Business news

Chambers set schedules

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce next meets at noon on Nov. 11 at Froso’s Restaurant. A presentation from Kenai Peninsula United Way Executive Director Lisa Roberts is planned. RSVP to 262-9814.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday at noon at the Kenai Visitors Center. A presentation on unmanned aerial vehicles by John Parker of Integrated Robotics is planned. RSVP to 283-1991.

HEA Energy and Conservation fair heads to Homer

Homer Electric Association is offering its members an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in energy conservation and efficiency. The Fair will be held Saturday at Homer High School in Homer.

The Fairs will feature vendors and energy conservation experts displaying a variety of energy efficiency related products and information. Topics covered will include appliances, recycling, construction materials, doors and windows, heating sources, lighting options, and alternative energy. The Fairs, which are family-oriented, will also feature door prizes, popcorn, hot dogs, refreshments and the announcement of the winners of an energy conservation student contest sponsored by HEA.

For additional information, please call HEA Director of Member Relations Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.

Job Center hosts training

The following job skills workshops will be offered at the Peninsula Job Center the week of Nov. 10:

Monday, Nov. 10 — 9:30 a.m., ALEXsys Job Leads; 10:30 a.m., Introduction to ALEXsys and the Job Center; 2:30 p.m., Interviewing Skills Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 11 — Closed in observance of Veterans Day

Wednesday, Nov. 12 — 1:30 p.m., WorkKeys® Testing; 3:00 p.m., Job Search Strategies for the Ex-Offender

Thursday, Nov. 13 — 10:30 a.m., Resume Writing Workshop

Friday, Nov. 14 — No workshops offered

All workshop are free of charge to the public

Those interested in attending any workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can reserve space by clicking on the “Schedule Workshops” option located on the main screen in your ALEXsys account (www.jobs.alaska.gov ), call 335-3010, or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Suite #2. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding state and federal holidays.

Business workshops offered

Six small business workshops will be offered weekly in Fairbanks and by videoconference in Soldotna. The series is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the UAF Community and Technical College.

Kathryn Dodge, Extension economic development specialist, said the workshops will offer guidance to small business owners interested in starting or expanding their businesses. Participants may attend one or all of the workshops. The topics include:

■ Record keeping and taxes for mining, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6

■ How to get a small business loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13

Each class costs $25. Register online at http://bit.ly/ces-workshops. See more information about the classes and videoconference locations at www.uaf.edu/ces. Instructors will include Fairbanks attorney John Burns; accountant Paul Robinson; Scott Swingle of the Small Business Administration; Russ Talvi of the Alaska Small Business Development Center; Paul Bauer of the Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union; and Adam Krynicki of the UAF Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization.

For more information, contact Dodge at 474-6497 or kdodge@alaska.edu.

SBA accepted Small Business Week Award Nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration – Alaska district office has announced the opening of SBA’s online portal and is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.

SBA has been following the mantra – Smart, Bold and Accessible in the way the agency conducts business. This is now the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process, a great and smart improvement from years past. The improved dedicated web portal http://awards.sba.gov provides all the guidelines and has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week.

All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 5, 2015. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s Alaska District Office. For contact information and other District Office information visit online at www.sba.gov/ak, call 800-755-7034 or visit in person at 420 L Street, Suite 300, Anchorage, Alaska.

 

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.

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