Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2007

What's new in your business?

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 meet at noon today 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. 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 Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

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

Soldotna tree lighting Saturday

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Central Emergency Services across the street from McDonald's.

Santa will arrive by fire truck to greet children and listen to their Christmas wish lists. Photos with Santa will be available for $1. Also planned are dog sled rides, crafts and gifts for the kids and singing by The 4 Peninsulads (a barbershop quartet). Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served. For more information, call April Weber at 262-9814.

CPH announces December events

Central Peninsula Hospital will host the following events:

* The 40th anniversary party for the Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Monday in the Mountain Tower lobby. There will be refreshments, memorabilia to view and a celebration of the grand opening of the new and expanded Care Package Gift Shop.

* On Wednesday the new Cook Inlet Cafe dining room in the Mountain Tower officially will open.

For more information, call Bonnie Nichols at 714-4500.

Quickbook workshop slated

The Small Business Development Center will hold an all day Quickbooks startup workshop Wednesday at its office in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 12, on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The deadline to register is Friday.

For more information or to preregister, call Bunny at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Food bank donations sought

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is seeking donations to help stop hunger on the peninsula by donating funds directly to the food bank at a local bank and/or donating nonperishable food for the food barrels.

Financial institutions acceping donations through December are Alaska USA Federal Credit Union (Kenai and Soldotna), First National Bank Alaska (Kenai and Soldotna), KeyBank (Kenai and Soldotna) and Wells Fargo (Kenai and Soldotna).

For more information, call 262-3111.

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 Friday. Community members don't have to be a customer to participate. For more information, call Becky McCord at 262-9334.

Cold Stone holding 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.

Fire department receives grant

The Ninilchik Fire Department received $16,782 in grant money from the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. and Alaska USA insurance brokers.

The funds will be used to purchase a new, high-tech heart monitor/defibrillator.

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 Alaska 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 Friday. 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 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

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