Last week, small business owners got together in Soldotna at the still-under-construction Addie Camp restaurant to brainstorm how to support more new, local businesses and what needs to exist in the broader community to help make that happen. Leading the exercise was Nigel Sharp, a global entrepreneur in residence at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
This week’s number: 200,000. As in dollars. As in the drop in revenue the city of Kenai saw during this year’s disappointing dipnetting run, when the personal use fishery shut down early amid weak sockeye salmon returns. The city had budgeted with an expectation of bringing in $578,000. That total was closer to $375,000.