Homer Alaska - Business

Story last updated at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Business Briefs

Two business workshops scheduled for August

The Alaska Small Business Develop-ment Center has scheduled the following two workshops for August at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center:

• A "Benefits of Budgeting" workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 24. Cost is $30. Online registration is required by Aug. 17.

• A free "Starting A Business" seminar will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 30. The registration deadline is Aug. 24.

To register for either workshop, go to http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on "training events," go to "centers location" and select Kenai Peninsula. Browse to find the seminar and then click "sign up" to complete the registration.

This evening's chamber mixer at Specialty Stoves

Specialty Stoves of Alaska, owned by Mark and Connie Vial, will host this month's Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center mixer. The mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the store, 248 W. Pioneer Ave. For more information or to host a future chamber mixer, contact Debbie at the chamber: 235-7740 or debbie@homeralaska.org.

Tickets now on sale for annual car raffle

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has begun selling tickets for its annual car and ATV raffle and they are going quickly, according to a press release.

Tickets can be purchased at the visitor center or from a board member. Ticket prices are $100 for a car raffle ticket with only 500 sold; $35 for an ATV raffle ticket; or $130 for one car ticket and one ATV ticket.

The drawing with be Nov. 8 with lots of food, prizes and fun planned.

ASMI announces new executive director hired

Following an extensive nationwide search, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Board of Directors has selected retired Coast Guard Capt. Michael Cerne to replace Executive Director Ray Riutta upon Riutta's retirement. Cerne will begin working in the ASMI Juneau office in September to allow for several months of overlap before Riutta retires in December.

"While it will be difficult to replace someone the caliber of Ray Riutta, I'm very happy with the board's decision and we are quite confident that Mr. Cerne will be an effective leader at ASMI for years to come," said Board Chairman Joe Bundrant of Trident Seafoods.

Michael Cerne served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 31 years and retired in 2011 with the rank of captain. He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a degree in marine science, and also has a master of marine affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island. He served on five Coast Guard cutters in his career, three of which were based in Alaska. Ashore, his assignments included commanding officer of the North Pacific Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak, and chief of fisheries law enforcement for the U.S Coast Guard from 1998-2002 at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D. C.

His final assignment was at the Coast Guard District office in Juneau where he managed Alaskan fishery patrol operations and served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, North Pacific Research Board and a number of international fishery management organizations. He is currently completing a project with the United Nations to improve the management of global tuna fisheries. Mr. Cerne is married to the former Holly Hagerty of North Carolina. They have two children, Kathryn (18) and Sarah (16).