This past year Alaska SBDC has been focused on changing the way we operate, allowing us to more effectively help Alaska’s small businesses. On top of that we have launched new initiatives, such as the rural business program, and partnered with other organizations to create a new business advisor position in Seward. These efforts have led to our organization setting all-time records in terms of the numbers of jobs created by clients, new businesses started and new clients served. In addition to these results, the Alaska SBDC is setting records and winning national awards for our Lemonade Day Alaska program, and making an impact with our business workshops and the Vitalize Alaska conference.
In FY2019 we plan to open new centers in communities across the state. We will also deploy up to five remotely-operated rural business computer kiosks which will allow our advisors to interact with rural businesses in Alaska’s remote communities. Through an international partnership with business organizations in the Lower-48 and Canada, the Alaska SBDC will develop and deploy training materials and business templates designed specifically for rural entrepreneurs and host all of the content online for anyone to use. We will also move our other workshops and informational materials online to give even more businesses on-demand access to the Alaska SBDC’s vast array of tools and expertise.
I hope that you are as excited as I am about what we’ve helped our small business clients accomplish, and the even bigger plans we have for the future. If you, or an organization you know, would like to learn more about the Alaska SBDC, or are interested in partnering with us to advance small business development in Alaska, please feel free to reach out to me. In the meantime, check out our newly designed FY2018 Community Impact Report for a more comprehensive overview of Alaska SBDC activities, regional and statewide business trends, and tons of inspiring stories featuring some of Alaska’s most successful small businesses.
Alaska SBDC Executive Director