addressed through group discussions with invited panels of industry leaders and established fishermen.

Registration deadline is Nov. 30.

For more information, call Sunny Rice at 772-3381, e-mail her at or visit

Seafood processing institute open to applicants

Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute, or ASPLI, a program that aims to promote the professional development of future leaders in the seafood processing industry, is taking applications through Dec. 15.

The program includes three training segments (in Anchorage and Kodiak) and a five-day field trip to the 2008 International Boston Seafood Show and Northeast seafood processors and reprocessors. The training sessions will cover technical aspects of seafood processing, seafood logistics, HACCP/plant sanitation, leadership, personnel management, plant management, regulatory requirements and global seafood marketing.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the seafood processing field and work closely with a professional mentor in their place of employment.

The institute is sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks and is funded in part through a grant from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development's State Training and Employment Program (STEP).

For more information or to apply, call Angela Camos at (907) 274-9699, e-mail or visit

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.

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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