Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. The installation of the new Soldotna Chamber Student Ambassadors is planned. RSVP to 262-9841.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce next meets at noon Dec. 7 at the Kenai Visitor Center. A KPEDD Community Update from Tim Dillon, Executive Director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, is planned. RSVP to 283-1991.

Crop protection program offers free site visits

Do you raise crops in a high tunnel? Sell the extras at a Farmers Market? Raise sheep, goats or cows for food? Have a peony field? Hay field or other farming endeavor? The Alaska Crop Protection Pest Management Program is offering free site visits to assist with your pest problems, and offer Integrated Pest Management solutions. This program is hoping to visit all the farms across the state and help growers large and small to recognize new pests coming in, and implement plans to help with the established pests, be they bug, disease or weeds. Call Cooperative Extension Service at 907-262-5824 to schedule a visit this season or email jichumley@alaska.edu to have your farm/ranch/high tunnel/fields/etc. put on the Kenai Peninsula visit list.

Extension offers money management video series

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.

What’s new in your business?

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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