Alaska Small Business Development Center

Blaine’s Art

Blaine’s Art: A Canvas of Dreams and Expertise, Fueled by SBDC Guidance In the heart of Anchorage, a beacon of creativity and community thrives at Blaine’s Art, a local art supply store and frame shop that’s been fueling Alaskan artists since 1953. At the helm of this vibrant business is Amanda Bennett, an artist herself, […]

Flameless Cremation Services

Compassion in Every Goodbye: Eco-Friendly Pet Aftercare In the heart of Anchorage, Alaska, a unique and compassionate enterprise has recently emerged, transforming the landscape of pet aftercare services. Flameless Cremation Services, founded by Rachel Bernhardt, a visionary with over a decade of experience in organ and tissue donation, offers a service deeply rooted in personal […]

Kai’s Coffee and Barkery

Brewing Success for Dogs and Their Owners: The Story of Kai’s Coffee and Barkery When the founders of Kai’s Coffee and Barkery, Jeremy & Emily Anderson, first moved to Alaska, they were captivated by the unique coffee hut culture. Their daily interactions with friendly baristas and the joy their dogs experienced receiving free bones at the […]

Dream a Little Dream Sleep Academy

Let’s get you Dreaming We all cherish those blissful nights when our heads hit our comfy pillows, and our bodies nestle under our warm blankets, and then, next thing we know, our alarms go off, and it is time to get up. Wow! Eight hours of perfect restful sleep. Unfortunately, that is a fairytale scenario […]

BlueWater BaseCamp, LLC

Finding Luxury in the Alaskan Wilds Thousands of people – both locals and tourists – long to escape the chaos of the commonplace, and find calm in the pristine natural beauty of the Alaskan Wilds. But while many hardcore Alaskans crave the adventure of a dry cabin that is only accessible by boat in the […]

B Body Butter, LLC

From Antarctica to Alaska: How B Body Butter is changing the natural skin care market Quality Skin Care for people who work and play outside What do you get when you combine an Arctic-loving Artist, a need, high-end natural organic ingredients, and a business idea? The answer: B Body Butter LLC, a product line born […]

First Impressions BC, LLC

Professional Writing Services to Fuel Your Dreams! In 2022, Dr. Beryl Castillo embarked on the unique experience of becoming a business owner by creating a resume and professional writing business, First Impressions BC, LLC, a one-stop shop for resume writing, interview preparation, and career counseling serving the Fairbanks area. Despite holding a doctorate in Business […]

Custom Eye Lab

Visionaries Delivering Clear Solutions Charles Vojta and Robert Wiktorowicz saw a glaring issue in Alaska’s optical industry: prolonged wait times and heightened expenses stemming from out-of-state transactions. Desiring to revolutionize this domain, the duo established Custom Eye Lab to enhance the lens delivery service and keep business within Alaska’s borders. The founders, having substantial experience […]

Alaska Row Tours

Guided Tours Through the Pristine Waters of Alaska My role as an Alaska SBDC Business Advisor is exciting and intriguing. We never know who will walk through our doors looking for assistance with starting their businesses. One year ago, October 2022 – Steve Full, walked through our Anchorage Center doors and I drew the lucky […]

The Frozen Flamingo Market

Warm Hearts, Cool Crafts: Where Alaska’s Artisans Thrive Alaska is known for a lot of things, such as breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and the Midnight Sun.  But Alaska also has a very rich and diverse culture of crafters – those individuals that can turn any item into a work of art. Alaska is also known […]

Kenai Freight Forwarders, LLC

Kenai Freight Forwarders was born out of sheer necessity.  Operating their children’s store, Little Alaskan, Mike and Shelby Oden grappled with shipping hurdles, as more and more sellers in the Lower 48 began to stop shipping to Alaska.  When their primary shipping service ceased operations, the Odens decided to take matters into their own hands, […]

Melino’s Marine Services

Navigating Success in Alaska’s Waters Juneau’s icy fjords have witnessed the determination and passion of Captain John Melino for over a decade. From navigating the carved pathways of glaciers to responding to Mayday calls, Melino’s journey isn’t just about steering boats; it’s about crafting a legacy in Southeast Alaska. In 2007, Captain Melino set foot […]

Tutka Tours, LLC

Embarking on a Coastal Odyssey: The Inspiring Journey of Tutka Tours In the world of Homer, Alaska’s coastal wonders, Tutka Tours, LLC stands as a beacon of discovery and education, offering travelers an opportunity to delve deep into the mysteries of the ocean and its vibrant history. Founded in January 2023 and setting sail in […]


Tippecanoe, photo by Cook Inlet

Making the Outdoor Alaskan Experience more accessible to everyone, with everything you need for the perfect paddlesports adventure! Nestled within the magnificent Nancy Lake State Park in Willow, Alaska, Tippecanoe has been a thriving business for more than three decades. Throughout its rich history, this beloved establishment has empowered numerous individuals to immerse themselves in […]

Refuge CrossFit

Refuge CrossFit, photo by Cook Inlet

More Than Just Another Gym   Refuge CrossFit has been a successful Palmer group fitness business since 2018 that has strived to draw a positive fitness community, “We know that better people, by default, make better athletes”. In early 2023, Cory and Emily Hubbard heard that the founders and owners of Refuge CrossFit were moving […]

Twilight Cafe

Twilight Cafe

Experience the Fusion of Asian BBQ and Specialty Coffee in Juneau In 2009, Catherine Hill-Cristobal brought a piece of her homeland to Juneau with the opening of Twilight Cafe. Drawing inspiration from her childhood days working alongside family members in her parents’ wood-carving business in the Philippines, Catherine had a vision of fostering a joyful […]

Desire Wellness

Desire Wellness

Bridging Health Gaps and Igniting Wellness Innovation in Alaska and Beyond The Desire Wellness story is one of innovation, resilience, and a profound commitment to revolutionizing healthcare access in Alaska and beyond. Founded by Dr. Marty Sanchez in 2020, Desire Wellness arose from a recognition of the alarming healthcare disparities in Alaska, with many residents […]

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Crafting a Flavorful Turkish Legacy in Alaska Once upon a time in Alaska, Zeynep Kilic, a passionate Professor of Sociology with expertise in Food Studies and Cultural Sociology, felt a deep yearning for something more creative, immediate, and tactile. After spending years in academia, the desire to embark on a new venture grew stronger within […]

Red Eye Rides

Red Eye Rides

Seward Entrepreneurs Burning the Midnight Oil In April 2022, Angel picked Natalie up at the Anchorage airport, late at night, and gave her a ride back home to Seward. It was on this ride that they decided to launch a new airport shuttle business – Red Eye Rides, LLC. Since then, this pair has been […]

Alaska Sewing Machine Repair

Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman with a Sewing Machine When Kate Kamrath Sprout first entered the Anchorage SBDC in early October 2022, seeking assistance with her start-up idea, Kate knew she had stumbled upon an incredible business concept. Only a couple months prior, during a random conversation with her brother where he described […]