Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010

Chambers schedule meetings

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

* Kenai Chamber of Commerce features a holiday spotlight at its business luncheon Wednesday. Charitable opportunities, featuring The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and the Salvation Army. Also, Brief Financial Tips to Maximize Your Business Benefits, by Roy Wells, with Waddell & Reed. Note a location change for this meeting: The Kenai Cultural and Visitor's Borough, highlighting their Charitable Tree Auction.

For information call the Kenai chamber at 283-7989.

See's candy fundraiser

This years See's Candy Fundraiser is under way at Soldotna Professional Pharmacy. Monies earned will go to the PCD Foundation (Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia). Deadline is Dec. 2 for delivery by Christmas. Candy is also available for sale at the pharmacy, limited to stock on hand. If you would like to pre-order, call Lyn at 262-9253, Kimberly at 260-6909 or Martha 260-4655.

Join the parade

Showcase your business or organization by entering the Christmas Comes to Kenai Electric Lights Parade, "Just Believe," on Friday, Nov. 26. Parade line up begins at 5 p.m. Judging takes place at 5:45 p.m. Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Parade route: Frontage Road beginning at Spur View Drive, down to Main Street and Peninsula Way. For more information and registration forms, call 283-7989.

Rasmuson Foundation grants $50,000 to Kenai Watershed Forum for new building

The Rasmuson Foundation has given the Kenai Watershed Forum a $50,000 grant the group's Capital Building Campaign. These funds will be used for the renovation of an historic building in downtown Soldotna that will serve as the forum's headquarters.

"The Kenai Watershed Forum's board of directors is thrilled with the news of receiving this generous $50,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation," said Natasha Ala, KWF Board of Director. "This charitable award will greatly benefit our capital building project and brings the organization one step closer to actualizing our goal of creating office and lab space for our programs and staff."

Including the Rasmuson Foundation grant, the total raised for the forum's building campaign is $497,912, 80 percent of the total amount needed for the project.

The Kenai Watershed Forum is looking forward to being in the new building summer 2011.

TSS Inc. partners with CICADA to provide screening services on the Kenai

Ketchikan-based TSS Inc., a provider of health care education and substance screening services, has formed a new partnership with Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Kenai and Homer that will provide a majority of TSS services to be offered at both CICADA locations in the near future.

Renee Schofield, CEO of TSS, said this business relationship allows CICADA to maintain its status as a DOT collection site and enhances their service offerings to the residents of Kenai and Homer. Staff at CICADA is currently available to perform DOT and non-DOT drug screens, as well as breath alcohol screening. By year-end, the offerings will expand to drug testing via hair, sweat and saliva. Paternity testing via DNA collection will also be offered.

TSS, Inc. specializes in health care education and substance screening services for workplace and community needs. The company also has offices in Anchorage, Juneau and Craig; as well as Keokuk, Iowa.

Local company's parent wins food safety award

American Fast Freight's newest warehouse facility in Fife, Wash., earned a "Superior" distinction as a result of an audit and inspection this month by the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International. The rating is the highest possible score classification given by the AIB. The company's Anchorage facility was rated "Superior" by the AIB last spring.

The company's new 100,000 square-foot facility began operations in January 2010. Both the Fife and Anchorage locations were rated against the AIB Consolidated Standards for Food Distribution Centers. Audits evaluate a facility's adequacy of operational methods and personnel practices, maintenance for food safety, cleaning practices, integrated pest management, and the adequacy of food safety programs.

AFF operates a goods distribution warehouse in Soldotna.

Originally created in 1919 to apply sciences to baking, AIB now provides food safety research, hygiene education and training, and it is the food industry's premier auditing organization.

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