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Story last updated at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Business Briefs

Contest deadline for new business ideas Nov. 1

The Friends of the Homer Library, with support from the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Small Business Development Center, announces BIZ-Idea 2012, a contest to encourage new business ideas in Homer and the surrounding area.

Prize money will be awarded for the three winning entries, and there also will be the opportunity to learn more about small business plans and preparation.

There is no entry fee, and people may submit as many entries as they wish. The first place winner will receive $1,000 in prize money; second place, $650; and third place, $350. Two honorable mentions also will be named. The winners will be encouraged to write business plans for their ideas. For those that do, their business plans will be distributed to potential business funding sources.

Rules of the contest include:

• The business idea cannot be for an existing business.

• BIZ-Ideas must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

• Entrants must be a resident of the Kenai Peninsula as of Nov. 1

• A BIZ-Idea Contest application form must accompany each business idea.

• Entrants can be any age.

• Ideas and application forms must be submitted via email only to info@friends-homerlibrary.org by the closing date.

• The judges' decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Three people from Alaska will judge the entries. The judges, who will remain anonymous, will be experienced business and investment people.

Application forms and contest rules are available at the Homer Public Library, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and from www.friendshomerlibrary.org.

Homer Inn and Day Spa to host chamber mixer

Homer Inn and Day Spa will host the next chamber mixer. It will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the inn and spa, 895 Ocean Drive Loop. For more information or to host a future mixer, contact Debbie at the chamber: 235-7740 or debbie@homeralaska.org.

Cook Inlet advisory council recertified by Coast Guard

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has earned U.S. Coast Guard recertification for another year. This certification allows CIRCAC to continue monitoring oil facility operations and marine transportation in accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

"Coast Guard approval reflects continuing support for the work we've been doing — and the manner in which we've been doing it — to protect Cook Inlet," said CIRCAC Executive Director Mike Munger. "In addition to ongoing oil discharge prevention and contingency plan review, environmental monitoring, and ensuring industry spill preparedness, we have recently worked to strengthen spill prevention measures at the Drift River Oil Terminal, promote our position in support of a subsea pipeline as an alternative to future Drift River terminal and tanker operations, and have made significant progress toward completing a Cook Inlet navigational risk assessment."

CIRCAC is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for the oversight, monitoring, assessing and evaluation of oil spill prevention, safety and response plans, terminal and oil tanker operations, and environmental impacts of oil tanker and oil terminal operations in Cook Inlet.

The council consists of 13 members representing boroughs, cities and municipalities, as well as Alaska Native, commercial fishing, aquaculture, tourism, recreational and environmental groups in the Cook Inlet region.

By law, Cook Inlet RCAC must recertify every year with the U.S. Coast Guard to insure that it is meeting the mandates spelled out in OPA '90 and representing the interests of the communities within the vicinity of oil terminal operations.