Alaska Small Business Development Center

‘Buy Alaska’ makes the case for local resiliency, growth (KCAW)

February 25, 2021

“Katie Ashbaugh took over [managing the Alaska Small Business Development Center’s] BuyAlaska Program at the start of the pandemic in 2020 to retool the project toward a new goal: To educate and encourage the public to shop from Alaskan-owned businesses first.”

“Supporting small businesses also means that we are supporting our regional resiliency,” said Ashbaugh. “The growth of businesses regionally spurs innovation and growth that is unique to our locations, and this can be really important to Alaskans who are facing our own unique challenges and environments.”

You can read the full article from Robert Woolsey, KCAW here!

Want to learn more about BuyAlaska? Katie’s full presentation to The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce outlining the economic and social benefits of supporting Alaskan-owned businesses is available here!

And of course, learn more about BuyAlaska at

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