Chambers set schedules
■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna. An update from the City of Soldotna Parks and Rec, as well as what’s new with the Wednesday Market is scheduled. Bring your own lunch to enjoy at the park or order at one of the Wednesday Market Food Vendors on site. For more information call 262-9814.
■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Awards Luncheon is June 24 at noon at the Kenai Visitor Center. Join the Kenai Chamber in recognizing the outstanding members of the community. The festivities will include a catered lunch, Keynote Speaker Peggy Arness, and 2014 awards presentation which will include the Log Cabin, Pioneer, Community Service, Volunteer, Business/Organization, Service to Youth, Small Business, and President’s Awards. RSVP required to 283-1991.
Small Business Development Center plans workshop
The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host a Record Keeping for Taxes workshop on June 25 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Soldotna office in the Red Diamond Center—Suite 12. Business owners need this as basic guidance on how to set up, maintain, and prepare their business financial records for taxes. Trainer Jim Duffield will cover the following topics: 1) Setting up a sound record keeping and filing system; 2) How to keep track of your business transactions; 3) IRS business requirements; 4) Filing of source documents; 5) Computer or manual bookkeeping — what will work best for you and what is available; 6) Financial Statements you may need; 7) How to maximize your business tax return. There will be time for questions, brief discussions of covered and non-covered topics, including any other financial issue that is of concern to attendees. The fee is $65 and deadline for online registration is June 19 by 5 p.m. The Small Business Development Center accepts cash or check, or you may pay through the secure UPAY program using your Mastercard or Visa credit card. Veterans should contact Bunny at 260-5629 or email Bunny.Kishaba@aksbdc.org for a scholarship ticket.
DEC plans workshops
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will host a public workshop about proposed changes to the Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan and Nontank Vessel Plan regulations Wednesday, June 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Clare Pavia at 907-465-5283.
Farm equipment for rent
The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District has a wide variety of garden and farm equipment for rent, including tractor-drawn implements for initial field preparation (the fabled “Meri Crusher”), tillage, no-till seeding, bed shaping, mulch laying, and planting. Non-mechanized tools for rent include backpack sprayers, broadcast seed spreader and broadfork. A DEC-approved mobile kitchen trailer is also available. For information, see the “Equipment Rental” page at www.kenaisoilandwater.org or visit Kenai Feed & Supply.
Summer of Heroes nominations open
Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska are teaming up and celebrating the fifth annual Summer of Heroes program to recognize local youth making a difference in Alaska communities. The search is on for five young Alaskan heroes, between the ages of 6-18, who are going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the Alaska State Fair. A hero can be any youth, ages 6 to 18, who has made a significant contribution to his or her community through acts of generosity, courage or achievement.
Alaskans can nominate themselves or others by filling out the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 15. Alaska Communications is also seeking help from businesses and individuals in our search for the 2015 heroes. Visit the Summer of Heroes website for program rules and details about the nomination process, or to make a donation: www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Items should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to publication.