Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2008

What's new in your business?

Have you opened a new business on the Kenai Peninsula, 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. For more information, call Mike Nesper at 335-1236.

Chambers set schedules, events

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. The featured speaker will be Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey. He will give a update on the borough. For more information, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn on Willow Street. The featured speaker will be Jacque Garcia and Susan Novak of the Peninsula Job Center. The topic will be job training and disability programs. For more information, call Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

* The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Nikiski Recreation Center. The featured speaker will be a representative with the Kenai Brown Bears. For more information, call Scott Hamann at 776-7676.

Business workshops planned

The Small Business Development Center will hold a "Keeping Business Records for Taxes" workshop from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at its office at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12, in the Red Diamond Center.

The presenter will show how to be effective in keeping required business information and stay organized in tracking records for timely and efficient tax reporting. A prepayment fee of $30 will guarantee a seat.

For more information and how to register online, call Bunny Kishaba at 260-5629 or e-mail her at

Business of the Year nominations sought

The Better Business Bureau will hold it first Business of the Year Torch Awards in Alaska. Nominations for the 2008 awards are now being accepted through Dec. 1 for Alaska, Oregon and western Washington.

"Sometimes customers contact us and want to know how they can thank a company for their trustworthy business practices," said Bob Andrew, CEO for the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and western Washington. "Maybe the company has wonderful customer service or is involved with helping the community.

By nominating such a business for these awards you can thank the business and let other customers know it is a respected company."

Awards will be given in each state for one large and one small business, as well as awards in the categories of customer service, innovative business practices and community involvement.

Customers, employees and business owners may participate in the first Alaska competition by nominating a company at or by clicking: Nominate your favorite business at

For more information, call Niki Horace at 206-676-4187 or e-mail

Food drive continues

Pampered Chef will be at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna during the holiday season. Products will be available for onsite purchase or for orders sent direct for gift giving. Some of the funds will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. For more information, call Elaine at 394-1165 or e-mail at

BP challenge grant for United Way 2008

In an effort to broaden the base of donors and encourage current donors to step up to the leadership level, BP has challenged Kenai Peninsula United Way to raise $50,000 from new donors giving $100 or more and from increased giving of $100 or more from current donors. BP pledges $50,000 in additional funds to Kenai Peninsula United Way if a total of at least $50,000 is raised from new and current donors giving $100 or more.

Free workshop slated

Handymen, contractor/builders doing excavating, laying foundation, plumbing and otherwise, from the basement to the roof, may attend a free "Build with expert-ease" workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 14. Small Business Development Center partners with Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, Walters and Associates Insurance and Wisdom and Associates, who will provide participants with expert advice to enter the construction industry with ease.

Seating is limited. Deadline to register is Jan. 6. For more information, call Bunny Kishaba at 260-5629 or e-mail to

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