Williams Reindeer Farm: A year-round delight
If you mention reindeer in Alaska, chances are high that people will share a wonderful memory they have at Williams Reindeer Farm. It was founded by farmer and attorney, Tom Williams, his wife Gene, and their children. He was an advocate of reindeer ownership in Alaska who shared his determination and passion with his family and today, his daughter, Denise Hardy, is dedicated to growing the family farm, furthering her father’s vision, and bringing joy and education to the community.
To grow her family’s business, Denise connected with the Small Business Development Center in Mat-Su to finetune her business structure. “As a small business owner, I have used AK SBDC for classes and advice! I have taken very valuable classes at the Wasilla and Anchorage locations. Being a small business we can’t always afford to pay someone to do all our bookkeeping and payroll, but after taking two QuickBooks classes, I am now able to save money by doing that myself. I also have scheduled appointments with Julie Nolen in Wasilla. She has helped me change my business from a corporation to an LLC and was an excellent person to discuss ideas and changes with. With her knowledge of business, she seems to have insight into directions and flow in the Mat Su Valley.”
Her business advisor reminisced on the journey, “The Reindeer Farm is a tricky business because it combines both a tourism aspect and special events as well as all of the aspects of a working farm. It is also a family business which has been passed down for generations. I have been working with Denise at the William’s Reindeer Farm for almost 5 years and have helped her make several adjustments to her business. Together, we have reviewed the financials, crunched numbers, brainstormed on new ideas, and implemented a good bookkeeping system. Denise is a lot of fun to work with. She works hard and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But, above all, she strives to maintain the quality and integrity of the business that her parents established many years ago.”
Just in time for the season, Christmas on the Farm kicks off on Saturday, December 23rd through Sunday, December 24th. Buy your tickets in advance to enjoy the reindeer tour and sled rides, indoor snowball fight, Santa sightings, and so much more with your friends and family.
William’s Family Farm is located at 5561 S. Bodenburg Loop Road in Palmer. Keep up with the fun, events, and newest additions to the farm’s website and Facebook!