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■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. For more information, call 262-9814.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center. The speaker will be Tammy Vollom-Matturo, Artistic Director for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, with classical guitar music by Armin Abdihodzic. For more information, call 283-1991.

The Alaska Small Business Development Center, located in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road, is planning the following workshops:

Starting a Business (free) — 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 11: Are you thinking about starting your own business? This workshop was built for you! The workshop will cover basic issues faced when starting a small business such as business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. Let the SBDC help guide you through the process of starting a small business. This workshop is in the Red Diamond Center and registration required at by deadline Aug. 7. If you have any questions, Call Bunny 260-5629.

How To Write A Business Plan ($65) — 12:30-4:40 p.m. Aug. 11: Bryan Zak will present this seminar in the Red Diamond Center at 43335 Kalifornsky Road, Suite 12. He will show you methods for establishing financial projections, as well as creating and evaluating financial ratios that will help you measure your successes and be an effective tool to obtain financing. Online registration at is required by Aug. 7. The SBDC accepts cash or check or you may pay by credit card using the secure UPAY program.Contact Bunny at 260-5629 for more information. Veterans contact Bunny for free scholarship ticket.

Build A Successful Website ($65) — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18: This workshop is in Suite 12 in the Red Diamond Center. First Session is from 9 a.m.-noon; the second session resumes at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The workshop will walk you through the steps to build your website. No experience necessary! With this workshop, you can build a great website that successfully markets your brand with little to no technical website experience. The first section of this workshop is lecture based; you’ll learn all about website design: picking colors, graphics, fonts, navigation, content, and more. Learn how to set up your own ecommerce, online store to make online sales. You’ll also learn some key tips for making a website that markets your business effectively. In the second section, you will roll up your sleeves and begin designing your website! You’ll get hands-on experience with the design tool and creative process. By the time you leave class, your business will have a fully functioning website, ready to “go live”… with all the knowledge you need to maintain it too!

What to bring: You will need to bring a laptop computer, and bring any business logos and graphics you would like to have on your website page. There is no webinar option for this class and seating is limited to 8. Online registration is required at by Aug. 12. Pre-pay by credit card usingthe UPAY program. Cash or check is accepted at the workshop when you arrive on Aug. 18. Contact Bunny at 260-5629 for more information. Veterans contact Bunny for free scholarship ticket.

Benefits of Budgeting ($65) — 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 20: Learn methods to Monitor-Measure-and-Manage the amount of cash moving through your business. Establishing budgets is the vital element that keeps every business financially healthy and Jim Duffield will guide you through this process. Register online at before Aug. 10. Pre-pay by credit card usingthe UPAY program. Cash or check is accepted at the workshop when you arrive on Aug. 20. Contact Bunny at 260-5629 for more information. Veterans contact Bunny for free scholarship ticket.

For more information on any workshop or the Alaska Small Business Development Center, call Bunny at 907-260-5629.

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 or visit Kenai Feed & Supply.

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