Chambers set schedules
■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets today at noon at the new Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. A tour the new visitor center and an update from Matt Conner, Chief of Visitor Services for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, are planned. RSVP to 262-9814.
■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. For more information, call 283-1991.
Trihydro acquires Kent & Sullivan assets; opens Soldotna office
Trihydro Corporation, a nationally recognized engineering and environmental consulting firm, is excited to announce the acquisition of Soldotna-based, Kent & Sullivan’s assets and the official opening of its Soldotna office. The 400 plus-person firm now boasts staff resources in 27 states and 17 offices nationwide.
According to a press release from Trihydro, the expansion better enables the company to deliver on its commitment to excellence by providing quality and responsive engineering and environmental services to long-standing Alaska clients.
Trihydro’s new office is currently staffed with five employees and is expected to expand with additional professional and technical staff in the coming months. The new Trihydro location, 312 Tyee Street, will enhance Trihydro’s efficiency and access to project sites, in addition to enabling the firm to expand its expert services to other clients throughout Alaska.
Trihydro, founded in 1984, specializes in engineering, environmental, water resources, air quality and process management, and information technology services. The firm serves a diverse clientele of commercial and industrial companies, as well as municipal, state, and federal entities. Trihydro has provided a range of environmental services to facilities on the Kenai Peninsula for nearly ten years.
Reach the Soldotna office at 907-262-2315.
Small Business Development Center plans workshops
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) — July 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bryan Zak will answer your basic questions on starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula while preparing you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center. Come and learn about the Alaska Small Business Development Center and our partner programs and why you should register by July 9 for our free counseling services. Register online at aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com; click on Training Events, Centers, and select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, enter your information.
“Marketing Your Business” ($50) — July 21, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Do you know who will buy your product? Do you know why they will? Is your advertising timed right? Bryan Zak will present techniques that are creative, effective and inexpensive strategies. Advertising and marketing are important to get your company’s service or product information to your customers. Payment and online registration deadline is July 17. Pay by cash or check or you may pay through the secure UPAY program using Visa or Mastercard. Register online at aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com; click on Training Events, Centers, and select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, enter your information.
“Record Keeping for Taxes” ($65) — July 23 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Arrive by 12:30 to sign in and class starts at 1 p.m. This seminar is for small business owners who need basic guidance on how to set up, maintain and prepare their business financial records for the tax season. Trainer Jim Duffield will cover: 1) Setting up a sound record keeping and filing system; 2) How to keep track of your business transactions; 3) Business and employee requirements of the IRS; 4) Filing of source documents and other info to include computer or manual bookkeeping, financial statements you may need and how to maximize your business tax return. The deadline for online registration and payment is July 17 by 5 p.m. Pay by cash or check or you may pay through the secure UPAY program using Visa or Mastercard. Register online at aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com; click on Training Events, Centers, and select Kenai Peninsula, search for seminar, click Sign Me Up, enter your information.
For more information on any workshop or the Alaska Small Business Development Center, call Bunny at 907-260-5629.
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.