Business briefs

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets today at noon at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. A presentation from Tim Dillon of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is planned. RSVP to 262-9841.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Kenai Visitors Center. A presentation on Homer Electric Associations’s local control election by HEA general manager Brad Janorschke is planned. RSVP required to 283-1991.

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce’s Pie and Dessert Auction is Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50, or $300 for a table for six. Call 262-9814. Funds raised go toward scholarships and community events.

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will be holding their Annual Membership Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Paradisos Restaurant. The guest speaker will be City of Soldotna Building Official Ralph Linn. Guests are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, please call 283-8071.

The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai seeks the assistance of the community for its annual Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club is looking for sponsors, donations, trunks and volunteers. Businesses, community organizations or individuals interested in participating may call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682 or email kdent@positiveplaceforkids.com.

Junior Achievement and Nikiski North Star Elementary are excited to put together another JA in a Day event for fall semester. This event will take place on Nov. 18. Junior Achievement programs align with state standards and teach students the value of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The hands-on, age appropriate curriculum equips students with the knowledge needed to be successful in today’s ever changing global economy. Volunteers are needed for this event. A light breakfast, lunch, training and program materials will be provided. Visit alaska.ja.org to learn about the JA programs that will be offered to all K-5 students.

For more information, contact Amarin Ellis, Program Manager, at 907-344-0101 or aellis@ja-alaska.org, or Janet Johnson, Committee Chair, at 907-598-5489 or janet.johnson@denalifcu.com.

The Double O has moved to a new location in the Kenai Airport, in the location that was Odie’s Deli. October will be the “Month of Giving.” The restaurant will be working with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank to collect canned foods. Bring in three cans and receive 10 percent off your meal. For more information, call 398-9273 or 395-0995.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has launched a series of short videos to help Alaskans manage their finances.

Topics in the Mastering Money Management series include improving your credit score, reading your credit report, children’s allowances, living on a seasonal income, automating your bill payments and what to do before choosing bankruptcy.

Roxie Dinstel, who has been teaching family finance classes for Extension for nearly 40 years, coordinated the series of five- to eight-minute YouTube videos. Ideas for topics came from agents and their clients, including farmers and fishermen, she said. Dinstel hopes the videos will be a quick resource that people can use.

Personal finance is important, she said. “But we’re not teaching it in school.”

Dinstel said Alaskans face special challenges for money management because of seasonal incomes, an uncertain state economy and budget cuts.

The videos are available at www.uaf.edu/ces/money.

Anyone with ideas for additional video topics may contact Dinstel at 907-474-7201 or at rrdinstel@alaska.edu.

Have you opened a new business, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? Send us your information at news@peninsulaclarion.com, fax it to 907-283-3299, or drop it by the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai.

Questions? Call 907-335-1251.

Business announcements may be submitted to news@peninsulaclarion.com. Items should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to publication.

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