Alaska Small Business Development Center

AI Resource Center

The Alaska SBDC aims to demystify AI for business owners, helping them leverage AI solutions for improved business operations, enhanced customer experiences, and product development. 

Our team provides insight into AI tools and delivers expert-led workshops. Further, we arrange meet-ups for small business owners using AI to share information, best practices, and explore new opportunities together.

By focusing on practical, actionable guidance, the AI Resource Center (AIRC) is poised to become a pivotal resource for small businesses looking to navigate and thrive in the rapidly evolving technological landscape.

The Alaska SBDC AI Resource Center (AIRC) offers:

AI-powered tools to streamline business advising

Training on tools for small business

Opportunities to meet up with other small business owners using AI

The AIRC enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of SBDC Business Advisors through AI-powered tools, meaning that they can invest more time on personal interactions with small business clients. Utilizing GPTs and chatbots developed by Anchorage Center Director Carlos Machuca and Rural Program Director Ian Grant, our tools have been deployed nationwide via other SBDCs to streamline advising while increasing client value.

Working diligently in the field of AI-based business tools and training, this has not only been beneficial to Alaskans but has also positioned us as a national leader in this area. 
Our team has showcased the potential of AI to drive business growth at national conferences, individual state groups, and through the SBDC network in a dozen states. They have also delivered presentations at various national conferences and state groups highlighting the power of AI in promoting business development.
If you are a small business owner interested in using AI in your business, contact your Alaska SBDC business advisor. Don’t have a business advisor yet? Sign up for confidential, one-on-one, no-cost advising.

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“The Alaska SBDC has been an incredible partner to the Nebraska SBDC at the Nebraska Business Development Center. The Alaska SBDC’s cutting-edge approach to incorporating AI into its consulting services has proven to be a successful model for the Nebraska SBDC to follow. The Alaska SBDC’s willingness to share resources and train our staff has been incredible!” – Tony Schultz, State Director, America’s SBDC-Nebraska