Business news

Chambers set schedules

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. A City of Soldotna update is planned. On Feb. 3, the Soldotna Chamber will have a Kenai Peninsula College Update with KPC Director Gary Turner at Froso’s Restaurant. RSVP to 262-9814.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. For more information call 283-1991.

Pollard Wireline Inc. celebrates 20th anniversary

Founded January 1, 1995, Pollard Wireline Inc. is a locally owned and operated Oilfield Service Company specializing in Wireline Services, Completions, Gas Lift, and Hot Oil Truck Services.

Much of Pollard Wireline Inc.’s success can be attributed to the dedication and sacrifices of all our employees throughout the past 20 years. This also includes the four that started it all 20 years ago: Freddie Pollard Sr., Lynn Pollard, Fred Pollard Jr. and D.E. Howell. Pollard Wireline Inc. would like to acknowledge its customers and the many people who made this business a success in our work and in our community. We want to invite anyone who has been a part of our success through the years to join us for lunch this Friday, Jan. 30 at noon at our shop to help us celebrate and thank all of you for our 20th year of business.

Nomination period open for Homer Electric Association Board of Directors seats

Homer Electric Association is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. The cooperative’s Board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area.

This year, the District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski-parts of Soldotna) seat held by Kenai resident David Thomas will be on the ballot. In District 2 (Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof area) the seat currently held by Soldotna resident Dave Carey will be up for election. In District 3 (Kasilof-Homer-Seldovia area), HEA members will vote for the seat currently held by Jim Levine of Homer.

HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the director in their respective district.

Members interested in being on the ballot must fill out a Candidacy Packet that requires the candidate to gather at least 15 signatures from current HEA members that live in the district where the candidate resides. The Candidacy Packet is available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer and online at www.homerelectric.com

The deadline to submit the Candidacy Packet is 5 p.m. on March 6. Completed packets can be dropped off at either the Kenai or Homer HEA office.

Ballots will be mailed out to HEA members on April 3, and the results will be tabulated and announced at the Annual Meeting on May 7 at Homer High School. For additional information contact Joe Gallagher at 907-283-2324

AK-CESCL storm water training program offered

The Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring two Alaska certified erosion and sediment control lead training sessions Feb. 9-10 in Soldotna. This training explains the erosion process and how to obtain and comply with the EPA NPDES Construction General Permit. The course will describe the key elements of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and stormwater Best Management Practices. This is a requirement for people who work on Alaska DOT roads. Other people who may need this certification include commercial and residential builders, project engineers, natural resource managers and anyone responsible for creating, maintaining or evaluating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.

Small business series offered

Small business workshops will be offered in Fairbanks and by webinar around the state.

The series is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, UAF Community and Technical College and the Alaska Small Business Development Center.

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

— Record keeping and taxes for agricultural businesses, 11 to 1 p.m., Jan. 29

— Taxation for small business, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5

— Starting a small business, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12

— Writing a business plan, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19

— Creating a one-page business model canvas, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12

Classes will be taught in Room 216 of the UAF Community and Technical College at 604 Barnette St. and by videoconference at the Anchorage Extension district office at 1675 C St. Anyone who wishes to connect by desktop may contact Dodge at 907-474-6497 or kdodge@alaska.edu.

Each class costs $25. Register online at http://bit.ly/ces-workshops. Instructors will include Kimberlee Hayward of the Small Business Development Center, accountant Paul Robinson, Scott Swingle of the Small Business Administration and Dodge. See details about the classes at www.uaf.edu/ces.

Job Center hosts training

The following job skills workshops will be offered at the Peninsula Job Center the week of Feb. 2:

Monday, Feb. 2 — 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, Feb. 3 — 10:30 a.m., Career Ready 101 Lab

Wednesday, Feb. 4 — 1:30 p.m., WorkKeys® Testing; 3 p.m., Job Search Strategies for the Ex-Offender

Thursday, Feb. 5 — 9:30 a.m., Resume Writing Workshop

Friday, Feb. 6 — 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.

 

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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