Story last updated at 2:52 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2002

In business
In Business
The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will hold a workshop entitled "Unlocking the Door to Business Planning <> A Planning Model" on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Workshop participants will learn about business planning and budgeting and about how not to let their business operations become the reason for failure. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

For more information, or to register, call 262-07497.

HEA wins safety award

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has recognized Homer Electric Association for its commitment to safety. NRECA, which represents more than 1,000 electric utilities across the country, presented HEA General Manager Norm Story with the award at a recent meeting of Alaska electric utilities in Sitka.

In accepting the award, Story said safety is a top priority of the cooperative, and Homer Electric is very proud of its safety record.

In 1986, Homer Electric was the first utility in Alaska to successfully complete the national safety accreditation program. Since then, the utility has continued to participate in the program and go through the safety oversight process every three years.

The accreditation process is a rigorous review that seeks to promote the highest standards of safety among electric cooperatives and utilities nationwide.

The accreditation process involved documentation of a utility's records regarding safety policies, procedures, facilities and equipment. After the documents have been reviewed, an inspection team visits the utility to conduct an on-site safety audit of the operation.

Finally, the National Accreditation Committee reviews the application and makes a final decision.

In presenting the award, Kenneth Brubaker, NRECA safety accreditation program administrator, recognized Homer Electric as a leader in promoting safety.

Tourism conference on tap

The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council will hold the 2002 Regional Tourism Conference at the Soldotna Sports Center on Sept. 20.

The conference will bring together tourism businesses, state and community leaders and the support industry in an open forum to recap the tourism season and plan for the future.

The conference day will feature marketing workshops, educational seminars, a trade show and a keynote address from national motivational speaker Jay Rifenbury, who will discuss how to turn change into a positive motivating force within your business.

The day will close with the annual awards banquet and auction at the Kenai Senior Center and will feature live entertainment, great food, industry-related awards and many unique and exciting auction items.

Attendance is open to the public, and space is limited. To register, or for more details, call 283-3850.

Center full of resources

The Small Business Development Center provides business-counseling services to the community in such areas as starting a business, financial analysis, creating a financing package, preparing business plans, accounting and record-keeping assistance, market analysis and business research.

The SBDC also has a resource library open for small-business owners needing access to books, periodicals and videotapes on business issues.

Upcoming seminars are:

* Unlocking the Door to Business Planning: A Planning Model, Sept. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

* Creative Financing for Working Capital, Oct. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Homer Chamber.

Cost is $15 for chamber members, $25 for non-members.

For more information call Lou at (907) 262-7497.