Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 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

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. It will host a Christmas special and Student of the Month presentation. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet due to the holidays.

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 Saturday.

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

Decorating contest continues

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is launching its annual holiday decorating contest and seeking nominations for the most festive decorations in Kenai. Nominations for residences or businesses are encouraged.

Winners will receive energy bucks from the Homer Electric Association.

Nominations are due Monday. For more information, call 283-7989 or visit

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 accepting 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.

Children's cooking workshops offeredChildren 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

Rural agriculture funding available

Alaska USDA Rural Development has programs to assist qualified agriculture producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Financial assistance may be provided through guaranteed loans or grants, or a combination of grants and loans.

Except for the Municipality of Anchorage, all of Alaska is considered rural for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvement program.

For further more information, call Michelle Hoffman at 283-6640, or Dean Stewart at (907) 761-7722.

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