Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010

Chambers take holiday break

The Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce will not hold their regular luncheons next week.

QuickBooks class on tap

Learn to use QuickBooks 2009 as the best tool to collect and organize your business data so you're prepared when tax time rolls around. This is an evening course held Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 2011, 5:15 -- 9 p.m. Deadline to register is Jan. 7, 2011, Cost is $155. Report to Suite 12 at Alaska Small Business Development Center in the Red Diamond Center. Bring thumb drive to save your lessons for practice at home. Register online via, Click on Training Events, Scroll to Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula. Call 260-5629 or email Bunny with questions: PreRequisite: Typing/keyboarding experience required.

'So you Want to Start a Business?'

If you want to put your idea to work, Bryan Zak will give you the tools you need to start your own business on the Kenai Peninsula. Seminar is on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Alaska Small Business Development Center, Suite 12, Red Diamond Center. 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Fee is $20. Register online by Jan. 14 via, Click Training Events, Scroll to Centers -- select Kenai Peninsula. For questions, email Bunny:, or call 260-5629.

Alaska USA named SBA 504 Alaska Lender of the Year

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2010 Alaska SBA 504 Lender of the Year. The award was announced November 9 at the Anchorage Lender Symposium held at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel.

The program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing designed for small businesses and is set up to contribute to the economic development of communities.

The recognition is given to the lender with the highest number of approved loans as of the program's year-end date of September 30 and all Alaska community-lending institutions are eligible. The Alaska USA Business and Commercial Services team, headed by Senior Vice President Dave Hamilton, has earned the award two years in a row.

Alaska USA serves over 10,400 business members, primarily in Alaska.

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