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■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce’s annual community awards celebration is at noon Jan. 13 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. RSVP to 262-9814. Chamber members receive two complimentary tickets; additional tickets are $20.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet Dec. 31.

Nominations are due by Jan. 7, 2015, and applications are due by Feb. 2, 2015 for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards Program. There are many businesses here on the Kenai Peninsula that could qualify for this award, so submit your application. There is a great chance to win $10,000 to help you with your business in 2015.

The Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, celebrates the success of small business and honors its contributions to America’s economic growth. This is a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize and gain national recognition for your business! Are you a small business owner with a unique story to tell? If so, then we want to hear from you! The winner, and the 7 regional finalists, and 100 Blue Ribbon winners will be acknowledged on June 9 during America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

There are two ways to participate in the Dream Big awards program:

— Anyone can nominate a small business by completing the nomination form.

— Eligible small businesses can apply by completing the application form.

Nomination and application forms may be found at https://www.uschamber.com/americas-small-business-summit-2015/dream-big-award.

— Nomination is not required for consideration, but eligible small businesses must complete the application form.

— Nomination is free. The application fee is $25 for U.S. Chamber of Commerce members and $150 for non-members. The $150 fee includes a one-year Small Business Alley Level Membership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The awards program is an opportunity to earn free publicity for your company, showcase your success, thank your employees, and boost your business. In addition to the $10,000 cash prize, the overall winner will receive one complimentary registration to attend America’s Small Business Summit, discounted registration for additional attendees, complimentary two night hotel stay at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, recognition during the Blue Ribbon Breakfast and Awards Luncheon, crystal award, spotlight in Free Enterprise magazine, and an on-stage acceptance speech at the summit.

The Alaska Small Business Development Center (AK SBDC) is located in Soldotna at the Red Diamond Center, in Homer at the Chamber of Commerce, and once a month at the Job Center in Seward. Alaska SBDC offers free business counseling, including business planning, as well as a family of services to assist you throughout your business life cycle. Whether you’re a startup or an existing business, the business plan is a valuable tool in guiding you through any development phase of your operations. Business planning can be time consuming and intimidating, but with the help of technology tools and with the support of your local small business advisor this daunting task can prove to be a life-saving tool for the life of your business.

If you would like to explore your business ideas with an experienced business owner and advisor, the South West Region of the Alaska SBDC has offices in Soldotna, Seward, and Homer. We assist existing and start-up small business owners develop management skills, thereby improving their potential for success. We maintain the highest ethical standards of confidentiality, and provide one-on-one counseling services at no cost to you, our client.

Call us today and begin improving your 2015 performance. Contact Bunny at 907-260-5629 for an appointment with Bryan Zak, Associate State Director Alaska SBDC.

The Alaska Small Business Development Center is offering a Benefits of Budgeting class on Jan. 20, 2015 for people to learn methods to Monitor-Measure-and-Manage the amount of cash moving through their businesses. Establishing budgets is the vital element that keeps every business financially healthy. The $75 workshop will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and will guide you through this process. Register online before Jan. 12 via the website http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. The Alaska SBDC accepts cash, check, or you may pay by card using our safe Upay option. Veterans, contact Bunny Kishaba to see if our Veterans Scholarship Fund is still available. For more information, go to www.aksbdc.org. If you have any questions, call Bunny at 260-5629.

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?

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Questions? Call 907-335-1251.

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