2019 Alaska Small Business Survey Report

Over 500 businesses responded to this survey, giving us one of the most comprehensive snapshots of Alaska’s small business sector available. The Alaska SBDC is proud to present the results of our third Alaska Small Business Survey. This survey was created to help business owners, policymakers and others understand the challenges and perspectives of businesses … Continue reading "2019 Alaska Small Business Survey Report" More

Alaska SBDC at the 2020 Innovation Summit

Alaska SBDC Executive Director Jon Bittner joined Juneau Center Director, Jennifer Adams and Rural Program Director, Ian Grant at the 2020 Innovation Summit in Juneau on February 26 and 27. The Innovation Summit hosted a diverse array of talks, performances, and experiences designed to foster relationships and inspire new perspectives across hundreds of industries and … Continue reading "Alaska SBDC at the 2020 Innovation Summit" More

Small Business, Big Opportunity

International trade presents exciting options for Alaska’s small businesses By Alex Salov Alex Salov is a Business Advisor at the Alaska Small Business Development Center. He holds a master’s degree in global supply chain management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and worked at the World Trade Center Anchorage for fifteen years. Alaska has a … Continue reading "Small Business, Big Opportunity" More

Director’s Year-End Review

We at the Alaska SBDC hope that your 2019 was as productive and successful as ours was and look forward to sharing even more achievements with you in 2020.    A few highlights from last year include the launch of our new online workshop program with over 20 online on-demand classes, our Rural Business Development … Continue reading "Director’s Year-End Review" More

HUD’s Section 3 Opportunity Portal

Looking for jobs or contracting opportunities or talented employees in your community?  There may be no better place to start than HUD’s Section 3 Opportunity Portal (https://hudapps.hud.gov/OpportunityPortal/). Rather than a grant program Section 3’s Opportunity Portal is an on-line hub designed to connect people and small businesses with employment and contracts that result from HUD-funded … Continue reading "HUD’s Section 3 Opportunity Portal" More

2018 Alaska Small Business Survey Report

Almost 400 businesses responded to our 2nd annual survey, allowing us to capture one of the most comprehensive snapshots of Alaska’s small business community available. “This is encouraging news for anyone interested in the State’s economic future… the general outlook is positive. Businesses are focusing on expanding, hiring new employees and accessing new markets.”– Jon Bittner, … Continue reading "2018 Alaska Small Business Survey Report" More

Avoiding Disaster After the Disaster

If your business has been adversely affected by the earthquake that struck Alaska on November 30, 2018, there are a few things you should know and consider immediately: Look at your business insurance policy to see if you have “business interruption” coverage, which can help the business through this rough patch. If you think the interruption may cause … Continue reading "Avoiding Disaster After the Disaster" More

Katie Rooks: Six key takeaways from starting my business

Katie Rooks started Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter in summer, 2017. Read her story here, and check out her list of key takeaways stemming from the experience of launching her small business. You can also learn more abut her business at powoutfitter.com. Ability and willingness to seek help—The Alaska SBDC, a quality insurance agent, and … Continue reading "Katie Rooks: Six key takeaways from starting my business" More

Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter: How a Southeast Alaska small business was born.

By Katie Rooks In the summer of 2016 I had just earned my master’s degree in Recreation and Park Management. As a forestry technician for the U.S. Forest Service, I pursued the degree to compete for management-level jobs on Prince of Wales Island. It seemed very promising and a good career move after doing technical … Continue reading "Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter: How a Southeast Alaska small business was born." More