Providing business guidance, services, and resources to Alaskan entrepreneurs
Mission: To celebrate, grow, and connect small businesses in Alaska through experienced business coaching and innovative programs.
Alaska SBDC is the only agency with certified business advisors.
Alaska SBDC services are private, individualized, and no-cost. We are staffed by certified business advisors across the state who provide entrepreneurs and business owners with coaching, assistance, and tools/resources to aid in their success.
Alaska SBDC services are available by appointment and scheduled workshops.
Our business advising team covers topics that include business planning, financial analysis, and stability, marketing, accounting, cash flow projections, research, to name a few. By working with clients on-site or through online/telephonic interactions and training, the Alaska SBDC works to serve the entire state. Click here to review our FAQ list to get started!
The Alaska SBDC provides assistance to those:
- Launching a business – You have an idea or are looking to launch
- Maintaining a business – Check-in on how your business is operating or pursue ways to grow
- Purchasing or Selling – You’d like to sell your business or purchase one
- SBIR/STTR – A member of our advising team can help guide you through these program processes
Alaska SBDC History
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. 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 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.
How the Alaska SBDC Serves the State:
The Alaska SBDC is federally funded, in part, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as with matching funds from the State of Alaska, and contributions from partner boroughs, cities, and other sponsors.
The Alaska SBDC is a statewide program hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) through the Business Enterprise Institute (BEI).