The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is holding a Make It Monday forum called "Economic Impacts and Environmental Initiatives: The Pacific Northwest Cruise Ship Industry" at noon Feb. 12 at the 4th Avenue Theater. Al Parrish, vice president of government and community relations for Holland America, will give a presentation on the Pacific Northwest cruise ship industry and its effects on this region. The cost is $14 for members and $20 for others. For additional information, call 907-272-2401 or visit (www.anchoragechamber.org).
The National Park Service is holding a series of open houses to seek ideas on managing the backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 12 in Healy, Feb. 13 in Cantwell, Feb. 15 in the Susitna Valley, Feb. 20 in Anchorage and Feb. 21 in Fairbanks. For locations and details, contact Mike Tranel at 907-271-1712.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Business Connection Breakfast is planned for 7:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Held in conjunction with the Rural Small Business Conference, the breakfast will feature speakers relating to technological changes in rural Alaska. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for others. For reservations or more information, call 907-272-2401.
The Mat-Su Borough Small Business Development Center and Brenda Forsythe of Training Solutions are presenting a seminar entitled "Microsoft Mail Merge" from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 at Training Solutions, Lakeview Professional Building, 851 E. Westpoint Drive, Wasilla. The cost is $40. For more information and registration, call 907-373-7232.
Situs Inc. is offering a course entitled "Train the Evaluator Office/Industrial Ergonomics" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13-15 at Tesoro Alaska Petroleum Co.’s Anchorage office, 3230 C St. Fees vary for different course sections. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information, call 907-563-0950.
The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is holding its general membership luncheon at noon Feb. 13 at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel. George Kitchens, general manager of Golden Valley Electric Association, will address the topic "Energy Future of the Interior, a GVEA Perspective." The luncheon cost is $11.25. For more information, call 907-452-1105.
The Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is holding its weekly meeting at noon Feb. 13 at the Riverside House, 44611 Sterling Highway. The City of Soldotna Special Election Mayor Forum is scheduled. For more information, call 907-262-9814.
The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce is holding its Must Be Tuesday luncheon program at noon Feb. 13 at the Mat-Su Resort, 1850 Bogard Road. Greg Berberich, president and chief executive of Matanuska Telephone Association will provide an update on MTA operations and direction. Program fees are $3 for members and $5 for others. An optional lunch is available for purchase. For more information, call 907-376-1299.
The Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Anchorage Small Business Development Center are sponsoring a free seminar on employer payroll taxes from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Department of Labor, 3301 Eagle St., Room 101. For more information, call 907-274-7232.
The Mat-Su Borough Small Business Development Center is offering a workshop on recordkeeping from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 14 at the SBDC office, 201 N. Lucille St., Suite 2-A, Wasilla. The SBDC has scheduled a small business owners tax return workshop from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the same location. Individual workshops costs $25. The fee for attending both workshops is $40. For more information and registration, call 907-373-7232.
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is holding its weekly meeting at noon Feb. 14 at the Old Town Village Restaurant, 1000 Mission Ave. The luncheon cost is $10.50. For more information, call 907-283-7989.
The Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce is holding its weekly meeting at noon Feb. 14 at the Palmer Moose Lodge, 1136 S. Cobb St. Dave Holmquist and Fred Stier of Valley Pathways, an alternative high school, are the scheduled speakers. The cost is $9. For additional information, call 907-745-2880.
The Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc. is presenting a program at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Petroleum Club of Anchorage, 3301 C St. Bob Poe, executive director of Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, will present "AIDEA: Report on Statewide Resource Development Endeavors." Breakfast for members cost $12 and $15 for others. Reservations are required. For more information, call 907-276-0700.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the House of Harley Davidson, 4334 Spenard Road. Networking, food and door prizes are planned. For reservations, call 907-272-2401.
The Institute of Management Accountants is holding its monthly dinner meeting beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Golden Lion Hotel, 1000 E. 36th Ave. Neal Fried of the Alaska Department of Labor will speak on the Alaska economic forecast. The cost is $24, a portion of which is designated for the IMA Scholarship Fund. All accounting professionals and students are welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Bryant at 907-257-2325.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Small Business Development Center is presenting a workshop on how to write a business plan from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15. The fee is $25. For more information, location and registration, call 907-456-7232.
The final installment of the four-part Governor’s Millennium Lecture Series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Discovery Theatre. Thomas Freidman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist, will discuss world events and how they affect Alaskans and all Americans in the 21st century. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 907-465-3500.
The 2001 Pacific Rim Construction, Oil and Mining Exposition & Conference is slated for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13-14 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. The PAC COM Expo fosters further development of construction, oil and mining industries in Alaska and the Pacific Rim by bringing together foreign and Alaska personnel from various industries, services and government ministries to the exhibition and related conference. For additional information, call 888-509-7469 or visit (www.sourdough.net).
The Board of Forestry is meeting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 and 8 a.m. Feb. 15 in the Department of Environmental Conservation building, 410 Willoughby Ave., Juneau. The agenda includes the Alaska Clean Water Agenda, salmon restoration funds, Region III legislation and the Kenai Forest Fragmentation study among other topics. Teleconferences also are scheduled in Fairbanks and Anchorage. For details, contact Claudia Dwyer at 907-269-8463.
The Division of International Trade & Market Development and the Alaska World Affairs Council are presenting a "Doing Business in Japan" trade seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The Japanese Protocol Business Dinner is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15 at Tempura Kitchen. For seminar and dinner reservations, call 907-269-8110.