Community news – Oct. 3

Zak awarded for work with small business
Bryan Zak, Alaska Small Business Development Center’s Regional Director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, has been awarded the highest honor for the state in the national SBDC association, as this year’s State Star.
This annual award is based on qualities including the results of work performed, accomplishment of Scorecard matrix and leadership within the organization. The Alaska Small Business Development Center provides free business advising and low cost workshops. To learn more please visit us at

Got feedback on child care?
Best Beginnings Homer is seeking feedback from local child care businesses, parents and caregivers about three upcoming projects.
They are looking for topic ideas for trainings or presentations regarding early childhood education. Share your feedback on a survey available at the Public Library, Sprout or the Best Beginnings Homer page on
The organization is also looking at mini grant applications now available for child care businesses for use in improving language and literacy services at their child care program. Deadline to return application is Jan. 11. Applications are available by calling: 435-7101.
The “Drop-In Slot” Application for a child care business offers funds to pay for one monthly “drop in slot” for a child or family in need. Interested child care businesses should call 435-7101 for an application.
Best Beginnings is a public- private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed. 

Highlighting healthy bodies
Kachemak Bay Family Planing Clinic and other community groups host a variety of events this weekend to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness. A screening of the movie, “Survive and Thrive” will be featured at 4 p.m. Saturday in the REC Room, KBFPC Outreach Center, 3957 Nielsen Circle.
A Healthy House Party gathering to discuss health and environmental concerns and ways to make your own safe, non-toxic cleaning product.  6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, hosted at the Outreach Center next to the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. This is sponsored by Alaska Community Action on Toxics with support from Sprout and MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Space is limited so RSVP to or 222-7714.

Birders meet on the Homer Spit
There will be a Kachemak Bay Birders’ trip on the Spit Saturday. Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot between Land’s End and the ferry dock, or meet to carpool at the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Dr. at 9:45 a.m. We will drive to different locations on the Spit looking for birds. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. This trip is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The leader will be Michael Craig; for more information give him a call 235-0631. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge.
Community schools start back up
It’s time for the City of Homer Community Recreation center to begin its slate of fall courses. Artist Art Koeninger will give an introduction to Silversmithing/Jewelry Making.
Learn about the design and fabrication of jewelry and small metal objects involving silver, bronze, copper, nickel sheet and wire, in combination with other materials. This is a three day class beginning Friday 6-9 p.m. and continuing through Sunday. Call 235-1014 for more information.

Chamber October 2012 Workshops
Register for seminars online via
• FREE – “Starting A Business” Seminar, Oct 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bryan Zak will cover basic questions and offer helpful resources in our free 2-hour “Starting a Business” seminar at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. He will prepare you for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center and our partner programs and explain the value of our free counseling services. Online registration deadline is Oct. 12.
• FREE Seminar-Alaska Division of Economic Development Loan Programs Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – Noon on Oct. 23. Representatives from the Division of Economic Development will be at Homer Chamber of Commerce. You can learn how your business can benefit from these state loan programs including eligible uses of the funds, eligible areas of lending and about new DED loan programs passed by the 2012 State Legislature. Deadline to register is Oct. 19. Seating limited.
• $30 Benefits of Budgeting Seminar, Homer Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.The “Benefits of Budgeting” seminar will be at the Homer Chamber of Commerce by Bryan Zak. Registration deadline is Oct. 22.

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