Alaska is home to a unique tapestry of small businesses that contribute to the state’s economy and character. As the holiday season approaches, the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and BuyAlaska are teaming up to champion the cause of local businesses, encouraging Alaskans to prioritize shopping within their communities.
Empowering Local Entrepreneurs: The Alaska SBDC Advantage
The Alaska SBDC has long been a cornerstone of support for local entrepreneurs. Through its array of resources, mentorship programs, and workshops, the SBDC equips small business owners with the knowledge and tools necessary to thrive in a competitive market. By providing expert guidance, access to funding opportunities, and tailored business strategies, the SBDC acts as a catalyst for the growth of Alaska’s small businesses, ensuring they remain robust and resilient.
This is achieved through:
- No-cost Business Advising
- No-cost and Low-cost Workshops (no fee for military and veterans!)
- No-cost Tools and Resources
BuyAlaska: A Statewide Movement
BuyAlaska, a statewide initiative hosted by the Alaska SBDC, goes hand in hand with this mission. By promoting the purchase of local products and services, BuyAlaska bolsters the economic backbone of the state. This movement not only emphasizes the quality and uniqueness of Alaskan products but also fosters a sense of community and pride among consumers. When you buy locally, you’re not just acquiring goods; you’re investing in the dreams and aspirations of your neighbors, helping to sustain businesses and livelihoods across the state.
Learn more about the BuyAlaska program in our 20 minute webinar hosted by Katie Nave, BuyAlaska Program Director (no fee).
Why Shopping Local Matters
When you shop locally, 63% of your money stays in Alaska, compared to just 22% when you purchase from an external big business. Shopping locally strengthens the economy by retaining money within the community, creating jobs, and supporting entrepreneurship. Additionally, it reduces the environmental impact associated with long-distance shipping, promoting sustainability and ecological responsibility. When you shop local, you’re making a conscious choice to preserve the distinct identity and culture of Alaska, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the state’s unique offerings.
Explore the BuyAlaska Directory: Your Gateway to Local Treasures
One of the keystones of the BuyAlaska initiative is its comprehensive business directory and holiday gift guide. This user-friendly online platform connects consumers with a vast array of Alaskan businesses, ranging from artisans and craftsmen to restaurants and retailers. By exploring the BuyAlaska directory, shoppers can discover hidden gems in their communities and across the state. Whether you’re searching for handmade crafts, locally sourced delicacies, or innovative services, the BuyAlaska directory is your passport to the best that Alaska has to offer.
This Holiday Season, BuyAlaska
As the holiday season unfolds, let us come together as a community to support our small businesses. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect present, gifting experiences, dining out, or seeking professional services, consider the wealth of options available right in your neighborhood. By choosing to buy local and exploring the BuyAlaska directory, you’re not just making a purchase; you’re making an investment in Alaska’s future, one that reverberates far beyond the holiday season.
Join us in celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship, community, and resilience that defines Alaska.
To explore the BuyAlaska directory and learn more about supporting local businesses, visit BuyAlaska.com.