Alaska Small Business Development Center

Alaska SBDC In The Community

October 11, 2023

Alaska Native Economic Development Conversations

In an important conversation between Ruth Wolfe, Alaska SBDC Rural Business Advisor, and Debbie Atuk for Alaska Native Economic Development Conversations, learn about the Alaska SBDC’s initiatives in safeguarding intellectual property, promoting economic development, empowering rural communities, and more!

Watch this engaging interview here!


Businesses Selling to Key Employees: Keeping succession close at hand

While no official numbers are available to quantify how many Alaska businesses have sold to employees, there is clearly more interest in business ownership, including among employees. At least that’s what the Alaska SBDC is observing. Jon Bittner and Clifford Cochran of the Alaska SBDC contribute to this article.

Read the article on Alaska Business Monthly.


Business Plan Competitions: A roundup of entrepreneurship events

Alaska SBDC Executive Director Jon Bittner notes that many Alaska brands owe their success to a solid plan—and to the financial boost from a competition prize. “That’s where they got their start, most of the ones that seem to have the best marketing presence. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence, honestly,” he says.

Read the article on Alaska Business Monthly.


Pictured: Geoff Wright (SBDC), Tyler Arnold (SBDC), Megan Militello (Alaska MEP) Carrie Jean Shephard (Alaska Womens Business Center), and Ben Kellie (UA Center for Economic Development) with Jon Bittner (Alaska SBDC)

TREND at Alaska Startup Week

Tyler Arnold, TREND Program Director, recently took part in a captivating panel as part of Alaska Startup Week: “Exiting: Five Founders Share Their Stories”.

The event was organized by Gretchen Fauske, the SBDC Director of Special Programs & Strategy and moderated by Jon Bittner, the SBDC State Director.

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