Mission: To spark the amazing in Alaska- one idea, one business, one community at a time.
The Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides no-cost advising services and low cost educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC business advisors work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions in the areas of management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting and other disciplines required for small business growth, expansion and innovation.
Since its inception in October 1986, the Alaska SBDC has evolved into a network of statewide centers, including three additional specialized business assistance programs operating under the guidance of the State Director. The Alaska SBDC is funded, in part, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as matching funds from the state of Alaska, and contributions from partner boroughs, cities, and other sponsors throughout the state. This statewide program is hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage.
The Small Business Development Center Program was initiated by the SBA in 1977. The Small Business Development Center Act of 1980, (PL 96-302), established this pilot project as a national program.
The SBDC staff is comprised of highly qualified, experienced business professionals, many with business ownership experience, and/or advanced degrees in business. All business advisors are certified through the Alaska SBDC’s Professional Certification program. This program offers the initial training minimums expected of all our business advisors, plus provides ongoing continuing professional education.
"My husband and I felt the meeting was very informative, giving us a lot of insight for future growth and how to potentially expand our business. Roger and I both feel like this was "The necessary" step to take toward reaching our business goals. We are also very pleased with the credentials that the staff members hold - this helps to solidify any doubts a like minded business owner would have toward continuing with the program. I can't say "Thank You" enough for the time and expertise given just on our first visit. We are looking forward to a good working relationship in the future."
Maraya Davis, Lemon Tree Gifts Anchorage
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Last modified: January 29, 2016