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

FY2018 was marked by new initiatives; FY2019 will continue that momentum

This past year Alaska SBDC has been focused on changing the way we operate, allowing us to more effectively help Alaska’s small businesses. On top of that we have launched new initiatives, such as the rural business program, and partnered with other organizations to create a new business advisor position in Seward. These efforts have … Continue reading "FY2018 was marked by new initiatives; FY2019 will continue that momentum" More

Get Ready for #ShopSmall Season!

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Please join us for #SmallBizSat on November 24 and #ShopSmall to support #AKSmallBiz! With 72,000 small businesses in Alaska employing more than 140,000 Alaskans, our small business sector is vital to creating a strong, healthy economy. This season, as you embark on the annual flurry of finding holiday gifts for … Continue reading "Get Ready for #ShopSmall Season!" More

Alaska SBDC Awarded USDA Grant to Help Launch Series of Rural Business Kiosks

Anchorage – Thanks in part to a recent $66,500 grant awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is reinvigorating its approach to rural development by ramping up its community outreach efforts and introducing a series of fully automated business center kiosks. These kiosks will offer access … Continue reading "Alaska SBDC Awarded USDA Grant to Help Launch Series of Rural Business Kiosks" More

Alaska SBDC Rural Development Program Travels to Hoonah

During the summer of 2018, Alaska SBDC launched an initiative to reinvigorate its approach to rural development by establishing a new director of rural development position, filled by long-time Alaska SBDC business advisor Ian Grant, and ramping up its community outreach efforts. One of Grant’s first journeys was to beautiful Hoonah, Alaska, where he discovered … Continue reading "Alaska SBDC Rural Development Program Travels to Hoonah" More